Homework Resources

All of these homework sites are portals to hundreds of other sites. Many destinations are listed in multiple portals. However, they differ in how they are organized and in how they accommodate children of different ages.

Favorites

King County Library System may be the best all-around web site with many links organized by subject (e.g., Health & Medicine, Animals, Insects & Birds and How to do Research/Library Skills). If you have a library card, you can use the Live Homework Help and an impressive list of data bases.

The National Education Association: On this site you’ll find answers to questions many parents have about homework such as interaction with teachers and with their children.

The U.S. Department of Education site addresses parents’ role in their child’s academic success. Among its tips: When children haven’t done their best work, point it out — but be constructive. “Instead of telling a sixth-grader, ‘You aren’t going to hand in that mess, are you?’ say, ‘The teacher will understand your ideas better if you use your best handwriting.’ ”

Grades K-12

HomeworkSpot is organized by school level; links to sites that support many schools’ curricula and provides a powerful reference center with free access to many of the world’s best libraries, museums and current-events sources.

Your local school district. Many local school districts have homework and research help resources on their district websites. Visit your local public school district website to learn more.

Grades K-8

Kidinfo has links organized by typical school subjects including science, foreign languages and music links. It has search engines for kids and, with a bit of digging, you will find subject links specifically for kids.

Grades 3-6

FactMonster is sponsored by Information Please Almanac. Encyclopedia Search gives you access to more than 57,000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition.

Grades 3-12

Answers uses both a question interface and subject lists. It has a good solution for misspelled words; it simply offers the subjects that have similar spellings. In addition, you can install a piece of software that allows you to alt-click on a word and get your answer.

Oregon’s Multnomah County Library has a list of almost 40 topics from maps to language arts. They expand into many other links. If you have a library card, you can use the impressive list of online data bases and Live Homework help.

Refdesk is organized by grade level (elementary, middle school, high school and college). Most of the links are found in the last two areas. The Ask the Expert list is impressive!

Others

The Figure This! Mathematics Challenges for Families site is maintained by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It provides interesting math challenges for middle school students to do with their families.

Math.com offers homework help, calculators and other tools, online practice quizzes, games, and other interactive explorations of math for all levels. In addition, you’ll find assessment, on-demand modular courses that target key math concepts, 24/7 live online tutoring, and expert answers to math questions.


The links above are provided as informational resources and in no way indicate an endorsement of or any particular partnership with any organization. Mensa of Western Washington is not responsible for the content of any of the linked Web sites; this includes updates to or availability of linked sites and the accuracy, reliability or helpfulness of the information on these sites.

Online Study Guides

No matter what year in school, there’s studying to be done, and the Internet can help. Check out this list of some great, mostly free study guides and test preparation sites, and pick up some general tips on how to improve study habits.

SparkNotes — Free study guides organized by the classic subjects for high school students. It has a test preparation section for the SAT II, ACT and AP that includes practice tests for each.

BookRags — Free study guides in many subjects, specializing in Science, Literature, and History. Each subject leads to an alphabetized list of topics. Most of the topics are introductions and lead to subscription material. BookRags features an online essay editing service (fee required) and free articles on better essay writing.

Pink Monkey — Literary summaries. PinkMonkey is a “G” rated resource for middle and high school students. The PDF and RTF versions of the summaries require payment. Don’t overlook the sections on ‘Parent tips’ and ‘Study smart’.

Test prep

Quiz Hub — Free online quizzes, by grade level, in many categories and subjects.

Test Prep Review — Free practice for scores of tests. SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE are included.

Study tips

General learning and studying resources — Although this site from the University of Guelph is for college students, it should be useful for everyone.

Learning Strategies — Another resource for college students that will work for everyone. See what you can use from the sections on how to read your textbook and how to take notes.

How to Study — This site covers the same material as the previous one, but the cartoons are much better.


The links above are provided as informational resources and in no way indicate an endorsement of or any particular partnership with any organization. Mensa of Western Washington is not responsible for the content of any of the linked Web sites; this includes updates to or availability of linked sites and the accuracy, reliability or helpfulness of the information on these sites.

Gifted Children Resource Center

These pages are devoted to gifted children in recognition of one of MWW’s goals: to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity through scholarships, gifted children’s programs, and other supportive activities.

Activities and Events

Activities and events for Gifted Children are open to all children, not just Mensans.  So, invite your friends. Everyone will need either a parent/guardian with them or a signed permission and release form.

