Homework Hotline

What is Homework Hotline?

The Harvey Mudd College (HMC) Homework Hotline is an over-the-phone, mathematics and science tutoring service for students in grades 4—12. Our program is modeled after the successful Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) Homework Hotline established in 1991.

Who can use Homework Hotline?

Students in grades 4–12 who need assistance with their mathematics and science assignments (i.e. homework, studying for a test).

Is Homework Hotline free?

Yes. Both the phone call and the tutoring are free to all student callers. Also, there is no need to register or go anywhere. Students call from the safety and comfort of their homes.

What do students need during a tutoring session?

  • Homework assignment
  • Textbook
  • Paper
  • Pencil/pen
  • Calculator

What should I expect from a Homework Hotline tutoring session?

A homework hotline tutor will guide the student caller with guiding questions and encourage the student to be an active participant in his/her learning. The tutor will use the student’s prior knowledge and encourage student to use all available resources first. The tutor will also invite the student to write down procedural steps in his/her own words to help him/her solve other similar problems on his/her own.

The goal of the tutor is to help the student caller with one homework question, and then encourage him/her to try solving similar problems on his/her own. The student caller is invited to call the homework hotline again, if s/he gets stuck on another problem (similar or different to current question).


We are committed to guiding student callers through their math and/or science homework questions, Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., yet there are certain days of the academic year when we will be closed.

We are closed during national holidays; and Harvey Mudd College semester breaks and finals week. Please view our academic year calendar for specific dates.