The school year’s winding down, and pressure to nail those grades is going up. As always, the Kansas City Public Library’s here to help. Whether you’re sweating that English paper or gearing up for a long night of calculus crunching, Brainfuse can hook you up with free online homework help from expert tutors any day of the week. All you need is a Library card.
Brainfuse is a suite of online tutoring services designed to help you master an academic skill, prepare for a test, or just get through a difficult homework problem by connecting you with certified online tutors offering a wide array of interactive, state-aligned activities for grades K-12. Tutoring help is also available in Spanish.
Brainfuse provides one-on-one homework help every day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Access is available online on the Library homework help page. You must log in to Brainfuse using a Kansas City Public Library card and your PIN. (Forgot your PIN?) You can use Brainfuse from home, but you must first access it through the Library’s website.
Chat with a Tutor
Brainfuse has a lot of features. But if you want to start working with a live tutor right away, begin with Homework Help or Live Skills Building.
Homework Help: To begin a live tutoring session, click the Live Help button on the Brainfuse main page, then select the grade level and subject. A live tutoring session will begin in an easy-to-use format.
Live Skills Building: If you’re seeking to build academic skills in a specific area (such as developing a thesis statement, performing prime factorization, or learning more about the scientific method), the Live Skills Building option connects you to a live tutoring session based on grade level, subject, and the skill of your choice.
Language Lab:¿Como se dice? If you need help with your Spanish homework, there’s a live tutor waiting in the Language Lab.
How to Conduct a Live Tutoring Session:
If you’re familiar with instant-message/chat services like AIM, Skype, or Facebook Chat, then conducting a live-tutoring session is pretty straightforward. Once you launch the program, a new browser window will open. You’ll be given a username, and a tutor will automatically be assigned to you.
Use the chat window in the lower-right corner to ask questions and interact with your tutor. Use the “whiteboard” in the space above to key in or copy-paste your homework problems that you need help with.
Brainfuse also offers other free services, but to use them you must first register for free by creating a Brainfuse username and password. This is so that Brainfuse can do things like contact you with answers from tutors, save your tests for you, and keep track of your past sessions so you can refer back to them later. Once you’re a registered user, you can use any of these services:
Writing Lab: Submit your papers through the secure file-sharing system in order to receive in-depth analysis of essays, papers, and other writing assignments. It’s as easy as attaching something to an e-mail. Papers will be returned within 24 hours with constructive comments.
TestCenter: Take practice tests for state standardized exams as well as the ACT and the SAT.
24/7 Center: If you log in during a time when no tutors are available, leave a question in the 24/7 Center and get a response back within 24 hours.
Brainwave: This nifty collaborative tool allows you to record a movie of your activity on the Brainfuse whiteboard. Use it for notetaking purposes or when typing an ordinary email isn’t enough – a great way for recording solutions to math problems. You can also search other people’s Brainwaves.
MEET: Just like it sounds! Use MEET to schedule online meetings with friends to study, work on homework together, and collaborate on projects.
Flashbulb: Need to study on the go? Flashbulb gives you 24/7 access to flashcards in hundreds of subjects that you can look at on your mobile device or computer.
Happy studying! If you need help using Brainfuse or any of our other Homework Help resources, call the Central Youth Services desk at 816.701.3441.
By Hannah Watson
Whether you are trying to boost your grades before applying for college or are struggling to bring up a low GPA, you’ll likely want some help that will get you back on track without straining your wallet. The following list is full of sites that will make it easier for you to find free help with your homework. Get general homework help, join a social network with other students, look for help on a specific subject, and learn how to research and study better with these awesome websites.
General Homework Help
These sites all provide free homework help.
- MSN Encarta Homework Help. Find articles, tools, links to information on specific topics, and even a homework message board here.
- HippoCampus. This site provides multimedia lessons and course material to help high school and college students.
- Infoplease Homework Center. Get help with specific subjects or skills, such as writing and studying.
- HomeworkSpot. With the reference materials and links located here, you’ll find answers for your homework problems.
- Discovery Education Homework Help. Select from help with math, science, English, social studies, and other subjects here.
- About.com Homework/Study Tips. Find information on writing, research, study tips, and more.
- Refdesk.com Homework Helper. Organized by grade levels (first through college), find plenty of helpful resources here.
- King County Library System Research and Homework. Get links to sites with little marketing, access to helpful databases, and even online tutoring during specific hours.
- ClassBrain.com. Geared toward K-12, this site offers help with projects and reports, worksheets and puzzles, and useful articles.
- Edheads. This site offers games and activities to teach difficult concepts and designed to meet state and national standards.
- Math and Reading Help. Despite the name, this site offers articles to help with many subjects beyond math and reading, including science and writing research papers.
- NCES Kids’ Zone. Get help math help, find interesting facts, learn about choosing a college, and more on this site.
