Parents don't need to worry if they don't understand the Chemistry or Calculus homework their children bring home from school.
Rose-Hulman's Homework Hotline is here for the rescue.
Thanks in part to a $2.7 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., more tutors will be available to respond to more calls and online services.
"We started this program because the school corporations in Clay and Vigo County asked us if we could provide anything that would benefit the local students. So we started with a few phones and a couple of students," Dale Long, Director of News Services, told The Brazil Times.
"Because of the popularity that we received in the area we expanded and now service all the Indiana counties."
Students in sixth through twelfth-grade may call the hotline or get on the Internet to email or chat with tutors for assistance in math or science. Because the services are free, the Lilly Endowment is a huge help in providing assistance to youth of Indiana.
The tutors are Rose-Hulman students recommended by faculty for their knowledge and ability to communicate clearly.
All tutors must complete a training program on how to answer questions over the phone and to use their experiences to help students.
Tutors guide students to learn more about a subject and ask the right questions by helping students analyze their homework and finding the solutions. Tutors have access to the state-adopted math and science textbooks, computers and the Internet.
Students will be asked to give their first name and the name of their school when placing a call.
Though Rose-Hulman is more of a math and science school, students are still encouraged to call about English and Language Arts questions.
"Though our students tested high in math and science, they are willing to help with Literature and writing as well," Long said.
Starting services on Sept. 7, the hotline is open 7-10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday from September to May.
"We encourage students in Clay County to call," Long said. "We started this program in 1991 and we want them to know that we are here to help with their homework-melt-downs"
The following is a month-by-month breakdown of the number of calls made to the Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline by Clay County Students during the 2007-08 school year.
The Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline (1-877-ASK-ROSE) and website (www.askrose.org) is open between 7-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday from September to May, with services starting on Sept. 7.