Got Homework? Richland Library's Got Tutor.com!
Well, it's that time of year again. Back to school for everyone: K-12, college students, and adult learners who are making the leap back into the continuing education pool. With school comes homework and research papers. Oh, the horror! But never fear, your library is here!
While Richland Library has always been the place to find information to help you complete that home work assignment or that research paper, we couldn't necessarily "help" you with your homework. For instance, if you approached one of us with the request that we help you solve a particular thorny math problem, you may have seen a look of trepidation (trep·i·da·tion noun \ˌtre-pə-ˈdā-shən\ : a feeling of fear that causes you to hesitate because you think something bad or unpleasant is going to happen) cross our faces and received an offer to help you find books and websites that could show you best how to solve the problem. Well, I'm happy to say that we now have an even better solution for you! Live Homework Help powered by Tutor.com (check out the resource link below).
Richland Library now offers FREE online tutoring for help with homework and more. Students from kindergarten through college can connect with a live tutor daily from 3:00pm to 11:00pm via Tutor.com. Tutor.com's experts include academic tutors, career tutors, and peer coaches who have had to undergo an extensive screening, certification, and background-check process. So, you can trust that they know their subjects and that they can show you how to learn about that difficult concept or teach you how to work out the answer to that thorny math problem.
So, you are probably wondering how to get started with Live Homework Help powered by Tutor.com. Well, you can just click on the link at the bottom of this page, or from the Richland Library home page, click on Research It --> Study and Test Prep --> Live Homework Help powered by Tutor.com (Info | Go to Tutor.com ). You will need your library card number and PIN to access this resource, so have them at the ready. If you are not sure about your PIN (typically the last four digits of your phone number), you can call any Richland Library location or use Ask-a-Librarian to get that information, but we will need your library card number to supply your PIN. You can connect to Tutor.com with your computer, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices for easy access anywhere.
It's easy to connect to a tutor for one-to-one FREE help.
STEP 1. Complete the pre-session survey questions to help the tutor know what you need help with during your session. The pre-session survey consists of questions such as what topic and subject you need help with, your grade level (kindergarten through college), and, of course, your question.
Topics and subjects that Tutor.com can help you with include:
- Math: Basic, Midlevel, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics
- Science: Basic, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- WriteTutor: Book Report, Essay, Letter, Report, Short Story
- English: Vocabulary, Grammar, WriteTutor, Literature,
- Social Studies: U.S. History, European History, World History, Civics & Government
STEP 2. Remember to include your question. You can type it or share a file.
STEP 3. Click “Connect,” and you’ll connect to a tutor in the Online Classroom.
You do not need to create an account to use Tutor.com, but doing so allows you to access special features, including being able to "favorite" a tutor with whom you might have had a particularly successful session, and saving the transcripts of the tutoring session so that you can go back and review. So, consider creating the FREE account.
For the research paper writing enthusiast (en·thu·si·ast noun \-ˌast, -əst\ : a person who feels enthusiasm for something : a person who enjoys something very much), although nonfan may be more apt (apt adjective \ˈapt\ : appropriate or suitable), when it comes to the sometimes dreaded writing assignment, Tutor.com has added a new service called Essay and Résumé Drop Off, which allows the student (or job seeker) to submit their paper or résumé for a 24-hour review.
It’s easy—just complete the form to let the tutors know what you’re working on, submit your document (Word or text file), and they will get it back to you within 24 hours.
Answer the following questions and upload your file for review.
- What is your grade level?*
- What is the topic of your paper?*
- Where are you in the writing process?*
- Please describe your assignment and any instructions you've received from your teacher or professor (feel free to cut and paste).*
- What citation format are you using, if any?
This is a great service and a wonderful opportunity for those who don't have access to a school writing center to get feedback on their writing assignments before turning in the final assignment for grading, BUT that means you have to do your research well in advance, so that you can write your paper, have it reviewed by the Tutor.com experts, and returned to you in enough time to get it turned in.
Things to remember when using Tutor.com:
- The tutors will help you with your questions, but they won't simply give you the answers.
- Respect your tutor as you would your teacher.
- Do not use inappropriate language or share inappropriate materials in the classroom.
- Please bring a question to your Homework Help session and get ready to learn!
So, don't let homework get you down. Try Live Homework Help powered by Tutor.com, availabe at Richland Library today! Check out the YouTube video below to learn about the Online Classroom at Tutor.com to get a better idea of how it works before you give it a try. Remember that Richland Library's staff and collections are always here to help you find the information you need to complete your school assignments!
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