Aggie Homework Helpline
The Aggie Homework Helpline (AHH) is an initiative to help provide quality, free online tutoring to PK-12 learners and families. The mission of the AHH is to connect Texas families and school district partners with Aggie tutors and education interns who are committed to improving learning outcomes for PK-12 students.
Schedule your free tutoring session today!
Tutoring appointments through the AHH can be scheduled between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. CST Friday.
Aggie Homework Helpline will hold its last tutoring sessions for this semester on Nov. 25, 2020 and resume tutoring sessions at the end of January 2021.
You do not have to be affiliated with Texas A&M to participate.
How it works
Sign up for a homework helper
Choose between a Regular Homework Helper or an On-Demand Homework Helper
Engage with the Homework Helper via Zoom or by phone
Repeat these steps as needed for your PK-12 learner
Our Homework Helpers
Learn from Aggie undergraduate students who are ready to help you tackle any homework challenges you may have. The Aggie Homework Helpline is registered as a University Youth Program at Texas A&M University, and all of our Homework Helpers have completed background checks and received specialized training in tutoring to support K-12 learners. Receive private, 1-on-1* tutoring in math, English, Spanish, science, social studies, research skills, time management, organization, and more. Parents of PK-12 students can schedule a Zoom room or telephone conversation with an Aggie Homework Helper to discuss any homework questions they have. Students can share their screen and send photos of their homework pages with the helpers so students can get specific assistance. Our Homework Helpers are primarily Reads & Counts tutors and education students/interns—Aggies who believe in selfless service.
*As an added measure of security, PK-12 students will not interact one-on-one with Aggie Homework Helpers. Instead, there will be two Homework Helpers, working in tandem, to support one or more students while on the phone or interacting via Zoom.
Regular Homework Help – Reads & Counts Tutors (Grades K-6 Only)
Regular tutoring sessions are for families and K-6 learners who want set appointments with a tutor. This type of tutoring session requires fixed or previously arranged sessions with a tutor.
Homework Helpers in this program are from the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Reads & Counts (R&C) program. These students are eager to begin serving K-6th grade students virtually via the Aggie Homework Helpline. Reads and Counts tutors receive financial aid in the form of work-study. These work-study funds pay 100% of the tutors’ wages, so tutors are available at no cost to families/ students. Although some R&C tutors are education majors, most are studying various majors at TAMU. Regardless of their area of study, they all have a shared passion for assisting students to be successful in school and advancing their reading and math skills.
Parents/ students can set up recurring tutoring sessions with a R&C Tutor between the hours of 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday – Friday, depending on their availability.
On-Demand Homework Help – Education Interns (Grades PK-12)
On-demand tutoring sessions are best for families and PreK-12 learners who want the freedom to receive support at a moment’s notice. This type of tutoring session does not require recurring appointments with a homework helper. Whenever a learner needs quick or one-time homework support, just reach out to an on-demand tutoring session.
Our Aggie Homework Helpers in our On-Demand program include education interns who support elementary, middle, and high school students in most subject areas. These College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) undergraduate students are studying to become teachers and other professionals who will work with children and families. Interns have a variety of emphasis areas or majors that they are studying, including special education, bilingual education, secondary math, secondary science, etc., and are volunteering their time with the Aggie Homework Helpline as a component of practicum requirements for one or more courses that they are currently taking at Texas A&M University (TAMU).
Parents/ students can set up on-demand tutoring sessions as needed for their child(ren) between the hours of 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, depending on their availability.
Aggie Homework Helpline Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
Aggie Homework Helpline Co-Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
Accessibility and Accommodations
Sometimes K-12 learners have accommodations that will need to be made in an online capacity, just like in-person activities. One example of accessibility is the ability for video conferencing platforms to provide accurate captions to instructions and/or conversations occurring in real time. Zoom uses an API (Application Programming Interface) called Rest to live stream the closed captions of audio for zoom meetings and webinars. Or, perhaps your learner is an English language learner and requires instruction that honors their unique needs. If your K-12 learner has certain accessibility needs, please be sure to indicate the needs when you register for AHH services. You can also send an email to askAHH@tamu.edu with the Accessibility and Accommodations in the subject line.