Please check the calendar or the ToteMs newsletter for details about activities and events.

In addition to the information on our website, you can find general information relevant to gifted kids at http://www.mensaforkids.org/.

For Everyone

For Children & Youth

For Parents & Caregivers

Searches for gifted/talented children

Registration for these searches is now available.

The Washington Search for Young Scholars (WSYS) is a regional talent search for students in grades 5 through 8. The goal of the WSYS is to identify and serve the needs of Washington’s brightest young scholars. More information about available programs and qualification for admission is found on their programs page.

Johns Hopkins University Searches for Gifted Children. This fall, enroll your child in JHU’s talent search, for students in grades 2 – 8. Learn more about your child’s math and verbal reasoning abilities, and have them celebrated and recognized by a leading program for gifted young people. And, perhaps qualify for summer and online courses. Financial aid is available. Find out more, and apply online.


The links above are provided as informational resources and in no way indicate an endorsement of or any particular partnership with any organization. Mensa of Western Washington is not responsible for the content of any of the linked Web sites; this includes updates to or availability of linked sites and the accuracy, reliability or helpfulness of the information on these sites.

Thanks to the Seattle Times and The Olympian for permission to link to their material and for caring enough to collect and organize the information.

Member Support Fund

Mensa of Western Washington’s Member Support Fund Subcommittee, composed of the Treasurer and two other members appointed by the Steering Committee, accepts written applications confidentially from MWW members seeking assistance with payment of their annual American Mensa membership dues in whole or in part. Members are actively encouraged to donate to the Member Support Fund, and are informed that any contributions are not tax-deductible.

Applications are due annually by January 31, and applicants will be informed of the decision of the Member Support Fund Subcommittee by February 28. If awarded, applicant’s dues will be paid directly to American Mensa by the annual renewal deadline of March 31. Applicants should indicate in a short personal statement the reason for their need and their specific interest in volunteering for MWW (proctor, RG, etc.), and send by email to treasurer@mensaww.org. Decisions will be based on available budget for the Fund, applicant’s willingness to volunteer with MWW, and the applicant’s essay. Applicants are limited to three years of support from the Member Support Fund over their lifetime.

How to apply for a Mensa Scholarship

Go to the Scholarship Program page on the Mensa Foundation website and click the Submit Application button to fill out an application and submit it online.

The scholarship process begins September 15th and ends with the scholarship application deadline of January 15th. 

Please remember to follow the directions. Unfortunately, many applications are disqualified simply because the applicants did not follow the instructions.

Good luck!

Mensa Scholarship Program FAQ

When can I apply for a Foundation scholarship?

Applications for Foundation scholarships are only available during the fall of each year. In general, applications are available from Sept. 15 until Jan. 15, which is the application deadline.

Who can apply for a Foundation scholarship?

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who will be enrolled in accredited colleges for the following academic year may apply. Students must also live in the geographic area of a participating Local Group and may only apply to that Local Group.

What must I do to apply?

Applicants must fill out the application form and submit it with an essay describing their career, vocational or academic goals. Essays must be no longer than 550 words and must be submitted by the application deadline.

Where can I get an application form?

Go to the Scholarship Program page on the Mensa Foundation website and click the Submit Application button to fill out an application and submit it online.

Opportunities for Volunteers

Mensa of Western Washington is run by volunteers. If you like what you see, please help us keep it running. If you don’t like what you see, please give us your ideas on what you’d do differently and involve yourself in the process.

Have a look at the masthead in the current ToteMs newsletter. There are several vacant positions, and some of us are doing multiple jobs. Please see if any of the positions interest you, and let MWW President, Brent Lawson, know where you’d like to be involved.

2022 Steering Committee Election

Every two years, the MWW bylaws require that we elect new officers to the Steering Committee, and now is the time. On page 4 of the January edition of the ToteMs, you will find a ballot with the name of the candidates for the five offices, and the PO Box address to which you may mail your ballot.

It is vital, imperative, crucial and exciting to return your ballot with your choice of candidates. Please read the candidate statements, and VOTE! All votes must be received in our PO Box by February 1st, 2022.

Virtual Game Night

Join us on Zoom for a mix of Jackbox, Codenames, and maybe even some BoardGameArena! What we play is determined by who shows up.

Please note: 2 devices are required to play many Jackbox games– 1 device to watch the question stream and 1 device to answer the questions.

When: first and third Thursday at 6pm

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