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The best free online resources to support your studies

The best free online resources to support your studies

by Newcastle University

Now that you're back at school or college, are you on the lookout for some extra resources to support your studies?

We know the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on your education but, luckily, there are lots of free and reliable online resources you can access from home to support your learning.

Your teacher will help you find some of them, but if you need a bit more help - whether you want to develop specific study skills, or are looking for advice and practical tips about the university journey - check out the suggestions below. 


Our Schools and Colleges website

We’re currently developing a bank of resources to help school and college students to support their studies and practise self-care during these unusual times.

We’re constantly updating our online library, and you can expect to find help and support such as:

  • Study skills and revision tips
  • Subject-specific resources and activities
  • Critical thinking help
  • Tips for essay writing and note-taking
  • Wellbeing advice

We’ve also uploaded some university student vlogs, campus tours, budgeting advice, and more – for when you’re ready to start planning your future at university.


Your library

Libraries across the UK have been closed during lockdown, but now restrictions are starting to ease, you should be able to access more of their resources.

Some libraries have been operating a click and collect service throughout the pandemic, but if you can’t make the trip to your local library, or are unsure about going, you should still be able to download a range of eBooks and audiobooks to support your studies.

You'll find more details on your local library’s website. And if you’re not a member, you can join online for free in a matter of minutes, get a membership number and start to download the books and resources you need straight away.


BBC Bitesize

You might think BBC Bitesize is for younger students, but explore the support it offers and you’ll find a range of advice - from top tips on how to learn effectively, to students’ own stories about their journey to university.


The Student Room

If you’ve never visited The Student Room before – it’s a great place to meet other school and college students to discuss applying to university, current affairs, and everything in between.

Browse the forums to find subject-specific help, or post your own questions to get the conversation started.

We hope you find our suggestions for some top free resources useful. If you’re ready to start researching and planning your route to university, then check out our top tips for researching universities virtually.