A handful of great sites to reference when students need a little extra help with these subjects.
Guest Post by Lisa Shoreland.
If you’ve ever struggled to find time to visit a teacher during office hours, drawn a blank at the library, or been confused about where to start on your homework, you’ve probably turned to online resources for additional help. And if you’ve been down that road, you know that for every great website, there are hundreds – even thousands – of inferior ones that can waste your time or give you the wrong information. Fortunately, there are several credible websites you can use to help with a wide variety of homework topics. Here are five of the best ones for common subjects that have caused plenty of homework headaches, so consult them whenever you need some direction or additional information in the world of academia.
English & Writing
Got a paper to write? Head over to The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) for some top-notch tips, examples, information, and strategies. You can find formatting and style guides, grammar and mechanics rules, writing tips, research guidelines, and much more – even ESL resources. In addition to reading about these helpful topics, you can try some exercises to figure out the correct way to do everything from paraphrasing to punctuation. This is a well organized website that provides reliable information, user-friendly navigation, and a wide variety of searchable topics, so be sure to take advantage of this excellent resource.
WordReference.com is an incredibly helpful resource for any student who’s taking a foreign language course. You can accurately translate words and short phrases in a wide array of languages, giving you the ability to understand the connections among multiple languages – for example, you can translate an Italian word to French to Arabic to English. One of the most helpful tools on the site, however, is the verb conjugator, which can handle Spanish, French, and Italian. When you use this website, your days of paging through your limited textbook or printed dictionary to find a certain word or verb tense will be over. This can save you time, prevent plenty of frustration, and open up a wide variety of resources to help you explore foreign languages at your own pace.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence provides a helpful webpage for everything from applied sciences to earth, physical, life, and even space sciences. This resource essentially serves as a database from which you can find more specific, credible websites to help you find what you need. For example, under Animal & Zoology resources, you can find the Smithsonian National Zoological Park page, Animal Diversity Web, and 32 other comprehensive resources that pertain to the same topic. Each site is federally approved, so you don’t have to worry about credibility – simply enjoy the accurate information and use it to help you succeed.
Go to the Illinois State Board of Education’s Social Science Resources page for exceptional information on topics like genocide, civics, government, U.S. history, economics, geography, and more. Each website listed in this database leads you to credible information on a more specific topic, such as the American Revolution or a virtual tour of Eisenhower’s home. It’s a great way to explore or find a certain piece of information, so check it out the next time you’re scratching your head over social sciences.
This one is simple – just try math.com. You’ll find resources on every subject from basic math to calculus and advanced topics, where each section offers formulas and tables, references, test preparation and study tips, and a “cool tools” link. No matter what you might be struggling with, math.com can help you find the right answer.
Guest author Lisa Shoreland is currently a resident blogger at Go College, where recently she's been researching military student grants as well as need based college grants. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing, practicing martial arts, and taking weekend trips.
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