Online Tutoring Services

Online Tutoring Services



Danville Area Community College has purchased online tutoring services from SMARTHINKING, and is making it available at no cost to currently enrolled students.  Students connect to live tutors from any computer that has Internet access. SMARTHINKING is a virtual learning assistance center providing online tutoring 24/7.  It also has an online writing lab where e-structors critique and return essays within 24 hours.

Smarthinking provides on-demand, individualized instruction and support from expert online tutors across a wide variety of subjects- from beginner to advanced, including Business, Career Writing, Computers & Technology, Mathematics & Statistics, Nursing & Allied Health, Reading, Science, Spanish and Writing across the curriculum.

You can easily connect with tutors in several ways to benefit from this valuable service:

  • Drop in Tutoring: Struggling with an assignment and need assistance quickly? This tutoring option allows you to submit a question and receive live tutoring help from one of the available tutors.
  • Scheduled Tutoring: Schedule sessions with tutors for a specific time that works best for you.  Note that scheduled sessions need to be setup at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Writing Center: Submit your paper draft for a detailed writing review that will be returned to you within 24 hours.  Smarthinking tutors review paragraphs, essays, cover letters, and resumes and provide substantive, individualized comments designed to help you improve your writing. Each detailed critique contains a response form with substantial personalized feedback on strengths and areas for improvement, a distilled revision plan, and targeted comments embedded directly in the your writing submission.
  • Offline Questions: Submit a question anytime to receive detailed feedback and assistance from a tutor within 24 hours.

Refer to the Smarthinking Quick Start Guide for a brief walk-through of using the website, or see this short introductory video.

Follow these steps to get started:

1. Log into DACC's Blackboard with your Student User ID & Password.
2. From the DACC Online tab, locate the Smarthinking Module:
Smarthinking Module

3. Click the Launch button to access the online tutoring services.

Smarthinking Overview video
Smarthinking Interface Enhancements (Nov 2020)
Smarthinking Subject breakdown and samples
How to use Drop in Tutoring video
How to Schedule a Tutoring Session
How to use Writing Feedback video  |  Making the Most of Writing Feedback video
How to Submit an Essay video
How to Communicate with Tutors video
How to use the Whiteboard video  |  Tips/Tricks for Navigating the Whiteboard video

For help getting started with Smarthinking, contact DACC's Online Learning & Services department at (217) 443-8885 or