Popular Website Started By Nine-Year-Old in 1996 Still Helping Students (and Their Frustrated Parents) with Homework

10-year-old Pinchbeck in the 1997 FamilyPC article "Web Wizards"
Has your child come home with a math problem you don’t remember how to solve? If so, you need to find B.J. Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper page. Homework Helper was started in 1996 by 9-year-old B.J. and his father, back during the early days of the Internet before Google and Wikipedia came along and made finding information much easier. Since then, B.J. has appeared on Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and has been featured on numerous other shows including Martha Stewart's talk show, Martha. Additionally, the Pinchbecks have been featured in USA Today, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and in the magazines Newsweek, People, Family PC, and Pittsburgh Magazine.

I don’t know about you, but I have a difficult time working some of my high school algebra. I can go to Pinchbeck's site and find all of the help I could ever need. Pinchbeck started this site when he was in elementary school and it is currently maintained, so this one site can help you and your children until they graduate from college. (College-bound students may find Pinchbeck's College Companion website a valuable resource for choosing the right college and applying for financial aid, and for advice on adjusting to college life.) So, if your children’s homework is getting you down, drop by Homework Helper to stop those homework headaches before they start.

More homework assistance may be found at the Birmingham Public Library's homework help resources page. Included among the list of resources is Homework Alabama (Tutor.com), a service that offers live homework help for grades 4-12 from subject specialists in math, science, social studies, and English, Sunday through Thursday, 3:00-10:00 p.m. Homework Alabama is free for all Alabama residents and is provided by the Alabama Public Library Service.

Lynn Carpenter
Five Points West Regional Branch Library