Who are we?
The Harvey Mudd College Homework Hotline is a freeover-the-phone math and science tutoring service for students in grades4 through 12. We’re open five nights per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PST. We’ve always been a free service, and we always will be.
Our tutors are all students at Harvey Mudd College, one of the top-ranked STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) schools in the nation, and they’re all selected for their technical expertise AND their superior communication skills. They get extra training to make sure they give you the best possible service!
How did we get here?
We launched in 2010 with the help of the Homework Hotline at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. We provide free, over-the-phone tutoring to students in the greater Los Angeles region, Inland Empire and beyond. Since then, we’ve helped thousands of students learn math and science, one call at a time!
How does it work?
A Homework Hotline tutor will assist the student caller with guiding questions and encourage the student to be an active participant in their learning. The tutor will use the student’s prior knowledge and encourage the student to use all available resources first. The tutor will also invite the student to write down procedural steps in their own words to help the student solve similar problems on their own.
The goal of the tutor is to help the student caller with one homework question, and then encourage the student to try solving similar problems on their own. The student caller is invited to call the Homework Hotline again if they get stuck on another problem (similar or different to the current question).
Student privacy matters to us. We don’t ask for names or phone numbers, though we do ask callers to share their school and grade level for our reporting purposes. We are funded by the Simons Foundation and Harvey Mudd College.
For a more effective call, please be prepared with the following:
- Homework assignment
We are committed to guiding student callers through their math and science homework questions, Sunday through Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. There are certain days of the academic year when we will be closed. These include national holidays and Harvey Mudd College semester breaks and finals week.
Numerous academic resources, advising and support programs are available to help students navigate the Harvey Mudd curriculum. These include the Writing Center; the first-semester Pass/Fail grading system; Academic Excellence, a student-led tutoring program; proctors (seniors who serve as personal and academic counselors for dorm residents); and the Academic Advising program.
Additionally, Mudd students support one another through the collaborative nature of the College’s academic program. Much of the work can be done in teams or groups. Most Harvey Mudd students rarely do homework by themselves or work on problem sets alone. Thanks to a noncompetitive academic environment, group assignments at Mudd are pleasant experiences where peers encourage one another and everyone is motivated to put forth their best effort.
Students may have up to four assigned faculty academic advisors during their Harvey Mudd career.
First-year Faculty Advisor
Assigned at the beginning of a student’s first year. Advisors assist with selecting courses and adjusting to campus life. They advise the student on second- and third-semester registration (and possibly on fourth semester for those yet to declare a major). First-year faculty advisors remain with the student until a major is selected.
Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts (HSA) Advisor
Assigned during the middle of a student’s first year. The HSA advisor’s role is to ensure the student fulfills the HSA requirements of the curriculum. The HSA advisor remains with the student until graduation.
Assigned after a student officially declares a major. The major advisor ensure that his/her student completes the departmental requirements needed to graduate. The major advisor also advises students about elective courses and research that will help determine the focus of the student’s senior research project. The major advisor remains with the student until graduation.
Assigned once a student’s senior research project is decided. In some cases, the major advisor and Clinic/thesis advisor may be the same faculty member. The Clinic/thesis advisor helps the student throughout the senior research project.
Additionally, students often make connections and develop mentor/mentee relationships with other staff and faculty members.