After a year of online learning, students are finally back in the classroom—but many have fallen behind. Every student needs homework help at some point—sometimes more support than a parent can provide. Fortunately, educational apps act as virtual lifesavers for families who are struggling. Here are apps that offer homework help (most available on iTunes and Google Play), plus San Diego County tutoring centers where families can obtain additional support, if needed.
HOMEWORK HELP APPS
LetterSchool – Learn to write! (free)
LetterSchool helps toddlers and preschoolers learn to write and spell. In an engaging virtual environment, kids can learn their ABCs and practice handwriting skills while enjoying fun animations, graphics and sounds. Subscription options available.
Is your child stumped on a math equation? This top-rated math app helps students with everything from basic arithmetic to advanced calculus. After pointing a smartphone camera at a specific math problem, Photomath provides detailed, teacher-approved instructions on how to find its solution. Most appropriate for middle and high-schoolers.
STEMWerkz (free 7-day trial)
This new, award-winning STEM-based app allows your child to learn about science through game play and problem solving. They can choose a personal learning journey, build a city where characters solve problems by applying science, or explore hundreds of interactive stories to answer their questions about the surrounding world and the way things work. Recommended for kids ages 5-12.
Easy Spelling Aid + Translator & Dyslexia Support
Are you tired of kids asking you how to spell words? This app helps people with correct spelling. To use, kids speak words or phrases, which are verbally repeated and spelled out on screen. Also offers translation in 30 languages and dyslexia support.
Khan Academy (free)
Explore thousands of instructional videos on a variety of academic subjects, including math, science, economics, humanities and SAT prep. Master skills using practice questions organized by subject and grade level. This excellent, self-paced program is designed to supplement classroom instruction. Kids can take pre-tests for lesson placement, then stay motivated by earning points and badges on a personal dashboard. Parents or teachers can monitor progress. Spanish available.
myHomework Student Planner (free)
Say goodbye to missed assignments! Elementary through high school students stay organized and prioritize schoolwork with this easy-to-use app that tracks homework, projects, class schedules, calendars and other information. Sort deadlines by subject or due dates, set reminders and recurring activities, and customize for block-schedules. Built-in rewards system provides extra motivation to complete assignments. Ad-free premium account with additional features is available for an annual fee.
Dictionary by Farlex (free)
This versatile reference tool includes dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedic content. It provides vocabulary-building word games, a word of the day, daily quotes and can toggle content into 40+ languages. Kids can customize their homepage; ads can be removed for a fee. Provides engaging material for all ages.
SAN DIEGO TUTORING CENTERS
When your kids need more help than an app can offer, consider an afterschool tutor. Some schools offer free afterschool services, but private tutoring is also available. Consider reaching out to these learning centers for help – and be sure to ask if they offer in-person or virtual services.
Banyan Tree Educational Services
Helps students with learning challenges, including dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, autism and other issues that impact learning.
Offers tutoring in all K-12 subjects, plus test prep and college admissions counseling.
Kumon Math & Reading Centers
Accelerates learning from age 3 through high school.
Mathnasium: The Math Learning Center
Individualized math programs provide help or enrichment for grades 2–12.
Offers personalized tutoring and academic coaching in math, reading, writing and study skills. Also has test prep support.
Lisa Pawlak is a contributing writer and local mom of two boys.