Whether you are in a classroom or in front of your laptop, UW Colleges Online 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. 

Online Math Success Center

As a UW Colleges Online student, we invite you to use our Online Math Success Center. Currently we are offering live tutoring and help from UW Colleges online students and staff. Visit the Online Math Success Center for more details.


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. 

To take advantage of this free service, locate the Smarthinking widget on the left side of your course homepage. Click the Smarthinking logo to access the system.

Learn more about how to utilize Smarthinking tutoring with these student resources.

With Smarthinking you can:

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

Smarthinking Quick Reference Guide

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.