Doing Homework Online: A Guide For Dummies

The internet can be an excellent resource for students to do homework. At the same time though, if you don’t utilize it correctly trying to do your assignments online can create all kinds of problems for you. Because of this, it is important that you learn how to use it well.

Follow this guide for dummies on doing homework online:

  • - Identify what you need to find
  • If you are looking for help on your assignment or even answers for it online, you will need to identify what it is exactly that you need to find. For some subject, like math, you may be able to find an online equation solver to do the whole problem for you. But for most subjects, you won’t be able to solve the whole problem or answer the whole question that easily online. Instead, you’ll need to identify what part of the question you do not know, and then try to answer that part specifically. If a problem has more than one part to it, you won’t want to waste your time trying to find answers to the part that you already know. So take a moment, map about the problem to identify what information you’ve already been given, what information you need to solve the problem, what parts of that information you already know, and what parts of it you need to find.

  • - Know when to use which sources
  • If you are doing your assignments online, you’ll undoubtedly be using lots of internet sources. But not all internet sources are equal. Some sources are more trusted, like journal articles, or pages and resources that are associated with a school and have a .edu address. Other sources, like online encyclopedias that crowd source information are less reliable sources but make it much easier to find the information that you need. You should learn when to use which source: if you are just looking for some basic information to help you understand an idea, but don’t need to cite the information, than online encyclopedias or other unofficial sources are probably your best bet. But if you need to cite the information, make sure that it is from a trusted source.

  • - Check your answers
  • Don’t just take any answer you find online as the truth—always be sure to check your answers or at least to question them. Ask yourself whether the answer you’ve found seems reasonable and plausible.