AskRose math and science tutoring program ready to help local students

A new school year has presented challenges for middle and high school students trying to make sense of their math and science homework — especially when it comes to solving problems in such challenging subjects as algebra, calculus, physics and chemistry.

Thankfully, Rose-Hulman’s free AskRose Homework Help program is available to help.

Rose Hulman Tutors are available Sunday through Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time for tutoring to assist students in grades 6 through 12 via video, phone call, email or chat. Tutors can be reached through the AskRose website, AskRose.org, or by calling 877-ASK-ROSE (877-275-7673).

AskRose homework help services could be even more valuable this school year as children return to classrooms after summer vacation.

The AskRose.org website also offers more than 500 resources available in the form of videos and downloadable reference materials.

Approximately 100 Rose Hulman students serve as tutors during each school year, having been specially selected after being recommended by faculty for their technical knowledge and ability to communicate with students of all ability and understanding levels. Approximately 20 tutors are available each night and have access to textbooks and many other resources to provide valuable help. The AskRose Homework Help program is certified by the National Tutoring Association.

“Sometimes by the end of the conversation, you have a real connection with the student you’re mentoring, and they’re really grateful for your help,” said Erin McLain, a third-year tutor, a mechanical engineer from Avon, Indiana. “Some of my calls have taken almost an hour just to work on the same issue. So when you’re able to work with someone for that long and help them not only solve that problem, but find a way to help them solve it themselves, it’s always very fulfilling.”

A special “aha” moment for tutor Brayden Milner came when he was helping a caller solve problems with polynomials. The next day, the computer science junior from Brazil, Indiana, learned from a grateful parent that the student had passed an exam on polynomials with a grade of A. “It was the first time I realized how much impact we have at AskRose… It was such a cool moment to realize we’re making a difference,” said Milner.

Rather than providing students with the answers, AskRose tutors guide students through homework to help them better understand math and science concepts as taught in schools today.

Student privacy is always protected and students are never asked for their last name or phone number.

All AskRose Homework Help services are available at no cost to students and parents through the support of Lilly Endowment Inc. and financial support from Rose-Hulman.

AskRose Homework Help has delivered more than 750,000 tutoring sessions since starting in 1991.

AskRose Basics:

– The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers free math and science tutoring for students in grades 6 through 12. Students can call 877-ASK-ROSE (877-275-7673) to speak with a tutor or visit the AskRose website, AskRose.org, to interact with a tutor online or via email. Questions submitted via email and other means will be answered during AskRose business hours.

– Hours of Operation: 7:00pm-10:00pm (EDT), Sunday through Thursday, through May. Additional afternoon lessons may be available, subject to tutor availability. (The service is closed during the Rose-Hulman vacation.)

– Online Resources: Students and educators can access resources and teaching materials at AskRose.org.

– Sponsors: The service is supported by Lilly Endowment Inc. and Rose-Hulman.

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