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Bunnie, the creator of this guide, deleted her Basil account, and with it, all of her threads/posts. With her permission and encouragement, I reposted all of her guides for her. She'll be maintaining/updating these guides through me. All credit goes to her of course for writing this.

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[s=/forum/879689/0/#1]English and Language Arts[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#LIT]Understanding Literature[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#CWR]Creative Writing[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#EWR]Essay Writing[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#POE]Poetry[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#OTH]Other Material[/s]

  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#PREALG]Pre-Algebra[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#ALG]Algebra[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#GEOM]Geometry[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#TRIG]Trigonometry[/s]

  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#BIO]Biology[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#CHEM]Chemistry[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#PHYS]Physics[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#EARTH]Earth and Environmental Sciences[/s]

[s=/forum/879689/0/#4]Social Studies (under construction)[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#USHIS]American History[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#WORHIS]World History[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#EUROHIS]European History[/s]
  • [s=/forum/879689/0/#GOV]Government and Politics[/s]

[header=1]English and Language Arts
[header=LIT]Understanding Literature
[i]Basic literary devices[/i]
A wonderful site listing and explaining the most common literary devices, elements and techniques such as "alliteration", "motif", etc. It provides examples for most of them.

[i]Common themes in literature[/i]
Themes can be a rather elusive concept for many students. If you have difficulty understanding what the underlying theme is to a piece of work, these websites might give you some ideas.

[header=CWR]Creative Writing
[i]How to write a short story[/i]
Short stories are often the most difficult challenge for beginner writers. There is often a tendency to use too much description and then run out of space for a plot to develop. Often teachers will ask for a story a page or two long. You'll want to jump into the action almost immediately, so that your resolution doesn't become the typical "...and then he woke up" ending. These websites contain some good advice about keeping a good story short and sweet. Here is an example of a short story, around 500 words long:

[i]Writing longer stories[/i]
This website addresses a longer homework assignment for students, ie. to write a story 10 to 15 pages long. By literary standards, that is still "short", but nevertheless, gives you enough room for character development and a good plot.

[i]Descriptive writing[/i]
For times when you are asked to write a descriptive paragraph.

[header=EWR]Essay Writing
[i]How to write a basic 5-paragraph essay[/i] (contains an example of an outline for the essay at the bottom of the page)
The 5-paragraph essay is the introduction to a world of essay writing for students. If you got this down, you'll be able to quickly write basic essays for tests and SATs.

[i]Modes of persuasion[/i]
To write a persuasive essay, you want to be able to appeal to the audience's ethics, emotions, or logic. These are the three modes of appeal as defined by Aristotle early on in [i]The Rhetoric[/i].

[i]List of logical fallacies[/i]
If you need to pick apart someone else's argument or opinion, here is a big list of logical fallacies, Latin names included, that you can honestly build a critical essay upon.

[i]Poetic devices[/i]
A bit more geared towards poetry, this site contains a more advanced list of literary devices used in poems, such as "assonance" or "extended metaphor".

[i]Forms of poetry[/i]
A very comprehensive list on different poetic forms, from the haiku to the sestina and links to examples and descriptions of how to write them.

[header=OTH]Other Material

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[header=GEN]General Math Help
The password you need to log in is Walton2009. [credit: TakeOutGunz]
This is an e-graph calculator in the Cartesian coordinate system. Just enter the function and it'll graph it for you. [credit: icemage07]
A math forum if you need more help on tricky math problems. [credit: icemage07]

[i]Pre-algebra terms and definitions[/i]
Basically a list of terms that you should know the meaning of in Pre-Algebra. The difference between a real number and an integer for example.

The Cartesian plane is generally introduced between Pre-Algebra and Algebra, but this webpage provides a decent introduction suitable for a 7th-8th grade level.

[i]Fractions and ratios[/i]
The only real difference between a fraction and a ratio is that the latter comes with units of measurement that often need to be converted. These sites provide a good summary of the two.

[i]Properties of real numbers[/i]
Basic properties of real numbers, such as the distributive property, etc. A useful precursor to algebra, when many of the same properties apply to variables.

[i]Fraction to decimal conversions[/i]

[i]Square roots[/i]
A few pages about square roots; how to solve them without a calculator, how to rewrite them, etc. Use the "next" button on the bottom of the page to navigate.

