2017-11-01 / Front Page

‘Homework Hotline’ ready to help students to better understand math, science

With the start of a new school year throughout Indiana, the Homework Hotline at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is once again live, putting help with math and science just a phone call, chat or email away.

Tutors are available Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Time) during the school year. Connections can be made through 1-877-ASKROSE (877-275-7673) or the Homework Hotline website, AskRose.org. The site also has online resources to help students in grades 6 through 12 review math and science concepts, use tutorial videos and download reference materials. All services are available at no cost to students or parents through a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant and financial assistance from Rose-Hulman.

“With a free tutoring service like the Homework Hotline, students should never feel ‘stuck’ when it comes to their math and science homework,” said hotline Director Susan Smith Roads. She notes that Rose-Hulman tutors have access to several resources, including Indiana math and science textbooks. Approximately 30 tutors are available to provide help each night.

The Homework Hotline has been helping youths for 26 years, conducting more than 627,000 tutoring sessions throughout the nation. More than 33,800 tutoring sessions were completed during the 2016-17 school year. The service has been replicated by colleges in Illinois, Pennsylvania and California.

“My favorite part is when a caller has that moment where they finally understand what they called about. As a tutor that’s what you want to happen,” said Emily Hoke, a sophomore biomedical engineering major from Indianapolis who is in her second year as a tutor. “You want to answer their question and work problems with them so that they not only know how to do that specific problem, but can emulate what we did together during the session to solve similar problems they have in future homework assignments, in class or on tests.”

Homework Hotline Basics:

- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers free math and science tutoring for students in grades 6-12. Students may call 877-ASK-ROSE (877- 275-7673) to speak with a tutor, or go to the Homework Hotline website, AskRose.org, to interact with a tutor online or through email. Emailed questions are answered during the hotline’s hours of operation.

- Hours of operation: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern time), Sunday through Thursday, through May. (The hotline is closed during Rose-Hulman’s holiday and quarter breaks.)

- Online resources: Students and educators may access resources and educational materials at AskRose.org.

- Sponsors: The hotline is supported by Lilly Endowment Inc. and Rose-Hulman.

Media Interviews: Media wishing to localize this story by interviewing a Homework Hotline staff member or student tutor from their area should contact Dale Long, director of media relations, at 812-877- 8418 or dale.long@rosehulman.edu.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor and individualized attention. The Institute is consistently recognized nationally as an elite STEM school for distinctions that include faculty excellence, return on investment, value added and career services. Six of the college’s professors are listed in the Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors book. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Rose-Hulman has an enrollment of approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and nearly 100 graduate students. Learn more at www.rose-hulman.edu.

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