‘AskRose’ Math & Science Homework Helpline Ready to Help Local Students

Friday, August 14, 2020
Image shows Ask Rose student tutor smiling while wearing a telephone headset to talk with students requesting help.

Approximately 30 Rose-Hulman student tutors are available five nights weekly to help youth in grades 6 through 12 with their math and science homework. AskRose has conducted more than 700,000 sessions since starting in 1991.

The free AskRose homework helpline has started a month earlier than normal to help middle school and high school students get a head start on understanding their math and science homework problems through a simple phone call, email, or chat session.

Rose-Hulman students are available Sunday through Thursday from 7-10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) during the school year to help youth in grades 6 through 12 review math and science concepts. Connections can be made at 877-ASK-ROSE (877-275-7673) or the AskRose website, AskRose.org.

Additional afternoon hours may be available, depending upon tutors’ availability, according to AskRose Director Susan Smith Roads. These possibilities will be announced on the program’s website.

“We found that our tutoring services were helpful this past spring when schools went to online instruction due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, and we expect that there will be an increased need as well as students work from home during the 2020-21 school year as well,” Smith said.

She points out that rather than give students the answers, tutors guide students through homework problems to help them better understand math and science concepts. Student privacy is always protected, and students are never asked for their last name or telephone number.

Approximately 30 tutors are available each night.

The service, certified by the National Tutoring Association, has conducted more than 700,000 tutoring sessions since starting in 1991. AskRose.org also offers more than 500 resources available through videos and downloadable reference materials.

All AskRose services are available at no cost to students and parents through a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant and financial assistance from Rose-Hulman.

AskRose Basics:
- Rose-Hulman offers free math and science tutoring for students in grades 6-12. Students may call 877-ASK-ROSE (877-275-7673) to speak with a tutor or go to the AskRose website, AskRose.org, to interact with a tutor online or through email. Questions filed by email and other means are answered during AskRose’s hours of operation.
- Hours of operation: 7-10 p.m. (EDT), Sunday through Thursday, through May. Additional afternoon hours may be available, depending on tutor availability. (The service is closed during Rose-Hulman’s holiday breaks.)
- Online resources: Students and educators may access resources and educational materials at AskRose.org.
- Sponsors: The service is supported by Lilly Endowment Inc. and Rose-Hulman.
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