Whether you’re in Year 11 and preparing for exams, or in Year 10 and looking to get a head start on revisions, these websites will help you to master GCSE Maths. All 5 websites offer videos and guidance for topics which you might need to go back over, and plenty of practice questions so you can feel confident going into a real exam.
Some students may have different opinions over whether it is a good idea to use paid websites or those which are free. In order to ensure that all websites mentioned here are accessible to all, and as there are a multitude of free online sites, I will not be mentioning any websites which require a subscription for all of their resources.
There are some websites for which a student must be registered by their school, such as MyMaths and HegartyMaths. Although I personally consider these effective revision websites, they are not listed here as I feel that would be unfair for those students whose schools do not use them.
Disclaimer: This ranking is only my own opinion, and so you may not agree with the order of websites listed here. Different students prefer different styles of revision, so choose which revision website to use based on what you find works best for you.
5. Corbett Maths
The first GCSE Maths revision website on this list is Corbett Maths, a website which can easily be made use of without having to sign up for an account.
The main resources which Corbett Maths offers are videos and worksheets, which cover a variety of topics and subtopics.
The videos are short (generally around 2-4 minutes long) and include explanations of key content by Maths teachers, accompanied by demonstrations of how to complete example questions.
The worksheets offered include both exam style practise questions, which are set out in a more formal way, and textbook questions. Both of these can be downloaded as a PDF to print off.
For the exam style questions, Corbett Maths offers worked out solutions to help you understand the topic better, although for the textbook questions there is only a mark scheme.
Moreover, practise papers are available on the website to get yourself ready for the real exam. These are divided into the categories of Higher and Foundation, and Calculator and Non-calculator. Also, you can access model solutions when marking these papers instead of just a mark scheme.
However, these papers are not organised by exam board, so you need to check that you are covering all the relevant content in your revision.
In addition, some students may find the navigation of the site a bit difficult, as it is not organised by exam board or subtopic.
Also, the database is not yet complete and so there are not worksheets available for every topic. That being said, Corbett Maths is still overall a useful website for GCSE Maths revision.
4. Maths Made Easy
In fourth place is Maths Made Easy (MME), a website which not only allows you to access many revision materials and questions, but gives you the option to sign up in order to save your progress and see how well you are doing on each topic.
The learning dashboard breaks down GCSE Maths into seven different subcategories to give you a percentage score for each one. It then tells you your average score over practice questions and online exams, as well as your worst and best topics so far.
When you use this website to revise, you can first filter the site to find relevant videos to help you understand a topic. This are only about three minutes long, and can also be found on MME’s YouTube channel.
You can then use practise questions to test your knowledge, which come in short quizzes with 5 multiple choice questions for each one. After finishing questions, you can review them and are provided with fully worked answers to help you understand where you went wrong.
Finally, you can access MME’s online exam feature which allows you to complete longer answer questions on a specific topic and evaluate your score while going through the questions. There is the option to view a written solution for each question with a free membership. A video solution is also available to those who purchase a subscription to the website.
MME does offer mock exams; however, these are only from the exam board Edexcel and they are only available to students with a subscription to the website.
Questions in an exam style format are essential for revision of maths as they help you to recall multiple skills at the same time. Unfortunately, MME’s resources are mostly specific to certain topics, which makes it an insufficient website for successful maths revision.
For this reason, I would suggest that students use Maths Made Easy for reminding themselves of topics which they don’t fully understand, and then move on to papers with mixed questions later in the revision process.
3. Exam Solutions
Next on this list is Exam Solutions, which is a website which doesn’t require you to sign up to access resources. It also provides revision help for AS and A-level, although in this article we will be focussing on the GCSE Maths aspect.
One option for revision on this website is watching its helpful videos. These are generally around 7-10 minutes long, and can also be accessed by going to Exam Solutions’ YouTube channel.
The videos are narrated by teachers who explain the topic briefly before working through a variety of practice questions, to help you see how to solve them.
Once you’ve finished watching a video, you can then access the website’s database of GCSE exam questions.
These can be filtered by your exam board (Edexcel, AQA, OCR or IGCSE Edexcel) as well as whether you are taking Foundation or Higher Maths, to help you find what you’re looking for quickly.
After finding a topic which you want to be questioned on, you can also filter the questions available by how hard you want them to be, and whether they are calculator or non-calculator.
The questions and answers can be downloaded as PDFs to print off, or else accessed online.
However, one downside is that the answers provided are just a mark scheme, so it may be hard to identify why you made mistakes.
You can also use Exam Solutions’ large range of past papers as practice for a real exam once you understand all of the topics.
