Information for Homeschoolers

This page is for Canadian homeschoolers looking for information on high school level academics and university preparation as well as issues related to university admissions for homeschoolers and general homeschooling through high school resources.

Please be sure to read the “How to get into university” page for detailed university admissions information that describes the admission process for all categories of applicants, including homeschoolers!

And don’t forget to check out these articles on the blog:

Also check out the University and College Information for Homeschoolers provided by the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents (OFTP). They have a list of Canadian universities and colleges that have accepted homeschoolers, and have included their admission policies when possible.

Academic Resources:

It’s no use getting into university if you don’t have the skills and knowledge to stay there.

Below are some links that can help you in your high school and university level studies. Many can be used as self-teaching high school or university courses.

But of course, you don’t have to do it on your own. Many students use tutors, mentors, private or group lessons, study groups with peers, libraries, community groups and resource centres to assist in self-directed learning. Self-study doesn’t mean you can’t involve other people in your education. It just means that you take control of your own learning and pick and choose what works for you and which resources (human or otherwise) you consult. It means that you can change course along the way, or revisit something that worked for you in the past.

GENERAL ACADEMIC STUDY WEBSITES

www.academicearth.org
ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
open.edu/itunes/
www.open.edu/openlearn/
openstudy.com – make the world your study group!
www.ipl.org – a public service organization where thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved
www.sophia.org – short instructional teaching videos on a variety of school subjects

MATH

www.khanacademy.org – Video lessons and interactive course work with performance and achievement metrics. Highly recommended for learning through short video lessons!
tutorial.math.lamar.edu – Paul’s Online Math Notes – complete class notes, cheat sheets, downloads and reviews. Highly recommended for learning through notes! Be sure to check out his page of math links, too.

ENGLISH

owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/ – Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
leo.stcloudstate.edu – LEO: Literacy Online
grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/ – Guide to Grammar and Writing
www.bartleby.com/141/ – The Elements of Style writing handbook
kimberlychapman.com/essay/essay.html – How to Write an Essay
records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/arguments/argument1.htm – Essays and Arguments: A Handbook on Writing Argumentative and Interpretative Essays
https://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/EngPaper/– Getting an A on an English Paper

HISTORY

teachinghistory.org

SCIENCE

www.thehappyscientist.com

Other Lists of Resources

12 Dozen places to educate yourself online for free

Canadian Home Based Learning Resource Page

OFTP’s online Resource Directory