Wandering Wabash: Homework Hotline


Ever been stumped by a math or science question?  There is help available and it can be found at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline.  

Here’s how it works. Students in the 6th through 12th grades can anonymously call, live chat or email math or science questions to the hotline. Rose Hulman Engineering students provide the help. And it’s all free.

The Rose students don’t answer the questions, rather they help the callers work through the problems to find a solution.

“It helps you feel good when you’re able to help people that are struggling,” said Homework Hotline Tutor Steven Rasp.

“We love helping the community we love helping the students in middle school and high school level with math and sciences,” said Director of Homework Hotline, Lindsay Hull.

And this service really works. RHIT student Hannah Speigle used the service, and is now on the other end of the equation.  

“So I started using the homework hotline when I was in 8th grade. I was taking algebra one and I was struggling with it at the time and needed something more than the text book to help me with my homework,” said Speigle.

Today Hannah,  the once frustrated 8th grader,  is one of about 140 tutors who are very busy.  300 calls on average come into the call center and about 125 emails and online questions per night. The goal is to make homework easier for young students, but the hotline also benefits the future engineers.

Over the years, several callers to the hotline have become homework hotline tutors. Hannah is just the most recent.  And one more thing, homework hotline is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

If you would like to use the homework hotline.. it’s available Sunday through Thursday from 7 pm to 10 pm.   You can call 877-ask-rose (877-275-7673)  Or you can go to the website askrose.org.  Once on the site, you can find chat and email information on the website  and if you call, you might even talk to Hannah.


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