Does your middle schooler or high schooler come home and ask you for help with school work? Have you ever found yourself wishing that you would have studied a little better when you were in school? Don’t get too frustrated, help has arrived. The internet is a powerful tool for helping students with their homework. Here are a few free tools that can help you help your children. As a professional educator, I use these sites often and would recommend them to any person, even if they are just looking for a way to brush up on their skills.
Khan Academy is a great place to find videos that walk you step-by-step through a learning goal. Almost all of the high school math and science classes are available and are broken down into small manageable video lessons. Khan Academy is a must for a simple brush up or to take a full class. Here, look at this sample in algebra on averages.
Have you forgotten the vocabulary used for the classes that your child is in? Do you need a brush up or a cheat sheet to be able to keep up and help out? This website does just that. Teaching Degree has 100 cheat sheets for your enjoyment and the website explains that “Cheat sheets can offer a succinct way for students to study their lessons and provide an excellent boost to what you are already teaching them in class.” I have used forms like this in my Language Arts class. It is a great reference tool.
Used by middle school, high school, and college students alike, Sparknotes is a wonderful crash course for those days when you forget or have no time to read the required reading. It is also a great supplement to literature when you need a little help. Most of the required readings for secondary and undergraduate education are available at the click of a mouse. Sparknotes has chapter reviews and commentary for literature and helps for various other subjects as well. The Shakespeare helps (No Fear Shakespeare) are excellent. I have used Sparknotes since I found it during my high school days because I was tired of buying Cliffs Notes. Cliffs Notes is newer to the online scene. I have not paroosed it enough to comment, but I have never been disappointed with Sparknotes to need to.
Whatever your situation, these free online resources will be a great addition to your quiver when trying to help your student with their homework.