The County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries are now offering Brainfuse, an online homework help service. This service is free to anyone with a library card.
by County of SLO Public Libraries
The County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries are excited to announce the launch of Brainfuse – on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. Brainfuse HelpNow offers a personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including the SAT preparation. Adult Learning Center is included in the HelpNow suite. Brainfuse is available to all library patrons from the public computers at their local library or from any home computer with internet connection from Monday to Friday from 3-10 PM, Saturdays and Sundays. All you need is a library card.
HelpNow provides differentiated learning solutions for students of diverse needs and background. Students communicate with live, online tutors using an interactive, virtual whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. HelpNow also offers skills building and test preparation where after taking a quiz, the user can then connect directly to a live tutor to review the topics and questions covered in the quiz. Both the student and the tutor can view the quiz questions and the corresponding student answers for an intensive test prep which may include loading lessons onto the whiteboard. All live tutoring sessions are saved and can be replayed as well as shared with friends and teachers.
The Writing Lab and the 24/7 Center options give users the freedom to receive assistance at any time of the day without connecting with a live tutor. Users can submit papers through the Writing Lab for detailed feedback. Send Question is for non-writing assignments such as math or science. All reviews and comments from our tutors are found and stored in the Message Center which is found on the student homepage. For students who prefer to work independently and form their own online study group, HelpNow offers a set of collaborative tools – Meet and Brainwave. Meet allows students to schedule their own online sessions using the Brainfuse Meet whiteboard which is specifically designed for a group setting. Brainwave is a recordable whiteboard where students can draw, write and chat and send it to others for feedback. There are tutors available that are fluent in Spanish and English.
ADULT LEARNING CENTER
Adult Learning Center is the adult learners’ version of HelpNow where patrons access GED prep, U.S citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources which lists popular job search links. Microsoft Office support allows patrons to ask questions about Excel, Word and PowerPoint. The Writing Lab, Send Question and the Skills Building are also included in the Adult Learning Center suite.
Brainfuse is one of the nation’s leading online tutoring providers and serves a diversified client base of libraries, school districts and colleges/universities. Brainfuse users receive personalized tutoring via a versatile and user-friendly online classroom. For more information about Homework HelpNow services, go to www.slolibrary.org and click on the Homework Help banner or contact the library in your community.