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Smarthinking

Smarthinking is available to all Jefferson State English and Math students.  View the brochure for additional information.

Smarthinking's tutors work with students online using a virtual whiteboard.  Students can also submit questions offline at anytime and a tutor will respond within 24 hours.

Writing Tutors

Writing Tutoring Schedule for Current Semester

Tutoring by qualified instructors for writing [for any course, not just English courses] is available at the Shelby - Hoover and Jefferson Campuses.  Students can also meet for a 30-minute writing consultation, working one-on-one with a writing coach for any writing assignment in a JSCC course.

Jefferson – Centerpoint Campus - Allen Library Building, Room 200 [Second Floor]

  • Monday through Thursday 10:00am to 1:00pm

Shelby – Hoover Campus - GSB 122 [Library]

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays:
    • 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Thursdays:
    • 10:15am to 1:15pm

St. Clair – Pell City Campus

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, Room PCC 223
    • 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Chilton – Clanton Campus - CCC 116

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    • 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Writing Skills Review

No matter what major you pursue, if you can’t express yourself clearly in writing, your grades (and confidence) will suffer. The resources below include techniques you can apply to any writing assignment for class — and even emails, resumes, and the writing you do for fun. Get started here:

  • Begin with the Writing Skills Tutorial, which guides you through the writing process from start to finish. Learn strategies for coming up with original ideas, organizing them in a clear way, finding the right tone, and catching errors before you submit your work. Then use the prompt at the end of the tutorial to draft a sample essay, and review the instant feedback when you’re done.
  • Build your skills further with question sets targeting the foundations of great academic writing.
  • Finally, practice your new skills in your writing for class, and return to the tutorial as needed if you see a pattern in your instructors’ comments on your work.

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Research & Writing Skills

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Find and Cite Sources

One of the most time-consuming tasks when writing a paper or other assignment is digging through the vast number of sources to find what you need. Don’t get overwhelmed with all the information out there—use strategies to stay on top of it all. In this tutorial, learn how to find and evaluate different sources, and properly format your citations.

Introduction to Research Skills: Information Literacy

When you’re bombarded with information, how do you cut through it all and pick out the most important information? The key is information literacy: knowing how to effectively find, evaluate, integrate, and cite sources. When you think about all of the research you’ll do in school, it’s clear that information literacy is a skill you’ll use again and again. In this tutorial, you’ll learn the basics of information literacy as well as how to apply these skills toward your assignments.

Understand and Avoid Plagiarism

Whether you intentionally turn in an essay that you didn’t write yourself or simply forget to add the proper citation, it’s considered plagiarism. If you don’t give credit where it’s due, there can be significant and long-term consequences. In this tutorial, learn how—with planning and good study habits—you can avoid plagiarism. That’s all it takes!

Write Like a Scholar

Get the skills you need to write like a scholar! While you may have done a lot of writing in high school, you’ll need to go beyond just noting observations. In college, you’ll read and interpret various works and use them to support your own assignments. In this tutorial, you’ll learn about the main parts of scholarly writing, sources and citations, and where to turn to for help if you need it.