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Online Tutoring

24/7 Online Tutoring is available to all enrolled COD students!

College of the Desert provides students with access to online tutoring services from Smarthinking. With Smarthinking, students can chat with a live tutor up to 24 hours a day from ANY internet connection.
Tutors are available for a wide range of subjects including writing (for any course), math (basic math through calculus II), accounting, statistics, finance, economics, biology, nursing & allied health, physics, chemistry, office applications, and Spanish.  Students can also submit completed drafts of writing assignments from any course to Smarthinking's Writing Center for a tutor to review. The tutor will provide a detailed, personalized feedback about  the submitted paper, typically within 24 hours.​

To connect with a tutor online, follow these steps:

Go to your Canvas Dashboard Menu, click on Smarthinking.  Or...

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your username and password.
  • Your username is your “” email address.
  • Your password is “COD” plus your birth date in MMDDYY format.
    For example, if your birth date is 2/4/93, then your password is COD020493.
    You can change your password in the “Profile” section of the "Manage Account" tab


For more access information read through the Student Instruction Flyer.

For assistance, contact Daniel Aucutt, Director of TASC, at or call 760.862.1376.

Smarthinking Schedule of subjects and times is pasted below.

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