Tag Archives: Homework

Homework Help: What's Your Learning Style?

It has been shown that there are three main learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic/tactile.

            Visual learners remember things best when they can take notes, read, or look at pictures and diagrams. They like to work alone quietly. They are also good at remembering faces, but not names. They like to learn by drawing a map, making an outline, using flashcards, watching a video, or highlighting information.

            Auditory learners like to read aloud, talk in class, work in groups, or listen to lectures. They are good at remembering names and explaining concepts to others. They are often good with foreign languages. They remember things best when they can hear them, as in a video, discussion, or lecture.

            Kinesthetic (also known as tactile) learners like to be hands-on. They like learning through experience. They enjoy labs, role-playing exercises, and field trips. They don’t like sitting still for very long, and will often take breaks when studying. They learn best by building models, using flashcards, or playing games.

            Knowing your learning style is a key factor in being successful, especially in school. Do you always have trouble studying for tests? Well, maybe you’re using the wrong method – if you’re an auditory learner, taking notes may not be as helpful as having a group discussion.

Want to find out what your learning style is? There are lots of free tests on the web that will tell you. Here’s a good one that only takes a couple minutes.

Post by Emma M. and Callan, teen bloggers

Homework Help: School Supplies

 

School supply shopping can become fairly monotonous from year to year. While trying to stock up on paper and pencils, you find yourself drowning in markers of every color, neon duct tape, and the latest must-have bejeweled locker accessories. Sound familiar? Instead of purchasing the exact same supplies this year, try getting the following useful things to supplement your binder.

  •  White Out – Let’s face it. Everyone makes mistakes. If you just so happen to make a mistake while writing in pen, white out is an invaluable tool that can help you avoid a paper filled with scribbles and mistakes.
  • PostIts – These small sticky notes are my absolute favorite school supply. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. You can use them for everything from writing yourself a reminder about a homework assignment to marking some pages in a book. Post-Its are a key tool in organization, both in the classroom and out.
  • Mini Stapler – Imagine this: You are in class, all ready to turn in your final paper of the year, but the teacher doesn’t have a stapler! What do you do? You pull out your trusty mini stapler and finish your paper with style. These staplers come in handy at the most crucial moments, and even have optional colored designs and staples.
  • Sharpie – Nothing comes in handy like a nice, black Sharpie. This pen can be used in thousands of different situations, from last-minute presentations to cleverly outlined maps. You never know when you might need a Sharpie, and all the different colors make them extremely fun to shop for!
  • DoubleSided Tape/Rubber Cement – Though these two products are fairly different, they can be used to accomplish some of the same tasks. Move over, glue stick! Both the tape and the cement can stick papers and projects together and keep them together. They actually keep components stuck together (unlike some glue sticks), and they can make whatever you use them for look infinitely neater without visible tape or glue marks.
  • Three Hole Punch – This is a lifesaver when your teacher hands out sheets that s/he has neglected to punch holes in. All you have to do is take out your three hole punch (most can clip straight into your binder) and suddenly you have a paper with holes that fits right into your organized binder.

 

When you go supply shopping this year, remember these must-have picks that might be slightly different from what you usually get. Peruse the animal-shaped rubber bands if you must, but remember what will be useful when you need it the most in school.

Post by Callanand Emma M., teen bloggers

Homework Help: Organization

Nothing can ruin a day like a dropped binder in the middle of class, especially when all the papers inside said binder scatter every which way upon hitting the floor. With a touch of organization, the papers can all stay inside the binder and the whole mess can be avoided. We have several tips for tidying up and getting organized that can simplify your life and make you a better student in general.

Emma’s Tips

  • Clean Your Space! – Whether it is a bedroom or just a desk, putting things away can instantly make the area much more maneuverable. Assign a place to everything you put away so that you can easily find it again. Make sure to periodically clean out your drawers, closet, etc. and give away/throw away the things that you do not need. They take up a lot of unnecessary space. Afterwards, you will be surprised what a difference is made by having a clear surface to work on – or even a clear floor to walk on!
  • Keep the Binder in Order – Throughout the school year, binders have a tendency to slowly decay into piles of crumpled paper, dried up pens, and eraser-less pencils. To avoid this mess, be sure to periodically purge your binder of unneeded worksheets and supplies. Place old schoolwork in a file folder in your room to keep for finals. Keep your binder well-stocked with working pencils and pens. Put all of your supplies in easily accessible pockets. Hole punch everything. Even if you only clean out your binder once every quarter, you can still keep it lighter and neater.
  • Use a Homework Planner – Most schools provide planners for students to keep track of their assignments. These are amazing tools that are not to be neglected! Whenever your teacher gives out homework, write the due date in your planner and check it every night. You can even write down other events, such as sport practices, concerts, etc. This way, you can plan out when to do your assignments so that they do not get in the way of any other activities.

