Taking English 102? Read on for a frighteningly good Frankenstein resource!

Autumn is here, and Halloween is just around the corner–it’s a great time to curl up on the couch (hot cider and fuzzy blanket optional!) with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, especially if you’re enrolled in Straighterline’s English 102 course. While we here at SL think Frankenstein is a fun read for students, we know the two writing assignments associated with it–the application essay and the evaluation essay–can be tough. You’re being asked not only to engage deeply with the text, but you’re also required to investigate what others have said about Frankenstein. On top of all that, you’re supposed to integrate your own opinion about Frankenstein‘s message and its critics’ thoughts as well! We’re asking a lot, but we know you can do it. There are a couple of great, short videos available through PBS that we think might help, so we’re posting them here:

Frankenstein Crash Course Part 1

Frankenstein Crash Course Part 2

Remember, if you decide to incorporate these sources into your assignment in any way–even if you just got an idea from them–you’ll need to cite properly. Purdue’s Online Writing Lab can help.

Have any tips for or questions about these assignments? Let us know! We’re here to help.

Happy Halloween!

Upcoming Turnitin Maintenance

This Saturday 12/19 from 10am to 2pm EST Turnitin will be unavailable due to a maintenance window. This may disrupt your ability to view feedback for submitted essays/qualitative assignments and your ability to upload and submit.

Please plan accordingly when accessing the site.

Additionally, please note that next week marks the end of year holiday season.

StraighterLine Student Support Holiday Hours: 12/24/2015 9am-2pm 12/25/2015: CLOSED

SMARTHINKING Tutoring Hours/Schedule: Between December 18th at 6 PM ET and January 2nd at 9 AM ET, pre-scheduled tutoring and asynchronous tutoring will be offered. Offline questions, paragraphs, and essays (including assessments) will be accepted. During this time, we will strive to return submissions within 72 hours. Submissions posted on national holidays may be returned in more than 72 hours.

Please do note that customer service will be unavailable from December 24th 8:00 AM through December 28th 8:00 AM ET and again between 1st Jan at 8am through January 4th at 8:00 AM ET.


4th of July Holiday Hours at StraighterLine and Partners

Hello students,

​In honor of Independence Day, please see our adjusted Student Support hours:

  • July 3rd: 9am-5pm
  • July 4th: Closed​

Additionally, SMARTHINKING Tutoring has published the following holiday hour notice:

Between July 3 at 6 PM ET and July 5 at 9 AM ET, asynchronous and pre-scheduled tutoring will be offered. Offline questions, paragraphs, and essays (including assessments) will be accepted. During this time, we will strive to return submissions within 72 hours. Submissions posted on U.S. national holidays may be returned in more than 72 hours.

Please also note that our customer service team will be unavailable on July 4th.

From the whole StraighterLine team, we hope you have a great holiday!

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Turnitin Outage 3/7/2015

Turnitin services may be unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 10 AM to 2 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time (see local time: http://go.turnitin.com/e/45292/o29x6yg/3f48x/278342111).

Please be advised that you may not be able to submit qualitative assignments (even drafts) during this maintenance window.

To see other future maintinance windows impacting StraighterLine’s student experience please check http://www.thesladvisor.com/events/

Brief Service Interruption Saturday February 21st (between 11pm – 2am EST)

Please note:  The Moodlerooms Technical Operations team will be performing server maintenance this Saturday, February 21st between regularly scheduled maintenance hours of 11 PM – 2 AM local data center time. During this period you may experience a very brief (< 30 second) interruption in service. After the maintenance has been performed, users will need to re-authenticate into Moodle.

We advise all students not to schedule exams, especially final exams during this time. 

Note: from 3am – 6am EST Saturday morning (2/21) VitalSource eTextbooks may also experience intermittent disruption during regular scheduled maintenance.

Please check out our calendar of outages and holidays here for more information: http://www.thesladvisor.com/events/

eTextbook/CourseSmart Downtime and upgrade

This Friday the 13th from 11PM EST to 7AM EST Saturday the 14th our eTextbook CourseSmart/VitalSource is upgrading its service.

For any student who has access to an eTextbook, the service will be down/intermittent during that time but once complete student access will be fully operational as normal.

If you’re interested in getting a sneak peek at the change please check out this new tutorial: http://downloads.vitalbook.com/tutorials/publish/index.html?did=straighterline

Interested in keeping tabs on more StraighterLine related holidays, maintenance periods, etc. visit http://www.thesladvisor.com/events/

Updated: 2014 Holiday Hours for StraighterLine


Please see below a list of daily closures for the holidays by StraighterLine and our partners.

Wishing you a very happy and safe holiday season this year.


StraighterLine – course access, etextbooks, non-proctored exams, etc. will be uninterrupted (study hard…but not too hard!)

  • 12/29 Moodle Outage starting at 11pm EST
  • 12/31 we will close at 4pm EST
  • 1/1 closed all day

Smarthinking Tutoring – pre-scheduled tutoring and asynchronous tutoring will be offered.

  • 12/31 customer service will be unavailable
  • 1/1 customer service will be unavailable


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For more information or to see the calendar of closures please visit http://www.thesladvisor.com/events/

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule at StraighterLine

Please note these scheduled outages and closures next week around the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  • Wednesday 11/26 starting at 6PM EST SMARTHINKING will introduce their holiday schedule effective until 9AM EST 11/29. Please also note that Customer Service will be closed during this holiday period and will reopen on Monday December 1st at 8AM ET.
  • Thursday 11/27 starting at midnight 3:‌0‌0 A‌M EST, the CourseSmart web site will undergo scheduled site maintenance which may last up to 3 hours. During the maintenance, you will not be able to access the CourseSmart web site or your digital course materials online. Plan Ahead – Read eTextbooks offline during site maintenance: Did you know you can read eTextbooks offline anytime, even when the CourseSmart web site isn’t available online? To access your eTextbooks offline during the scheduled website maintenance, just check them out to your offline Bookshelf before N‌o‌v‌e‌m‌b‌e‌r 2‌7.
  • Thursday 11/27 starting at 11pm EST, Moodlerooms will be performing database maintenance, there may be a 15-30 minute outage between 11pm EST and 2am EST (11/28).
  • Thursday 11/27 is Thanksgiving and StraighterLine will be closed.
  • Friday the 28th StraighterLine will be open but with limited hours 9:00am – 5:00pm EST.

Normal business hours will resume thereafter. For additional information please see all scheduled events at http://www.thesladvisor.com/events/

We hope that you have a wonderful and studious holiday,

The StraighterLine Team

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