Free Homework Helpline Online Massachusetts

– By Martini Severin

We’ve all been there. The teacher goes over the material in class, yet you or your child still has a foggy understanding of the lesson taught. Or there’s a major standardized test—Advanced Placement exam, SATs, GREs, GED, GMAT, LSATs…you name it—which you have to take and pass yet you have little idea about the necessary strategies to achieve your desired score. We’ve compiled a list of tutoring resources in the Boston area for those still in school and those returning to the classroom that just need a little bit of extra help.

Free Services

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826 Boston
3035 Washington St
Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 442-5400

826 is a non-profit organization that offers after-school tutoring to students from grades One through 12. Students can also receive one-on-one attention from trained tutors on subjects such as math science, history and English. Besides tutoring services, 826 offers writing workshops on Saturdays such as “Gross Science Experiments & Other Phenomena” and “Odes to Common Things”. All programs offered by 826 are free.

The Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program
Hours: Monday – Thursday 3:30pm – 5:30 p.m. at all BPL locations
Saturday at Copley Library: 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday at most locations: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(617) 859-2382

The Boston Public Library has free drop-in homework help, academic support and mentoring for students in grades K-8 during the school year. The BPL also offers online SAT and ACT help for free. Check out their website for more information on when your local neighborhood branch offers this service.

Paid Services

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Veritas Tutors
1132 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 395-4160

The name Veritas gives us a clue to the company’s history — Veritas was founded by Harvard graduate students and employ many Ivy League students. The company provides tutoring to all ages in all subjects, in test preparation and in admissions consulting. Veritas offers tutoring services at their Harvard Square location, at your home or even through online tutoring through their own on-line platform.

University Tutor, Boston

If you are looking for individual tutors who can come to your home or perhaps meet you or your child at a library the University Tutor network (in Boston and beyond) is a good place to start. This online service lists the tutors, their qualifications, and costs in an easy to use list – it does all the grunt work for you! Prices for tutors range from $5-80/hour; the majority of tutors on University Tutor, Boston are in graduate school.

The Tutoring Company, LLC
Boston, MA

The Tutoring Company was started by a husband and wife team, Nathan and Hope Vigil who combined their 20 years of experience in the field of education to start this tutoring venture. The Tutoring Company screens their tutors many of whom hold a PhD in the subject that they are tutoring. Be ready to understand and relearn materials as you prepare for a high school subject, graduate level writing or for a standardized test.

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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Boston District Curriculum

The Academic Achievement Framework (AAF) is a research-based multi-tier system designed to support the academic development of all learners. The school district has also added two levels of support to assist with the implementation of AAF. Level 1 of AAF is teacher led with central office support and level 2 involves monthly school management level support. AAF is a team approach to improve the academic success of all learners. Currently, sixty schools participate in the AAF initiative with more schools to follow.

The Language Arts curriculum has also been designed to promote success in all subjects, and to that end there is an increase in non-fiction comprehension skills. There is also a focus on literary works. Theme development in literary works is examined, with students analyzing how authors enrich and enhance the theme by utilizing strong character development and sequencing to move the story along. Teachers often make use of the Socratic seminar to further develop students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Classes discuss textual elements, pose questions and offer insights into various kinds of texts.

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