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C A M P U S C U R R E N T High Demand for Homework Hotline

HMC’s Homework Hotline kicked off a new semester of over- the-phone tutoring and celebrated a highly successful first five months of service to local schools at an open house event held Oct. 13 on campus. Guests from the local community and College learned that

so far over 600 students have been aided by HMC tutors who seek to help junior high and high school-age callers reinforce math concepts, develop problem-solving skills and become in- dependent learners. During September, HMC tutors assisted 172 students. “This month so far we have received over 150 calls,” said

Homework Hotline administrator Gabriela Gamiz-Gomez. She added that 60 percent of the callers have phoned before. “We’re very pleased that our students are calling and that we are receiving their feedback. We want to continue to grow and make this program a success for our student users.”

Gabriela Gamiz-Gomez, Homework Hotline Administrator, (center), poses with tutors: Johnathan Chai ’13, Elly Schofield, ’13, Matthew Kweon ’13 and Jeehyun Kim ’13.

The goal for the Homework Hotline during academic year 2010–2011 is to expand services by increasing access to over 40,000 students.

The HMC Homework Hotline opened its telephone

lines February 1, 2010 to tutor 6th–12th graders from both Claremont and Pomona Unified school districts. Students call the Hotline toll-free at 1.877.8ASK.HMC, Sunday through Thursday, 6–10 p.m. The program is a partnership with Rose- Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) in Terre Haute, Indiana to replicate RHIT’s Homework Hotline in local com- munities. RHIT agreed to share its system with HMC and pro- vided technical advice for its implementation. Nine mentor tutors and 31 tutors joined the Homework

Hotline for the first semester of operation. Nearly all of the tu- tors have returned to the program this year. First-year tutor and volunteer Elly Schofield ’13 said, “It’s

amazing how much we’ve developed as a program, how many calls we’re getting, how many repeat callers. It’s so cool when people decide it was a good enough experience the first time and call back.”

Calondra Jolly, a teacher at Fremont Academy in Pomona

who attended the open house, encourages her students to use the Hotline. She says she appreciates how accessible it is and how it has supplemented her classroom instruction. She also appreciates that students are guided to solutions and never told the answer to a problem. Gamiz-Gomez says

she looks forward to providing continued access to math and sci- ence tutoring through the Homework Hotline. The goal for academic year 2010–2011 is to ex- pand services by increas- ing access to over 40,000 students.

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over-the-phone mathematics and

science tutoring Grades 4–12

CALL 1.877.8ASKHMC (827.5462)

Sunday – Thursday 6 p.m.–10 p.m.

This on-line tutoring program (Program) was developed by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT). Harvey Mudd College is licensed by RHIT to use the Program, but all rights, titles, and interests in and to the Program, including intellectual property rights, are owned by RHIT. Marilyn and James Simons, and Harvey Mudd College sponsor the Homework Hotline at Harvey Mudd College. This is not a district-sponsored activity and this material was not prepared at district expense.

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