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Academic Assistance

  • CalcChat
    The free access portion of this site has the odd numbered problems worked out and explained for several pre-calculus and calculus books.
  • CliffNotes
    Beyond the literature guides that it's known for, CliffsNotes has information for grades 7 and up on many subjects, including basic French, Spanish, and 10 sciences. Those looking for ready-to-go review sheets before exams will appreciate the site's "Cheat Sheets," which contain basic formulas and data on a wide variety of topics.
  • Hippocampus
    This site offers video, audio, and written tutorials, plenty of examples, and interactive options. It covers 10 high school subjects, such as biology and U.S. history, physics, and more. The site also offers interactive aids for more than 100 common textbooks.
  • HyperPhysics Concepts
    HyperPhysics is uniquely organized: Its navigation process is set up in the form of a mind map, so the topics (mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, etc.) are linked to and arranged in a circle around the central subject. If high schoolers know what topic they're looking for, the mind map system is helpful; navigating between topics, however, is more difficult, especially since HyperPhysics doesn't have a search engine. A bonus: The site's examples allow you to input various numbers and see how your changes affect the answer, which is very helpful. This site was also able to address all of our test science questions, although not as completely as Physics Classroom.
  • Khan Academy
    This is a non-profit site that provides tutorials on a large variety of topics. You’ll find many levels of math (from basic math through Calculus), biology, chemistry, economics, and more.
  • MIT Open Courseware: Highlights for High School
    Highlights for High School is your guide to MIT courses selected specifically to help you prepare for AP exams, learn more about the skills and concepts you learned in school, and get a glimpse of what you'll soon study in college.
  • Online Math Learning
    Easy to follow, this site is suited to kids in middle school and up, although there's little assistance for high schoolers studying calculus. There are tabs for quickly navigating to the type of math that you want to review, which ranges from word problems to SAT and ACT prep, and the site has a few videos for each topic, plus helpful worksheets. This Website also got great results in our tests for its interactivity. If you're looking for something specific, like a geometry formula for finding the sum of the angles in various shapes, OnlineMathLearning can be very helpful. One downfall: It wasn't able to address all of our mathematics test questions.
  • The Math Page
    The format of TheMathPage is very helpful. It gives a tutorial, plus related problems and examples on subjects from arithmetic to calculus — through high school level. Students can try to get all the answers before viewing the correct response, as well. Though this site was able to address only the simplest of our three math queries, it has nice interactive features and loads quickly. Expect to poke around a bit to find a specific topic — the site lacks a search engine.
  • The Physics Classroom
    The Physics Classroom was the overall best Website evaluated, and it was the only site to receive a perfect score for its ability to address particular topics. This superbly organized site gives high-scoring tutorials and excellent animated multimedia examples that demystify the concepts of physics for high school students. Sample problems are illustrated and clearly explained. Physics Classroom is also the simplest to use of all the sites we tested: It's easily navigable, loads quickly, and has very legible text. Currently, the site lacks a search engine, so honing in on one topic can be time-consuming. However, there are plans to add a search function soon.
  • The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    Assistance in a variety of English-related areas, like writing, research, grammar, and ESL, for students from grade 7 through college. You can find advice on structuring a thesis or essay, doing research, and avoiding composition pitfalls.