Imagine having an Internet app on your phone that can answer any homework question you might have — and no, it’s not Wikipedia.

Tutor.com, a live-tutoring website, is now available at no charge through the Forest Park Public Library. All you need is a library card number and the site is free.

The site is an umbrella for all sorts of online student help available through the library, said Youth Services Director Susan Kunkle. But most specifically, it can connect students with a real, qualified human being who can actually help answer questions, all through the Internet.

Middle-school and high-school students are the audience they’re targeting, said Kunkle. The library already hosts after-school tutoring for younger grades, but sometimes the older students don’t want to ask a tutor for help.

“They think that’s just for the little kids,” Kunkle said.

Tutor.com also helps adults who want to assist their children with homework but are a little rusty on concepts like quadratic equations or the Spanish American War.

“The site can generate customizable quizzes and flashcards so students can quiz themselves,” Kunkle said. The site also has college-level tutoring and writing help.

“Sometimes kids don’t feel comfortable asking questions,” Kunkle said.

An employment section of the site also has mock job interviews as well as job listings and can give a second set of eyes for resumes and cover letters.

Kunkle said the library evaluated many online tutoring programs and decided to go with this choice because it was easiest to use and had so many resources.

“We’re trying to make it as easy as texting,” she said.

“When older kids get stuck, they might have a little bit of shame, embarrassment. “They might feel stupid or like they’re being judged,” she added. “With online tutoring you can work independently, and the tutor is not there in person. You can say, ‘I really don’t get this,’ and kind of relax a little bit.”

The site can be found under the “For Kids” tab on the library website: www.fppl.org.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...