As a teacher or tutor, you must prepare homework for your students whether it counts towards their grades or not. It’s an often-overlooked part of being a teacher. Fortunately, to help you with this, there are plenty of useful resources you can use to find ideas for homework activities, past papers, and model answers.
In this article, Superprof is looking at the websites and resources you can use to help you prepare homework for your students.
The Best Homework Websites for Mathematics
“Nothing is more powerful for your future than being a gatherer of good ideas and information. That's called doing your homework.” - Jim Rohn
Maths is a compulsory subject throughout every student’s compulsory schooling so there are plenty of resources out there. There are so many lines of work that also require a solid knowledge of mathematics.
As a maths teacher, you’ll know that practice makes perfect and there are many websites out there to help you with maths problems for students to solve.
Past papers are also incredibly useful for students, especially when they’ve got exams coming up. Here are a couple of sites that maths teachers and students may find useful.
This website is home to hundreds of interactive maths games, maths worksheets, and maths assessments for KS2 students. Some games can be played on tablets as well as sections on the national curriculum including statistics, money, measuring and time, fractions and percentages, and even word problems.
Every primary school teacher might want to consider adding this page to their favourites.
This website is home to many valuable maths resources for both teachers and students as well as past papers, a blog, and a page full of other useful maths links that you could also use.
This is a pretty comprehensive resource so make sure that it's in your bookmarks.
Websites for English Homework
For English lessons, you can follow the curriculum or the texts featured on the exam when giving out homework.
However, it’s always useful to have resources on hand, especially for dissertations or texts to read. This is why there are a load of websites to help students with English.
Past papers, especially at GCSE and A Level are particularly useful exercises for students to get the hang of.
Geoff Barton is another teacher with their own website with a plethora of resources for GCSE and A Level English students.
There's an extensive collection of revision materials for both GCSEs and A Levels exams as well as practical advice to help students get the best possible results.
While this website is excellent for students, teachers can use the resources as inspiration for the homework they set for their students.
Websites for History Homework
Whether you’re teaching primary school pupils, secondary school pupils, or exams like the GCSEs and A Levels, there are some useful resources for history. Revision sheets, past papers, and homework activities are useful.
With history teachers, there isn't a one-size-fits-all resource, but rather a plethora of resources depending on the period that you're teaching.
Here's one resource that we reckon history teachers may want to check out.
Crash Course Kids
This is a YouTube channel with some excellent videos for younger children but the main channel, Crash Course, also has an entire series on world history that you may want to refer to when teaching some of the eras and points covered in the series.
The important thing is to make sure that even if a resource covers the topic you’ve been studying, you need to check that it’s suitable for your student’s level. Primary school students won’t be able to use the same resources as secondary school pupils, for example.
Homework Resources for Science
There are a few useful resources that science teachers can use to plan effective homework for their students. Again, past papers are incredibly useful.
This site is an excellent resource for GCSE students and teachers, but it's particularly useful for science teachers and students as it covers all three subjects separately as chemistry, physics, and biology as well as dealing with them as the combined science GCSE that a lot of students will be studying.
Foreign language teachers need to focus on getting the most out of the homework they set for their students. Fortunately, language teachers are spoilt for choice.
To give you a better idea, here are a couple of examples for language teachers and even if you don't teach that particular you can take inspiration from the activities.
More specifically, Spanish teachers have quite a few choices. As with most languages, cultural resources are really useful and with so much music, cinema, and media being produced in Spanish, you can be spoilt for choice when it comes to resources to draw upon.
As for planning lessons, homework, and activity, here's a resource that we recommend.
This is a free PDF ebook that has activities and printables for Spanish teachers. It covers basic things like letters, months, family members, colours, numbers, etc.
The best thing about it is that it's a free resource so download it and use it when planning your lessons.
Much like Spanish, there are several good websites for German teachers to use. Here's one that we particularly recommend.
This website, Deutsch als Fremdsprache, includes plenty of downloadable resources and handouts for German teachers to use. Save this one to your favourites and refer back to it when you need exercises or resources for your lessons or homework.
Of course, the best places to find useful resources is on forums. You can ask other teachers for help and advice on the best places to go or for ideas on how to plan certain lessons.
You should now have a few resources to refer to when planning homework for your students. To learn more about planning homework, check out our other articles. There are plenty of useful resources for students and teachers out there, especially when it comes to homework and exams!
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