It’s that time of the year when you may notice that your homework is getting progressively harder.
San Jose Public Library is an excellent homework resource. The Library provides many resources that are valuable in a distance learning environment.
Distance learning = San Jose Public Library’s homework resources!
Virtual Homework Club
In past years, each library provided an in-person Homework Club where volunteers assisted children in elementary school with their homework. Last year, I ran a Homework Club for one of the libraries. The volunteers who donated their time were all high-achieving students who were in Advanced Placement and/or Honors classes, sports teams, band, and service clubs. The adults who volunteered were often former teachers or college students looking for teaching experience. These volunteers were some of the best people I ever knew!
Due to the pandemic, Homework Clubs have moved to the virtual realm. You can expect the same high caliber volunteers.
In order to attend a Virtual Homework Club, you will need to register.
Here is the skinny:
- Online via Zoom
- Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
- 4:00 to 6:00 PM
- August 31 to December 14, 2020
- For students from Kindergarten – 8th Grade
- Help with many subjects, including: reading, writing, math, social studies, and science
- Assistance in languages other than English may be provided based on volunteers’ availability.
If you have any questions about this service, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutor.com also provides live homework tutors that can help with a variety of subjects for students from kindergarten through the general elective level in college.
Though Tutor.com is well-known for its live tutor help, my family found the skills area and practice tests even more useful. When my child was taking accelerated classes in middle through high school, practice worksheets and quizzes aided in attaining mastery over various subjects. Tutor.com has a wide variety of tools created for this purpose. You can search by a general category and find numerous sub-headings per category.
Here are some of the valuable tools that are available:
- Learning games (math)
- Practice Quizzes (mostly upper elementary through high school)
- SAT/ACT test prep
- Graduate test prep
- Advanced Placement test prep (calculus, biology, world history, U.S. history)
- Job Placement
My kid found that the standardized test preps were especially valuable because Tutor.com purchased The Princeton Review.
In order to utilize this service, you will need to create an account.
Homework Help: Online Resources
If you are looking for primary or secondary sources instead of a tutor, choose one or more of the many online resources that the Library has to offer.
The Library’s online resources are handily separated by subject in the following order:
- Journal or Magazine Articles (including primary sources San Jose Mercury News Online and New York Times Online
- College and Career (including Tuition Funding Sources)
- General References such as encyclopedias
- History and Biography (including primary source Library of Congress Digital Collections and 4th grade Missions of California ebooks)
- Language Learning (including pronunciation practice with Pronunciator)
- Reading and Literature (including Literary Reference Center and Poetry and Short Story Reference Center)
- Science (including PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science for 3rd to 6th graders )
- Social Studies (including Opposing Views in Context and Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life)
- Test Prep and Online Learning (including ABC Mouse for 2 to 8 year olds)
You may need to register with your library card for some of these resources.
Wi-fi hotspots are now available to connect to the internet.
Please let me know if you have any questions and impress your instructors with these new tools!