La Homework Hotline

Homework Hotline

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
  • Textbook
  • Paper
  • Pencil/pen
  • Calculator

Calendar

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.

Live Television Programming

The Bossier Parish Community College Division of Communication and Performing Arts, through an agreement with SuddenLink, owns cable Channel 12 (KCAV-TV), a Public, Education, and Government (PEG) channel. The channel produces live and prerecorded television programming.

Homework Hangout

Homework Hangout began in 1990 and was formerly known as Homework Hotline.

Today, Homework Hangout functions as a way for kids to unwind before getting started on their homework. BPCC Division of Communication and Performing Arts invites elementary-age students from local schools to participate on set. Each school spends a week with the Homework Hangoutcrew.

The crew is staffed by BPCC students who handle all production aspects of the show. Homework Hangout airs on Suddenlink Channel 12 (KCAV-TV) Monday – Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

BPCC Daily

BPCC Daily News is the division’s live news television show. Completely produced by our Communication Media students, who function as on-air talent and in all areas of production, the show airs on Suddenlink Channel 12 (KCAV-TV) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Other Live programming

This is BPCC, produced by the Live Video Production class, features members of the BPCC community who are interviewed about events, programs and college experiences.

The Picture Show, a movie review program where our student hosts screen the latest movies in theaters and let us know what’s worth the watch. This show airs on Suddenlink Channel 12 (KCAV-TV) Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Strategies for Living, hosted by local psychologist David McMillian, provides tips on topics that effect our everyday lives. Strategies for Living airs on Suddenlink Channel 12 (KCAV-TV) Monday at 12:00 p.m.

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