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Tutoring and Academic Support Services

By Student Affairs
On August 31, 2015

Great News! Multiple tutoring and academic support services are provided by Concord University through the Academic Success Center (ASC) and Student Support Services (SSS) to help you with coursework. You can hit the ground running by utilizing these services early in the semester. By starting tutoring early, you will grasp foundational concepts that will be built upon throughout the semester, create a relationship with a tutor, and show your professor that you are taking the course seriously. Other benefits include being held accountable, receiving constant feedback, and building confidence in your abilities. Drop-In Tutoring, Smarthinking, and the Khan Academy are all available for free for you to utilize as a student. Tutoring is also available through individual departments and academic divisions.

Drop-In Tutoring will be available beginning Monday, August 31, 2015. Paper schedules are available at the Library and Student Support Services. On-line access to the schedule will be available shortly via Drop-In Tutoring is offered for all freshman courses. Upper division courses with a popular tutoring demand is also available.

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring program that provides tutors 24/7 for most classes. Live, online tutoring can be accessed on-demand or by scheduling an appointment. You may also send a tutor offline questions. In addition, Smarthinking offers a writing center for editing and help with essays.  A service added in 2014 is Virtual Nerd, where over 1,500 video tutorials are available. Math topics include Pre-algebra, Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, and Geometry.  Virtual Nerd are three to six minute-long mini-lecture video tutorials. Students can review a topic before or after meeting with a live tutor. By clicking the link within Academic Resources from their Smarthinking student homepage, users can search the library of available videos, start and stop videos at any time, and see related topics for easy access. You must register for Smarthinking through your MyCU account. The link is located at the bottom of your MyCU home page. Registration and access to tutoring is quick, simple, and user-friendly. Smarthinking also offers an app for iOS and Android.

Khan Academy is a free online resource with over 3,200 videos with instructions on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history. It also provides hundreds of skills to practice on your own. With over 100,000 peer-reviewed exercises, you can get a personalized experience for help in whatever area you need. Each subject is broken down into specific objective videos. One of the benefits of using Khan Academy is that you can pause and replay videos whenever you may need. In addition, test preparation is offered for many college tests such as the SAT, MCAT, and GMAT. The Khan Academy may be accessed for free by going to

In addition to the previous resources available for all students, Student Support Services offers One-on-One Tutoring for SSS students. For more information on Drop-In and One-on-One tutoring, contact Beth Nelson in Student Support Services at 304-384-5274 or For more information on Smarthinking, Khan Academy, and study skills, visit the Academic Success Center online at or contact Dr. Sarah Beasley at 304-384-6298 or or

We hope that you take advantage of the wonderful academic support services available for Concord students! Please let us know if there are specific issues with which we can help. Our goal is to help you succeed! 

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