Web Guide SkillsTutor Software

SkillsTutor software is paid for by College of the Desert and is available only to registered COD students. We limit access to the software by requiring all users to have a User Name and Password to log in to the software. To get a User Name and Password you must first be added to the SkillsTutor database. Once you have done this, you may need some help in using the software itself. All of this information is given below.



  1. If you are enrolled in a class for which your instructor requires SkillsTutor, you are probably already in the database.
  2. If you are a registered COD student, and want to use the software independent of a class, you must fill out an online Registration Form to send us information needed to add you to the database.  Fill out this Registration Form and click SEND at the bottom of the form. You will be added to the database within two working days (usually sooner). After that time, follow the Log In instructions below. You will get no return notification.


  1. Click on the SkillsTutor Log In button.  At the next window, either fill out the online form if you are not in the database, or click on the SkillsTutor Log In button. This will take you to the SkillsTutor log-in window. Filling the boxes as described below.
  2. The User Name is always your last name followed by your first name. Use capital letters, and put no space between the names (e.g. George Washington's User Name would be WASHINGTONGEORGE).
  3. The Password is your student number. Put no spaces between the numbers
  4. The Site Name is COLLEGE01 Be sure to use the number 0, not the letter O, in 01.
  5. At the bottom of the SkillsTutor Log In window is an option that allows you to hear most audio portions of the software in Spanish. If you wish this option, be sure to click on the check box for it before you click on the Log In button.
  6. Click on the Log In Button
  7. In the next window, click on the words "Take Assignment" on the left side of the window.
  8. The next screen lists all sections that have been assigned for you. Click on which ever you want to work in.
  9. The next window lists all of the pretests, post-tests, quizzes, and exercises for the section you have chosen to work in. The list is usually quite long. You have the option to click on any of the assignments and start directly with that; however, we urge you to take assignments in order. To do this, simply click on the option in the box at the top of the window where it says "Your next recommending activity is."


  1. There is considerable variety in the instruction provided with SkillsTutor. However, on screen instructions are generally quite clear. Clicking on a question mark (?) anywhere on the screen gives instructions on how to use the software.
  2. When you complete an exercise, your score will appear. Optimum performance is 80% or above. If you score below that, you can repeat the lesson. When repeating, the instruction and examples in the lesson will be the same, but the practice or quiz questions will change. For instance, if the lesson is in adding fractions, the instruction and examples will be what you saw before, but the practice exercise will give you a new set of problems to solve.
  3. If you are taking Reading 50, printouts of your scores will be sent to your instructor on a regular basis. Instructors from other courses who want to assign some or all of their students to use SkillsTutor and to receive printouts of student progress must contact Chris Nelson in the Academic Skills Center (ext. 557) so that we can create a course data base. Please do this as early in the semester as possible. Students who are working independently with Skillstutor will have to write down their scores as they proceed.