Sara Stringer, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, has a list of great websites for high school students. I don’t post enough about high school so I’m thrilled with her article:
Some students study more productively in groups, working with their peers. Online groups and forums allow them to ask questions and learn from each other outside the traditional classroom in a space where they typically turn to for studying anyway. Some of these tools give them the chance to share their own knowledge, while others let them search through published questions and answers to help them find the information they’re looking for.
Because there are so many study guides and websites available to students, we’ve asked the teachers and staff at CalPac to share their favorite online collaborative resources for high schoolers. Here are 10 of the most helpful forums and study group websites that encourage students to work and learn together.
Physics Forum began as a high school extra credit assignment in 2001, and since then, it’s developed into one of the most popular and helpful science forums on the web. The site provides a community for students and professionals to discuss all areas of science, although it does primarily focus on physics, as the name suggests.
World Literature Forum is an online discussion board that examines all forms of literature and literary news. It’s a place to discuss specific books (fiction and non-fiction) and discover new authors. Categories include general discussions, literature by continent, literary translation, and literary prizes.
Math is Fun uses puzzles, games, quizzes, and worksheets to guide students through their learning and make the subject more enjoyable. The site also includes a forum for students to connect and get help with equations, formulas, and other math problems.
Whether a student is trying to decide what college best fits their desired career path or needs help applying, College Confidential is an invaluable resource. It combines advice from trusted experts and support from students, parents, counselors, and alumni in one place. The site includes a search function as well, so students can explore all the college options available to them while getting first-hand guidance from the discussions.
Top Universities lets students explore their higher education options and get personal advice from the forum section of the site. The platform is designed for students looking to further their education and ask for input and direction from other students and independent experts from universities across the globe.
General Study Help
Students can benefit from a community of more than a million users on GoConqr. The website offers resources on all types of topics housed within the site’s digital library, and students who need specific help connect with peers who are taking the same subjects or exams. They can even create their own study groups with friends or classmates to share ideas, advice, and study materials.
Whether students are cramming for a final or are stuck on a concept, StudyBlue can help them find the answers they need. The platform is a community-driven library of flashcards, forums, and study guides. Students can ask questions (to the community of nearly 7 million users) or sift through suggested flashcards within a particular subject or topic.
Brainly primarily functions as an online message board where students can ask questions of the online community. They can expect a quick, clear, moderated response from other students or search the millions of questions that are archived within the site already.
Quizlet allows students to learn course materials by creating their own quizzes, flashcards, diagrams, and even games. They can also search through the more than 250 million study sets on the app or share their own material and notes with their friends, classmates, and other students.
- Site-Specific Forums
Many public, private, and online charter schools provide students and parents with forums, support, and resources that are personalized to their own institution. This gives students the ability to connect with their peers, collaborate on classwork, and create online or in-person study groups with their classmates.
What online forums or study groups have you found to be exceptionally helpful for your student? Share with us in the comments below!
–Sara Stringer is a former medical and surgical assistant who now does freelance business consulting. She enjoys blogging and helping others. In her spare time (translation: the time spent doing what’s most important), she enjoys soaking up the sunshine with her husband and two kids.
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.