Monroe libraries offer free tutoring
Since early this fall the Western Pocono Community Library, along with all other Monroe libraries, has partnered with Brainfuse, an online education company that offers free live help from more than 4,000 tutors who are available from 2 to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
“The program started early this fall, and as of the October stats we already we have 1,400 people using Brainfuse,” said Patti Weiss, director of the Western Pocono Community Library.
The program has been especially helpful to students, as well as parents, due to so many school closings during the pandemic.
“All you need is your library card and internet access to log on to Brainfuse’s website,” she said.
What Brainfuse has to offer
The program offers homework help where students are able to interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, as well as PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests. Students can submit homework questions for expert guidance, according to Weiss.
In the skills building option, the program offers students their choice of topics for real-time help, and in the 24-hour writing lab you have the ability to submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
One valuable feature for students is the Personalized eLearning Tools allowing students to share files, replay previous tutoring sessions, and to be able to look at their previous tests.
“There is online tutoring for all learners in K-12 subjects and one-on-one tutoring is available in English and Spanish.
Adult Learning Center
The adult learning center offers an extensive library of an adult contents.
“The program offers help with writing resumes, cover letters and MS Office Essentials Skills Series,” Weiss said.
If you are applying for U.S. citizenship and have a library card, you can prepare for the test in Brainfuse.
There is even a foreign language lab that offers Spanish speaking support and like the students program, adults can access real-time assistance in the intuitive online classroom.
About the tutors
Just in case parents are worried about tutors giving their child the correct answers, it won’t happen.
The tutors are trained to help students master a problem’s underlying academic concepts and not to just give the answer.
“We really want to encourage everyone to take advantage of the program, especially since it can be accessed at home,” Weiss said.