Parents are turning to online homework helpers, notes the New York Times. Possibilities include Cosmeo.com from the Discovery Channel, AOL’s StudyBuddy.com, HomeworkSpot.com, Ask for Kids (www.askforkids.com). Also, NationalGeographic.com/homework, SparkNotes.com, FigureThis.org and GrowingStars.com.
Some sites “allow a student to interact with a tutor through instant messaging” while others “provide resources and techniques to help a student figure out answers to questions.”
But the growth has been in services that children can access from home. Some are costly: Tutor.com will charge home users $30 an hour; GrowingStars.com, which uses tutors based in India, charges about $25 an hour. There is free help, though not personal tutoring.
Other homework sites help students find answers and ways of solving problems through searches. For example, AOL started its StudyBuddy.com last month. It’s a free homework site for grades K-12 — with content broken down by grade — and available to all Internet users.
StudyBuddy includes the Writing Wizard, which responds within 20 seconds with a critique of a student’s essay, such as “you’re not supporting this thesis, or your organization is off.” An essay-grading program provides the instant analysis.
Via Alexander Russo.