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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


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.

Katie Epner

Production Assistant

Hi, I’m Katie! This is my first season working on Homework Hotline, and I’m psyched! Creating videos has been my #1 passion since I first picked up the family camcorder way back when. From then on, I’ve never not been working on a project. As always, I’m looking forward to learning from this experience and working together with the crew to make the new season the best yet!

When I’m not filming for WXXI or working on my own projects, I like to be as active as possible. Hiking, kayaking and skateboarding keep me busy in the summer; and skiing and snowboarding are my obsessions in the winter. With any extra time between all of that, I love watching movies. Some of my favorites are: Labyrinth (1986) and Catch Me If You Can (2002). Outside of the movie itself, I like to research how it came about. Under IMDb’s “Trivia” section you can find a ton of cool facts about a movie, ranging from auditions all the way to editing. If you like movies offscreen as much as on, check this out!

Finally, I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of the team, here at WXXI. For anyone else who dreams of working in the exciting and creative world of communications, my advice is to never let anything stop you. There are so many incredible resources out there, from the Internet to within your community, that can help you not only reach your goals, but surpass them beyond expectations. Stay positive, reach out, and never stop chasing that dream!  


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