The Link: Back to School Edition

Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! It’s back to school we go! Join the ipl2 as we journey back to school in this issue of The Link with information for parents and students to navigate the twists and turns of elementary school through college. From homework help to tips on bullying, grades, test prep, staying healthy and more, the resources featured here will make the transition from summer to school a smooth one.

New resources that will be added to the ipl2 are noted NEW! All other resources can already be found in the ipl2 collection.

Back-to-School ~ The Young Set

Elementary school is where the adventure begins and Ipl2 can assist you every step of the way. So lace up your sneakers and check out the following resources to help you write reports, learn to study, and stay healthy.

POTUS (find it on the ipl2)
http://ipl2.org/div/potus/

If you haven’t already used this ipl2 special collection, you are in for a treat. The President of the United States (POTUS) collection is one of the most famous in ipl2. Indispensable for reports, trivia battles, or simply the curious, POTUS will answer your questions about United States presidents.

KCTools (find it on the ipl2)
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aboutaasl/aaslcommunity/quicklinks/k12students/aaslkctools.cfm

Created by the American Association of School Librarians, the KidsConnect Research Toolbox helps young researchers develop good writing and research skills. Children are guided through steps in the research process with appropriate text and graphics. Each phase of research is accompanied by links to more resources to assist project completion.

Stately Knowledge (find it on ipl2)
http://ipl2.org/div/stateknow/

Did you know the state bird of Ohio is the scissor-tailed flycatcher? Do you know the state song of Idaho? Learn more State facts than you pack into your lunchbox with this handy special collection developed by ipl2 librarians. These state facts provide in-depth information for Americans as well as citizens of other countries. Make sure you bookmark this page before that state report is due.

Culture Quest World Tour  (find it on ipl2)
http://www.ipl.org/div/cquest/

Hungry for information about the world over? Join Ophelia Owl and Parsifal Penguin as they travel the globe in search of facts about countries on every continent. Discover parks, national holidays, flags, symbols and resources galore in this super collection just for kids.

Helping Children Succeed in School  (find it on ipl2)
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/succeed/

The University of Illinois Extension Urban Resource Programs developed this insightful resource for parents and caregivers of school-age children. Learn how to boost school performance, support your child academically, and create routines and positive learning habits. Topics are organized by category and easy to follow.

NEW! Back to School Tips
http://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Back-to-School-Tips.aspx

Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, these back to school tips cover everything from school supplies to bus safety to bullying. A useful reference for parents and caregivers, this list will help ease the anxiety that comes with the first day of school, whether it’s the first or fifth time you’ve done it.

Back-to-School ~ The Teen Years

High school can be stressful and preparing for college can be even worse. To help you cope, The Link is highlighting test preparation sites, homework help pages, and tips on improving study habits. Check out the Teen pages for even more phenomenal resources.

ACT, Inc.  (find it on ipl2)
http://www.act.org/

The ACT website provides valuable information about the ACT assessment, including sample questions and test-taking strategies. Sample tests are available for English, Math, Science, Reading, and Writing. Students can also register online for the ACT.

NEW! AP Study Notes
http://www.apstudynotes.org/

This site provides free study notes, vocabulary terms, and practice questions for Advance Placement tests in U.S. History, U.S. Government, and English Language/Literature.

Vocabulary List: 100 Top SAT Words  (find it on ipl2)
http://www.vocabulary.com/lists/23400

A tool for preparing for the vocabulary portions of the SAT. Includes word definitions and examples of how the words are used in literature.

NEW! Khan Academy
http://www.khanacademy.org/

Watch educational videos geared toward high school students that explain in simple terms math concepts from arithmetic to calculus and trigonometry; science, including astronomy, biology, physics, and chemistry; economics and finance; history; and art history. Also includes test prep for the SAT, GMAT, IIT, and Singapore Math.

Multnomah County Library’s Homework Center (find it on ipl2)
http://www.multcolib.org/homework/

A huge collection of sites selected by a youth librarian to answer actual homework questions kids have asked in public libraries. When you’re doing a research project and all the books have been checked out, check here.

Study Skills Self-Help Information(find it on ipl2)
http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdyhlp.html

Are you spinning your wheels with school work? Do you wonder where the time goes when you are studying? You can actually calculate the time you spend studying and devise a better plan here. This site is hosted by Virginia Tech University and offer tips on time scheduling, reading comprehension, and note taking.

Back-to-School ~ College Bound

Parents: Want to send your young adults off to college on the right foot? Students: Want to start college with the right stuff? Take a look at the sites we’ve gathered for you. They’ll help you and your student become independent as you navigate this major transition—the empty nest.

Kids Health: For Parents  (find it on ipl2)
http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/#cat20291

Even though it says “kids,” there’s some great advice for college students here as well. Use this link to go directly to advice about avoiding the common pitfalls of college life, like that Freshman 15 or How to Eat Healthy in a Dining Hall.

National Panhellenic Conference  (find it on ipl2)
https://www.npcwomen.org/index.aspx

Provides information about an umbrella organization for 26 inter/national women’s fraternities and sororities. Members are represented on over 620 college and university campuses in the United States and Canada and in over 4,600 alumnae associations.

College Planning  (find it on ipl2)
http://www.smartmoney.com/personal-finance/college-planning/

A collection of articles and resources about saving money for and paying for a college education. Topics include the College Saving Superpage (which provides tables of information about investment options and tax breaks), 529 college savings plans, scholarships, student loans, and comparing financial aid offers.

The Study Stack (find it on ipl2)
http://www.studystack.com/

This site “was designed to help people memorize information about various subjects” by displaying “a stack of virtual cards that contain information about a certain subject.” Searchable or browsable by subject.

Study Guides and Strategies for Students (find it on ipl2)
http://www.studygs.net/

Tips on studying, test taking, reading, and writing skills for students in junior high through college. Solid, practical advice on subjects such as procrastination, stress management, taking notes, critical thinking, memory techniques, spelling and group work. All study modules are available in 39 languages.

The Student Guide (find it on ipl2)
http://studentaid.ed.gov/resources

This new website combines information and tools from several of Federal Student Aid’s websites to make it easier for you to get the information you need to make important decisions about planning and paying for college. Here you’ll find comprehensive student financial aid information from the U.S. Department of Education. Also, checklists, scholarships, different forms of Financial Aid: grants, loans, and work study, and much, much more. This site is an excellent resource for any student wishing to go to college, adult or teen.

IIE Passport  (find it on ipl2)
http://www.iiepassport.org/

This is a comprehensive search tool for study abroad programs. It features a glossary and a link to information on applying for a passport. Maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

NEW! 88 Surefire Tips for Succeeding in College
http://oedb.org/library/college-basics/88-surefire-tips/

Want to ensure your college success or change some of those bad habits and improve your college experience? The Online Education Database has some great tips for you. They review everything from studying to savings to dorm life. So utilize this resource for a great start to a new experience or a new start to a fulfilling college life.

NEW! Surviving College
http://www.gocollege.com/survival

Here’s some practical advice to having an enjoyable college experience. Everything from sleeping to studying to just having some fun. This site also contains links to understanding your finances, your health, finding a job and much, much more.

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