- Schoolwork.org. Find links to information organized by subject as well as information about online college, student health insurance, and student credit cards.
- High School Ace. This site offers college guidance information along with information by subject, news of the day, and quizzes and games.
- homeworkNYC.org. Sponsored by the New York public libraries, this site provides links to tons of information, tools, study notes, and text books.
Join an online community to get help from and learn from other students.
- Cramster. This online study community is available to high school and college students, parents, educators, and experts on subjects and offers everything from practice problems to study tips.
- Campusbug. Get access to tools and resources for studying, homework, and projects here.
- learnhub. This social networking site helps students find assistance with their assignments.
- Loomagoo. Students can share notes and study guides, purchase and sell text books, and more at this site.
- The Quad. Students can collaborate on school projects or organize face-to-face social events with this social network.
- Bored of Studies. From Australia, this group helps students with their last two years of studies before college.
- Student.com. Join this social network to connect with other students. Visit the forums and message boards for homework help as well as subject-specific discussions.
- The Exchange. High school students and teachers can join online to discuss political and constitutional ideas here.
- WordChamp. Sign up for free to access this incredible global network for learning a second language. Homework, drills, website reader, and conversation with native speakers are available.
Tutors and Tutorials
Get free online help with these tutors and tutorials.
- Jiskha Homework Help. Post your homework questions here and experts on the subject will answer your questions.
- Live Homework Help. This service from the state of Alabama offers free help from online tutors Sunday through Thursday from 3:00 to 10:00.
- StudentQuestions.com. Post a question through this service and receive an answer from tutors of varying levels of expertise. Note that some tutors are free while others charge a fee, but you get to choose.
- MathNerds. Get free math tutoring to help better understand math concepts.
- Free Tutoring – Your Child May be Eligible for Free Tutoring. Find out if you or someone you know in K-12 may be eligible for free tutoring help.
- MyTutorials Education. This section offers online tutorials in a variety of topics.
- CYS Services Free Online Tutoring. If you are affiliated with the US Army, then check out this site to find out how you can get free tutoring.
- Homework Hotline. If you live in Indiana, use this hotline to get free science and math help.
These math sites will help you learn everything from algebra to trig.
- AplusMath. Geared more to simple math skills through basic algebra, this site offers worksheets, flash cards, interactive math games, and much more.
- The Math Forum at Drexel. Get tons of tips, problems, and puzzles to help boost your math skills.
- curiousmath. Learn lots of great time-saving math tricks with the information here.
- Math.com. Find help with algebra and geometry at this site.
- Algebra Homework Help. Browse through a list of algebra and geometry topics, find a free tutor, and more.
- Mathematics Articles. These articles will help you better understand math with topics ranging from algebra through statistics.
- The Most Common Errors in Undergraduate Mathematics. This professor shares common errors such as bad handwriting and lack of parentheses.
- Free Math Help. Get help with algebra, calculus, trig, geometry, and statistics here.
- dansmath. Find lessons for algebra, calculus, and other math topics at this site that is continually adding new lessons.
- Virtual Math Lab. West Texas A&M provides this math help in three different levels of algebra, GRE math, and other standardized math tests.
If your reading could use a boost, try these sites.
- Reading Rockets. For both beginning readers and older readers who struggle, this site offers reading strategies, guides, and more.
- Teaching Reading to Older Kids Who Have Learning Disabilities. While this article is aimed at educators, it gives tips that older readers can incorporate for themselves to improve their reading.
- FREE Reading Help. This reading tutor has links to reading help online as well as a waiting list for free tutoring (up to two students at a time).
- All Info About Reading. Offering lessons, free worksheets, ideas, and more, this site provides tons of reading help.
- The Reading Genie. This professor provides a listing of lessons, research, and materials to help strengthen reading skills.
- Maryland Adult Literacy Resource Center. While some of the services offered here are for Maryland residents, they also offer GED and online reading resources.
- Thinkfinity Online Courses. These free online courses are designed to help students, teachers, and tutors learn more about literacy.
Research and Writing
These sites will help you learn how to do quality research and how to write about what you’ve found.
- A+ Research and Writing. For high school and college students, this site steps you through the process of creating a well-researched and written paper.
- Research and Documentation Online. This site offers help on evaluating the quality of information, knowing how to cite online material, and places to find reliable information on the Internet.
- University of California Berkeley Library General Guides. Find out about the different citation styles as well as other helpful research information.
- Info Zone Research Skills. This site walks you through six steps of research and provides helpful links for each one.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab. This online lab provides an enormous amount of writing and research information for students in grades 7-12, college students, and professional writers.
- Research, Reports and Presentation Support. Find everything from the mechanics of writing a paper to how to research controversial topics on this site.
- EasyBib. Use this tool to easily create a bibliography in MLA style for books, journal articles, and more.
