NEW YORK, July 22, 2008 - Homework blues got you down before the school year even starts? Parents and students who buy a Texas Instruments (TI) graphing calculator can breathe easier with free online math tutoring from

Students who purchase a TI graphing calculator, including the latest TI-NspireTM calculator, will receive 25 minutes of access to online math tutors by redeeming their calculator's electronic serial number at When combined with's free 25 minute trial offer, students can receive a total of 50 minutes of online tutoring and homework help services free.

Having access to math experts and graphing calculators at home benefits students and parents alike when homework time comes around. According to a Mom Central survey commissioned by, 88 percent of moms are asked to help with homework at least one or two times per week, and 67 percent go online in search of homework help at least once a week.

Research* also shows that students do better in math when they use graphing calculators both at school and at home. The TI-Nspire graphing calculator includes computer-like features and enhancements shown to deepen students' understanding of math. It is extremely portable and includes document capabilities and 20MB of storage which allow work to be saved and stored for students to access at school, home or virtually anywhere they have time to study.

"With access to a TI graphing calculator and high-quality math resources from just a mouse-click away, we are giving parents tools to make a positive impact on their child's math achievement that will benefit them for a lifetime," said Melendy Lovett, president of Texas Instruments Education Technology.

"Using technology like the TI-Nspire graphing calculator and online math tutoring are ways that parents can help their children succeed in school," said George Cigale, Founder and CEO of "As a parent of three, I know how important immediate, one-on-one homework assistance can be when you are just as lost as your child. We are excited that TI is working with us to provide parents and students with these vital tools."

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Education Technology, a business of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range of advanced tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications and enabling students and teachers to explore math and science interactively. Designed with leading teachers and researchers, Texas Instruments educational technology and services are tested against recognized third-party research on effective instruction and improved student learning. Such research shows that use of graphing calculators and wireless classroom networks in the classroom helps teachers implement instructional strategies that lead to student collaboration, higher student interest, engagement and achievement in math. For more than 20 years, TI has worked closely with teachers and administrators to develop student-focused curricular and supplemental classroom materials, and it supports the world's largest professional development organization for the appropriate use of educational technology. More information is available at

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