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English homework can be daunting. Reading assigned texts, compiling research, writing papers, and creating projects are all par for the course. Don’t panic if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by English homework assignments. You may find just about all the resources you need by looking through this guide. There are tools to help make sure you’re following the fundamentals, digitized versions of reference texts, help with writing, and even opportunities for tutoring. You’ll find all these things and more on the sites and pages collected here.
Keep these sites and pages close at hand, because with them you’ll have a formidable collection of tools at your disposal. From a simple Q&A paper to an extensive research paper, remember that no piece of writing can be successful if the author has ignored the basic principles.
Common Proofreading Symbols — You can’t take a teacher’s criticism very constructively if you don’t know what he or she is telling you. Keep this guide handy to help translate all those symbols English teachers write on your paper so that you’ll see less of them next time.
Oxymoron List — Oxymoron: it’s not just a silly word. An oxymoron is a phrase with two seemingly contradictory words or terms, like “jumbo shrimp” and “new classic.” Some of the user submitted oxymorons on this huge alphabetical list can get a bit silly, but sometimes you learn more when you’re having a little fun.
Online Thesaurus — This free online thesaurus is a must-have tool if you’re working on a paper or report of any kind. A well-written paper should be anything but redundant and this free tool will help you find lots of ways to effectively say what you mean.
Online Dictionary — A dictionary is an also a mandatory tool when working on English homework. You can look up just about any word in the American English lexicon here – and you can also find fun information about word origins and other related topics.
Most English homework involves exercising some degree of writing skill. Improve your authoring chops by using the tools and resources in this section. From basic grammar rules to a famous quote generator, the sites listed here were designed to help make you a better writer and create papers even an English teacher would love.
Dr. Grammar —You can find at-a-glance grammar help on this reference site, which comes from the English Department at the University of Northern Iowa. The FAQ page alone provides loads of helpful information, answering nagging grammar questions like “what is parallelism?” and when to use “accept” instead of “except.”
The Writing Den — This site may have a bit of an old-school interface, but there’s a lot of great interactive resources to help make sure that you write a stellar English paper. Review sentence structure, paragraph arrangement, and other important factors.
Language Arts Homework Center — These resource pages are part of the Fact Monster site. There’s quite a comprehensive collection of rules, tips, demonstrations, and lessons just under the site’s cutesy surface. This is a good site to bookmark and keep on hand.
The Quotations Page — Sometimes, nothing compliments a paper or presentation more perfectly than just the right quote. Search this database to find thousands and thousands of quotes by people of renown throughout history.
At some point in your experience as a student, you will likely be asked to write an English research paper. Whether you are writing about a particular author, a literary style or movement, or a certain text, you’ll find lots of guides here to help you research and write top-notch English papers.
Cliff’s Notes Literature Pages — This is the online version of the popular Cliff’s Notes series. You can find free summaries and analyses of many novels used in English classes. Remember, though, that these notes are not a substitute for reading the actual text — but they can help simplify complicated concepts and help you figure out what questions you should be thinking about as you read a particular book.
Instant Grammar and Plagiarism Checker — This easy-to-use tool is provided for free by Grammarly.com. Just paste your paper into the box and it will be checked for instances of plagiarism as well as for grammatical correctness. The site can also automatically generate citations in whatever style format you’re using.
Homework Help from Discovery Education — This page offers all kinds of lessons and tutorials to help students from Kindergarten through 12th grade with English concepts like composition, structure, and grammar.
OWL at Purdue — Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an indispensable resource for English students. Bookmark this site for quick access to formatting guides, grammar and punctuation rules, style guides, and lots more.
Literary Criticism — Find critical essays and scholarly articles on classic literary texts from all periods and around the world.
If you are looking for help with more than just the project at hand, and feel that some remedial learning is in order you may want to look into getting a tutor. A tutor works one-on-one with a student to figure out where the gaps in understanding are occurring and to bridge them in a way that compliments the students’ natural learning style. Each tutor is different, so be sure to research any tutor or tutoring institution to make sure you agree with their teaching philosophies. Below you’ll find links to in-person tutoring services as well as live online tutors. There’s also a virtual tutoring site in case you’re not ready to commit to hiring a live tutor.
English Homework Help Resources — These pages, from Tutor.com, include all kinds of free tools and resources to help with your English homework – vocabulary guides, plot summaries, study guides, and more.
Sylvan Learning Center — If some one-on-one tutoring is in order, you might want to look into Sylvan. Many parents report that their students have had great success improving after working with the program…you can find centers near you, find out about programs and fees, on the main site.
TutorVista English Help — TutorVista offers an online tutoring service, and boasts many happy customers. Parents pay a fee (lower than most in-person tutor fees) to give their child access to a live online tutor. Student and tutor work together through secure chat rooms and interactive whiteboards. The site often runs promotional specials offering free sessions so that you can see if TutorVista is for you.
Literature Learning Guides — From Schmoop.com comes this excellent collection of informational guides about important literary works from the contemporary (like Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”) to the classic (like Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”). The guides are good; they are concisely written, easy to digest, and written with students in mind.
English Homework Help from Brighthub — This section of the site includes dozens of great resources to help with all kinds of English homework. From a discussion of the oikos in Homer’s “Odyssey” to a quiz about plagiarism, you’ll find lots of very helpful articles and guides here.