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Free Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring site for Williston State College Students. 

Accessing Smarthinking

To access Smarthinking:

Login to Blackboard, Click on MY WSC and Then Click Coursers, Click one of your courses and Click the Tool Link on the left side menu.  Once there Click Smarthinking.                                                 

Description of Smarthinking

Williston State College is providing Smarthinking services to all currently enrolled students at no cost to the student. With Smarthinking, student's experience online tutoring that is simple, fast and always available. Students can connect to live educators from any computer with Internet access, no special software installation or equipment is required.

Smarthinking provides online tutoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week enabling students to get the help they need when they need it.

All sessions and writing submissions are archived and available for students to review at any time for studying or test preparation. For institutional implementations, individual and aggregate student usage information is reported and transcripts of every tutoring interaction are available to the campus program administrator.

Listed below are the types of assistance available to students.

Live, On-Demand Tutoring

Using an advanced queuing system providing little or no wait time, students are connected on-demand with an expert educator. Students work one-on-one, in real-time with a tutor, communicating using a virtual whiteboard technology. Scientific and mathematical notation, symbols, geometric figures, graphing and freehand drawing can be rendered quickly and easily.

Online Writing Lab
Students can submit a paragraph or essay for individualized critique by expert writing tutors. By completing a simple form that provides the tutor with information on the writing assignment and requested areas of assistance, students can receive the help that they need with their writing assignment. Students can also request a review by an ESL, Technical Writing or Creative Writing expert when appropriate. Upon completion, students are notified their review is available. Students receive feedback outlining the strengths, areas in need of improvement, and specific guidance to help them improve the quality and content of their writing.

Submit a Question
Students who do not need instant feedback can choose to submit an asynchronous question. Using the virtual whiteboard technology, students submit their question to a tutor and the student is notified when their comprehensive response is available.

Schedule an Appointment
Students who prefer to plan ahead (at least 48 hours in advance) can schedule a 30 minute appointment with a tutor of their choice. At the scheduled time, the student and tutor connect live using the virtual whiteboard technology. Please note that once scheduled WSC is charged for this session even if student does not show.