Tutoring

Smarthinking – Math and Writing Tutoring

Smarthinking is a 24/7 online tutoring service available to all students providing additional math, business, writing support including ESL writing and MS Office when you need it. For example, you can submit a writing sample to be reviewed by their tutors, or you can submit a math question for review.

Keep in mind that your instructor is always available to give extra support.  If you want tutoring now, Smarthinking is available.

Smarthinking Online Tutoring

Click the link above to access.

How it Works

To view an information page of the services available through Smartthinking go to the “How it Works” site. At the bottom of the “How it Works” site is a great video demonstration.

Important Notes

Prior to seeking tutoring support, we suggest reviewing the following key points:

  1. Smarthinking tutors will not do your work for you; however, they will help you work through a problem.
  2. All students will begin with 3 hours of tutoring time, but this can be extended by the Librarian if requested.
  3. The primary way to access a tutor in quickly is via the “Drop In” option on their portal.
  4. Ensure that you’ve contacted your instructor first about your question, as your instructor is the best first source of professional knowledge and learning.
  5. If you decide to use Smarthinking, review both the video tutorial and the ‘How it Works’ page to ensure you know how to effectively use their services.
  6. If you have a technical challenge using Smarthinking, you can request support from AskYU in the top right screen of any page on Campus.  All other types of Smarthinking questions can be addressed to Deirdre Pickerell: [email protected].

A few notes on Smarthinking:

  1. Tutors will review your writing, up to a rough maximum of 6-8 pages. If your essay is longer, tutors will indicate where they stopped their review.
  2. Tutors can review math and stat’s questions with students. Some stats questions may be considered ‘advanced’ and require an appointment with a specialist. (For example, regression.)

Smarthinking vs. Yorkville University’s Writing Coaches

Yorkville University’s Learning Success Centre connects students to two main types of one-on-one support – Smarthinking Tutorial Services and Writing Coaches. Students often aren’t sure which service might best fit their specific needs. The information below should help. Remember, use the AskYU link (top right corner) to connect with Yorkville University’s Writing Coaches

Smarthinking

Smarthinking is a 24/7 online tutoring service available to all students. It provides one-on-one support on a wide range of subjects/topics, including math, stats, general business, writing including ESL writing, and MS Office.

YU Writing Lab

YU’s Writing Lab has articles, narrated presentations, and videos designed to help students improve their writing skills; this content is always available. Writing Coaches provide one-on-one support; however, this is not staffed 24/7.

To connect with a Smarthinking tutor, students simply need to select Smarthinking Tutorial Services from their list of courses.

To access a YU Writing Coach, students need to send a request via AskYU; all questions are answered within 24 hours.

Smarthinking tutors do not provide support on APA style.

YU Writing Coaches do provide support with APA style.

Students are not guaranteed to have the same tutor each time they access Smarthinking for help, nor can they request a specific tutor. The element of continuity is not there.

Students can ask to be connected to a specific Writing Coach, allowing for enhanced continuity and a more personalized service.

Each student is provided 3 hours worth of tutoring support via Smarthinking. This is generally split out across smaller chunks, depending on the complexity of each session. Please note: a submission of a paper for analysis consumes 42 minutes of the allotted 3 hours of time.

There is no limit to the amount of support students can receive from YU Writing Coaches. However, it can take 24 hours for questions to be answered and 48 hours to get feedback on 2-3 pages of a paper. During peak times, Coaches will review written work  on a first-come, first-served basis; they may also prioritize in other ways (e.g., a first submission will get priority over duplicate submissions).

English as a Second Language

Reading
Comprehension
Strategies

Here are some reading comprehension strategies that will help non-native English Language students gain a better understanding of course readings.

Rather than focusing on, or worrying about, what you don’t know, strive to draw from information and knowledge you already have. Building on what you currently know can help you establish and strengthen connections between old and new knowledge.

Before you begin to read the material, take a moment to go through the text. For example, the material may contain tables, charts, or even major headings that will give you a general idea of what to expect. This will also give you an idea of what topics or general ideas to consider when reading the material and will help you identify major points.

If you are being asked to read material for an assignment, consider what the assignment is asking you to do. Carefully read through and ensure that you understand the instructions of your assignment and try to identify any questions or ideas that you need to look for when you read the material.

In addition to understanding the reading material, using a dictionary can help you understand the meaning of new words and help you expand your vocabulary. Using these words will allow you to recognize and understand other sentences where the words are used and help you remember the word in your own vocabulary.

Graphs, charts, maps, timelines, and other drawings can help you to organize your information and make it easier to see the connections between ideas.

Determine how much you will read (for example, one section or chapter) at a time and summarize what you know when your finish that bit of reading. Ask yourself if you can give a very short summary of what you have read, focusing on major points and highlighting key words.

Contact

Mental Health & Wellness

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Accessibility and Accommodations Office

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Are You in Crisis?

If you are…
• feeling desperate and hopeless
• worried you might hurt yourself, someone else, or commit suicide
• alone with no one to talk to

Please reach out to a Support Hotline in your region immediately for help.

Support Hotlines


911 – Canada Wide

Emergency responders and the 9-1-1 call centres who dispatch them fall within the jurisdiction of provincial, territorial and municipal governments.


Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) – 24 Hour Hotline

Crisis Services Canada, enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support by phone, in French or English: toll-free 1-833-456-4566 Available 24/7


First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness

24 Hour Hotline: 1-855-242-3310


Ontario

ConnexOntario 24-hour Helpline: 1-866-531-2600

Good2Talk 24-Hour Hotline: 1-866-925-5454 or Text GOOD2TALKON to 686868


Quebec

Quebec National Crisis Line – All Ages: 1-866-277-3553


PEI

Prince Edward Island Crisis Line – All Ages: 1-800-218-2885


Alberta

Alberta Crisis Line – All Ages: 1-403-266-4357


Manitoba

Manitoba Crisis Line – All Ages: 1-877-435-7170


New Brunswick

New Brunswick Crisis Line – All Ages: 1-800-667-5005


British Columbia

British Columbia Crisis Line – All Ages: 1-800-784-2433

Here2Talk, 24/7: 1-604-642-5212 (Toll Free: 1-877-857-3397)


Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Line All Ages: 1-888-737-4668


North West Territories

NWT All Ages 24/7: 1-800-661-0844


Nova Scotia

Good2Talk 24-Hour Hotline: 1-833-292-3698 or Text GOOD2TALKNS to 686868


Nunavut

Nunavut Line – All Ages, 24/7: 1-800-265-3333


Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Crisis Line – All Ages: 1-306-525-5333


Yukon

Yukon Crisis Line – All Ages 7pm-3am (PDT): 1-844-533-3030


USA

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7: 1-800-273-8255

Trans LifeLine – U.S.A.: 1-877-565-8860

The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386


India

SNEHA A Link With Life: 91-44-2464-0050


China

Beijing – Befrienders: 03-5286-9090

Hong Kong – The Samaritans: 2896-0000

Shanghai – Life Line: 021-6279-8990