Have you already assigned the first of many research papers or essays to your students? Would you now like to point them in the direction of FREE writing review and suggestions? If so, take a moment to encourage them to use Howard County Library System’s online homework assistance.
This service features, among other useful aspects, a writing lab where students can actually upload versions of their original papers to receive a “second opinion” from the experts. These experts check the students’ submissions for grammar and content, then reply to the students with suggestions and tips to consider while drafting the final versions of their assignments!
In addition to writing assistance, Online Homework Assistance experts also offer your students confidential access to additional assistance/tutoring in the following areas:
- Social Studies
- Foreign Languages
- Test Preparation
Remember, this service is FREE! Encourage your students to take advantage of this and other services offered by the Howard County Library System via hclibrary.org/students.
Brian Hart – Howard County Library System, Savage Branch
So what, exactly, is an Assignment Alert?
Is it broadcast on the police band radio? (nope)
Is it a submarine command? (A-OOGAH! A-OOGAH!) (that’s just silly)
It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with homework, could it? well …
YES! It has everything to do with homework! And our ability to ensure your students have everything they need to complete it successfully!
When you assign a research project, book report, or any work that you suspect may land your students in the Library, you’re invited to visit our web site and complete an Assignment Alert. This online form is sent directly to the Research Specialist assigned to your school.
In response, we may put related materials on display, call in additional resources from other branches, or prepare to offer instruction in the use of our electronic resources. We may contact you to confirm the assignment details or offer to visit your class to provide additional research instruction to your students.We may even be able to assist that one student who arrives at the Library remembering he had to research an African nation…but not which one or the questions he was supposed to answer.
Every little bit helps – we love to help! Visit hclibrary.org –> Students and Teachers –> Teachers to assist us, so we can assist your students.
Katie George – Administration Offices
This Week’s Hi-Lights: Research E-Books
Is it interim progress report time already?
Do you have a student who needs some extra academic or emotional support?
What can you offer during conferences for parents of struggling students?
Where is the help?
Howard County offers many resources for students who need that extra boost, or who have additional needs to be met. Parents can meet many of these experts at Where’s the Help: Locating Support for your Student. Representatives from Howard County Public School System, Howard County Autism Society, Individual Differences in Learning, Learning Disability Association of Howard County, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and Stressless Tests describe the types of students they support. After having a chance to introduce themselves, our experts remain for one-on-one conversations with parents. If an organization describes familiar difficulties, a parent will have an opportunity to speak individually with that expert in a comfortable environment.
Register to ensure a seat at Where’s the Help: Locating Support for your Student on Tuesday, October 19 at 7 pm at Howard County Library’s East Columbia Branch (in the 50+ Center).
Katie George – Administration Office
Are your students embarking on a research project? Do they need to find a book for self-directed reading, or a biography with a certain number of pages? Did you know that we can gather appropriate resources together specifically for your class or grade? Use the Elementary or Secondary Assignment Alert form on Howard County Library’s website to tell us about the resources that your students need, and we’ll make arrangements to have them ready for you at the branches your students use.
John Jewitt – Howard County Library Savage Branch
One of the most valuable resources we have to offer students is Live Homework Help.
Sometimes when students are away from your classroom and fervently completing their homework assignments, they encounter obstacles. When this happens, students should know that they can use their Howard County Library card to access a live tutor seven days a week from 2:00 pm to 1:00 am! Tutors are available to help students in fourth through twelfth grades with math, science, social studies, and English.
Just who are these tutors? They are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors, graduate school students, and undergraduates from top universities. Their job is to work one-on-one with students via the internet. Tutors are trained to teach the material, not simply spoon-feed answers, so you can be sure that your students are learning and practicing the material from your classroom, not just taking the easy way out!
Tutors use robust electronic tools, like interactive whiteboards for geometry diagrams. With a bit of advanced notice, they’ll review student essays and reports.
Follow this link to learn more or, better yet, log on and try it out for yourself!
Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch
Tenth graders at Hammond High School are researching Russian Revolution figures who are the allegorical equivalents of characters from the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. Wow!
To gather information on Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm, students may want to search in Literature Resource Center. LRC contains reviews and criticism of literary works, biographies of the authors, and primary source material related to the works. Many of the items in LRC have been previously published in reference books and periodicals. Some items are original to LRC. All items have been reviewed for accuracy.
For background information on the Russian Revolution, students might turn to the History Reference Center for articles and primary sources. For figures from the Russian Revolution, students can use Biography Resource Center to find biographical essays, pictures, and other information. Just as with Literature Resource Center, History Reference Center and Biography Resource Center contain items that have all been reviewed for accuracy.
All three databases can be accessed via our web site. All you’ll need is your library card!
It’s time for high school semester exams!
If your students need additional assistance “cramming” for exams, recommend Live Homework Help. Live tutors are available…for free…seven days a week from 2:00 pm to midnight. Tutors can provide individual instruction in math, science, English, and social studies. All students need is a Library card and access to the internet.
Here’s what students are saying about this service:
“I am so thankful that this service is offered. It is there to give me individualized
help when no one else can. I will definitely be back again.”
“They answered my questions really fast and asked me questions until I understood everything exactly…
I really liked that!”
“This is really great! I have been working on things with my teachers, and this just helps even more!
All of my friends use it too! Thanks!”
Good luck on exams!