Back to School is right around the corner, and Brampton Library is here to help, with new and tried-and-true online learning resources, all free with your Brampton Library card.
Here are our picks for elementary school students:
Brainfuse HelpNow - Available to Brampton Library cardholders starting September 1, Brainfuse is an online learning service that includes tutoring, homework and writing help, test preparation resources and more to support academic success for K-12 students and beyond.
One of the most exciting services available through Brainfuse HelpNow is Live Tutoring, which connects students with one-on-one help from a tutor, and is available everyday from 2:00pm to 11:00pm. Students work through homework problems with tutors using virtual chat and an interactive whiteboard. All tutors are trained in the Ontario curriculum and assistance is available in both English and French, making Brainfuse the perfect sidekick for learning.
As a parent, if you’re looking for ways to reinforce lessons and enhance learning outside the classroom, check out SkillSurfer in Brainfuse HelpNow. This online selection of lessons, tutorials and practice tests is a great place to find supplementary support for your child - there’s practice tests for every grade and subject, and even test prep materials for the EQAO.
TumbleMath - Reading is FUNdamental! Brought to you by the creators of Tumblebooks, TumbleMath delivers the best of reading and math in a collection of animated online storybooks.
This resource is designed for grades K-6, covering a wide range of math concepts including addition & subtraction, multiplication & division, fractions, geometry, probability, and more. Some of our favourites include How Many Jelly Beans, A Thousand Theos, and The Great Graph Contest.
The story books come with supplemental materials including lesson plans, videos, games, and quizzes. As a parent, you can use these to guide learning at home. You can also easily fit TumbleMath in with homework hour or as a bedtime story. Get the family together and just hit play to see how engaging, memorable and fun math lessons can be with a TumbleMath story.
Here are our picks for high school students
Gale General OneFile - Designed to support students and make the research experience uncomplicated, Gale General OneFile gives you access to millions of articles in one easy to search platform. We think it’s a must-try resource for high school research, and here are just a few perks:
- You can create Highlights and Notes in articles to keep track of important information you need for later. You can also download or send articles directly to your email, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive - making it easy to keep your research and notes organized in one place!
- Citing sources is time-consuming work that can be frustrating for students, but here’s where Gale General OneFile comes in. Click ‘Cite’ for any article, image, or video, and you’ll instantly get a citation in your choice of MLA, APA, or Chicago style. Simply copy and paste it right into your bibliography - all done!
Be it finding supporting evidence for your paper, researching for a presentation, or reading more about a topic, Gale General OneFile can help to find trustworthy information in a stress-free way.
LinkedIn Learning - A new school year marks a fresh start! Help the student(s) in your life kick off this year’s classes on the right note and stay motivated. Even when assignments and extra-curriculars start piling up, we have resources that can help. Let LinkedIn Learning help you to encourage building good habits to achieve the best possible school-life balance.
LinkedIn Learning is an excellent resource for business, tech and creative professionals, but did you know they also offer a wide range of free online courses that can benefit high school students? Courses are self-paced and available anytime, giving students the freedom to fit in a lesson or two in a way that works best for them.
For a place to start, check out these courses to learn valuable skills for school and life.
- How to Set Goals When Everything Feels Like a Priority
- How to Manage Feeling Overwhelmed
- Improve Your Memory
- Learning Study Skills
- Overcoming Procrastination
- Practices for Regulating Your Nervous System and Reducing Stress
- Spotting Misinformation Online
Learn with us! Brampton Library’s online collections and resources are available 24/7 to suit your needs.