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Smarthinking Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is an online tutoring service available to all MSU students. With online tutoring services from Smarthinking, students receive on-demand, individual instruction and support from expert online tutors across a wide variety of subjects — from beginner to advanced, up to 24 hours a day.

List of Subjects

Hours of Service

To access Smarthinking:

  • Review the MSU Student Quick Start Guide
  • Login to Blackboard
    • You will login with your NDUS User ID and Password which is the same login and password you use to login to Campus Connection and your MSU email account.
  • Click on the Smarthinking Online Tutoring link in the Tools module on the left
  • Complete the System Check to verify you are using a supported browser, have popups enabled, and have Javascript enabled.
  • Click on the service that you would like to use: Work with a Tutor, Submit My Writing, Submit a Question, and Review My Sessions and Submissions
  • If you have any questions, please contact MSU Online at 701-858-3218 or 1-800-777-0750 Ext. 3218 or

Watch Smarthinking's tutorial videos for help on how to use their service.


Smarthinking Technical Requirements

Use the Check Browser tool on Smarthinking's support page to verify that your system is compatible.

Minimum technical requirements

Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac (10.4+), Google Chromium, iOS, Android

Browser: Internet Explorer (Version 8.0 & above), Firefox 12.0+, Google Chrome and Safari 5.0+

Internet Connection: Minimum 256 kbps or above

Memory: At least 1 GB RAM and a Pentium Dual-Core or faster processor

Few browser related points that you will need to remember:

  • Cookies: Allow
  • JavaScript: Enable
  • Flash Player: Flash Version 9.0.28 or Higher
  • Pop-ups: Allow

For Instructors

Instructions to add a Smarthinking link to Blackboard Course Menu