Here are some helpful resources that can make working with students a bit easier! These resources can also be found in the Tutoring Resources binder in the 826CHI Writing Lab.
Kahn Academy: Khan Academy is filled with hundreds and hundreds of videos teaching the most simple to the most complex concepts. (There is no need to sign up!). Grades: K – 12
NeoK12: NeoK12 is super helpful and fun! Select a branch of learning under the heading; You will find a plethora of videos explaining tons of principles. You browse by concept, but each section displays the grade levels just below it after you click on it. Grades: K – 12
Stumped by a math problem and need a refresher? Here are some nifty sites that might help!
LearnZillion: LearnZillion has lessons for each grade. There are walk-through videos that show detailed steps through real-life problems to refresh concepts. Grades: K – 8
Math Warehouse: Math Warehouse’s concepts vary from Algebra to Calculus. Click on one of these topics at the top of the page to explore types of equations and ways to solve them. This website includes a calculator to help check answers. Grades 9 – 12
Understanding science can be difficult without more resources! Here are sites to help you out!
Sumanas, Inc.: Sumanas, Inc. has animated tutorials on various types of biology, chemistry, astronomy, neuroscience, and environmental science. Some tutorials are simple while others may be more complicated. Grades: Elementary – High School
Periodic Videos: A collaboration between Periodic Videos and TED that creates an interactive periodic table. Each element has an informative video that demonstrates the element’s properties. Grades: 6 – 12
Science Daily: Science Daily presents the latest research news and scientific developments. It’s a great resource for science project topics/ideas. Some articles may require research done on scientific vocabulary, but most articles are readily understandable. Grades: Elementary-High School
If there is ever a problem with grammar or ideas within a text, the following sites might relieve all the headache and confusion.
Merriam Webster: Merriam-Webster is a great print dictionary, as it is an electronic dictionary. Definitions are contemporary and comprehensive. Grades: K – 12
Daily Grammar: Daily Grammar’s glossary defines all the different parts of speech in the English language. Each definition is accompanied by the links to lessons which further explain each term. Grades: K – 12
Online Writing Lab of Perdue: The OWL of Purdue provides aid for better writing, research and citation, tutor resources, and ESL orientation. OWL is a go-to reference for all teachers and professors. Grades: Elementary – High School
Novel Guide: Novel Guide has hundreds of analyzed books. A tutor can better understand what a student is reading, as well as conceptualize whether or not a student is catching on to the major themes of a text. Tutors may help direct students toward these themes if they need more assistance. Grades: 6 – 12
Bartleby: Bartleby is an immaculate archive of classical poetry, fiction, nonfiction, philosophy, and so forth. Students will better understand Shakespeare and Dickinson, as well as Grimm’s Fairy Tales (and tons of other writings). Browse by author, genre, reference, or collection, such as the excellent Harvard Classics. Grades: Elementary-High School
History and Social Studies
Need a quick history lesson? If you feel there is more to history than the students’ textbooks, check these sites out!
World History for Us All: WHFUA is extremely helpful! Click on one of the topics on the top bar (“History, Geography, and Time,” one of the “Big Eras,” or “Past and Future.”) to read about them. The glossary at the top of the page is also excellent. Grades: K – 12
Digital History: Digital History records the history of the United States. The text is split between Eras, Topics, Resources, and Reference. The site recounts the times of the first Americans to Americans today (and lots of what’s in-between). Grades: K – 12
Smithsonian Source: The Smithsonian Source provides primary sources for American history. Click on the “Historical Topics” tab and click on the link that says “Primary Sources” under the topic of choice. Grades: Elementary – High School
Central Intelligence Agency: The CIA allows one to click on any continent on the map, and then on any country in order to learn geography as well as to get a quick idea about what a particular country is like. Grades: K – 12