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A cure for the math test flu

Library SpotlightEmily HiselGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

So what is new at your local library? Oh, so much! In the last year, we have expanded our hours, added more computers, and continue to add a tremendous number of wonderful new books to our collections. But the one area you may not know about is the online service: Live Homework Help. This service allows for instant help on an English paper, science homework, and even if you need help studying for a math test.OK, so what if your child is the one who needs help that you simply can’t give? Well, eighth-grade math homework has probably changed from the time you had to figure it out. All too often, she spends valuable time and patience teaching you about the very thing you are supposed to be helping her with. Let Live Homework Help supply the professional tutors to help your child on a one-to-one basis.There are many benefits from this type of tutor. First is the availability to speak to a tutor anywhere you have a computer. If your child encounters a problem at home, he doesn’t have to wait to see his teacher the next day. This service is available from 4-9 p.m. every night to help when children are generally doing homework. Another unique feature is anonymity. Some children find it hard to ask questions in school or at home because they are shy, self-conscious, or for any number of other reasons. With Live Homework Help they can ask questions without feeling judged. This can allow them to seek the full extent of the help they need.Live Homework Help combines instant messaging, drawing, Internet access, and the ability to upload files. This combination allows the tutor and student to “talk” about the problem, “demonstrate” ideas, “show” techniques, and access Web sites and relevant files.You can feel good about giving your child the tools needed to accomplish their tasks, while knowing they are in a safe environment. The tutors go through screenings, background checks, and have no access to the information of the students. The sessions are filtered (mainly for language); neither tutors nor students are allowed to share personal information, and all sessions are recorded for review. All you will need to try it out is a PC with Internet Explorer, Internet access, and a library card from the Garfield County Public Library District. Click on the link on the library’s Web site http://www.garfieldlibraries.org, enter your library card number, and take control of your academic future. Live Homework Help is available to help in English, math, science, or social studies for grades 4-12 with some college intro as well. There are also Spanish sessions available for math and science.With an average wait time of two minutes, and a 95 percent positive feedback rate, what do you have to lose?Emily Hisel is a youth services librarian with the Garfield County Library District.


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