Sometimes students are reluctant to ask for help, but an online tool is making it easier for kids to get their work done.
The Muskingum County Library System offers a free homework help service on its website. Assistant Director Blair Tom said the tutoring sessions are becoming popular, and a record-breaking number of students used the service in January.
"We had 155 sessions, and 74 of those were algebra-based, 23 were social studies and 21 were chemistry, so it aligns with what we see with the schools, because math is really a high need subject area," said Tom.
Tom said kids can be too embarrassed to talk to their teachers and parents might be too busy to lend a hand. He said this generation of students responds well to new technology.
"They go to the computer for information to learn, to connect, to communicate, so it's just a very natural way of communicating and reaching out to the student base that we're providing the service for," said Tom.
Anyone with a Muskingum County library card can access the service by logging on to www.muskingumlibrary.org.