Homework Blues are the worst.
But it’s okay to admit it if homework’s got you down.
The truth is, it gets to most of us, at least some of the time.
Like it or not, homework is necessary. It has value. Reviewing the day’s work, preparing for upcoming classwork, just practicing grammar and simple regular reading are all important, especially when it comes to Spanish learning.
But homework doesn’t have to be a drag.
There’s help for the Spanish Homework Blues—and I’m going to show you exactly where to find it.
8 Helpful Resources for Curing the Spanish Homework Blues
Charlie Brown said it best—we all need help with our homework! That means that there’s homework help for practically any kind of homework problem.
The simplest way to categorize Spanish homework help is by separating resources into those we can access online and the ones available in real life. Let’s look at online resources first.
Online Tutor Programs
Tutors are there to help you tackle those problems you just can’t figure out on your own.
If you’ve gotten “lost” somewhere, they’ll get you back on track. They can clarify anything that seems vague (a common problem with reading comprehension homework!) or answer specific questions.
An added bonus? If the tutoring is a live, face-to-face exchange, there’s the opportunity to hear Spanish being spoken—and we all know how beneficial it is to have authentic examples! And if the tutoring is through emails, chats or texts there’s still the chance to pick up useful—and even location-specific—vocabulary.
Contact with Spanish speakers always brings the benefit of learning idioms and expressions not generally taught in textbooks.
Course Hero puts hundreds of potential tutors from all across the globe at your fingertips in their “Spanish Homework Help” section. Some speak only Spanish while some speak English and other languages, too. On this site, they’re here to help answer specific tricky questions you might have.
I know what you’re wondering. With so many tutors, how can you choose the “right” one?
Luckily, the site makes the process a snap. Just type your homework question in the box on the page (there’s even an FAQ section, so if you’re not sure how to form a question or complete any of the other steps, just peek there), assign a price you’re willing to pay for the help and wait.
Generally, the response time is just a few minutes, and you may get more than one reply. Choose your tutor, come to terms and begin! Course Hero guarantees satisfaction with the exchange, so if you’re not totally content with how things are going, you can contact them for help.
Course Hero is a super option if you only have a quick question about an assignment or need clarification on one subject.
Verbalplanet offers interactive Spanish language classes via Skype. It’s free to sign up and create a profile.
There are several pages of tutors to consider. Each tutor profile is personalized with a photograph, number of lessons taught, student ratings and per-session prices. There’s a good range of pricing options, so if that’s important (and it definitely is!), take the time to look at multiple tutors before deciding on an initial contact. Most tutors offer discounts for trial sessions, so keep that in mind, too.
To set up a tutorial arrangement, send a message to the tutor you’ve chosen and book your sessions. It’s that easy!
Again, if you’re looking to get grammar details down or clarification on a particular topic, this might be a way to untangle those homework issues.
Live Lingua offers private language lessons via Skype. With teachers from around the world, this interactive experience is a super way to get pronunciation subtleties nailed down. When you sign up, you’re able to participate in a free Skype class, so choosing a tutor who’s compatible with your learning style or someone you feel is competent to address your homework issues is more possible than ever.
The tutors on here have teaching credentials and are able to customize learning to suit individual needs. Choosing a tutor is just a matter of checking into each tutor’s experience, degrees and teaching philosophy—and since each tutor has a personalized introduction page, this is much less time-consuming than it sounds.
I was able to check out several tutors, compare their strengths and assess my personal criteria to locate a tutor in less than an hour. Live Lingua provides enough options that it’s not hard to find someone who’s able to provide the help you need.
This resource may be appealing to those who don’t want to wait for a particular homework snag to come up. Rather, you can start on a personalized program geared towards addressing individual issues as they arise, which definitely should make homework less stressful!
Non-tutor Online Homework Help
Online tutors are a super choice for Spanish homework help, but they’re not the only internet option. There are some other excellent resources for getting past sticky homework problems. Let’s take a look at what’s out there!
FluentU is an amazing place to find complete Spanish study materials as well as resources that can help you help yourself. There’s no way around it, native speakers and authentic content are a language learner’s jackpot. FluentU provides both, in the form of real-world videos—like movie trailers, music videos, news clips and inspiring talks.
FluentU creates personalized language lessons through multimedia flashcards, real-world examples, interactive captions, quizzes and other learning tools. If you’re drowning in textbook-speak and want to be able to see how the Spanish language concept you’re learning in school is used in real life, or if you just want to have an endless well of references and examples to draw from, FluentU is for you.
Because FluentU is completely customizable, you can easily locate subjects that line up with whatever subjects you’re studying in your Spanish class. You can also easily choose material that’s appropriate for your level, and FluentU will track your learning. With all of this extra support, you can become adept at dealing with homework issues!
FluentU is a great resource for working out your own Spanish homework problems independently or for avoiding them altogether. If your homework problems are in a certain area, like vocabulary acquisition, focus your learning time working on flashcards. If you’re getting stuck on pronunciation, listen to video clips and repeat what’s being said. If you want to keep one step ahead of the rest of your Spanish class, browse through videos at your level and try to make some progress on your own every day.
HiNative doesn’t provide one-on-one tutorial assistance but it does offer individualized Spanish language support. This is a global Q & A forum where native speakers are available to answer questions, correct or assess material and assist with almost any language issue. They’re able to give feedback on writing assignments, including blog posts and creative writing. From the simplest of questions to the most complicated grammar snafus, your homework issues are solvable here if you just wait for the right person to come along.
Ask the question, get your answer. All homework help should be so clear cut, right?
One of the best parts is that this global homework help is completely free!
So no need to wonder if you’ll ever understand how to conjugate irregular verbs. There’s an answer for every question here, and most are from very reliable sources.
StudyBlue is a crowdsourced study library.
The first time I read that I wondered what exactly constitutes a “crowdsourced study library” and, more importantly, how such a thing could be applied to the homework grind.
I’m so glad I found out! StudyBlue is basically a resource made by and for students. Flashcards, notes and study guides are available for learners to access and use. Millions of students know about StudyBlue and are using the materials to learn not only languages like Spanish but other subjects as well.
This is an efficient resource for researching your homework problem to find an answer from someone who at one time probably had the same exact question you’re dealing with now! Researching to find homework help is also a great way to discover other Spanish cultural or language interests. Honestly, every time I research one topic I find tangents that inspire or teach me. Expanding your inspiration for Spanish learning while getting your homework done? What’s not to love?
Offline Homework Help
The answers to homework questions can be as close as your mouse and screen, but there are times when a resource that’s not online is a good option, too. Here are a couple excellent ways to get your homework done without your computer.
Look for local resources to get the job done. Advertise for a tutor by leaving a “Spanish tutor wanted” flyer on message boards in bookstores or restaurants near your home.
Or, you can search out local tutors with Wyzant. The process is simple: Indicate your Spanish language needs, make a match with a tutor and schedule a lesson. The largest community of professional tutors is at your fingertips, and in many cases they’re in your neighborhood!
Libraries are solid “old school” resources for both Spanish study materials and homework help. Many have language programs or groups that meet a few times each month, so check and see what’s available at your local library.
Others, like the Chicago Public Library, have many additional language resources available—and remember, public libraries are free!
There are so many resources to help turn your homework woes into successes that singing the Homework Blues isn’t necessary.
Explore your options, choose the ones that fit your needs and do the work.
Be a Spanish homework winner!
¡Buena suerte! (Good luck!)
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