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In-Person Tutoring

Tutoring is an important element of school life. The benefits of tutoring are numerous. Students who seek tutoring improve academic performance, increase positive study habits and access an individualized learning experience.  All of these benefits lead to an increase in a student’s self-esteem. Students build confidence in their ability to learn.

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Online Tutoring - Brainfuse

Public Libraries in the California State Library system provide free online tutoring for California K-12 students.. Through Brainfuse's HelpNow, live real-time homework assistance is available 24 hours a day by laptop, tablet, or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards.

24/7 assistance is available in English and Spanish for Language Arts and Mathematics.  

Every day between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., assistance is available in core K-12 subjects in the following languages:

  • English

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • Cantonese

  • Vietnamese

  • Tagalog

Get started with an online tutor.

Tutors can provide a virtual whiteboard, conduct live audio interactions with students, and work with learners on a wide range of concepts. Students are expected to work through the content and learn from the feedback. Tutors do not provide answers — they provide guidance and help. Tutoring sessions may be monitored for completeness and pedagogical effectiveness. All tutors have passed background checks and possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. 

Anyone using a computer inside of California can benefit from the live “HelpNow” program. Simply click on this link to get started with a live tutoring session now. The average wait time is 23 seconds. 

Additionally, users who have a valid library card can log into the service and receive additional benefits. Learners can request to continue working with their preferred tutors or access a “writing lab” to drop off written work and receive feedback. Students can pose a question and get a written answer returned to them, review past sessions, and send and receive messages to tutors and organize tasks. 

The HelpNow app is available on iOs and Andriod platforms via their app stores. The app designed to function on smartphones as well as tablets. 

The HelpNow platform is ADA compliant and offers a toll-free help number and an audio tutoring option. The service conforms to section 508 Standards developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative.

HelpNow's features include:

  • Homework Help Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.

  • Skills-Building Choose your topic to receive real-time help.

  • Personalized eLearning Tools My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more!

  • 24-Hour Writing Lab Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.

  • Homework Send Question Submit homework questions for expert guidance.

  • Adult Learning Center Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!

  • Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support


Additional Resources

Access additional resources including:

  • Expert Help
    • Live Tutoring
    • Writing Lab
    • SkillSurfer
    • Send Question
    • Language Lab
    • Chess Tutoring
  • Study Help
    • LEAP Learning Platform
    • FlashBulb
    • eParachute
  •  Collaborations
    • MEET
    • Brainwave