Whether you are in a classroom or in front of your laptop, UW Colleges is committed to providing you with the resources you need to make the most of your college experience. We are proud to offer several academic resources to help increase your understanding and your confidence. Let’s get started. 


As a UW Colleges Online student, you have access to free, online, one-on-one tutoring via Smarthinking. Covering a variety of subjects, you can connect with a live tutor during a drop-in session, submit a question or paper for review, or schedule a 30-minute appointment using a virtual whiteboard technology. And it’s all available to you 24/7. 

With Smarthinking you can:

  • Receive Live Tutoring
  • Get Writing Feedback
  • Submit a Question
  • Schedule an Appointment

To learn more, visit the How It Works page of the Smarthinking website.

To take advantage of this free service, log in through the Smarthinking website using your username and password, which was sent to your UW Colleges student email account.

If you are unable to locate that email, your login information is:

  • Your username is your UWC username.
  • Your password is your seven digit student ID number (listed in PRISM). You can change your password after logging in for the first time on the "About Me" tab.

Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Free to all UW Colleges students, the OWL website contains tips for writing essays, information about common grammar and punctuation errors, and Modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) documentation guidelines. You can even submit drafts of your essays and receive writing feedback from the OWL director or student writing tutors. Learn more by visiting the OWL website.

Additional Academic Resources

Khan Academy

Access over 2,700 videos covering everything from physics and finance to history. The site also features practice exercises so you can reinforce what you’ve learned.

Academic Earth

Designed to provide high-quality learning opportunities to people around the world, Academic Earth offers an extensive collection of courses to support your UW Colleges Online learning.

Free Arithmetic Course

This free and interactive arithmetic course is offered by H&H Publishing. You can use it to review specific topics or to take a full arithmetic course independently.

The Math Nerds

This is a free Internet service that gives you access to a network of volunteer mathematicians for help when you are stuck on a math assignment. Your questions will be answered by email within a couple of days. Expect to receive hints and suggestions rather than complete answers.

The Math Forum

The home of Ask Dr. Math, The Math Forum is an extensive online resource dedicated to math. Click on the Math Help tab for questions or practice your learnings with Problems and Puzzles.


Need help on basic math skills such as decimal and fraction arithmetic? Start here, where you can access free worksheets, games, flashcards and more.


Make math fun with puzzles, games and interesting lessons for ages 13-100.

Learning Styles Questionnaire

This website from North Carolina State University contains a free survey for analyzing your personal preferred learning styles.

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