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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Reading, Writing and Resumés - Get Help Now!

A few months ago I told you about a new service here at DPPL called "Help Now." I want to take another opportunity to give it a shout out, because, well, I think you're going to love it once you try it.

HelpNow provides a number of online services from real, live, honest-to-goodness professional tutors. HelpNow assists students from grades 3 - early college, and also has services for adults in the working world. Tutors are available daily from 3-11:55 PM and you can access the service from the Library's computers or your home computer (as long as you have a valid DPPL card). What can the HelpNow tutors do for you?

Here's just a sample of the assistance that is available:

Proofreading of resumés and cover letters for adults;
Help for students of Math, Science, the Social Sciences;
Help in learning the Spanish language;
Live writing assistance as a student begins a writing project;
Detailed writing help when a student submits a draft.

HelpNow also makes learning fun for young students. The activity takes place in a virtual, private classroom, where student and tutor can write on a white board, type, work on charts and graphs, figure out math problems. For more detailed proofreading, documents are submitted through HelpNow's Web site and returned with helpful comments within 24 hours. The tutors are degreed and trained professionals who are encouraging and helpful. (By the way, your child's privacy is assured and tutors also undergo a rigorous background check) Want to watch a little demo of how HelpNow works? Watch the demo here (you must have Flash on your computer). Want to get more specifics on HelpNow? Visit our FAQ (frequently asked questions) page.

You can always access HelpNow from our official launch page at

Please try it out and give us your feedback.

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