Students should look online for math, science help

The St. Louis Beacon

by Jeanne Sinquefield & Kelley Sandhu, December 3, 2012

Today’s working parents do not have a lot of time to help their children with their studies. At the same time, they want to ensure that their children are doing well with academics and gaining an adequate understanding of the subjects studied in the classroom.

The competitive world outside requires more than an average level of knowledge to succeed; tutoring can help students attain this above-average level of understanding. Tutoring helps clarify concepts and reinforces learning that takes place in the classroom. Extra help outside of the classroom can build a student’s confidence and consequently lead to an improved educational experience for them.

The Internet has made living much easier these days. From shopping to building social networks, everything can be done. Learning is no exception.

Many students struggle in math and science but are unaware of available resources that are free and easily accessible to them. Using the internet, students can learn on their own. The list below consists of the top eight free tutoring services that I found. Again, these are available for free. (Article continues after the table.)

ORGANIZATION
Khan Academy

SUBJECTS
Math: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, calculus, differential equations

Science: computer science, finance & economics, humanities, standardized test prep

LEVELS
K-12 & college math. High school & college science

COMMENTS
Pros: High quality education for anyone, anywhere. Easily accessible YouTube videos. Coaches, parents, teachers can monitor student’s progress. Available in multiple languages. Award base for children; constant recognition for student success

Cons: No downloadable documents

ORGANIZATION
Patrick JMT

SUBJECTS
Algebra, arithmetic, calculus, differential equations, discrete math, linear algebra, probability and statistics, trigonometry

LEVELS
High school and college

COMMENTS
Pros: Hardest math concepts simplified. Explained in way that is easy to understand for anyone.

Cons: All video tutorials, no downloadable documents

ORGANIZATION
S.O.S. Mathematics

SUBJECTS
Algebra, calculus, trigonometry, differential equations, complex variables, matrix algebra and mathematical tables

LEVELS
High school, college, adult learners

COMMENTS
Pros: Practice exams and question board available to post questions

Cons: No video tutorials, all written notes

ORGANIZATION
The Physics Classroom

SUBJECTS
Physics

LEVELS
High school and college

COMMENTS
Pros: Summaries and videos, practice exams available for review

Cons: None

ORGANIZATION
Paul’s Online Math Notes

SUBJECTS
Algebra; calculus I, II and III; linear algebra; differential equations

LEVELS
College

COMMENTS
Pros: Video tutorials and downloadable notes. Cheat sheets and tables available.

Cons: None

ORGANIZATION
Cliffnotes
Math: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics

SUBJECTS
Sciences: anatomy & physiology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics

LEVELS
High school and college

COMMENTS
Pros: Covers main points in all areas

Cons: No video tutorials, basic summaries, not a lot of worked-out problems

ORGANIZATION
Algebra Help

SUBJECTS
Basic algebra

LEVELS
Elementary, middle and high school

COMMENTS
Pros: Written lessons, calculators and worksheets

Cons: No video tutorials

ORGANIZATION
Algebra & Geometry

SUBJECTS
Geometry and algebra

LEVELS
High school and college

COMMENTS
Pros: Math homework solutions, lessons and free tutors. Can ask questions on a question board and receive solutions.

Cons: No video tutorials, limited to algebra and geometry

Online learning is not just about finding study material on the Web. It’s a form of self-motivated learning that is delivered to learners at their fingertips. The flexibility of online learning makes it a great option for both children and parents. With online learning, the craziness of running your child to a tutoring session while needing to be somewhere else at the same time is gone; dinner can be cooked while your child is learning in the other room.

Some students use tutoring to help them with homework assignments they are having trouble with or to help them gain a better understanding of what their teacher is trying to teach them. They may do absolutely fine in the classroom, but homework can cause them to struggle. Online learning resources may explain topics in a language that is easier to understand.

As a student at Saint Louis University, I (Kelley Sandhu) have found myself struggling with chemistry and in need of assistance. While SLU has some of the greatest professors in the country, there are times when I find lectures confusing. Khan Academy has allowed me to do better in my chemistry courses, and I swear by Patrick JMT for everything calculus. Both organizations simplified the material for me and put it in human terms; they also provided multiple examples that helped me even more.

I believe that education is the most important thing a person can have; it is the one thing that no one can ever take away from you. At the same time, I think it is unfortunate that a lot of children are unable to access tutoring due to the expense.

There are so many great online tutoring resources out there that I encourage every student to try. So don’t wait for the teacher – see what you can do as a parent to help your child.

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