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.

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 one of your online courses or the Blackboard Student Tutorial
  • Click on the Student Help and Resources link in the Tools menu on the left
  • Click on the Smarthinking MiSU link
  • 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

Minimum technical requirements - Click on browser checker to verify that your system is compatible.

Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, Mac (10.4+), Google Chromium, iOS, Android  and Linux 

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
  • Pop-ups: Allow


For Instructors

Instructions to add a Smarthinking link to Blackboard Course Menu