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Homework Hotline Offers Students Help
September 10, 2008 - Area middle school and high school students will again have a popular free tutoring service to lean upon for help in understanding their math and science homework.
A $2.7 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will support and enhance Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline for the next three school years, including increasing outreach to help students and teachers throughout Indiana.
Starting on Sept. 7, specially selected Rose-Hulman student tutors will be available Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The telephone number is 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673).
Students can also submit questions, and access a variety of math and science resource materials, on the Homework Hotline's Web site at www.AskRose.org. A record 44,151 callers and 2,652 e-mail senders were helped by the Homework Hotline during the 2007-08 school year. That total increased the number of calls received to more than 250,000 since the program's inception in 1991. The Homework Hotline will have more tutors available this school year to respond to more calls and online services.
The biggest challenge, according to Homework Hotline Director Susan Smith, is getting students to use the service for the first time.
"Our research shows that if a student calls or emails us once, the student has such a wonderful experience and gets the desired help, that he or she will call again," Smith said. "The Homework Hotline has experienced tremendous success reaching students, educators and community leaders across Indiana." During the 2007-08 school year, the Homework Hotline piloted an online, real-time tutoring system to further assist Indiana students.
This project and other educational resources will be expanded during the next three years of the Lilly Endowment grant, according to Smith.
The Homework Hotline is not an answer line, but rather an educational resource that reinforces classroom concepts and offers assistance.
Marion County (Indianapolis), 5,909 calls; Hamilton, 2,132 calls; Allen (Fort Wayne), 1,983 calls; Lake (Gary/Merrillville), 1,416 calls; St. Joseph (South Bend), 1,411 calls; Hendricks (Plainfield), 1,169 calls; Vigo (Terre Haute), 1,158 calls; Madison (Anderson), 928 calls; Howard (Kokomo), 856 calls; Porter (Valparaiso), 710 calls; Johnson (Franklin), 695 calls; Elkhart (Elkhart), 683 calls; Monroe (Bloomington), 677 calls; Warrick (Newburgh/Boonville), 675 calls; Delaware (Muncie), 655 calls; Vanderburg (Evansville), 644 calls.
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