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Resources for Students

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General/All Purpose Resources

Note Taking Help
Note taking strategies, which strategy makes sense in a particular situation, choosing the strategy that works best for you, knowing if a piece of information is worthy of a note, organizing your notes and improving your note taking skills in a variety of other ways.

Direct Textbook - Direct Textbook helps students, parents and professionals find the books they need by searching over 50 online bookstores for new, used, rental, or ebook editions. Direct Textbook has over 10,000,000 books in its database,in addition to inventory of every major online bookstore and links to the WorldCat directory so you can find out if the book
you want is available at the library. Direct Textbook also shows you where to sell your books with their buyback and trade-in comparison service.

ALA Great Web Sites for Kids
A web site by the American Library Association containing links to numerous other web sites for academic studies.

Kidspace @ ipl2
Web site links for students provided by ipl2 (see link below).

Virtual Middle School Library
This site has web links to just about any resource for students, parents and teachers.

Khan Academy
Learn almost anything for free. With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, Salman Khan is on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW)
A web-based publication of virtually all Massechusetts Institute of Technology course content -- lecture notes, exams, and videos -- that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. OCW is free, open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. No registration required.

10 Universities Offering Free Science Courses Online

ipl2: information you can trust is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment that merges the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. Thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals are involved in answering reference questions for the Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections.

FREE is among the most popular K-12 websites maintained by the U.S. Department of Education because of the more than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources offered by dozens of participating federal agencies.

Awesome Library organizes the Web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education, for students, teachers and parents.

Education Resources  This site contains a large number of links to education-related Web resources. It is maintained by Dr. Arlys E. Peterson, Associate Professor, Education Department, University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota). Note: Many of the Web links no longer work and some are provided by commercial entities that charge for their products/services.


Government Resources

U.S. Department of Education

California Department of Education

Lassen County Office of Education  

Special Education in California Information and resources to serve the unique needs of persons with disabilities so that each person will meet or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and nonacademic skills.


Exam Preparation 

Study Guide Zone offers a series of free study guides on a variety of standardized tests commonly utilized for admissions, licensing, and educational assessment. The site's goal is to provide free study resources and study guides for those students to be adequately prepared for their examination.

Free Test Online  Free mathematics and science practice for students taking the SAT, PSAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, GRE, CLEP, GMAT tests and more.

Got Test Anxiety?  Do your nerves affect your performance on tests? Check out this site for tips on how to deal with your test anxiety and improve your test scores.


Home Schooling Resources

To find your own home schooling resources enter the term "home school" into the internet search engine of your choice.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a non-profit membership organization of families who home school their children nationwide. Its strength lies in its attention to active law cases and both state and federal legislation dealing with home schooling; the site also includes links to related news articles.

National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) conducts and collects research about homeschooling and publishes the research journal called the Home School Researcher. The institute has hundreds of research works documented and catalogued on home schooling, many of which were done by NHERI.  An all encompassing Web site providing links to resources for the home-schooled. was created to empower parents to create the ideal school for their child at home and has the founding principle of consistently providing resources, information, and support to all homeschooling families. is a comprehensive math resource site for homeschooling parents and teachers: find free worksheets, math ebooks for elementary grades, extensive link list of games, interactive tutorials & quizzes, curriculum guide, and teaching tips articles. The resources emphasize understanding of concepts instead of mechanical memorization of rules.


For High School Students

California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). Information pertaining to the CAHSEE for students, parents, teachers and administrators.

Science Fair Projects
Science fair project ideas from Ask for Kids.


For the College-bound

Federal Student Aid, home to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is an office of the U.S. Department of Education. Federal Student Aid's core mission is to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance¬ógrants, loans and work-study programs¬ófor education beyond high school.

My College Scholarship explains how college funding works, the types of college scholarships available, how to find a scholarship, and how to apply for one.

Peterson's provides information about colleges and universities, career schools, graduate programs, distance learning, executive training, private secondary schools, summer opportunities, study abroad, financial aid, test preparation, essay editing and instruction as well as resume writing, and career exploration. Free registration is required for most services. Services are both free and fee-based.     

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