Students Helping Youths Understand Math, Science as Homework Hotline Tutor

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Homework Hotline student taking a call.

Working Together: Approximately 140 trained student tutors are employed annually to help the Homework Hotline answer telephone calls, emails, and online chat sessions from youths in grades 6 through 12.

Student tutors for Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline are striving for "Aha Moments" each night - that time when the middle- and high-school student caller realizes an understanding of the math or science concept that had caused them to call 1-877-ASK-ROSE (877-275-7673) in the first place.

"Hearing the excitement in a student's voice when he or she has that 'Aha Moment' is what makes working for the Homework Hotline worth it," says Homework Hotline Tutoring Supervisor Angela Hanson, one of approximately 140 trained student tutors employed each year (with 30 available each night). "Too many students say that they dislike math or science because it doesn't make sense. Once they gain confidence in the subject, much of the frustration melts away, and they can start to have a little fun with their homework and not feel so stressed."

Rose-Hulman students have been answering the call and responding to online chat/email requests for nearly 25 years, helping more than 500,000 youths throughout the nation. Tutors handled nearly 25,000 telephone calls and a record 7,500 online requests for help during the 2014-15 school year.

The Homework Hotline reinforces math and science concepts taught in the classroom, helps students develop better problem-solving skills, and guides students toward answering similar problems on their own.

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A newly designed website has enhanced the free service for this school year. It features upgraded, easy-to-use chat and email services, and has online resources to help students in grades 6 through 12 brush up on math and science concepts, use tutorial videos, and download worksheets.

The phone lines and online chat system are available between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (ET) Sunday through Thursday, until the end of May 2016. Students can also email questions to the hotline at any time of the day, and they will receive a response during operating hours.

"With a free tutoring service like Homework Hotline, students should never feel 'stuck' when it comes to math and science homework," says Homework Hotline Director Susan Smith Roads. "In addition to the phone service, our new website makes it easier than ever for students to chat with or email a tutor who can help them tackle tough assignments."

The Homework Hotline is funded by Rose-Hulman and Lilly Endowment Inc.