Sometimes, kids need a little extra help with their schoolwork, and a basic Google search won’t cover it. For subject-specific online help, check out the cost-effective resources below.
This non-profit organization says its mission is to provide “free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Clicking on the ‘Courses’ tab literally fills the screen with grade-specific resources for math, science, language, computing, test prep, life skills, and more.
This U.S.-based site provides free, one-on-one tutoring for kindergarten to grade 12 students, in subjects like reading, writing, math, and science. Students interact with a volunteer tutor via the organization’s website, using audio/video chat plus tech tools such as digital chalkboards.
Here, a cute blue monster named Frank offers to help with homework and facts. Browse the user-friendly site to find content on topics such as math, science, language arts, U.S. geography, and history.
Originally founded as a marketplace of live online classes for kids ages 3 to 18, Outschool is offering some of its virtual “camps” to American families at no cost during the pandemic. Classes meet in small groups over live video chat where students are safely connected with teachers and classmates who share their interests.
Your public library’s website
Your local library may have online or in-person resources to help with homework, tech skills or learning a new language. Many libraries also have partnerships with Tutor.com, providing free access to its resources.
Your child’s teacher
Hands down, the most valuable advice about your child’s learning progress will come directly from his or her teacher. If your child needs added practice or support in a specific subject area, the teacher can steer you to the right resources. Your child’s class may already have a subscription to an educational website like Studyladder, Dreambox, Prodigy, Xtramath or Knowledgehook – all of which provide engaging and motivating opportunities to practice math and language skills. The teacher may also recommend other programs offered within the school, such as individual reading support.
Keep in mind that every student is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. If you try using an educational website and it doesn’t “click” with your child, that’s okay. Try another site or ask around to family and friends about resources that have proved helpful to them.