Live Homework Help is a free online tutor service brought to all Alaskan residents through a grant from the Alaska State Library and SLED, the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway. Live interactive tutoring sessions with real tutors are offered seven days a week from 1:00 PM to midnight Alaska Time. If a live tutor is not available, a variety of online resources are available 24/7 in various subject areas.
Helpful link for Math students:
Khan Academy offers a large range of online videos explaining math concepts in detail.
Helpful links for Writing students:
The 7th edition of rules for writers offers free and open resources, including interactive exercises and quizzes for students who want practice with grammar, punctuation, mechanics, research or APA and MLA formatting. In addition, you can access revision checklists and model papers for a number of different writing assignments such as an APA argument, annotated bibliography, or business memo.
This is a handbook put out by the University of Wisconsin’s Writing Center. It has good advice for everything from grammar and punctuation to citing references and providing an overview of how to go about writing common assignments such as critical reviews, research papers, and scientific reports.
This site, sponsored by Portland State University, breaks writing assignments into ten steps. Each step includes a list of questions and suggestions to aid in the writing process. Additionally PSU provides links to additional resources if you need more help.
This is a free online grammar, spelling, and plagiarism checker. Simply copy and paste your essay into the text box, and the program quickly identifies probable errors in grammar and spelling; it also rates your word choices, vocabulary, and style. It even offers you a tentative grade for your paper. This would be an excellent tool for students who need help finding missed or inappropriate words in their writing or other minor errors.
This source is great for finding answers about how to cite those odd resources that don’t seem to fit any of the usual categories. Simply type in questions, “How do you cite a press release in APA?” or “How do you cite the title of a piece of music?” and, most of the time, you’ll get a trustworthy answer in a lot less time than scouring the index of the Publication Manual would take.
The math tutors offer tutoring for students enrolled in MSC math classes. Tutors are available on a walk-in basis only during scheduled hours. Also math tutorial videos are available in the Learning Center Library.
Chemistry, ASL and Biology tutors are available as scheduled.
Writing tutors help with all aspects of writing, from reviewing grammar and punctuation to understanding essay assignments. Genres of writing, the writing process, and APA & MLA reference styles are common topics that are discussed with the tutors.
Tutors often help students diagnose their own writing problems; however, tutors do not correct errors for students. Rather, they train students to understand academic writing principles and to identify patterns in their own writing that are not consistent with academic writing.
To benefit most from tutoring services, students working on extensive writing assignments should seek help early in the process. Tutors can offer only limited advice when students seek help the same day a lengthy writing assignment is due.
Students are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with a writing tutor, especially during the final weeks of the semester when final papers for many classes are due. Appointments are limited to 30 minutes. Students who do not have appointments are welcome to sign in, but they may have to wait for an opening with a writing tutor. Tutors make every effort to meet with students seeking help.
Click here to make an appointment with a writing tutor in the Learning Center.
English tutorial videos are also available in the Library.
A one time fee of $5 per semester is assessed for use of all Learning Center facilities and workshops. These fees are attached to Preparatory courses, 100 and 200 level composition courses, 100 and 200 level math courses, and some 100 and 200 level social science classes. Fees are paid during the course registration process.
A schedule of hours and individual tutors’ schedules is posted in the Learning Center and on various campus bulletin boards during the 1st week of each semester. The Learning Center also offers computer use and a variety of learning materials. Note: Tutoring is available only for MSC courses you are enrolled in.