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Rose-Hulman’s Homework Hotline helps with tough math and science homework

When homework doesn’t add up, free help is available

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 a 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 p.m. to 10 p.m. (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 75 percent of the calls were from students needing help with math homework.

“The Homework Hotline tutors are there for me when I get stuck. The one-on-one attention really helps me learn and gives me a boost,” said one student caller in a survey conducted by the Homework Hotline.

“The Homework Hotline tutors take their time to make sure I really understand the homework problem,” another student said.
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)
  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Calculator (if needed)

Students may also access the Homework Hotline Web site at 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.

So the next time math or science homework is a problem, don’t worry! Homework help is just a phone call or mouse click away by contacting the Homework Hotline toll-free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE or

The Homework Hotline is sponsored by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Lilly Endowment, Inc. and 3M Corporation.

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