Homework help: How to get support

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Kids Help Phone is here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic. School looks a bit different this year, with many students studying either through e-learning, in-person classes in some provinces/territories or even a combination of the two. It’s important to find ways to get support with school (e.g. by reaching out virtually, etc.) while practising physical distancing.

Is homework stressing you out? Here are some resources for getting support with your assignments.

Tests. Projects. Presentations. From science to social studies, balancing the workload in your classes can be tough. It can be especially hard if you’re struggling with the assignments after class, too. Here are some resources you can use for getting help with homework:

  • Your teacher(s): book a meeting with your teacher(s) to ask for more direction. You can say, “I have some questions about today’s homework. Would you be able to go through it with me in more detail?” The teacher may work more closely with you during class, over recess or after school. They may also direct you to other resources in your area.
  • Your family members: your parents/caregivers, siblings and/or other family members may be able to give you pointers. They may also be able to help you through if you get stuck with a project.
  • Your friends/peers: doing homework with your peers can help you understand the material better and get group projects done on time.
  • A tutor: a tutor can help explain the subjects you’re studying in a way that makes sense to you. Some communities offer free tutoring in person, over the phone and/or online.
  • A homework club: check with the office to see if your school has a homework club. Clubs usually take place after school and allow you to get support from a teacher.
  • The library: if you live near a public library, check their website for information on tutor drop-in hours or other homework help programs. You can ask the librarian for help locating the materials you need. The library is also a great space to get your homework done, either in a quiet area or at a shared table with friends.
  • A study/learning centre: some communities have free study/learning centres for young people to get one-on-one help. The programs may be offered virtually or in person. They’re often run by a group of volunteers.
  • Language classes: French or English language classes can help you develop and/or improve your speaking and writing skills. Language classes can be a tool to help you get all of your schoolwork done.
  • The Internet: you can search online (using Google or another search engine) for homework help resources in your province. Your province may have online, phone or texting programs available.
  • Kids Help Phone: if you need support with finding homework help resources, you can always call a Kids Help Phone counsellor at 1-800-668-6868.

It’s OK to ask for support with homework. Finding the right resources in your community can help you learn.

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