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Tutoring & High School Success

On Campus Tutoring

Subject Day Time Place
Math Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:45-3:45 J216

Monday Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (Homework Center)

3:00-5:00 Upper Library
All Wednesday (Homework Center) 2:00-5:00 Upper Library


We will be starting the Homework Center, formally known as tutoring. This year the support will be available Monday - Friday from 3-5pm. The Center will be staffed with our own teachers as well as peer tutors. On Wednesdays, student tutors will be available from 2 to 3 before our staff member arrives at 3.  

Homework Help Is Just a Phone Call Away (Harvey Mudd College)

What is Homework Hotline?

The Harvey Mudd College Homework Hotline is an over-the-phone, mathematics and science tutoring service for students in grades 4 through 12. Our program is modeled after the successful Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) Homework Hotline established in 1991.

Who can use Homework Hotline?

Students in grades 4 through 12 who need assistance with their mathematics and science assignments (e.g. homework, studying for a test).

Is Homework Hotline free?

Yes. Both the phone call and the tutoring are free to all student callers. Also, there is no need to register or go anywhere. Students call from the safety and comfort of their homes.

What do students need during a tutoring session?

  • Homework assignment
  • Textbook
  • Paper
  • Pencil/pen
  • Calculator

What should I expect from a Homework Hotline tutoring session?

A homework hotline tutor will assist the student caller with guiding questions and encourage the student to be an active participant in his/her 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 his/her own words to help the student solve similar problems on his/her 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 his/her own. The student caller is invited to call the Homework Hotline again if he or she gets stuck on another problem (similar or different to the current question).


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. Please view our academic year calendar for specific dates.


Math & Science Help: 1-877-8ASKHMC (1-877-827-5462), Sunday - Thursday 6-9PM (September through May)

Success is not Luck or Magic

Good grades are not associated with luck, but rather determination and good study habits. Here are some things to consider as you ponder how to improve this semester:

  • Go to class every day. The single most important factor that affects your grades is attendance. Being in class everyday will help you to keep up with your work and get help when you need it.
  • Come to class prepared everyday. This should be an obvious statement, but many students, unfortunately, have still not caught on. Always bring your book, pen or pencil, and paper/notebook to class every day. It is a waste of your teacher’s valuable time if he/she has to stop and wait for you to borrow materials or search for a book for you to use. Coming to class prepared to learn everyday will also show the teacher that you care.
  • Actively participate in class. Volunteer to answer questions and don’t always wait for the teacher to have to force it out of you. Ask questions when you don’t understand. For those of you who will need a letter of recommendation from a teacher, make sure that he/she knows who you are. If you simply come to class and never participate, even if you make good grades, how is the teacher going to be able to write something meaningful about you on a letter of recommendation? Just being a good student is not enough these days.
  • Get help when necessary. If you don’t understand the assignment or lesson in the class, get help right away. Do not wait until the night before the test. Take advantage of the free tutoring we have in the library after school Monday through Thursday. If your teacher has tutoring or study sessions after school, go in for help. Do not wait until the day before the test!
  • Practice, practice, practice! The purpose of homework is to practice the lesson you learned in class. If you are having difficulty in a class, such as math or foreign language, doing the homework quickly is probably not going to be enough. Go back and review a few of your homework problems each night so that you won’t have to cram it in your head the night before.
  • Have a set study time and place at home: If you have not yet developed good study habits, you need to do so NOW! What time of day is best for you to study? Right after school? After dinner? Pick a time and be consistent; always do your homework and study at the same time each day. Also, find a quiet place to study and use that area for study only and not play!

It takes time to make good study skills into good study habits. You'll need support from your parents/guardians to make it happen; tell them your goal and enlist their help.

Online Tutoring Resources

Below is a list of websites to assist with mastering various subjects and classes:

Multiple Subjects

Mathematics‐ Multiple levels



English (writing specific)



Additional Useful Educational Links

Citations & Style Guides  

Chapman University has a good site for citations and style guides. It does an excellent job explaining MLA, Chicago, APA, and much more.


Learning Toolbox

This is a great resource from James Madison University to help in 8 academic areas of Math, Organization, Study Skills, Test Taking Skills, Note Taking, Reading, Writing, and Advanced Thinking. There are detailed instructions on learning strategies to help students become better learners. This site is great for students with learning disabilities or just having difficulty in any of the above areas.

Learning Toolbox

What is Your Learning Style?

Have you ever wondered why you do better in some classes than others? It may depend on your individual learning style. Your learning style influences the way you understand information and solve problems.

There are three primary learning styles:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Tactile

Many people use a combination of learning styles, whereas others learn best by using just one. Want to know your learning style? You're just 20 questions away from finding out!

Answer the 20 Questions


Is your child not performing well at school? Are they not doing their homework on a consistent basis and receiving low marks on tests and quizzes? If so, you can help UHS overcome this problem. We expect our students to be in class on time everyday, do their work nightly and turn in assignments when they are due: late assignments cannot be made-up and if they can, they will not receive full credit. They are also responsible for the material covered on tests and quizzes. Should they miss any information or struggle with the material, they are to immediately make contact with the teacher to receive assistance. It is ultimately your Child's responsibility to assure his/her success here at UHS, but you can help him/her be successful by holding him/her accountable for his/her homework and study time. The following guidelines are created to help you assist your child in being successful here at UHS:

  • 1.Make sure your student is here everyday and on time. There is a high correlation between poor grades and poor attendance.
  • 2. Sign up for Schoolloop – You can check your student’s attendance, grades, assignments, deficiencies, quarter grades and have access to all of the teachers e-mail addresses.
  • 3. Place your student on a Friday Card in order to receive a weekly progress report from each class. Friday Cards are located in the guidance office.
  • 4. If the Friday card is not effective, place your student on a Daily Homework Contract. Have them write down their daily homework assignments and show you nightly; make sure the teacher signs this log in order to assure accuracy. These Homework Contracts are located in the guidance office.
  • 5. Find a tutor for your student here at UHS. UHS offers tutoring Monday – Friday in the Library from 2:45 – 5 p.m. for all academic subjects.
  • 6. Do not wait for deficiencies to tell you that your child is not succeeding; CONTACT THE TEACHERS IMMEDIATELY after the first sign of trouble. The teachers can be contacted via phone or e-mail. You can then discuss with the teacher if a conference is necessary or not.
  • 7. Should you still experience problems in a class after going through the aforementioned steps, contact your student’s counselor for assistance. We are here to help you with your student’s success in school. Should you experience problems, please follow the aforementioned list to help resolve the issue. For detailed information and assistance, please refer to our website.