CENTRAL Coast school students have access to a free online support service in which they can ask an expert tutor questions about their homework or study, or receive feedback on draft essays.
Central Coast Council is inviting students to access the library service’s study support system, Studiosity.
The system offers to provide constructive, real-time advice through chat, collaborative whiteboards, and file sharing.
There is also a writing feedback service where students can upload draft essays and written assignments to receive professional feedback within 24 hours.
Students have found that service to be ideal for improving English papers and exam practice.
Council's acting libraries unit manager, Beth Burgess, said a national study found more than half of all students thought about giving up on their study while struggling alone at night.
That's why free access to services such as Studiosity were important for local students' wellbeing, she said.
“We understand that some families have barriers to tutoring services, be it time constraints, or financial difficulties, so we are encouraging all parents and students on the Coast to look into this free service as an alternative,” Mrs Burgess said.
“With Studiosity, it is simple: if you are struggling with a particular subject, or if you’re looking to improve your grades, you are able to get the personal study support you need – any time, anywhere.”
Studiosity employs a mix of teachers, university academics and other professional experts, who go through a gruelling series of checks and tests before becoming subject specialists.
Students in years 3 to 12 can log in to Studiosity from Sunday to Friday, from 3pm until late, with their library membership number at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/studiosity to obtain assistance with all core curriculum subjects.
For any subjects not listed, students simply select ‘Research’ or ‘Writing feedback’ to ask their question.
“We also offer a collection of accredited online research databases, meaning students have instant 24/7 access to reliable sites that can be referenced for English, geography, history, science and more,” Mrs Burgess said.
“Younger students have not been overlooked, with a suite of interactive and enjoyable online programs available to assist children with maths, literacy development and even introduce them to coding.”
Mayor Jane Smith said Studiosity and other homework help services enabled everyone to have access to the latest technology and innovations.
“These types of free, reliable services are why libraries are so important and valued by our community,” Cr Smith said.
“Council is committed to continuing to invest in our libraries to ensure our growing community has access to the services and opportunities they need to thrive.”
To become a member and access the range of free online library resources and services visit centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/jointhelibrary