Student tutor answering Homework Hotline

Homework Hotline

Homework Hotline

570-385-6500
Sunday through Thursday
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
grades 6 to 12


The Penn State Schuylkill Homework Hotline, in partnership with Penn State Berks and Penn State New Kensington, is to support middle and high school students in participating Schuylkill County area school districts* in building their math skills by providing FREE, easily accessible, friendly, and quality assistance.

This hotline is modeled after a program that was successfully implemented nearly twenty-six years ago by the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) in Indiana.

Students in grades 6 through 12 can call in with questions in the following subject areas:

  • General math
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-calculus
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

Penn State Schuylkill HOMEWORK HOTLINE TUTORS will jump right in to ASSIST student callers with their math homework. No...they won't do their homework for them, but they will help clarify where the student is having trouble, and will help guide them to arrive to the correct answer themselves.

Here is what to expect from the tutor when calling in to the hotline:

  • "Thank you for calling the Homework Hotline at Penn State Schuylkill. This is (first name). May I ask what school you attend?"
  • "What level of math are you working on?"
  • "What do you have a question on this evening?"

The following school districts participate in the Homework Hotline:

  • Assumption B.V.M.
  • Blue Mountain Area
  • Mahanoy Area
  • Marian
  • Minersville Area
  • North Schuylkill
  • Pine Grove Area
  • Pottsville Area
  • Saint Ambrose
  • Saint Clair Area
  • Schuylkill Haven Area
  • Shenandoah Valley
  • Tamaqua Area
  • Tri-Valley
  • Williams Valley

All Penn State youth programs have policies in place to ensure the safety of its participants are not compromised. All Homework Hotline staff are trained in protocols to protect youth, as well as in all relevant internal and external reporting requirements and have the appropriate state and federal clearances to work with minor children.

Parents are encouraged to notify the Homework Hotline supervisor at homeworkhotline@psu.edu or 570-385-6142 immediately if they, or their child, are experiencing problems or difficulties, or have concerns about the program and/or staff. You may also contact Sandy Weaver, youth programs compliance specialist, at stw126@psu.edu or 814-865-8785 or call the Penn State University Ethics Hotline at 800-560-1637.

The Pennsylvania State University is licensed by RHIT to utilize this program, but all rights, title and interests in and to the program, including intellectual property rights, are owned by RHIT.