The Student Room is the UK’s biggest student forum with free online tools to help you learn and boost your grades.

The Student Room is an online forum specifically for students, you can get tips on revision or help in working out how to find your perfect university place. There are discussions on so many different topics and you can ask questions for anything you need help with.

They have over 10 million users each month and over 240,000 posts a month too. 

There’s not just help with education, there are forums for relationship and health advice as well as careers and finance. Providing you are aged between 14 & 24 and are a student in the UK, this site is aimed at you!
Check out the A-Level forums where there are over 180,000 resources available across all the major exam boards including AQA, Edexcel, OCR & WJEC that covers all of the below subject areas:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilization
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Language & Literature
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Ethics
  • French
  • Geography
  • Government & Politics
  • Health & Social Care
  • History
  • ICT
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

BBC iPlayer lets you watch BBC content from your computer, Smart TV or mobile device.

BBC iPlayer isn’t just for catching up on last night’s Eastenders or rewatching Gavin & Stacey for the 17th time, you can also find a lot of educational material in its depths. You can watch the latest episodes of QI to learn more quirky facts about the world or explore the hundreds of episodes of Science and Nature documentaries. There’s also great comedy and entertainment shows for when you have finished your work for the day and need to relax.

David Attenborough alone can take you through Climate Change for your Science lesson research, the different ecosystems around the world for your Geography research or even the early years of making nature documentaries for Media lesson research.

Some more examples of programmes that can aid your research are below:

Criminology – Jack the Ripper

Engineering – The Limit: Trickiest Tunnel

Music – Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Sport – Shane Williams: Rugby, Concussion and Me

Dance – The Royal Ballet: Mayerling

Don’t forget though that some episodes are only available for a limited time and can be removed from iPlayer at any time.

You can look through all the episodes and series available for each subject on the BBC iPlayer website or click one of these categories; History, Documentaries, Science & Nature, Music.

The TED-Ed project — TED’s education initiative — makes short video lessons worth sharing, aimed at educators and students. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which are collaborations between educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform.

Our very own Director of Humanities, Mark Robinson, has collaborated with TED-Ed to make range of videos:

FlippedLaw is your complete guide to A Level Law and includes resources written by experienced, successful law teachers and examiners.

It covers Contract Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights, Tort Law, Law Making, the English Legal System and the Concepts of Law.

It is a paid for subscription but whilst at Barton Peveril, you can log in and use it for free, just speak to the Library for a username and password.

Pinterest is an online pinboard that allows users to pull in content from anywhere on the internet and keep it in one central place.

Pinterest is a great tool to use as a reference or moodboard, even for just keeping a lot of ideas together.

You can search Pinterest for ideas on a specific topic, theme or colour and if you install the Chrome Extension then when you are on a website you want to save, simply click the Pinterest icon in the Chrome Extensions bar and it will ask you to pick a photo to use as the Pin image, this helps if there is a webpage with hundreds of images but you want to make sure you remember just one. Alternatively, some websites have a feature where if you hover your mouse over an image, a Pinterest icon will appear on the image that quickly adds that page and that image to your Pinterest board.

I have used Pinterest personally a few times to build idea boards in the last few years, namely when I was moving in to my first home so I could get ideas of decoration and styles. I also used it when trying to design a nursery for my little boy.

Socratic is a Google app where you can simply take a photo of a problem and get an instant explanation and step-by-step solutions.

It’s easy to give it a try, download the app and take a photo of one of the questions below:


How long will it take a 1500 W motor to lift a 300 kg piano to a sixth-story window 20 m above?

What are the differences between active and passive transport?

In the reaction of lead nitrate with magnesium chloride, what is the spectator ion?

An electric device delivers a current of 5.0 A for 10 seconds. How many electrons flow through this device?




State the possible rational zeros for the function f(x)=3×3+11×2+5x−3

Find the distance between points ( -3 , 7 ) and ( 4 , 1 ).


What does the green light symbolize at the end of the book?

Who is Anne Hutchinson? How does Hawthorne feel about her?

Why does Elisa begin to trust the stranger and invite him into her garden?

What does Crusoe’s second trip to Guinea reveal about his character?


What was one purpose of the Marshall Plan of 1948?

Who was Elizabeth Cady Stanton?

Why was 1968 a year of turmoil in US history?

What part did Washington play in the French and Indian War?

Padlet is a collaborative, creative, interactive multimedia bulletin board. You can create a reference board, moodboard or any other type of board.

Padlet allows you to create ‘padlets’ which are online boards, you can then add content to these boards to tie multiple ideas and pieces together.

Maybe you’re creating a reference board for a photography project? You can add your own drawings, example images from your computer or from Google, voice clippings that you’ve created for notes and even a map to save shoot locations. Or maybe you are in a small project group for an English class, you can add on questions and other users can then add voice, text or handwritten notes in response. There are so many possibilities. You can create brainstorm boards, flow charts, infographics.

Take a look at this example of a class Photo Contest, each student has their own column.

And this example pulling content about Roald Dahl from many different sources.

There is a Padlet guide in the video below if you want to explore it a bit more.

Google Arts & Culture is an online platform that allows you to view high-resolution images of artworks from around the world.

The Google Arts & Culture app hosts content from over 1200 museums and archives from across the world with tens of thousands of individual pieces of content including 360 degree videos of places and events, street views of locations like the Taj Mahal or Machu Pichu, or even inside views of the Palace of Versailles for example.

You can look for historical street art or narrow down your search by a specific colour or time.

The Chrome Extension shows you a new piece of art each time you create a new tab in Chrome.

Now with VR and AR, you can walk around museums and other amazing buildings from around the world.

The mobile device app allows you to use VR/AR to view art in a new way, some of the features are listed below along with video examples of how to use them:

  • Art Selfie
    • Take a quick selfie and the app will compare it with thousands of pieces of art from throughout history to find someone who looks like you.
  • Colour Palette
    • Take a photo of an item nearby then the app will search for more art with the same colours, perfect if creating a moodboard based on a specific colour.
  • Pocket Gallery
    • Use AR to walk round already created art exhibits without having to leave the room.
  • Art Projector
    • Use AR to place paintings and artwork infront of you so you can see the true scale of the pieces.

Art Selfie

Colour Palette

What is VR, AR and Google Cardboard?

Pocket Gallery

Art Projector

Photomath helps you interpret problems and drive your learning and understanding of maths. Simply scan an equation with your smartphone camera and the app will solve it instantly then show you how to work it out for yourself in future.

It’s so simple to use Photomath, just open the app and use the camera on your phone to view the equation, you’ll get an instant solution. With handwriting recognition too, you can find the answer to even the toughest math problems within seconds. Each answer will also provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to solve the equation so you can learn at the same time!

TED Talks are free, infuential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, starting over 30 years ago as a Technology, Entertainment and Design conference with the aim to get your idea across in a short, powerful talk in 18 minutes or less. They’ve somewhat diverged from that a little in the sense that talks now cover almost all topics including science, politics and global issue to name a few, and occasionally a talk can go on a couple of minutes past the 18 minute mark.

There are now over 3100 different talks at your fingerprints, if you go here you can look through topics to find one that takes your fancy.

Maybe you want to know, ‘What’s the fastest way to alphabetize your bookshelf?’.

Or something a bit more fun, ‘My journey to yo-yo mastery’.

Or something a bit deeper, ‘What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness’.

Or even, ‘Where are all the aliens?’.