Boston Public Library locations offer free after-school homework help and mentorship provided by high-achieving high school students. This is open to students in grades K-8. No registration is required.
Beginning in 2014, the Boston Public Library is collaborating with Harvard University to provide SmartTALK training to Homework Help mentors. Since its launch in 2008, SmartTALK has worked to help adequately prepare and train educators and mentors in Cambridge and Boston to help children of all ages develop strong academic and social skills outside of school hours.
Read about our collaboration and the first Homework Help-SmartTALK training of the year in the Harvard Gazette article, “Harvard Helping the Helpers.”
In-person Homework Help
- The Homework Help program starts on September 21 and runs through May 26.
- Homework Help is not available on Boston Public School holidays, early-release days, or long weekends.
- For drop-in Homework Help, you can attend many branches across the City of Boston. Some locations do not offer the program; they are the Charlestown Branch, Jamaica Plain Branch (closed for renovations), South Boston Branch and the West End Branch.
- We are hiring mentors for the 2015-16 school year for the following location only, East Boston Branch.
- Read the mentor job description before applying.
- In order to apply fill out an application and provide a photocopy of your most recent report card.
- To be eligible to work for Homework Help, you must:
- Be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior, have a 3.0 or higher GPA
- Enjoy working with children
- Be able to work 3:30–5:30 p.m. after school at least 2 days per week, September through May
- Bilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply
- For more information about homework help or to arrange an interview, email Barbara Rhodes email@example.com or call 617-859-2325.
Boston Teacher's Union tutors
- Teachers from the Boston Public Schools offer tutoring for students in all grades
- BTU tutoring will take place at all branches from September 28–May 23.
- BTU 2015–2016 homework helper schedule
Online Homework Help
Online help courtesy of the BPL
- LearningExpress Library can help students from grade school through college improve their skills by taking practice tests, completing exercises, and reading eBooks. What's more, LearningExpress can help college-bound students prepare for the ACT, SAT, and other standardized tests.
- Look for books, CDs, movies, and more in the BPL catalog.
- Search for articles and use books online with our student electronic resources.
Other online help
Other sources for homework help and after school programs in Boston
- BOSTONavigator - The place to search for out-of school time programming in Boston.
- Boston Youth Zone - Find activities, opportunities, and other fun stuff for kids and teens, plus important information and resources for parents.