Students who needed to master math and science concepts in college are learning to teach and teaching to learn.
Teacher Susan Smith Roads had an idea to help Wabash Valley students who struggled with schoolwork back in 1991. She set up three students from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students with a land line phone for each one, and used an empty storage closet on the college campus as a homework help line.
In their first year, they answered 328 calls for help. Now, 25 years and over 600,000 tutoring sessions later, the Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline occupies a multimedia center with 40 cubicles and 130 student tutors. The long term success of the hotline has surprised Smith Roads, who did not foresee it becoming as popular as it has.
“I wish I had saved more memorabilia and photos and stuff like that,” she said. “It was just an idea that I wanted to try and see if I could make it successful. It was a dream of mine, and I wanted to make sure we were successful. It’s just exciting to see the changes we’ve made over the years.”
The goal of the homework hotline is to assist Indiana students with math and science homework, and give tutors the ability to explain math processes and gain a better understanding of math for themselves.