Alameda County Library System has changed its provider of online homework help.  The new online homework help provider, Brainfuse, offers online assistance to students from grade 3 to 12 in the following subjects:  mathematics, social studies, science, and writing.  

To access Brainfuse, go to the main Alameda County Library System webpage at http://www.aclibrary.org  Click on the blue Brainfuse icon with the slogan “Homework Help Now!” on the left side of the library homepage.  You will now have several options: 

  1. Homework Help for live homework help from an expert tutor.
  2. Live Skills Building to get help in understanding an academic concept from an expert tutor.
  3. Writing Lab where you can submit your writing and receive expert assistance.
  4. Test Center where you can practice tests or receive live online test tutoring.
  5. 24/7 Help where you can submit a question any time of the day to a tutor.
  6. Adult Learning Center to receive live tutoring sessions from trained adult education instructors.
  7. Foreign Language Lab where you can get live help for your foreign language homework. 

Brainfuse offers homework assistance as available with our previous provider for the same hours as before, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. every day. 

Brainfuse uses the same process of connecting to a tutor; by selecting grade level and the subject area in which help is needed. There is no time limit on the length of a tutoring session. 

At the connect step, one can also mark the box to indicate if help is preferred in Spanish. 

Based on feedback from teen volunteers, waiting time to connect to a tutor should be much shorter than was the case with our previous home assistance provider.  

Once you click on the Brainfuse link on the library homepage, the Brainfuse page has a “login here” button at the top right. To use the main homework help service, no login is needed. However, to use the other features such as taking a practice SAT test, using the writing lab, or sending an email question, it is necessary to login. You only need to set up a free account (similar to the way Learning Express works), to get the most out of the Brainfuse service.

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