Category Archives: Homework

Homework Help @ Your Library…and beyond!

Homework HelpWith school just starting, lots of us are stressed out with tests, quizzes, homework, extracurricular activities, friends. . . I’m sure you know what I mean.

The good news is that the Seattle Public Library is here to help.  If you find yourself struggling, there’s several important resources, available for all grade, ages, and often in multiple languages (though this varies from branch to branch).

First, check out in-person Homework Help.  This is available at Beacon Hill, Broadview, Columbia, Delridge, Douglass-Truth, High Point, Lake City, NewHolly, Northgate, Rainier Beach and South Park.  This service is generally available several hours a day, Monday through Thursday (not including holidays), but check with your individual branch, as the hours vary branch to branch. Students are able to treat this as a drop in session and are not required to sign up before arrival.

However, if your local branch is like mine and does not have in-person homework help, or you don’t want to leave your home, then take a look at online Homework Help (provided by SPL, powered by Brainfuse). This service is available seven days a week from 1-10 pm in both Spanish and English.  There, you will be able to get help from tutors for Math, English, Science, and Social Studies.  However, for this site you do need a library card and pin number. Continue reading

The No-Stress Zone: Organization Methods, Tips, and Advice

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Hi students, teachers, and parents! I welcome you to the first official post in The No-Stress Zone blog series, in which I offer middle and high school students advice, methods, and tricks to prevent stress before it’s caused and help reduce stress when it’s caused.

I will begin with some methods and tips on a particular subject that almost every teacher emphasizes numerous times throughout the school year: organization. Although there are students who are able to get their school work done and maintain good grades even if they have a somewhat messy binder or backpack, there are students who are not able to do that. Have no fear, because I have a couple of ways of organizing your school papers! Continue reading

The No-Stress Zone!

The No-Stress Zone Welcomes You!
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Whether you’re in middle school or high school, you’re most likely going to have at least one stress per week:

A biology test on Wednesday, but you haven’t even read the chapter yet; a book report on Pride and Prejudice due in a week but you’re not half-way done with the novel yet; a project in history about the Revolutionary War due in two weeks, but you’re not sure what happened first, the Stamp Act or the Currency Act? Continue reading

We need Homework Help volunteers! Spread the word!

HHThe Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to assist K-12 students with homework assignments and developing literacy and mathematics skills throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

Anne Vedella, the Library’s volunteer services coordinator, said successful Homework Helpers are comfortable interacting with students of all ages individually and in small groups. She explained that Homework Help is a drop-in program for students. “A volunteer does not work with one student throughout the school year,” she said. “Each week, the students and their requests for academic support may be different.”

“We are seeking volunteers who are well-rounded academically and enjoy helping students learn,” Vedella said. “You don’t need to be a subject expert to participate, although that is helpful, especially in the areas of math, reading, writing and science.”

You can find Homework Help (for all your school-related needs) at the following locations from Sept. 8, 2014, through June 11, 2015:

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Exhibit: Denny Middle School Writing

201312 Denny_MS_flierThese essays from Denny Middle School students will be up until the end of Winter Break at the Southwest, Delridge, High Point, or South Park branches.  Schedule a visit soon to see these great expository essays about how to survive a zombie attack, the plight of elephants, why dead bodies are scary, and much much more.  You can also take a look at some of the past pieces created by Denny Middle School writing at their blogs for 7th and 8th graders.

High School Advice: What I Wish I'd Known My Freshman Year!​

Been There Survived ThatMost people think that freshman year is a breeze and for me in terms of academics, it was.  However, I learned some things along the way that I wish I’d went ahead and done. I ’m here to share my advice with you to hopefully better your freshman year experience. Continue reading

School Advice: the Art in Forming Your Education

Have you ever made jokes about the “smart” kid in your class?  The jokes you make consisting of a deeper desire of your very own to be more like them, to share their love of school or even love the homework each night as they seem to?  Have you ever asked yourself what the “smart” kid possesses that you seem not to and why they seem so school inclined? Continue reading