The glossary of terms that's available for several of the subjects should make decoding homework easier for kids and parents alike.
We posed sample questions to see if their resources were helpful and varied, and assessed quizzes, review sheets, reference materials, multimedia offerings like video and audio explanations, and more.
We also consulted certified middle- and high-school teachers to ensure the lessons are grade-appropriate. Watch the Good Housekeeping Research Institute experts discuss the best sites.
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We studiously reviewed 22 free educational Websites geared for ages 8 through college for ease of use and content.
Some of Int Math's pages contain advertisements streamed along the side of the site, which can be distracting.
Still, this site's search engine tracks down topics efficiently, and it was the best at addressing the various math topics that we examined.This site's science section covers lots of topics for high school students, including earth, life, physical, and computer sciences, but with little depth.The math portion contains helpful information for elementary school students, focusing on skills like measurements and money, and the English section includes good tips on writing a paper for older kids but could use a more comprehensive range of information for all ages.This site, aimed at students in grades 9 and up, provides an abundance of examples for algebra, matrices, calculus, and everything in between, without being overwhelming — kids can choose to either display additional examples if needed or keep them hidden.While SOS Math touched on each of our three sample math questions, the lessons provided only a brief overview, which may not be enough for a student who needs more explanation.But teens who are struggling with a concept will appreciate this site's step-by-step solutions (as opposed to just providing the answer for its sample problems).SOS Math also offers excellent practice quizzes to let students learn by trial and error.This site was very useful in solving the two more advanced math problems in our tests (lower-level math isn't covered here).Int Math offers clear tutorials, examples, and follow-up problems to ensure that teens grasp the subject at hand.For educational help for the younger set, try visiting the Infoplease sister site, Factmonster.Geared toward high schoolers, Spark Notes is a bit limited: The site has a not-so-in-depth math section (touching on subjects from pre-algebra to calculus BC) and short biology, chemistry, and physics sections for science, and the only English materials are on the site's "Spark Charts" (review sheets available for download for each).