Thursday
Sep272012

Online Resources for Academic Support

We've reviewed the following websites that provide great resources for helping your mentee with their schoolwork.

www.kidzmet.com
Sign up for the free Parent membership and take 20 minutes with your mentee to better understand the ways in which they learn best. You can also try it out for yourself to see how your learning styles may be different from theirs. It is essentially a free personality test (similar to Meyers-Briggs) where you click on a happy or “gross” expression to respond to statements like “playing games with other people,” or “cooking with recipes and measurements,” or “spelling”. In the end, you’ll get a “Personal Motto” as well as tips for an approach to homework, interactions with others, and study skills development. Once you have a better idea of what categories your mentee falls into, the blog can provide additional articles for better understanding your mentee’s learning style and how to help them be successful given their distinct personality.

www.khanacademy.org
Browse and learn from the over 3,200 videos that cover everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and practice with hundreds of exercises. The Khan Academy is “on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.” This is a great tool for walking through any topic of interest with your mentee, or if you want a refresher course before you help them with their homework or studying for a test!

www.youthfriends.org/documents/ReadingGuide2006.pdf
This will help you be a more effective mentor when it comes to reading with them. Page 9 highlights reading English as a second language, the tips of which can be especially helpful with many of our mentees. Page 12 gives a list of recommended reading (from 2006, but still can be applicable) for different levels of readers.

www.braincake.org
A resource for girls 11-17. Fun games and great career resources!

“We're here to help girls be confident, solve problems, and think independently.  We engage girls in current science, helping them understand its relevance to their life today.  We create and link girls to programs that educate and prepare them to understand and use science in their everyday lives.  And, we embrace girls as architects of change - envisioning, planning, organizing, shaping, and building a better world - with math and science as their tools.”


www.tryscience.org
Powered by IBM, you will find a world of exciting and useful information, activities, and ideas that are just like science. Learn about experiments to do at home, go on a virtual field trip or choose your own video game learning adventure. For ages 10 and older.

www.pbskids.org/dragonflytv/
For ages 5 and older. Try fun science experiments and find out your results compared to others on the spot! Most experiement components are items you have lying around the house or are very inexpensive to buy. Play fun games too!

Department of Education: Help My Child with Academics

Editor's picks of Department of Education publications dealing with academic support.

Department of Education: Provide Guidance - Helping Your Child with Homework

A useful article on providing guidance to helping children with their homework including study habits, dealing with frustration, and using praise.

Department of Education:
Show That You Think Education and Homework Are Important — Helping Your Child With Homework

How to set a good example and structure a child's environment to support them.

Project Appleseed

Why homework is important, and more links to homework resources.

 

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