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2 University of Akron students develop free tutoring hotline for local students, families

Posted at 11:07 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 11:07:32-04

AKRON, Ohio — Two undergraduate students in the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education program at the University of Akron have developed a hotline for students in the area who need homework help while they learn outside a traditional school setting.

Cheyenne Oechsle and Matthew Derksen developed the K-12 Homework Hotline for students and their families. The free tutoring program is designed to give K-12 students the chance to work with a trained education major to receive assistance in the subjects of math, science, social studies and language arts in the form of a video or telephone call.

The program begins Wednesday, April 29 and will run Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until the end of the school year. Students can work one-on-one with qualified education majors, all studying to be licensed teachers. Students or their parents can schedule themselves for a 20-minute interval training session.

There will be two video conference rooms using the video conferencing service WebEx; science and math will share one room and social studies and language arts will share the other.

"We wanted to create something that would help ease the burden that teachers, parents and students are facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Oechsle, who is a fifth-year student majoring in adolescent to young adult social studies, in a news release. “After talking with area youth, we noticed that both students (and their parents) are struggling to manage the academic workload and content. The goal is for this program to become an additional resource that youth can use to finish the school year strong.”

Parents and students can sign up here.