Who are we?
The Harvey Mudd College Homework Hotline is a freeover-the-phone math and science tutoring service for students in grades4 through 12. We’re open five nights per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PST. We’ve always been a free service, and we always will be.
Our tutors are all students at Harvey Mudd College, one of the top-ranked STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) schools in the nation, and they’re all selected for their technical expertise AND their superior communication skills. They get extra training to make sure they give you the best possible service!
How did we get here?
We launched in 2010 with the help of the Homework Hotline at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. We provide free, over-the-phone tutoring to students in the greater Los Angeles region, Inland Empire and beyond. Since then, we’ve helped thousands of students learn math and science, one call at a time!
How does it work?
A Homework Hotline tutor will assist the student caller with guiding questions and encourage the student to be an active participant in their learning. The tutor will use the student’s prior knowledge and encourage the student to use all available resources first. The tutor will also invite the student to write down procedural steps in their own words to help the student solve similar problems on their own.
The goal of the tutor is to help the student caller with one homework question, and then encourage the student to try solving similar problems on their own. The student caller is invited to call the Homework Hotline again if they get stuck on another problem (similar or different to the current question).
Student privacy matters to us. We don’t ask for names or phone numbers, though we do ask callers to share their school and grade level for our reporting purposes. We are funded by the Simons Foundation and Harvey Mudd College.
For a more effective call, please be prepared with the following:
- Homework assignment
We are committed to guiding student callers through their math and science homework questions, Sunday through Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. There are certain days of the academic year when we will be closed. These include national holidays and Harvey Mudd College semester breaks and finals week.
Rose-Hulman’s Homework Hotline helps with
tough math and science homework
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting stuck on a difficult math or science homework problem. But, fortunately help is available. In the evenings, Indiana students in grades 6 – 12 can turn to Rose-Hulman’s Homework Hotline for free math and science homework help.
The Homework Hotline is toll-free telephone tutoring service that helps Indiana middle and high school students better understand math and science concepts and improve their problem-solving skills.
The Homework Hotline is open September through May for students needing math or science homework help. Students may call toll free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE – from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time), Sunday through Thursday.
Homework Hotline tutors are Rose-Hulman college students specially chosen and trained to work with middle and high school students of all academic levels. Tutors have access to math and science textbooks used by Indiana students, computers and the Internet.
Homework Hotline tutors help students work through their homework problems and guide them in learning more about a subject. Tutors do not do the work for the students nor give them the answers. Instead, tutors help students arrive at the correct solutions.
Last year, tutors answered nearly 42,000 calls. About 76 percent of the calls were from students needing help with math homework.
Students who call the Homework Hotline will be asked to give their first name only and the name of their school. They should have the following items handy before calling the Homework Hotline.
• Homework assignment
• Textbook (if available)
• Pen or pencil
• Calculator (if needed)
www.AskRose.org. The site offers free educational resources and helpful educational links. Students can post math and science questions on the Web site and a tutor will respond during the Hotline’s hours of operation.