E-News - Spring 2008

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Take advantage of our online tutoring service SMARTHINKING

Online TutoringAccording to Ecampus Student Services, SMARTHINKING is is the leading provider of online tutoring and learner support services fully staffed by experienced, trained and monitored e-structors (tutors). Students connect to live tutors from any computer that has Internet access to a virtual learning assistance center. SMARTHINKING provides online tutoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also have an online writing lab where e-structors (tutors) critique and return essays within 24 hours.

When you enroll as an OSU Ecampus student, you receive 15 hours of free tutoring through SMARTHINKING.  You are also able to submit 12 essays for edits and notes, with tutors providing feedback within 24 hours.

If you haven't already, you should take advantage of the tutoring opportunities provided to you through Ecampus and SMARTHINKING.  Visit the Ecampus Student Services Online Tutoring page, or go to the SMARTHINKING homepage.

Be sure to take a moment to see how current Ecampus students are using SMARTHINKING and what keeps them coming back to the tutoring service.

M. Amanda Gillett - Senior, General Agriculture
Tammy Bender - Senior, Liberal Studies
Jan Jaroncyk - Senior, Liberal Studies, Anthropology minor

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M. Amanda Gillett

M. Amanda GillettSenior, General Agriculture
Winnett, Montana

What subjects did you seek help with in SMARTHINKING?
I have used SMARTHINKING for help in the Geography of the U.S. and Canada, World Soil Resources, and U.S. History.

Why did you choose SMARTHINKING as your method of tutoring? Did you find the help that you were looking for?
I used SMARTHINKING because it is the only way to have immediate, real time help with my classes through OSU Ecampus. This service has been extremely helpful to answer questions immediately. This service is as close as a person can be to sitting down with a professor for help.

What did you think was the best aspect or benefit of SMARTHINKING?
The best aspect of SMARTHINKING is that it provides an editor for papers within 24 hours.

How has using the tutoring service helped you stay ahead in your course requirements or degree program?
The tutoring service has helped to improve my papers tenfold. Papers, especially those that are a quarter of your grade, are very important and this service double checks as well as improves your writing. My husband is the only person that lives within 7 miles of me, and it is really helpful to have another person read my writing before turning it in. I have no other option since I live on a ranch in the middle of Montana.

What would you tell someone who was interested in using SMARTHINKING for the first time?
SMARTHINKING is very easily accessible and easy to use. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will fit into anyone's schedule.

Do you plan to use our tutoring services again?
I will absolutely continue to use the tutoring services.

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Tammy Bender

Senior, Liberal Studies
Ventura, California

What subjects did you seek help with in SMARTHINKING?
Most recently Math 245, and previously Economics 3.

Why did you choose SMARTHINKING as your method of tutoring? Did you find the help that you were looking for?
I used it primarily because it is offered 24/7, and I tend to do my homework very late in the evening.  I was able to find help for my math class, but the economics course seemed too advanced for the tutoring service.

What did you think was the best aspect or benefit of SMARTHINKING?
It's availability late at night.

What would you tell someone who was interested in using SMARTHINKING for the first time?
I would tell them to try it. I've been doing distance learning with OSU since 2002 and only started using it a short time ago. I'd also tell them to be patient, it takes a little time for the transmission to go through.

Do you plan to use our tutoring services again?
Absolutely. I'd really like to try to submit papers to them before they're due to try and improve my score.

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Jan Jaroncyk

Senior, Liberal Studies, Anthropology minor
Florence, Oregon

What subjects did you seek help with in SMARTHINKING?
I used SMARTHINKING help on a research paper about a regional area of the Midwest for Geography 329.

Why did you choose SMARTHINKING as your method of tutoring? Did you find the help that you were looking for?
I had never used the service before, but the instructor granted extra credit for those who used the service, so I thought I would give it a try. What a great experience! The tutor responded so quickly and with intelligent, detailed recommendations. I should have been using this service for all my papers. It was like having a very well-read, intelligent English teacher for a friend and secretary.

What did you think was the best aspect or benefit of SMARTHINKING?
The best part was the detailed support of MLA writing style. As an older student returning to school, I had not been exposed to strict MLA standards in writing for many years. This was a very efficient way to get tuned in to these writing requirements again.

How has using the tutoring service helped you stay ahead in your course requirements or degree program?
Though I have only used it once, it was a timesaver. I will be submitting my future papers for review to help save time in the extensive editing and revision process of writing. Writing is a huge portion of the workload for the course requirements in the distance degree program.

What would you tell someone who was interested in using SMARTHINKING for the first time?
Try it now...don't wait any longer!

Do you plan to use our tutoring services again?

Yes!

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