Harvey Mudd College Homework Hotline   March 2012 Newsletter

HMC Homework Hotline Tutor photoGetting to Know our Homework Hotline Tutors  


Due to over-the-phone tutoring, most students and tutors will never meet face to face or build a traditional tutee-tutor relationship. We trade this valuable face-to-face interaction in order to gain another asset--open-access tutoring for 4th to 12th-grade students.


In an effort to lessen this relationship gap, we highlight a few

tutor-related statistics below:


Spring 2012 tutor profile:
All tutors are Harvey Mudd College students
18 tutors are first-year students; four tutors are sophomores; 10 are juniors and five are seniors
Out of 37 tutors who assisted with answering homework-related questions this semester:
38% of them have tutored for HWHL since program inception
43% have tutored for more than two semesters
70% have tutored for more than one semester
30% are new tutors
HMC Homework Hotline Tutors 
Short Tutor Biography:
"I am a junior engineering major at Mudd and joined the Hotline my freshman year because I thought that tutoring over the phone would be a unique experience. I enjoy tutoring because I can help students learn, but I also get to review material that I studied years ago before college. I would like young students to see that math and science can be challenging yet rewarding subjects that can lead to many exciting careers."
-- Johnathan '13





Students, family members and educators are always welcome to stop by and see Homework Hotline in action. This is an opportunity to meet the tutors who assist student callers. Please stop by and visit us between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.


View a program video and more photos of our tutors in action.


February Statistics      


636 successful calls


85.4% of calls were for mathematics tutoring: Algebra 1 made up 21.8% of math calls, Algebra 2 15.4% and Geometry 13.3%.


10.7% of calls were for science tutoring: Chemistry made up 44.2% of all science calls, Physics 27.9%.


15.9% of callers were 11th graders, 15.9% were 10th graders and 13.8% were 8th graders.


46.2% of our student callers were working out of a textbook.


71.4% of our student callers had called the Homework Hotline before.


Wednesday and Thursday evenings had the highest call volume.


The top 3 schools were: Claremont High School, Chaffey High School and El Roble Intermediate School. 


Homework Hotline tutor

Student Caller Feedback

"Pretty good! The tutor taught me how to do the problem." 

(Returning caller, Washington

Elementary School, 3rd grader)

"She was very helpful and nice."
(Returning caller,
Claremont High School, 9th grader)

 "Overall, it was amazing."  

(First-time caller, Kingsley Elementary School, 5th grader)

Common Topics

1. Algebra 1 - word problems


2. Algebra 2 - inverse functions


3. Physics - thermal energy



HMC Homework HotlineRecommended Websites      


"KhanAcademy.org is honestly a good site for any subject of interest, not just math and science. It's essentially a huge database of instructional videos on anything from linear algebra to art history. I would only recommend it to high school students, since some of the videos might move a little quickly for an introductory level."       -- Rebecca '13



"HyperPhysics is a site I have used often for physics."    -- Johnathan '13


Important Dates for Homework Hotline    


HWHL will be closed for spring break from Sunday, March 11, to Saturday, March 17. HWHL will re-open on Sunday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m. 


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