How to Use Smarthinking

Smarthinking is intended to be a supplementary service.  If you find that you need more help or resources than Smarthinking can provide, please schedule an appointment with Tutoring and Learning Services.

When using Smarthinking there are several points to keep in mind.  First, you cannot simply ask a question and expect to get a direct answer.  Smarthinking is an instructional service that will help you find the answer.  Similarly, for writing samples, you cannot submit a paper and expect them to have it edited.  They will help you to rework your paper focusing on several areas of concern, such as organization, tone, and clarity.  Click on the demos for an example of how Smarthinking can work for you.




IMPORTANT: Smarthinking is not an unlimited service.  USF has subscribed to a preset block of time, and each service docks minutes.  Blackboard will warn you when you are approaching the limit. The following clarifies services:

  • Submit a Question — metered at 25 minutes per question; available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Submit Your Writing — metered at 40 minutes per essay; available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Live Tutor Help– metered by the minute; available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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