- Ottobib. Enter the ISBN from any book and automatically get a bibliography in one of many standard styles.
- A Research Guide for Students. Learn how to do research, how to correctly write your research paper, and get links to reference materials useful in research.
- Teaching Organization in Writing. This article offers a simple overview of how to write a well-organized paper.
Science and History
Get plenty of help on your science and history homework with these sites.
- The Image. Find tons of information about and images of minerals and gemstones here.
- Dynamic Periodic Table. This incredible periodic table is easy to use and offers information by hovering your mouse or clicking on specific elements for detailed information.
- The Science Page. Get links to tons of science-specific resources here.
- Exploratorium. This awesome website offers a ton of useful science information.
- MadSci Network. Browse through the thousands of science questions and answers here or ask a scientist yourself if you still didn’t find the answer you needed.
- The Biography Maker. This tool will step you through creating an informative biography on the person of your choosing.
- History Timelines on the Web. Find history timelines from all around the world on a wide variety of topics.
- Online Conversion. Visit this site for an amazing number of conversions including global times, acceleration, and distances.
- History Help. This forum is a great place to post your questions or browse through past questions and answers.
- The History Place Homework Help. Get tips on how to write a history paper as well as links to other helpful history resources.
Study Skills and Tools
These sites will help you sharpen your study and test-taking skills.
- Study Guides and Strategies. This site offers tons of help ranging from time management to classroom participation to preparing for tests.
- Handouts, Worksheets and other Self Study Materials. From the University of Texas, get Word and PDF files covering a wide variety of study topics such as motivation, stress management, note taking, speed reading, and more.
- ASAP: A Student Assignment Planner. Enter the date you want to start your project and its due date, then receive a detailed checklist full of links to ensure you stay on track to complete your assignment on time.
- Howtostudy.org. See a study model, get study resources, and get help on topics such as college writing and GPA calculator.
- How-To-Study.com. Read articles on a variety of study topics ranging from general study tips to subject-specific topics.
- EducationAtlas Study Skill Guide for Students. These guides offer advice on test-taking, general study tips, and tips by a selection of topics ranging from psychology to chemistry.
- InfoPlease Study Skills. These tips will help prepare you for test-taking and even offers a section on mastering essay tests.
- Test Taking Tips. This site focuses on several aspects to help you study for and successfully take exams.
- Study Skills Online. Get study tips from a college professor at this site.
- Study Guide Zone. The resources here include study skills, test taking, different learning types, and much more.
- The Study Skills Help Page. Dr. Carolyn Hopper at Middle Tennessee State University has compiled several excellent resources for studying. Scroll to the bottom for the lists.
- Free-Ed.Net. Take free online classes here that focus on how to study, how to strengthen reasoning skills, and how to learn better communication.
Use these reference materials to find answers to almost any question you may have.
- Multnomah County Library Homework Center. This site offers links to information on many topics as well as links to several high-quality reference sites.
- BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper. This site has an awesome collection of reference materials sorted by subject.
- Awesome Stories. Find original sources from national archives, libraries, universities, museums, and government databases. Sign up for a free membership to have full access.
- Bartleby.com. This amazing site offers access to a huge list of reference books as well as fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
- Internet Public Library. Get reference material on a wide range of topics such as arts and humanities, law and government, business, education, and science.
- Fact Monster. Find facts on a variety of topics as well as several reference resources here.
- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence. This government database provides information on everything from math to music.
- Searching for Stuff. Find words, information by topic, and websites for education with this simple search site.
- Biography.com. Get biographical material on famous people that range from Abraham Lincoln to Michael Jackson.
- HowStuffWorks. Learn how something works at this site that covers everything from celiac disease to materials used in constructing patios.
- refdesk.com. This site offers facts, quotes, news, and searches for a variety of information.
Staying organized is a great way to improve your academic achievement so that you never lose an assignment or forget a test day again. Give these student organizers a try.
- GradeMate. Manage grades, assignments, notes, discussions, and more with this free student organizer.
- MyNoteit.This note-taking and organizing tool for students will help you keep notes, assignments, and tasks organized and is also shareable with classmates.
- Gradefix. Fix your grades or just learn to manage your time better at this site that organizes your homework schedule for you.
- Notely. This student organizer has a to-do list, calendar, schedule, and homework planner to help you get better grades.
- StudyMinder Lite. This free organizes assignments, prioritizes tasks, and records study times to help you stay on track.
- HiTask. This free task management tool provides you with easy scheduling, organizing, and sharing of tasks.
- CollegeRuled. Students can create schedules, create lists and manage notes for specific classes, and create message boards to facilitate communication between classmates. You will need an email with .edu to sign up.
- Tasks Jr.. This web-based task manager allows you to organize and prioritize your projects for class.