[i]Interest and compound interest[/i]
For interest and compound interest calculations and when to use the two.

[i]Basic equations[/i]
Most of algebra has to do with solving equations. This page can solve equations that you input:

[i]Other functions[/i]
Greatest integer, absolute value:
Inverse, logarithmic, exponential functions:
Log graphs:
Finding the inverse of a function: |,articleId-38914.html

[i]Factoring[/i] (video)
Factoring is very important because it can help you simplify and even solve otherwise complicated equations. The video in particular, shows a good step-by-step guide of how to factor.

[i]Simplifying algebraic fractions[/i]
Complex fractions and division of polynomials:
Long division (video):
Teaches you how to deal with fractions that have variables in them, as well as how to do long division with polynomials to solve an equation.

[i]Graphing equations[/i]
Basic introduction:
Writing equations to the graph of the line:
Quadratic function graphing tutorials: |
The links above teach you how to graph linear and quadratic equations, as well as be able to derive the equation from a given graph.

Basic simplification:,articleId-38923.html
Rational exponents:,articleId-38928.html
Complex and imaginary numbers:,articleId-38929.html
The cliffsnotes links are the best explanations for radicals that I could find. Not included are the exact pages to how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide radicals, but it's easy to find those pages on the side bar of the actual website.

[i]Glossary of terms[/i]
Geometry contains a lot of specific definitions that might deviate from the colloquial usage. This list provides good definitions for most terms you will encounter.

[i]List of geometric theorems/postulates[/i]
Basic theorems:;t.htm
More comprehensive lists: |
The easiest way to remember geometric proofs is to keep a little notebook and write them down every time you encounter a new one in the course of your studies, and include an example as well. If you have not done that, these sites still provide a passable list.

[i]How to do a geometric proof[/i]
The structure of a proof explained.

[i]The unit circle[/i]
Understanding radians:,articleId-11589.html
One of [i]the[/i] most useful tools in trig. You should be able to reproduce this circle yourself by memory in about 1-2 minutes. It really helps during tests in particular.

[i]The trigonometric identities[/i],articleId-11608.html
A basic list of trig identities, i.e. what can be converted into what. These can help greatly in simplifying very complex trig functions.

[i]The law of sines and cosines[/i]
Law of sines in-depth:
Law of cosines in-depth:
Trigonometry of triangles. The laws will help you solve for the angles and lengths of triangles given certain measurements.

[i]Graphing trigonometric functions[/i]
Basic graphs:
Graphing y = sin ax:
Graphing trig functions with transformations:
The websites above cover graphing trig functions, including when there are shifts or scalar modifications.

[i]Inverse trig functions[/i]
For arctan, arcsin, arccos, arccsc, arccot and arcsec functions.

This may help if you're beginning calculus. Includes a full tutorial on how to integrate and differentiate, take the limits, etc.
Sequence and series.
Vector calculus.
Online graphing calculator.

[credit to icemage07 for the calculus links]

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AP Biology Notes:

[i]Cell structure and function[/i]
Everything you need to know about the water molecule:
Interactive overview of a cell:
Cellular organelles: |
The cell membrane:
Inner life of a cell:;width=640&height=520
Cells are the building blocks of life. To understand how things live and work and move, it is important to understand cell structure and function as covered by these sites.

[i]Cellular reproduction[/i]
[quote]Videos[/quote]Binary fission:
[quote]Websites[/quote]Binary fission:
Mitosis: |
Meiosis: |
Cells reproduce in three ways. Most biology courses will expect you to be familiar with mitosis and meiosis, so these sites provide a good overview.

[i]Photosynthesis and respiration[/i]
[quote]Photosynthesis[/quote]Interactive light reactions:
Interactive dark reactions:
Text summary of photosynthesis, easy to navigate:
[quote]Respiration[/quote]Glycolysis (interactive):
Glycolysis (in-depth, step-by-step text overview):
Krebs acid cycle (interactive):
Krebs acid cycle (thorough text summary):
Anaerobic respiration:
How cells produce energy. The process can be quite complicated, so I have chosen links with interactive or animated tutorials rather than primarily text.

