Careers & Education

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Receive expert, personalized help from HelpNow tutors in:

Live Help – One-on-one assistance for K-College students in a variety of subjects
Skills Building – Brush up or catch up on specific skills with a live tutor
Writing Lab – Submit written assignments to receive feedback from tutors
Question Point – A 24/7 service; submit a question and receive a response from a tutor within 24 hours
Language Lab – Live help for with your Spanish class. More language choices are on the way, but see Mango Languages for more comprehensive language learning!
(Live Tutors are available Mon – Sun 2:00-11:00 PM CST)

STUDY
Test Center – Prepare for state and national exams using official practice tests
FlashBulb – Create and share study games, from traditional flash cards to more unique study games, like Hangman, Bug Match, Crossword, and more!
CloudPack – Compile and store notes, links, and other study materials in your own virtual backpack (saved in the cloud with a free Learning Account)

COLLABORATE
• Meet classmates in Brainfuse chatrooms to study or work on group projects remotely
Brainwave – Create and share movie-like notes and ideas
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Need help using this resource? Ask a librarian or check out this short tutorial for accessing tutoring and writing help.

JobNow is a truly unique resource. Unlike simple editing services for resumes, or static databases for job-seekers, the JobNow suite provides on-demand access to live, expert coaches for every stage of your job search.

RESUME RESOURCES
Resume Templates – JobNow provides several professionally formatted resume templates that you can use to frame your personal resume content.
Resume Lab – Submit your resume to the experts in the resume lab for review. They will provide feedback within 24 hours.

LIVE CAREER ASSISTANCE
• One-on-one interview coaching that can help you ace your next interview!
• Specialized tip sheets can also advise you on what to do before, during, and after the interview to help ensure your meeting is successful.

Click here to use JobNow! Please sign in with your library card number if you are outside the library.

Need help using this resource? Ask a librarian or check out this short tutorial!

From Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it!

Click here or on the icon above to access this ABCmouse.

This resource is only available from inside the library.

Nervous about your driver’s license test? Put your nerves at ease with these FREE official DMV practice tests! This resource includes over a dozen drivers’ practice tests, as well as the full text of three different driver’s manuals: standard, motorcycle, and CDL. It also provides links to a wealth of useful information to answer all of your DMV-related questions, like:

• What documents should I have when I go to apply for my license in Illinois?
• How do I renew my Illinois license?
• When can I take my Illinois permit test?

And so much more! Just click here to get started!

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that teaches actual conversational skills for over 60 languages from around the world, including English for ESL learners. Each chapter aligns your learning to a set of conversational and grammar goals, with highly relevant cultural notes sprinkled into every lesson. Intuitive popups help you tune your pronunciation, and you can even record your voice and compare it directly to audio from a native speaker to hear exactly how to tune your accent. Learn a new language today!

Please log in or create a profile to use this resource (all free with library card). Call (309) 497-2000 if you have any questions!
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Peterson’s Test Prep is a multi-purpose educational resource, helping students and professionals with:

Test Preparation
Peterson’s Test Prep offers study guides and practice tests covering a wide variety of standardized student and professional certification tests, like: AP tests, GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, ASVAB, NCLEX-RN, Clerical, Postal worker, and TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship, and many others.

Career Guidance and Preparation
In addition to test prep resources, Peterson’s Test Prep offers several professional tools, like the Virtual Career Library and Resume Builder. These resources can help you find the right career path, prepare for interviews, and succeed in your chosen position.

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Please use your Peoria Public Library Card for remote access. This resource is case sensitive, so be sure to capitalize the “D.”

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From finding old friends and planning vacations to conducting market research and choosing a health care provider, this extensive database offers the information you need – in a fast, convenient format. Search for U.S. and Canadian businesses and residents, U.S. healthcare providers, and more. Take advantage of the unique result display options, such as the mapping function. NEW search over 2.5 million U.S. jobs and internships!

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