Simple walk-throughs with examples and video tutorials.
Easy-to-follow tutorial videos with practice points along the way. Subjects include:
This free algebra solver helps verify that you've arrived at the correct answer. Mathway also has a pre-algebra, trigonometry, and statistics solver.
Free easy-to-use graphing website allows you to enter as many equations as you'd like and graph them. Simple controls let you quickly identify points.
Reading & Writing
If you need help with an essay or research paper, please view the Research Help section.
A creative writing tool for young authors who dream of writing a novel. Set a daily writing word count goal, and receive guidance from published authors and other writers along the way to your master piece!
Writing Guides available for check-out
U.S. history covered in about 50-year segments, beginning in 1491 (before the arrival of colonists) to present-day America. In-depth video lessons cover pre-Civil war, the Civil war, the Reconstruction Era, and beyond.
Video lessons covering democracy & voter participation, the Constitution & Amendments, modern politics, and more.
Learn about man's early history discovering farming to the rise of the first empires all the way to WWII. You can continue your trek through mankind's history in part II of Khan Academy's World History Project.
If you're looking for American history books about women, African Americans, regional history, or any others, please view the link above!
Video topics include: cells, energy, genetics, ecology, and more!
Earth science activities that cover a range of topics like rock types, tectonic plates, and climates. Each activity includes a downloadable instruction sheet, and each set of instructions includes a link for an interactive lesson.
Over 100 laboratory simulations! These labs help you visualize physics concepts such as kinematic motion, electric charge, light and more.
Video topics include: Newton's Laws of Motion, work & energy, angular motion, waves, and electricity. Practice exercises are included to test your knowledge and make sure you're ready for real school assignments!
Reading, writing, math, and essay preparation. Tutorials with practice tests. Access to this service is free for Balch Springs Library cardholders.
Sign-up is free with a valid email address. Khan Academy starts you off with an assessment test to pinpoint areas you need to focus on. They will also create a practice test schedule for you based on your official test date--making sure you're ready for your test in time!
English, math, and science preparation. Tutorials with practice tests. Access to this service is free for Balch Springs Library cardholders.
Learn about STEM jobs, "green" environment jobs, and in-demand jobs. You will need to create or sign-in to your Job & Career hub account with your library card number. Please call the library if you are having trouble accessing this hub.
Do you need help creating a resume? Are you prepared for interviewing?
E-books and practice exams for: nursing, real estate, CDL, social work, cosmetology, emergency services, teaching and more! You will need to create or sign-in to your Job & Career hub account with your library card number. Please call the library if you are having trouble accessing this hub.
Become a spreadsheet genius with Microsoft Excel. Learn graphics & illustration with Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator.
Create a free account on Codecademy.com and learn Python, C++, Java, front-end development, back-end development and data science.
It's easy to spend hours here d
Create your own music with Music Lab's easy interfaces. Use sequencers in the Song Maker and Melody Maker. Digitize your voice with the Voice Spinner. You can even learn a bit of music theory and the science of sound.
Create your own 3D Images. You can import your own creations or save them for use in other applications like game developments or VR experiences.
Point-and-click to blast colorful balloons in the fastest time. Take advantage of bonus cubes, but watch out for decoys!
Simplified 5-channel audio editor for adjusting sound files. You can import your own sounds or use sounds that are provided. If you'd like to learn how professionals edit audio, this is a good place to start.
Simple, yet oddly satisfying. Create your own domino design by left-clicking to set a domino. Right-click & hold to tilt and change perspective. Then, right-click & hold while pushing your first domino over.
Writing & Research Help
You CAN write your paper with a little help. Below, we list 4 steps along with short videos (each less than 5 mins) that will help you complete the step.
Step 1: Choose Your Topic
Step 2: Research & Create An Outline
Step 3: Write Your Essay
Step 4: Review & Edit
We use Credo Reference Center for our research.
Think about 2 or 3 topics you might want to write about.
Your outline will have 3 parts:
Now that your outline is done, you're ready to start writing your essay!
Let's start with your Introduction paragraph.
Introduction: The three parts of an introduction are 1) background information, 2) your hook (or explanation of the question your essay will answer), and 3) introduction of your essay's main point (your thesis statement)
Watch this video about writing your Introduction paragraph
After your introduction paragraph, we can move on to the Body of your essay.
Body: Your outline lists 3 -5 points that support your main idea. Each of these points will be the topic sentence (the first sentence) of a paragraph. After each topic sentence, expand on that topic with 2 or 3 sub-points you listed in your outline.
Watch this video about writing the Body of your essay
Now that the body of your essay is complete, let's write your Conclusion.
Conclusion: Your conclusion should 1) restate your main point (with different wording), 2) summarize your supporting points, and 3) have a concluding statement.
Watch this video about writing your Conclusion
In this last step, you will want to review your paper by reading it out loud.