Aside from the thousands of print materials available at McKinley Memorial Library, the library also offers a variety of on-line databases available to students to help with research projects and homework assignments. These databases are available from within the library or at home via the library’s website (you will need your library card and pin number to access databases from home). Visit the Research Databases page on the library’s website for a complete list of databases available.
The following websites offer valuable resources and links for Homework Help for Teens on a variety of subjects including Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Art, Music, Technology, Foreign Languages and more!
Internet Public Library for Teens
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Teen Homework Page
Los Angeles Public Library Teen Homework Help Page
Multnomah County Library Homework Center Page
The Kids on the Web: Homework Tools
The following list is of educational websites and on-line resources arranged by subject matter:
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Bright Storm Math—Offers video clips to help you with your Algebra, Calculus, Geometry and more.
Dr. Math—Have a math question? Ask Dr. Math for help!
Math is Fun.Com—Provides fun activities that takes the “work” out of Algebra, Calculus, and Trigonometry.
Math TV.com—Watch videos to get help with problems and equations in Basic Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus.
S.O.S. Mathematics—This free resource provides math review material from Algebra to Differential Equations.
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Science for Kids.org—Explore the world of science on this educational and fun website.
Mad Scientist Library—This site offers links to a multitude of fun and educational websites on any field of science that you can think of.
Reeko’s Mad Scientist Lab—Offers free science experiments under a variety of science topics.
How Stuff Works.com—With Science articles, quizzes, games, videos and more, you’re bound to find the information you need here.
Science News for Kids—This youth edition of Science News Magazine is filled with articles, facts and more all related to science.
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CIA World Factbook—Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities
United States Census Bureau State Facts for Students—Click on a state from the virtual map and find out history, statistics and more.
History Channel.com—Check out what happened this day in history or search for your topic to get related articles and information.
Philosophy Timeline—Offers a wealth of information regarding Western Philosophy throughout time.
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Teen Ink Writer’s Workshop Forums— Get advice about your written work, and comment on other teens’ work as well.
Internet Public Library’s A+ Research & Writing—High school and college students can get step by step instructions on how to conduct research and compose a paper from Table of Contents to Bibliography.
Guide to Grammar and Writing—This interactive on-line edition by Dr. Charles Darling will provide you with a ton of useful information and tips on grammar and writing.
BookRags.com—Find on-line summaries, plot analysis, and other information for students writing papers about books.
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"After you finish your homework."
You have probably heard your mom or dad say these words. It might seem like all the good stuff has to wait until your homework is done. There's a good reason why adults make a big deal out of homework. Homework helps you learn. And getting a good education can help you build the kind of future life that you want. So homework is important, but how can you get it done?
First, you need a quiet place without clutter and confusion. Writing on top of potato chip crumbs while talking on the phone is not going to help you finish your history lesson. Turn off the TV and other distractions. You'll be better able to concentrate, which usually means you'll finish your work more quickly and it's more likely to be correct.
Set aside enough time to finish your work without rushing. You can't just squeeze your science assignment into the commercials during your favorite TV show. Really learning something takes time. But if you find that you're struggling even after putting in the time, you'll want to ask for help.
Why Do Some Kids Need Homework Help?
Aside from just not understanding the lesson or assignment, kids might need homework help for other reasons. Some kids are out sick for a long time and miss a lot of work. Others get so busy that they don't spend enough time on homework.
Personal problems can cause trouble with your work, too. Some kids may be dealing with stuff outside of school that can make homework harder, like problems with friends or things going on at home.
Kids whose parents are going through a divorce or some other family problem often struggle with getting homework done on time.
Even students who never had a problem with homework before can start having trouble because of problems they face at home. But whatever the reason for your homework struggles, there are many ways to get help.
Who Can Help?
Talk to someone (parents, teachers, school counselor, or another trusted adult) if you're having problems with schoolwork. Speak up as soon as you can, so you can get help right away before you fall behind.
Your parents are often a great place to start if you need help. They might be able to show you how to do a tough math problem or help you think of a subject to write about for English class. But they also can be helpful by finding that perfect spot in the house for you to do your homework and keeping supplies, like pencils, on hand. Parents also can cut down on distractions, like noisy younger brothers and sisters!
Teachers also are important resources for you because they can give you advice specific to the assignment you're having trouble with. They can help you set up a good system for writing down your assignments and remembering to put all the necessary books and papers in your backpack. Teachers can give you study tips and offer ideas about how to tackle homework. Helping kids learn is their job, so be sure to ask for advice!
Many schools, towns, and cities offer after-school care for kids. Often, homework help is part of the program. There, you'll be able to get some help from adults, as well as from other kids.
You also might try a local homework help line, which you would reach by phone. These services are typically staffed by teachers, older students, and other experts in school subjects.
You can also use the Internet to visit online homework help sites. These sites can direct you to good sources for research and offer tips and guidance about many academic subjects. But be cautious about just copying information from an Internet website. This is a form of cheating, so talk with your teacher about how to use these sources properly.
Another option is a private tutor. This is a person who is paid to spend time going over schoolwork with you. If cost is a concern, this can be less expensive if a small group of kids share a tutoring session.
Do It Together
Some kids will hardly ever need homework help. If you're one of them, good for you! Why not use your talent to help a friend who's struggling? You might offer to study together. Going over lessons together can actually help both of you.
Information is easy to remember when you're teaching it to someone, according to one fifth grader, who says she helps her friend, Jenny, with multiplication tables. "It helps me to learn them, too," she says. "I practice while she's practicing."
You might want to create a regular study group. You could set goals together and reward yourselves for completing your work. For example, when you finish writing your book reports, go ride your bikes together. Looking forward to something fun can help everyone get through the work.
Still Having Trouble?
Sometimes even after trying all these strategies, a kid still is having trouble with homework. It can be tough if this happens to you. But remember that everyone learns at a different pace. You might have to study for 2 hours instead of 1, or you might have to practice multiplication tables 10 times instead of 5 to really remember them.
It's important to put in as much time as you need to understand the lessons. Ask your mom or dad to help you create a schedule that allows as much time as you need.
And keep talking about the problems you're having — tell your parents, teachers, counselors, and others. That way, they'll see that you are trying to get your homework done. And when it is done, make sure you find time to do something fun!