Homework Hotline reaches thousands of students in seven languages

Homework HotlineThat sound you heard late this morning was 81,000 Metro students cheering because they won't have any more homework until early August (or late July in some cases). But is homework really that bad when you have such great help available? When students and parents are stumped, they reach out to the Homework Hotline, where student volunteers, current and retired teachers work throughout the school year to help them.

Yes, students might collectively sigh when given homework. But it'a an important tool to reinforce and apply newly-learned skills and knowledge. It's also a good way for students to gain personal responsibility and increases parent awareness of student learning.

For more than 3,000 students, help with homework was right at their fingertips this past school year. Tutors, parents and students working together are driving the success of Homework Hotline. The free service that guides students held 12,403 tutoring sessions for 3,719 students for the 2012-2013 school year.

The average over-the-phone coaching for was 24 minutes, with 92 percent of the students successfully finishing the assignment.

This past school year:

  • 7,634 called for math sessions.
  • 2,750 of the calls were from children who speak a language other than English at home.
  • 2,689 of the calls came from the third grade.

Help is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish, Turkmani, Creole and Swahili.

Since 1990, the Hotline has given more than 458,000 tutoring sessions to students.

The Homework Hotline is closed for summer, but resumes August 5. For more information, visit the websitehttp://homeworkhotline.info/index.html.