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Homework Hotline offers free tutoring program
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Homework Hotline tutors are located on site in Nashville. Pictured are tutors Meena Sinha, front, and Jamie McLemore answering calls from Tennessee students.

Do you ever feel like you can’t help your child with their homework? Wish you could afford a tutor? Well, you don’t have to. There’s a resource available and it’s free for students – Homework Hotline.

Homework Hotline helps Tennessee students in grades K-12 learn, understand and complete challenging assignments through one-on-one tutoring by phone and online chat.

During the 2017-18 school year, Homework Hotline provided 9,712 tutoring sessions to over 5,000 students in Tennessee. However, of these, only eight were from Warren County.

According to assistant director Madeline Adams in a presentation to the School Board, it’s a matter of awareness.

“There are real people behind Homework Hotline,” said Adams. “We get a lot of calls with people saying ‘Oh you’re a real person’ and it’s fun because we get to dispel their idea that we are just a computer.” 

Homework Hotline consists of certified teachers, who are multi-generational and multi-cultural. Not only can these tutors help students in a variety of subjects, but they can also offer this help in five languages: English, Arabic, Spanish, Hindi, and Somali.

“We get a lot of telephone calls with parents and guardians answering their questions or teaching new math methods,” said Adams. “They are learning alongside the students so it’s a multigenerational learning tool.”

Here’s a look at several additional tutoring features offered through Homework Hotline: 

Notepad – It’s a free online whiteboard that lets tutors and students work together online. Students and their hotline tutor can draw, write, make pictures, and share math formulas on a whiteboard.

Image Share – To send an image of student homework to a hotline teacher, just text the picture to 615-379-8106.

Document Share – For help with writing or grammar, tutors can work on a document live time through Google Docs. With a valid gmail account, students can share their document with hotline teachers: tnhomeworkhotline@gmail.info. 

Not only is Homework Hotline free for parents and students, but it also offers student incentives.

“Twenty minutes is the average length of call so when their teacher is not available, we are a great resource,” said Adams. “We reward students for attempting, succeeding and mastering difficult concepts with prizes like coupons from Sonic and Titans tickets that are sent to school.”    

Based in Nashville, Homework Hotline is open Monday thru Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. For free tutoring, visit www.homeworkhotline.info/ or call 615-298-6636. Parents and students may want to store this number in their phone.