Free online tutoring for your course

Northern State University provides students with access to online tutoring from Smarthinking. With Smarthinking, you can chat with a live tutor up to 24 hours a day from any internet connection. Tutors are available to work with you in a wide range of subjects including mathematics (basic math through calc II), statistics, accounting, finance, economics, and office applications.

Connect with a tutor

1. Log in to D2L
2. Locate the Smarthinking link on your course homepage
3. Use your Smarthinking account whenever you need help with your courses

Need help with math, accounting, or econ courses?

Connect with a live tutor by choosing the subject area in which you need help under

Drop-In Tutoring. Then, use the whiteboard to start a chat session with a professional tutor and type your question.
After you have typed your question(s) or problem(s), click the Enter Question button. You may have to wait a few minutes to get connected but once you do, you'll have the tutor's full and undivided attention!
You can also load graphics and PDFs into the whiteboard so if the problem that you need help with includes a drawing or graphic, choose the "Share Document" icon in the whiteboard. Using that tool, you can upload screenshots, pictures, or PDF copies of your textbook, making it easier for you and the tutor to communicate.


Drop-In Tutoring Schedule

(times when you can chat live with a tutor)


For a complete list of subjects and times, go to Hours of Service.
Subject Regular Schedule (Central Time, Sept.-May)​   Summer Schedule (Central Time, June-August)​
​Basic Math through Calc II and Statistics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week​   24 hours a day, 7 days a week​
Intro to Accounting​

Sun-Thurs. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.​

Sun-Thurs. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Intermediate Accounting, Finance, Tax Accounting​ Sun-Thurs. 8 p.m.-midnight​  
Sun-Thurs. 8 p.m.-midnight​

Sun.-Thurs. 2 p.m.-midnight

Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.​

Sun-Thurs. 5 p.m.-midnight​

Office Applications​ Sun-Thurs. 8 p.m.-midnight​   Sun-Thurs. 8 p.m.-midnight​