According to Mail Online, two thirds of parents admitted they can’t help their kids with homework because it’s too hard. And to no surprise, math topped the list of the most dreaded subject for parents. If you’ve ever opened your kid’s Nelson math textbook, you’d understand. The question itself reads like a foreign language, you can’t make heads or tails of it, let alone help answer it.
There’s a free online resource called Homework Help that offers one-on-one tutoring for students in grades 7 to 10. This free service enables students to anonymously enter a discussion room that is moderated by a certified Ontario math teacher. The service is available Sunday to Thursday 5:30-9:30 pm and there are many discussion rooms available within each grade. However, other resources on the site are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Key areas of the site include:
- Homework Help chat rooms with certified teachers
- Listen & Learn presentations with certified teachers and interactive tutorials
- A virtual locker to record chat sessions for future review
- A variety of other tools such as a glossary of terms and a calculator
To register, all you need is your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) from their report card and their date of birth. Choose a (anonymous) username and password and your child is set to ask a question.
A quick Google search shows that many Ontario school boards (public and separate) including Toronto, Peel, Durham, York, Hamilton-Wentworth, Halton and Ottawa all list Homework Help as a resource for parents on their website. Homework Help is funded by the Ontario government and administered by TVO’s Independent Learning Centre.
Homework Help is offered in English and only available to students in publicly funded Ontario schools.
Homework Help’s YouTube Channel contains brief learning videos on fractions, integers and more.
Did I mention that it’s FREE? As a parent, I said thank you Homework Help!!
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