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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

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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Homework Help Superheroes Vol. 3

Study IconIf you visit one of 11 Seattle Public Library branches on certain days after school, you’ll witness something amazing: seemingly ordinary, mild-mannered citizens put on capes and tights and transform into superheroes.

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Homework Help Superheroes Vol. 2

Study IconIf you visit one of 11 Seattle Public Library branches on certain days after school, you’ll witness something amazing: seemingly ordinary, mild-mannered citizens put on capes and tights and transform into superheroes.

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Homework Help Superheroes Vol. 1

Study IconIf you visit one of 11 Seattle Public Library branches on certain days after school, you’ll witness something amazing: seemingly ordinary, mild-mannered citizens put on capes and tights and transform into superheroes.

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Homework Help: The Khan Academy

THE BEST outside-of-school learning source.

Having trouble with your math, or don’t get your chemistry homework?
With over 3000 videos on a virtual chalkboard, the only thing you need
to get an A+ in school is The Khan Academy. Ranging from simple
addition to physics or history, this is the way to do it.

Sal Khan started the Academy with one goal in mind,  “providing a high
quality education to anyone, anywhere.”  The Khan Academy lectures are free and always will be.  Salman Khan believes that he knows a better way of teaching.  Instead of the teacher giving a lecture in class and you doing homework at your homes, he thinks it should be switched.
Sal Khan thinks that at home you need to watch a lecture or video
about what you are doing the next day.  Then, in class you should
practice what you learned, and your teacher can help you with the
problems.

I first stumbled upon him when my math teacher showed us some of his
videos (she somehow found time in between flippycat videos, which are
very good also). We were learning how to multiply binomials (which I already knew how to do), but judging by the general consensus of the class, he can explain it better than my teacher.  He originally started by posting the videos on YouTube for his niece, but once Bill Gates’ children started using it, the Khan academy evolved into a huge non-profit company dedicated to learning.

With this, you will never go to school with a dumbfounded expression
on your face.  He will help you stay on top of all your work and help
you get the grade you want.

–Post by Brock, teen blogger, Northeast TAG

 

Your Opinions, Your Chance To Win!

 Got a few minutes? I know, not really. But you might want to make some time to take one of the surveys about The Seattle Public Library’s Homework Help program. Why? Because your opinions matter and will help us improve the Homework Help program. Oh, and also because you could win a $10 Starbucks card.
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