Back to school season means homework assignments are right around the corner. And while most of the time you can lend a helping hand to any issues you children might have, sometimes you need a little extra support. Luckily, there are plenty of places you can go for extra homework help. Before back to school season kicks into full gear, look at these 6 places to find back to school homework help.
1. Your local public library.
Mist local public libraries offer homework help clinics on certain nights of the week. During these clinics either volunteers or local high school/college kids come in to assist. Check with your local library to see when free homework help might be offered. Locate your nearest public library at publiclibraries.com or nces.ed.gov/surveys/libraries/librarysearch.
2. Hire a local college student.
Browse the postings at your local community college and see if any students are looking for work as a tutor. Contact your local university, YMCA, or Junior Achievement branch to see what mentoring and tutoring programs they offer. Many nonprofits have training programs that employ students—high school students earning money and college students earning credits—by teaching younger pupils. f your child is studying French, consider finding a tutor through the Alliance Française, a worldwide organization with local chapters in the U.S. that offers language lessons for all ages. If your child has special needs, look for local groups that offer specialized tutoring; for instance, the Autism Society can help families locate tutors who teach kids on the autism spectrum. Mention your interest in hiring a tutor to friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers. Finding a tutor through a friend gives you the benefit of mining knowledge from a trusted source, and someone who has already hired a tutor can give you an idea on the pros and cons of different approaches. It’s important to get different perspectives to find the right match for your child, and speaking with friends can give you insights into an instructor’s personality, skills, and teaching style and methods. Plus, you may discover unadvertised discounts and tips on when a tutor is available. You can often find a quality tutor for around $10 an hour, which can certainly come in handy when the homework starts to get tricky. You can also find tutors via Noodle Education, Wyzant.com, Care.com, TakeLessons.com, University Tutor.
3. Check for after school programs at your local community center.
Many community centers offer after school programs, providing kids with a snack, some supervision, and even homework help as they wait for their parents to get off work. Call your local community centers or recreation centers and see what types of after school/tutoring programs they might offer.
4. Download free homework help apps.
Apps such as SparkNotes, iFormula, Homework Help, iTunes U, Tinycards, including this list of homework help apps categorized by age and grade. can help students stay on top of their homework and access study notes and other helpful information. With so many kids having cell phone and other handheld devices, these apps as well as many others are free to download and offer a plethora of helpful options.
5. Consult the school website.
With so many schools going high tech these days, more and more are offering homework help directly on the school website. Here kids can often times create a profile, get access to homework agendas, classroom notes, and even use homework help chats. See if your school offers this online service and if so, be sure to take advantage of it. The U.S. Department of Education offers free tutoring services for children attending schools characterized as needing improvement, so check with your child’s school to see what programs are available.
6. Visit homework helping websites.
There are so many great homework help websites out there. Most require you to register but once you do they are free to use. Fact Monster is the perfect place to start, as it allows kids to access all sorts of educational materials. First Gov for Kids is another great website where kids can access research info, watch videos, find study notes, and so much more.
Homework can get complicated, but finding the additional support you need doesn’t have to be. Consider these 6 places to find back to school homework help and see what a difference they can make to your child’s school year.
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Wishing Everyone a Healthy and Blessed New School Year!
Joscelyn, Owner of Mami of Multiples & Mami Innovative Media
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