Friday, 4 June 2021

5 Learning Tools Your Kids Need

Regardless of whether your kids are back to school or studying from home — learning tools are now a necessity. 50% of students using technology to learn see a boost in their comprehension and skills. It’s hard to narrow down the options, so we’ve collated the top 5 learning tools for kids of all ages and levels. These are designed to make learning more simple, whilst also improving academic performance.



  1. E-learning platforms


Over the last year there have been many disruptions to education. Some kids are falling behind their age-related expectations and need a little more help. A lot of parents are now looking towards e-learning platforms to give their kids a boost academically. However, with health, safety and convenience still a priority, no one wants to travel to the ends of the earth for a private tutor. Parents are busy!


One such platform is Tutor House. They offer affordable and personalised one-to-one tuition, all from the comfort of your own home. Whether you need an English tutor for primary school or looking for “french lessons near me”, they’ve got the perfect match for your child. This package deal comes with access to the Whiteboard tool. It allows you to record sessions, track students’ goals and progress over time. Not only is this going to improve kids’ learning experience, but also ensure they achieve their target grades.


  1. What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?


Believe it or not, some kids do not know how to read an analogue clock. This is not through the fault of parents or teachers, but sheer convenience. Studies show that with world digitalisation, it’s quicker to read a number displayed on the screen.


Thankfully there are apps that give you the time (pun intended) to help your children learn in a fun way. One option is the “Jungle Time” app for kids aged between 2-4 for £1.99. Alternatively, try the “Telling the Time” app, which is intended for KS1 pupils and costs £3.99. This interactive app also comes with math pop-quiz style questions to help them practise key syllabus material too.


  1. Word wizardry


Similar to the above, spell-checking has gone amiss. Despite the benefits of autocorrect, it doesn’t necessarily teach us how to spell. That squiggly red line becomes nothing more than a burden.


However, there are free learning tools to help students check their spelling and improve their vocabulary. One is Grammarly, which is an intuitive tool to simplify sentences and check grammar. Another is Hemmingway, where you can copy and paste large chunks of text. This online tool is great to see the readability grade, the use of passive voice, adverbs and more.


There are free and pro versions available, so go with the version that best suits your needs. University students might need a more in-depth analysis, whereas KS1 and KS2 pupils need something more simple. Either way, this will help improve their writing and spelling skills, helping them reach top marks.

One fun way to improve vocabulary is by playing word games like crosswords. These games challenge you to guess and spell words based on clues. It is great for expanding your vocabulary and even better for recalling and applying your existing vocabulary. You can even make solving these puzzles easier and more engaging by using word-solving tools such as unscrambled words for the more difficult ones.


  1. Upgrade your note-taking


With more students taking notes on tablets and laptops, it’s about time we have a learning tool to upgrade this process. A popular choice is Evernote, a high-level tool to help students organise and record notes. With Evernote you can categorise “notebooks” for each different class, keeping everything neat and tidy. You can also attach video or voice recordings, hand-written notes, pictures and more. The phrase “there’s an app for that” has never been, well, more apt!


If your kids love taking notes and want to take it to the next level, then try Bit. Bit is a digital notebook that organises notes into “workspaces”. Students can attach pictures, links, documents, spreadsheets — anything noteworthy. This also works in live time, allowing students and teachers to communicate, share notes and feedback on assignments or homework. Overall, this enhances the learning experience.


  1. Smarty paints


For kids looking to improve their creative skills, there are many learning tools available to help. Canva and Procreate are amazing online platforms to cultivate your craft. With stylus options and digital creating elements, you can transform your sketches and share them to a portfolio. This is very helpful for kids and students wanting to gain entrance into art schools, careers and even video-creating, which is all the rage.


Gone are the days of Paint and Photoshop — the latest technology is much easier to use. The best part is you don’t need to be a digital creator or the most artsy person. These platforms wein your skills, like a Fairy Godmother — bibbity, bobbity, boop!


One last note


Using technology to our advantage can help kids excel at school. These learning tools are a great way to boost your child’s confidence and skills. Whatever their age or level, there is a tool for everyone. We know it’s hard to strike the right balance, especially as parents. So make your life (and your children’s) easier with online platforms.


Photo by Julia M Cameron from Pexels


Written by Naida Allen

Naida is a witty wordsmith with a love for writing and reading. She is a Content Writer and Social Media Executive at Tutor House — the top UK provider of online and in-person tuition. She specialises in topics relating to mental & physical wellbeing and career advice.


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