Distance Learning • Smarthinking Online Tutoring

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What is Smarthinking?

Smarthinking is an online tutoring service provided by Midland College. This service is provided so that distance learning students have access to tutoring services to support academic success. The service is available to all Midland College students who are enrolled in any course which has an online component—web-enhanced courses, hybrid courses, and online courses.

The Smarthinking online tutoring service is designed for students who are taking core academic courses.  Online learning assistance is available from Smarthinking in the following subject areas:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Business
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Spanish
  • Computers and Technology

How do I access Smarthinking?

At Midland College, Smarthinking is provided as a Blackboard Tool.  Log in to your Blackboard course.  Click on the Tools button in the navigation menu. The Blackboard tools available for you to use are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the Smarthinking link to access your personal Smarthinking account. Some instructors may provide a link to Smartinking in the Blackboard navigation menu (buttons).

What types of tutoring services are available through Smarthinking?

Smarthinking offers the following live (synchronous) and asynchronous services. 

  • CONNECT WITH AN E-STRUCTOR NOW to work “live” with the next available e-structor.
  • SUBMIT YOUR WRITING for any subject and have it reviewed by an e-structor and returned to you, usually within 24 hours.
  • SCHEDULE A PERSONAL SESSION to pre-schedule a “live” online appointment.
  • SUBMIT A QUESTION and get a response, usually within 24 hours.

How do I communicate with the e-structor?

The “live” sessions utilize an interactive whiteboard.  You will type your question and use the appropriate whiteboard tools to communicate back/forth with your e-structor. If you are unfamiliar with the whiteboard, you can use the “practice” whiteboard available on your Smarthinking Home Page.

Use the links below to access additional Smarthinking information.

 • Hours of Service

 • Smarthinking Homepage Overview


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For additional information on any of these non-traditional learning approaches,
please contact the Department of Distance Learning at 432-685-5537