[i]Heredity and genetics[/i]
DNA replication (text and diagrams):
DNA replication (interactive):
DNA transcription: |
DNA translation (interactive):
Chromosomes and inheritance:,8750,1136223-,00.html
Genotypes and phenotypes:
Monohybrid Mendelian crosses (interactive):
Dihybrid Mendelian crosses (interactive):
These sites cover everything from DNA being transcribed and translated at a molecular level to genetic crosses throughout generations.

Comprehensive website on evolution done by Berkeley University:

Basic plant biology:
Plant tissue systems:
Parts of a flower:
These sites provide a good spread of information about plants that is generally covered by a high school biology course.

[quote]Body systems[/quote]The digestive system: | | (respiratory system) | (the circulatory system) (the skeletal system) | (how muscles work) | (the nervous system) (the immune system)
The female reproductive system:
The male reproductive system:
[quote]Organs[/quote]The heart:
The lung:
The brain:
[quote]Vision and hearing[/quote]Vision:
These webpages have to do with body systems and the functions of the human body.

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The Periodic Table:

[i]Acids & bases[/i]
Basic introduction:
Calculating pH and pOH:
Salts and neutralization:
Henderson-Hasselbalch equation for buffers:;right=pH-buffers-henderson-hasselbalch
These sites cover basic properties, formulas, and reactions to do with acids and bases.

[i]Atomic & molecular structure[/i]
Structure of the atom:
Lewis structures:
Quantum mechanics: |
The Pauli exclusion principle:
Hund's law:
From the simple diagrams of atoms provided by Lewis structures, to the more complicated atomic models in quantum mechanics, these pages cover atomic and molecular structure.

Overview of gases:
Ideal gases:
The gas laws:
The gas laws and their applications.

[i]Balancing equations[/i]
Writing equations for a reaction:
Basic equation balancing:
Redox reactions:
Higher order reactions:
The above sites cover everything from basic stoichiometry to more complicated reactions.

Factors that affect reactions:
Laws of thermochemistry:
Applications of thermochemistry:
Hess's law:
Thermochemistry for exothermic and endothermic reactions.

[i]Organic chemistry[/i]
Properties of carbon:
Basic organic chemistry:
Organic chemistry notes:
Problem guides for organic chemistry:
Organic chemistry and all you need to know about names, properties, and types of molecules and bonds.

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[i]Newton's laws[/i]
Newton's laws/application to problems:
Forces and friction:
Motion in two dimensions:
These sites have to do with Newton's Laws and their application to two-dimensional motion and kinematics.

Impulse and momentum:
Conservation of momentum:
Types of collisions: |
Angular momentum: |
Conservation of angular momentum:
Conservation of momentum, impulse and angular momentum are covered in the links above.

[i]Work, energy, and power[/i]
Overview of each:
Calculating work:
Kinetic energy:
Potential energy:
Calculating work and power:;page=2
Basically everything about work and power and energy, however the trick is to know when to apply which equation in which problem.

[i]Circular motion and gravitation[/i]
Angular velocity: |
Angular acceleration: |
The right-hand rule: (torque) |
Newton's law of universal gravitation:
Satellites and escape velocity:
Circular motion in terms of velocity, acceleration, and torque. Newton's laws of universal gravitation to calculate the periods of satellites and the escape velocities of a projectile exiting the gravitational pull.

Coulomb's law:
Gauss's law:
Electrostatic potential:
Ohm's law:
Kirchhoff's rules:
AC circuits:
RC circuits:
An overview of electricity with everything from electric fields to electric circuits.

Biot-Savart law:
Ampere's law:
Magnetic moment:
Magnetic potential:
Simulation of charged particles in E/B fields:
Lorentz force:
Lenz and Faraday's laws:
Maxwell equations:'s%20Equations.pdf
These sites are suited for an upper-level physics course, so I have tried to keep them as simple and straightforward as possible, except in areas like the Maxwell equations where more detailed explanations are necessary.

Reflection of light in mirrors:
Refraction of light in lenses:
The reflection and refraction of light.

[i]Fluid mechanics[/i]
Bernoulli's equation:
Pascal's principle:
Archimedes principle:
Hagen-Poiseuille equation:'s_law
Basic fluid mechanics for liquids, including buoyancy, pressure and volumetric flow.

