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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 to work with you in a wide range of subjects including writing (for any course), math (basic math through calc II), accounting, statistics, finance, economics, biology, nursing & allied health, physics, chemistry, office applications, and Spanish. You can also submit completed drafts of your writing assignments from any course to Smarthinking's Writing Center for a tutor to review. The tutor will provide you with detailed, personalized feedback about your paper, typically within 24 hours.​

To connect with a tutor online, follow these steps:

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 information read through the Student Instruction Flyer or visit the smarthinking webpage

For assistance, contact Katie Chartier at or call (760) 674-7635.