School Help

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The ways of finding school help are limited only by your own imagination. First there are the old standbys--dictionaries, textbooks, encyclopedias, and calculators. These methods, however, may only give you answers without explaining the reasoning behind them. Sure, when you're pressed for help and are butting up against a project deadline, such answers can bail you out. In the bigger picture, though, these are mere band-aids, not long-term learning tools.

Other struggling students turn to their parents, older siblings, or even grandparents for school help. What better resource for your paper on the Great Depression than someone who actually lived through it? Often, personal anecdotes and narrative accounts are far more valuable than anything contained in a textbook. Were this not the case, history teachers and scientists wouldn't incorporate the number of field trips and guest speakers that they do. By no means should a textbook be considered the final word on any matter.

More Ways of Finding School Help

A newer addition to the ranks of school help resources is the "help forum," an internet message board that culls the questions and answers of students in the same boat. These forums operate as huge databases and are quite often searchable by keywords or topics. Having trouble with trigonometry? Try entering "Pythagorean Theorem" in the search field of your chosen board and view past threads on the topic.

Ideally, resourceful students will combine several approaches in their search for accurate and reliable information. Home educational products, "primary" resources such as parents and grandparents, CD ROMs and DVDs, and good old-fashioned bound textbooks, taken together, make for a deadly combo. Ultimately, the more of these resources that a student has available to him or her, the better his or her chances of arriving at a three-dimensional understanding of an issue or problem.


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