About Brainfuse live coaching and resources for JCPL patrons.

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Live Coaching is available on your Brainfuse resources from 2:00 p.m. through 11:00 p.m. CST every day. 

On-demand, anywhere online learning.

Need homework help? HelpNow is a service offering a unique tutoring, homework help, and studying suite designed to promote success for students of all ages.

Start here for a brief guided tour plus directions on how to use HelpNow.

Get expert help including:

  • Live Tutoring: Connect with a real person to get personalized help with math, writing, science, and social studies. Use the virtual whiteboard to collaborate with your tutor and classmates in real-time.  
  • 24/7 Learning Center: Access lessons with example problems, instructional videos, flashcards, and practice tests. The center gives you freedom to get help at any time of day without connecting to a live tutor. 
  • Writing Lab: Upload your paper and get detailed feedback for how to improve your writing. Find reviews and comments from your tutors in the Message Center from your homepage. 
  • Send a question: Submit a question on any subject and get a written response from a tutor within one business day. You can attach documents and images to help the tutors answer your question and give specific feedback. 
  • Language lab: Connect with a tutor to get help with your French or Spanish class. Build your vocabulary with games, quizzes, and flashcards.
Get homework help now.

Find study tools featuring:

  • LEAP: Get a personalized learning plan to help build your academic skills through targeted lessons, quizzes, and live, online tutoring. LEAP will assign courses based on your needs. The courses will prepare you for the ACT, SAT, GED, and college. 
  • Flashbulb: Create your own flashcards or search an extensive library of flashcards in hundreds of subjects. Use these to help you study more efficiently. Your flashcards are available anywhere you go with the Brainfuse mobile app. 
  • eParachute: Discover your strengths and explore what careers best match what you love to do. Find details about your chosen career, including salaries, required skills, local listings, and more. 
  • Collaboration tools: Use MEET and Brainwave to schedule your own online study groups. Record whiteboard sessions where you can draw, write, and chat, then send it to others for feedback. 

Learn how to use the
Brainfuse Whiteboard.

Adult Learning Center: 

Whether you are going back to school, switching jobs or just want to brush up on your skills, this tool is here to help. 

  • Find high school equivalency prep, US citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and career resources.  
  • Take advantage of the writing lab, send a question, and skills building tools built into the Adult Learning Center.   
Free online practice tests.

Learn how to use the
Adult Learning Center.

JobNow

Live help for all stages of job hunting.

Need help with your job search? JobNow is an online service designed to support every step of your job search.  

Start here for a brief guided tour plus directions on how to use JobNow.

Get live coaching from experts.

  • Live Resume Expert: Connect with a real person to get live help building your resume.
  • Live Interview Coaching: Connect with a live expert to practice your interview skills and get detailed feedback. Job coaches are in the online classroom daily.
  • Live Job Coach: Get expert help with searching, applying, and preparing for your next job.  Coaches will help you target the job best suited to your interests and qualifications.

Take advantage of resume building help.

  • Resume Lab: Submit your resume any time to get detailed feedback and suggestions from a job coach. 
  • Templates and resources: Download templates or browse the resources to help you build a more effective resume. Resumes templates are available in different categories to best match your needs.  
    • Find templates ranging from chronological to functional templates to showcase your best skills. 
    • Access templates that translate your military experience into the civilian workforce. 
    • Look through resume-writing tutorials to help you stand out in today’s job market. Then find tips to help you land the interview.

Find interview tips and resources to help you land the job.

In addition to your access to live coaching, Brainfuse has made an extensive library of helpful tips for interview success. Tips are available from anything to common questions with sample responses, to the before and after steps of your interview.

Career resources:

  • Unemployment help: Use the Live Unemployment Benefits Navigator to connect to an expert and get the help you need. Tutors are available Monday to Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m CST. 
  • Career Assessments: Take aptitude tests and self-assessments to help you find the career that matches your personality and interest.  
  • Nationwide Resources for Job Seekers: Access a list of job sites for your next career move. 
  • eParachute: Discover your strengths and explore what careers best match what you love to do. Find details about your chosen career, including salaries, required skills, local listings, and more.
Free resume review.

With JobNow you also have access to OptimalResume.

Use the OptimalResume job search management tool to create your resume, cover letter, portfolio, and practice your interview skills. 

  • Use the resume builder to access premade samples sorted by job field and experience. You can also start by customizing which sections you need in the resume or design your own.  Get suggestions and examples while you are working on your resume that help you build the most effective resume for your job search. 
  • Build your cover letters using the OptimalLetter which provides full-page samples and letter types to start with. Build off of these samples to show employers why they should hire you. 
  • Create an organized portfolio of your experience to share with employers using the OptimalEfolio tool. Eportfolios are a great addition to help you expand on your resume and show the employer what you can offer to their company. 
  • Share your documents using the OptimalWebsite builder.
VetNow

Tailored support for veterans and their families.

Need help navigating Veterans Affairs paperwork? VetNow,  is an online service designed to support our community’s veterans and their families with a range of topics from housing and healthcare to education and more. 

Start here for a brief guided tour plus directions on how to use VetNow

Get help tapping into the benefits and resources you need. 

  • Veteran Navigators: Connect with a real person who is trained to answer your benefits eligibility questions and help you locate local resources and agents. 
  • Job search help: Practice your interview skills in real-time with the trained job coaches. Get detailed feedback to help you succeed.
  • College skills tutoring: Talk with live tutors in a wide range of college-level subjects and get live writing analysis from experts. Select subjects from science, English, technology, or math, then connect to a real person to get started.

Veteran Tools 

  • Send a question to the experts outside of the live hours and get a response within one business day. Also send in your questions on college and job search needs.
  • Veteran resources: Open the veteran resources page to find nationwide resources for veterans and their families. Find resources for education, employment, and housing.
Connect with a live navigator for help with eligible VA benefits and community resources.

Tools for Learners 

  • Writing Lab: In addition to live help you can upload your paper to get detailed feedback for how to improve your writing. Then find reviews and comments from your tutors in the Message Center on your homepage.
  • Language lab: Connect with a tutor to get help with your Spanish language skills. Build your vocabulary with games, quizzes, and flashcards. 
  • SkillSurfer: Find lessons with example problems, instructional videos, flashcards, and practice tests on a wide range of subjects. SkillSurfer gives you the freedom to get help at any time of day.  
  • Flashbulb: Create your own flashcards, or search flashcards in hundreds of subjects. After you find what you need, use them to help you study more efficiently. Your flashcards are also available anywhere you go with the Brainfuse mobile app. 

Job Tools 

  • Resume Lab: Move into civilian careers using the Resume Lab. Get expert help with formatting, key words, and showcasing transferable skills.
  • OptimalResume: Use this resume builder to find pre-made samples sorted by job field and experience. Get suggestions and examples while you are working on your resume that help you build the most effective resume for your job search. Then share your experience with employers with the built in website and portfolio tools.
  • Unemployment Assistance: Connect with an unemployment benefits navigator to get the help you need.  
  • eParachute: Discover your strengths and explore what careers best match what you love to do. Then find details about your chosen career, including salaries, required skills, local listings, and more. 
  • Resume templates and resources: Download templates or browse the resources to help you build a more effective resume. Resumes templates are available in different categories to best match your needs.  
    • For example you can find templates that showcase your best skills.  
    • Use templates that translate your military experience into the civilian workforce.  
    • Find resume-writing tutorials to help you stand out in today’s job market. 

Interview resources: Find interview questions to help you practice and get tips to help you with every stage of the interview process. Then schedule for your live interview practice with a live coach. Get the feedback you need to land a job.