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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Library Homework-Help Resources Are Available Nationwide

Statewide and cross-country services link students and their questions about school assignments with educators who can guide them.
By Malaika Costello-Dougherty

This resource article accompanies the article "The New Homework Helper."

While New York City's Dial-A-Teacher Whiteboard is ahead of the curve, there are other useful services for homework help throughout the country. Here's a sample:

Tutor.com has a deal with more than 1,000 libraries nationwide in which library members can get free online homework help. Using a valid library-card number, students log in from their home computer or one at the library. They are encouraged to have one specific question, and the average session is about 20 minutes with a qualified tutor in the subject area.

To find out whether your local library offers this service, call Tutor.com at (800) 411-1970 ext. 228 and ask their representative. Also, search for your local library online and then check its home page, where its homework-help service, if it has one, is usually promoted.

Tutor.com also offers this service to library members in four states: Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, and Rhode Island. (You must be located in a particular state to access some of the links.)

Through Florida's Miami-Dade County Public Schools Dial-A-Teacher site, students can call for homework help at (305) 995-1600 Monday-Thursday, 5-8 p.m. The service is primarily for students in the Miami-Dade school system, but the tutors don't turn away others who call. There's always a Spanish-speaking teacher available, and some nights there are also French-speaking and Haitian Creole–speaking teachers. The service has been hit hard by budget cuts but expects to be in business at least through March 2010.

In New Mexico, the Albuquerque Teacher Federation offers a free Dial-A-Teacher homework service available statewide at (800) 947-8839.

Ohio has a free service, called Homework Now, staffed by professional librarians available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to help students with homework and research.

Malaika Costello-Dougherty is a senior editor at Edutopia.

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Monica Owens's picture

Thank you for your article highlighting just some of the many ways that public libraries are supporting education throughout the country! You mention that Ohio has a free service staffed by professional librarians 24/7, but they are not the only ones. Colorado has an excellent similar service called AskColorado
As an AskColorado Librarian, it is very rewarding to have the opportunity to help students find quality resources online which enhance their learning. You can get an idea on some of the types of questions we field by following @AskColorado on twitter.

Many Colorado libraries also subscribe to the Tutor.com or similar services as well. There are many more services that libraries provide to help teachers and students which vary by library so be sure to check out what's available in your local libraries!

Monica Owens, MLIS

Malaika Costello-Dougherty's picture
Malaika Costello-Dougherty
Former senior editor at Edutopia.

Monica,

Thank you so much. We love when our users expand on our stories and offer resources we hadn't heard about yet. Any others? Please feel free to add them to the comments. Then we can really start working towards a definitive list.

My best,

Malaika

Wendy Kurland - Homework Hotline's picture

Malaika, Yes, please add us, too. Homework Hotline provides free tutoring by phone to struggling students. The program is available to students in thirty counties in Middle Tennessee. Homework Hotline answers more than 25,000 calls per year. Calls average about 22 minutes. Middle Tennessee students are welcome to call 298-6636.

Malaika Costello-Dougherty's picture
Malaika Costello-Dougherty
Former senior editor at Edutopia.

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for this info. I expect that the list will expand in these comments. (I'm not planning at this point on adding more to the story.) I think it's great that users can add resources in the comments.

My best,

Malaika

All Star Learning Center's picture

All Star Learning Center in Fairfield, Ca. Pre-K through 6th grade (all core subjects) Education Specialist can help in all aspects of educational
needs;-) 707.430.1325

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