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.
Family Learning Centers
Did you know that the Library has Homework Helpers in the Family Learning Centersat each neighborhood library? Homework Helpers can give you one-on-one help with your homework.
LBUSD Homework Helpline
The Long Beach Unified School District's Homework Helpline is free for all LBUSD students. Call (562) 437-2859. Open Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. Homework Helpline teachers can also be reached by email at Homework@lbschools.net.
Databases for Kids
Highly engaging, expert-designed curriculum for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and beyond. With more than 3,500 individual learning activities, 450 lessons, and more than 300 online books, ABCmouse encompasses reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music, to help children build a strong foundation for academic success. In-library use only.
This site provides interactive practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help students succeed on the academic tests. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.
Websites for Kids
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
The history of the U.S. Government, its parts and what they do are described here for students, their parents, and teachers.
The largest free reference site just for kids! Get homework help & find facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, and more.
InfoPlease Homework Center
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs and homework help on English, math, history, geography, science, and social studies.
Need help with math, computing, science & engineering, or assistance with college admissions?
Scholastic Homework Hub
Homework hub is where students can get help and direction in completing various assignments from doing research, improving skills, and organizing their work.
Science project due and no idea where to start? Science Buddies has a wide array of ideas, guides, and instructions for science projects. Parents' Choice Award winning website.
SpellingCity is an online spelling program that makes practicing for spelling tests fun.
Search Engines for Kids