A network of experts is poised to help students with their homework, courtesy of the Boyd County Public Library.

The library is offering a free, online tutoring service for students of all ages, said spokeswoman Amanda Gilmore.

Cardholders can access the service through the library Web site, www.thebookplace.org. There’s a banner on the homepage that connects to a log-in page where the user enters the library card number to access the service.

Then, after entering grade level and subject, the service connects the student to a tutor in an online classroom for one-on-0one help.

Subjects available include elementary math and science, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, history, political science, spelling, grammar, essay writing and book reports.

Tutors coach students through their questions via controlled chat, interactive white board and shared web browsing.

More than 8,000 tutors are available, many of them professors, certified teachers, graduate and undergraduate students and professional tutors.

The library contracted the service through Tutor.com, which connects students with a network of experts, including Spanish-speaking tutors for math and science.

“We believe that Live Homework Help will have a significant positive impact on the success of the young people in our community,” said library director Debbie Cosper. Using the service will remind them of the library’s research resources, Cosper said.

The service costs the library $8,000 per year, Gilmore said. “We thought it would be a useful resource.”

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or at (606) 326-2652.

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