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What Is SmarThinking?

SmarThinking is an online tutoring service available to all Vol State students, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

With SmarThinking, you can :

  • Connect With an e-structor and interact with a live tutor.
  • Schedule a Personal Session with an e-structor of your choice.
  • Submit your Writing for any class to our Online Writing Lab.
  • Submit a Question and receive a reply from a tutor.

SmarThinking is provided free of charge to Vol State students. We have received reports that sites offering similar services with similar web addresses ask students for credit card information. The service used by Vol State will never ask you for payment.


Online tutoring is available for the following subject areas:

  • Math
  • Bilingual Math
  • Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Spanish
  • Writing

Getting Started

Follow these steps to get started:

  • Go to to log in.
  • Your user name is your Vol State email address
  • Your password is your V-Number.
  • Review the Student Handbook in the Customer Support and FAQ section. This document will provide information on the use of this service.

Technology Requirements

  • OS: Windows 98+, Mac OS9+
  • Browser:
    • Windows: Internet Explorer 5.01 +, Firefox 1.0.4+.
    • Mac: Internet Explorer 5.1+, Safari 1.2+, Firefox 1.0.4+
  • Connection: 28.8K min. / 56K+ preferred
  • Cookies/Javascript should be enabled.
  • Popup Blockers? Please disable all popup blockers for

Trouble Shooting Tips

  • Make sure that your browser is set up to allow cookies and pop-up windows. SmarThinking uses both of these.
  • Make sure that you have Java installed. If you need to install Java, go to and follow the instructions for the free download.
  • Make sure your Flash software is up to date. If you need to install or update Flash, go to and follow the instructions.