TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WISH) — If you’re a parent with a child in middle school or high school struggling with math and science at home, there’s an online tutoring service that will help your student for free.
AskRose Homework Help started its free service for students in Terre Haute, Ind., and it made it available to kids in Vigo County. The Rose-Hulman Technology Institute founded the program in 1991 and after being endorsed by the Lilly Endowment, it started helping people across the state and eventually the country.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, AskRose is making tutors available more than ever before to make sure kids don’t miss a beat while Hoosiers honor the stay-at-home order while people across the country try to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“Now with the coronavirus and the changing in education everyone is at home learning,” said associate director of the program, Lindsay Hull. “We’ll help any student or parent that contacts us.”
The organization now offers homework help Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. through a phone call, email or chat session. Services are also available during their usual hours Sunday through Thursday from 7-10 p.m.
Outside of the helpline being free and its hub being one of the top engineering programs in the country, Hull says having young tutors that can relate to the kids is what helps them reach the students.
“All of our tutors are college students so they were just doing that high school and middle school curriculum,” she said. “They’re really close to it and they can relate well to the students.”
As one of the people in charge, she uses her own background in education to make sure the students and the tutors don’t miss a beat.
“I used to be a high school math teacher so I’m very familiar and I can make sure they do stuff right,” she said. “I really love to help other people. I see the opportunities it can provide, I see the development it provides and the way it helps people develop critical thinking.”
Hull says she and others working with AskRose are passionate about making sure kids have the tools to make math and science work for them in the long run. She also wants to make sure they support the educators trying their best to adjust to a new way of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What I always say as a teacher is when you refuse to do math and science you’re slamming doors of opportunity shut and so we’re in a unique situation where it’s hard to do their math and sciences,” she said. “Their teachers are working hard to get online learning ready for them and we’re here to support them so they don’t miss that beat.”
You can call 877-ASK-ROSE (275-7673), or visit their website here. Tutors are available to help students in 6th through 12th grades with math and science questions.