You may also use our online tutoring partner, SMARTHINKING, for tutoring in most subjects taught at PVCC. At SMARTHINKING you can chat with a tutor in real time, or submit an essay or a question for feedback in 24 hours.
You can access SMARTHINKING through any of your courses in Blackboard, under the "Tutoring & Learning" button in your course's left menu. You do not need any additional user name or password to log into Smarthinking.
If you have trouble accessing SMARTHINKING, contact Blackboard Help at 434-961-5316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may use one of SMARTHINKING's services by selecting one of the following four buttons:
Writing Center:This is what the majority of writing students may find most helpful. Under Writing Center, submit your papers and receive feedback from a tutor (generallymwithin 24 hours). You have six choices under this option. You will be asked to upload your paper, briefly describe the assignment, chose the two areas yourequire the most assistance in, and enter some additional information. Every time you submit an essay, 45 minutes are deducted from your account.
*Manystudents receive the most benefit from "Essay Center," which covers overall essay structure, grammar, thesis, and so on.
Drop-In Tutoring: Pick from a list of courses (like math, science, or writing) to receive live tutoring. Use a "Whiteboard" feature to type questions to the tutor and receive answers.Once finished, your session is archived under "Your Whiteboard History," so youcan always read old chat sessions. You must enable "pop-ups" in your Internetbrowser to use this feature.
Scheduled Tutoring: Schedule an online session 48-hours in advance with a Smarthinking tutor. Once you select the course you desire help in, you then check availability of tutors tomake an online appointment.
Offline Questions: Choose from the courses available and submit a question. Once a tutor receives your question, he or she will respond to it,usually within 24hrs.
Academic Resources Smarthinking has subject-specific study guides in accounting, math, general writing, and writing for ESL learners. You can also look at study skills manuals for strategies in note taking or test taking
*Accessthese guides by scrolling to the top of the homepage and clicking "AcademicResources."
If You Encounter Trouble in Smarthinking
*If you scroll down to the bottom of the homepage, youwill see Customer Service & Frequently Asked Questions.
*Additionally, you can click "What's This?" atthe top of most pages for detailed directions on each section.