There are currently 12 Higher papers available and 6 Foundation papers, although these are all produced by Edexcel, which may be inconvenient for students using a different exam board.
Not only are there mark schemes for these past papers, but also worked solutions. These can be a great help during the revision process when trying to understand why you got a question wrong, or in order to work out how you could solve a confusing question.
2. Khan Academy
Similarly, to Maths Made Easy, a great advantage of Khan Academy is that it tracks your progress on different topics to give you an overview of your achievement on each one.
When you first enter the site, you will be prompted to choose a level to study at. This helps split up the website into different sections. However, it is organised using the American system, which may make the website slightly more difficult to navigate.
Upon making this choice, you are given the option to take a Course Challenge. This has 30 questions in it and is estimated to take around 30-45 minutes to complete.
As you go through it, it tells you which questions you got right and wrong, and allows you to watch a relevant video or view a step-by-step solution.
Once you complete the Course Challenge, you are given a summary of which skills you have levelled up or down in, and given a certain number of ‘mastery points’ for each one. This acts as an indicator of which skills you should try and improve on, and the ones you are already secure in.
For each unit, you can watch multiple short videos to help you understand it, which are about 3-5 minutes long each. The videos are in the format of a teacher doing example questions, which helps you to understand the process behind solving maths problems.
You also receive energy points depending on how long you watch the video for.
You can also complete short interactive practise questions on the website for each unit.
These allow you to ‘level up’ to either Familiar or Proficient for each unit if you get a certain number of questions right. You can collect mastery points as well when you finish these questions.
For each question you get wrong on the website, you can receive guidance as it directs you to a video which may help, or gives you a hint. Once completing a question, you are able to view a fully worked out example answer as well.
Pros and Cons of the Khan Academy
Overall, Khan Academy is a great interactive website for consolidating your knowledge of Maths. The Course Challenge feature means that the website can be personalised to your specific level of understanding, and unit tests allow you to practice what you have recently learned in the videos.
However, one drawback of using this website is that no past papers are available. Past papers are a really important part of revision as they appear in an exam-style format, and they mix different topics together to help you recall all of them at the same time.
Therefore, I would suggest, if you plan to use Khan Academy, that you also round out your revision by completing past papers – or at least questions compiled from different topics – on another website.
1. Maths Genie
Finally, in first place, we have the website Maths Genie. This website is entirely free to use, does not require you to sign up, and offers a wide array of resources.
For each section of a topic, you can access one or two videos, which are about 15 minutes long on average. These give examples of how to answer questions, and then give you short tasks to complete to test your knowledge.
As with the other websites mentioned here, Maths Genie has its own YouTube channel as well which compiles many of these videos, along with others.
You can then use Maths Genie’s printable question sheets and booklets to practice for the exam. For the question booklets, you can also view fully worked out answers to each question, which are very helpful in understanding the process of solving them.
All of the content is organised by the grade which it corresponds to, starting at Grade 1 and getting progressively harder. The website also makes it clear that all the content for Grade 6 onwards is only for the higher tier, which helps to avoid confusion on what needs to be learned.
Past papers are available on the website for each exam board (Edexcel, OCR and AQA) to help you practise Maths in an exam-style format. These can be accessed as PDFs to be printed, along with the mark schemes.
Papers produced by Edexcel come with a set of example answers and a walkthrough video for each one as well.
Further resources on Maths Genie include mini tests, predicted papers, and its Scheme of Learning.
Mini tests are available for both Foundation and Higher qualifications, and combine a range of subjects in a short test. They aim to help you recall topics in a fairly short space of time, and can be done in a few spare minutes.
Predicted papers are exam-style papers which consider previous topics assessed on exams to try and predict possible topics you may be questioned on. They are released shortly after each exam is set, and their purpose is to help focus your revision on unseen topics.
Maths Genie Learning Scheme
The Maths Genie Scheme of Learning consists of 14 Stages (or 10 Stages for Foundation GCSE Maths), and sets out a journey through all of the required topics to help anyone improve their maths skills independently.
(Note: This scheme is not a valid replacement for any teaching received in a school, and should only supplement what you are learning.)
For each stage, students are expected to take a test first to test their previous knowledge. If they score at least 80%, the stage is considered secure, and they can move to the next stage.
If not, they can use the attached videos and worksheets to learn more on the specific topic, and then retest themselves later to see if they have improved.
Although it may have been initially designed for learning Maths from scratch, this course could be useful as it allows you to compare how well you know each topic, and see which ones you should improve on.
Overall, I consider Maths Genie the best GCSE Maths revision website, as it offers a wide range of resources to help improve knowledge, all of which are well organised and easy to access.