[header=EARTH]Earth Science and Environmental Science
[i]Astronomy and space[/i]
The solar system:
Stellar parallax:
Stars and constellations:
A basic astronomy overview as covered by elementary and middle school courses. Warning: Pluto is no longer a major planet!

Types of rocks:
The rock cycle (interactive):
Plate tectonics:
Mohs scale:
The layers of the earth:
Geology in terms of rocks, the rock cycle, and the Earth itself.

[i]Natural disasters[/i]
Volcanoes (text and pictures):
Volcanoes (text and videos):
Volcanoes (video footage):
Tornadoes (text and pictures):
Tornadoes (video):
Eye of a hurricane (video):;feature=related

Food and energy pyramid:
Ecological systems:
Endangered species:
Basic ecology and understanding of the living world.

The water cycle:
Lakes and turnover:
The ocean:
Layers of the ocean:
Everything you need to know about bodies of water, how they work, and more.

[i]Weather and climate[/i]
The atmosphere:
Weather map (interactive):
Beaufort scale:
Devices for measuring weather:
Climate zones:
Cloud types:
Understanding thunderstorms:
About weather, climate, and how to measure them.

Air pollution:
Greenhouse gases:
Noise pollution:
Water pollution and purification: | |
Acid rain:
Solid waste:
Global warming:
These sites cover pollution and its effects, as well as methods to reduce pollution. Be aware that the United States EPA does not fully recognize global warming as a man-made effect due to policy issues.

[i]Resources and energy use[/i]
Fossil fuels:
Nuclear energy:
How nuclear power plants work:
Hydroelectric power:
Renewable energy:
Soil and water conservation:
Irrigation techniques:
Much of what goes on in the world takes up energy and resources, particularly human activity. These sites introduce energy and natural resource conservation.

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[header=4]Social Studies
[header=USHIS]American History
AP US History Notes:

[i]The American Colonies[/i]
[i]The American Revolution[/i]
[i]The War of 1812[/i]
[i]Slavery and the Civil War[/i]
[i]The Great Depression[/i]
[i]America in WWII[/i]
[i]The Cold War[/i]

[header=WORHIS]World History
AP World History Notes:

[i]Early Human History 8000-2000 B.C.E.[/i]
[i]Ancient Civilizations 3000-300 B.C.E.[/i]
[i]Classical Civilizations 300 B.C.E.-500 C.E.[/i]
[i]The Middle Ages 500-1450 C.E.[/i]
[i]Early Modern Period 1450-1800 C.E.[/i]
[i]The 19th Century[/i]
[i]The 20th Century[/i]

[header=EUROHIS]European History
AP European History Notes:

[i]The Renaissance (1350-1550)[/i]
[i]The Reformation (1517-1640)[/i]
[i]The Age of Discovery and Enlightenment (1500-1780)[/i]
[i]Revolutions: Political and Industrial (1780-1900)[/i]
[i]Democracy and Nationalism (1815-1914)[/i]
[i]European Imperialism (1870-1914)[/i]
[i]World War I[/i]
[i]The Rise of Dictators and Totalitarianism[/i]
[i]World War II[/i]
[i]The Cold War[/i]

[i]American Government (Democratic Republic)[/i]
[i]British Government (Westminster Parliamentary Democracy)[/i]
[i]Chinese Government (Single-Party Socialist State)[/i]
[i]Russian Government (Transitional Democracy from Communism)[/i]
[i]Iranian Government (Theocracy)[/i]
[i]Nigerian Government (Third-World Emerging Democracy)[/i]

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im going to book mark this. ty very much
Jul 17 2009
MrAero Level 111 Bera Crusader
Wall of Text -.-[/quote]

Lol that's not a wall of text...
Jul 17 2009
i read interesting books to get short story stuff in my head o_o like how to write em
Jul 18 2009
Where's the link for dreading doing homework but needing to? :O
That's the one I need.
Jul 20 2009
Wow, this is surprisingly comprehensive for this site.
Jul 26 2009
That's not a wall of text... That's the darn Empire State Building text. *gazes in wonder*
Jul 27 2009
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