 

’s Tips

  • Color-Code – As silly or juvenile as it might sound, color-coding is one of the easiest ways to keep work from all your classes organized. Pick one color for each class, then make sure that your binder, notebook, divider, or folder for that class all match that color. Also, if you tend to use note cards, mark them with the color of the class they are from.
  • Take Organized Notes – Everyone has their own style of taking notes. Whether you like highlighting, outlines, Cornell notes, or your own inventive style, to keep your notes organized, always make sure your style is consistent. If taking notes on loose-leaf paper, ALWAYS write a heading that includes your name, the date, the topic, and the class or teacher. If you prefer notebooks, start off by leaving room for a table of contents, and head each page similarly (always include the date and topic) so you can find what you’re looking for without having to leaf through every page of your notebook.
  • Get Ready The Night Before – You may have heard this one before, but believe me, it really does work. Getting your backpack or bag ready each night before you go to bed can save you a lot of trouble the next morning, especially if you’re the type that sleeps in till the last minute. Make sure your homework, lunch, supplies, etc. are ready to go, already packed and ready for tomorrow. After all, everyone knows how awful it is to get to school and realize you’ve forgotten that paper you just spent hours working on last night.

 

We know it’s a lot of work to stay organized throughout the school year as work piles up around you, but if you follow these simple tips, you will always be one step ahead and far from disorganized!

Post by Emma M. and , teen bloggers

Homework Help: Poll: What do you want?

School is coming. We all know it, no matter how much we may pretend that we don’t. So to make the transition back to school (and homework) a little easier, be sure to look out for our upcoming Homework Help series, featuring lots of tips to help you keep up on your homework and earn that A+!

In preparation for this series, we (your fellow teens) want to hear from you: what do you need help with? Organization? Note-taking? Essays? Let us know, and we’ll try to cover it in our series.
So what are you waiting for? Leave us a comment!

Post by Callan and Emma M., teen bloggers

Get Your Papers Graded by a Robot!

Okay, well not really. But basically. I recently discovered something called Paper Rater (AKA Paper Grader). It’s 1:07 on a Thursday night, that essay on The Great Gatsby is due tomorrow and you forgot to have your friend proofread your paper. Have no fear! You can submit your paper to Paper Grader, and it will check for things like spelling errors. But you say “my word processor can do that, I don’t need Paper Grader.”  Well that’s not all it can do. Paper Grader will not only check if you spelled your words correctly, it will make suggestions on what words you use with its style and word choice analysis. It also has a vocabulary builder, a tool which can give you quick definitions and synonyms.  Atop that it has “readability” stats – basically, does your paper sound right.

However, perhaps Paper Grader’s most impressive feature is the plagiarism detector.  I don’t know about your school, but my school likes to use a little thing called turnitin.com for almost all of out papers.  Basically turnitin.com checks for plagiarism, among other things, and we have to submit out papers electronically through turnitin.com – and every time I submit a paper, I always get nervous – “what if someone, somewhere, at sometime, has strung the exact same set of words together to form a thought and posted it somewhere on the internet and then my paper will get flagged for plagiarism and I’ll be expelled and not go to college and forced to beg on the streets for PENNIES!” Okay, well actually, I don’t get that freaked out, but it can be reassuring to have your paper scanned for any possibility of plagiarism before turning it in.

— Patrick, 17, Teen Center Advisor

What You Might Not Know About Homework Help At The Douglass-Truth Branch

You know that there are volunteers who can help you with your homework at many of the branches of The Seattle Public Library, right? That you just show up with whatever homework you need help with and it’s totally free? Of course you do! But, you’re wondering to yourself, what if I go to the Douglass-Truth branch for Homework Help? What will I find there? Well…

  • Douglass-Truth has Homework Help on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The afternoons are our busiest time, so for more one-on-one time with a Homework Helper, come in the evenings.
  • Douglass-Truth also has Homework Help on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. And if you finish your homework—or just get bored—ask the Homework Helpers to give you a quiz on some of the freakiest things in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • We have games you can play in the library, like Math Bingo, that will help you work on your math skills while having fun.
  • Always wanted to learn French or how to write poetry? After they’ve finished helping with homework, volunteers can help you with your out-of-school interests as well.

And that’s just at Douglass-Truth (which you can visit at 2300 E. Yesler or call at 206-684-4704)! Visit this page to find out what you might not know about Homework Help at other Seattle Public Library branches or about the Online Homework Help resource.

Homework Help: Quizlet

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            Ah, the dreaded vocabulary test! For those of us who do not have photographic memories, they can be very difficult to study for. For many years I relied upon simply having someone quiz me by reading aloud a word’s definition, and then I would try to remember the word. But now I have a better method: Quizlet.

It’s a free website that anyone can use, as long as you make an account. Once you sign up, the first thing to do is make a flashcard set. All you have to do for one of these is plug in the words you need to learn and their definitions, and you’re ready to start studying for that next vocab test! Quizlet gives you five ways to practice: Familiarize, Learn, Test, Scatter, and Space Race. Familiarize is the basic, flashcard-style method, where you are given a term and you can choose to look at the definition if you need to. Learn is a fill-in-the-blank style, where you type your answer. Test is my personal favorite because it gives you a variety of question styles – fill-in-the-blank, matching, multiple choice, and true/false. Scatter is a game where you drag the word to its definition, or vice versa. You are timed, and you can play over and over to try and beat your best time. Space Race gives you a limited amount of time to type your answers, and if you do well enough, you move on to the next level. And if you’re someone who learns better with friends, try starting a group on Quizlet, so you and your classmates can study together.

            No matter what method works best for you, Quizlet can help you in every class, for every subject. Need to learn some words for Spanish? No problem. Have to learn the state capitals for Geography? Piece of cake. With Quizlet by your side, you’re sure to be ready for your next vocab test!

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