Academic Tutoring with Brainfuse

What Brainfuse is and what it does:

Brainfuse offers live tutoring via a synchronous whiteboard-and-chat platform with optional audio interaction in the following subject areas:


Business – Accounting, Economics and Finance

Computers and Tech – Excel, PowerPoint, Windows, Word

English – College Reading, Reading, Writing

Math – Calculus, College Algebra, Geometry, Liberal Arts Math, Pre-Algebra, Precalculus, Statistics, Trigonometry

Science – Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics


Additionally, Brainfuse Writing Lab tutors help students become better writers by providing constructive feedback on writing assignments within 24 hours. Students submit their papers via the Brainfuse extension in Canvas.


How to Access Brainfuse - when it is not a professor assigned task

 

Brainfuse Tutoring is housed in the Canvas course site in the left-hand navigation bar.

  • Click on that navigation link and click the Launch Brainfuse button as indicated below.

 

Brainfuse launch

  • After launching the tool, the Brainfuse Tutor website will open in another tab in your browser. You can click through either to the Live Help (on the left-hand side of screen, circled in red in the screen shot below) or to the Writing Lab (on the right-hand side of the screen, circled in black).   

 Brainfuse Main Screen- click to the left of the photo for Live Help, and on the right of the photo for the Writing Lab.

  • Update your Live Help preferences by clicking on the "Preferences" button (circled in green above).  You can choose to chat with a live tutor, or enable the audio option. 

 

Call-out of Brainfuse Live Help Preferences Option


Professor Assigned Tasks in Brainfuse

Professors can assign tasks for students to complete in Brainfuse if they feel tutoring may help with particular assignments.


The student will click the link in their email to take them to the task page in Brainfuse. On that page, they will see a button that allows them to submit their work. By using that link, the professor will be able to follow their progress and see any work from the student or tutor. 


If you receive an email to complete a task in Brainfuse, please follow the link in your email so your professor can track your progress. Do not use canvas navigation (the previously mentioned way of accessing brainfuse) to try to complete professor assigned tasks.


Brainfuse Writing Lab Best Practices

Please note that Brainfuse Writing Lab tutors will respond within 24 hours. Brainfuse is best used as a proactive writing tool, and so if you know you will need writing support, please budget this into your paper writing process and do not leave it until the last minute. 

Questions or challenges?  If you have Brainfuse-specific questions please reach out to Online Learning at online-learning-help@sas.upenn.edu and the Online Learning Support team will get back to you as soon as possible!

The Brainfuse User Guide is attached here. We suggest reading through this before using the tool for the first time.