Security and Privacy
By accessing the AHH, you agree:
- That the AHH is a voluntary activity, and may be terminated by either party – AHH or you – at any time and without any liability to either party;
- [Requirements for PK-12 student participation in AHH (Ex. That your PK-12 student must have access to a reliable Internet connection, a Google account, and a laptop or computer with a working video camera and microphone to participate in the AHH)];
- That you accept the risks associated with transmitting information over the Internet and using telecommunications technologies (including electronic tampering and unauthorized access by third parties), and that you will only use a computer or device that you know is safe and, at a minimum, has a firewall, anti-virus software installed, is password protected, and accesses the Internet through a private, password-protected connection when participating in the AHH;
- That participation in the AHH will require your PK-12 student to use third-party products or services that are not operated or controlled by AHH (“Third Party Services”), and that use of those Third Party Services will be governed solely by the terms applicable to those Third Party Services as agreed upon between you and the providers of the Third Party Services;
- That AHH does not endorse or support, is not responsible for, and disclaims all liability as to the privacy practices, data security processes, and other policies or practices of Third Party Services;
- To be, and to ensure that your PK-12 student is, respectful to AHH personnel and other AHH participants, and to ensure that your PK-12 student does not, defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, or otherwise violate the legal rights of AHH, its personnel, or other AHH participants;
- To comply with copyright and other intellectual property laws pertaining to files, images, software, and other protected material that may be used or referenced during the AHH;
- To monitor your PK-12 student’s participation in the AHH and to determine whether the AHH is beneficial to and appropriate for your student;
- That only you and your student may participate in AHH sessions;
- That you will not record AHH sessions or share any materials that may be used or referenced during the AHH;
- That the AHH is intended to complement, but not replace, the education or activities provided by your student’s regular school or you, and is provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied;
- That AHH personnel may or may not be certified or professional teachers and AHH assumes no duty or responsibility for the learning outcome or your student’s academic performance or progression;
- That information provided by you about you and your PK-12 student is accurate and does not misrepresent the identity of you or your PK-12 student;
- That information provided by you about you and your student may be disclosed to AHH employees, volunteers, and contractors for the purposes of providing the AHH;
- That AHH may change the content of the AHH at any time without notice;
- That any AHH volunteers will be serving as direct service volunteers to AHH as described in Texas Education Code § 51.937;
- That AHH may use your student’s name, likeness (still or moving), and words (written or spoken) for purposes related to the mission of AHH, including publicity, marketing, and promotion of AHH, in any medium with your expressed permission;
- That you hereby waive, covenant not to sue, and agree to indemnify and defend AHH, The Texas A&M University System and its Board of Regents, and their members, officers, agents, volunteers, and employees (“releasees”) from any and all liabilities, claims, demands, injuries, or damages, including court costs and attorneys’ fees and expenses, that you or your student may sustain or inflict while participating in the AHH, including injuries sustained as a result of the sole, joint, or concurrent negligence, gross negligence, negligence per se, statutory fault, intentional torts, or strict liability of releasees; and
- That you have the legal right as parent or guardian to register your PK-12 student for the AHH.
We hope you find the AHH useful and encourage suggestions and comments. Please report any inappropriate behavior by AHH personnel to askAHH@tamu.edu.
AHH does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, please do not provide your contact information or any other personally identifiable information to AHH. If you are the parent or legal guardian of someone under the age of 13 who may have provided AHH with information without your knowledge or consent, please contact askAHH@tamu.edu to have this information removed.
To view, amend, or delete any information provided by you about you or your child, please contact askAHH@tamu.edu.
One of the most visible and highly used platforms is ZOOM. There are multiple ways to use ZOOM, and the platform is TAMU approved and secure for K-12 learners.
- TAMU Zoom – Frequently asked questions
- Zoom and FERPA Compliance
- Talent Release – English
- Talent Release – Spanish
The Aggie Homework Helpline (AHH) is brought to you by the generous support of Bookafy.com. AHH thanks the representatives with the Office of the Provost and the Mays Innovation Research Center at Texas A&M University who continue to contribute extraordinary advice and guidance.
Regular and On-Demand Homework Help Online by Zoom
STEP 1 of 3: Each tutoring session is offered through a secure Zoom meeting for a scheduled timeframe (30 minutes or an hour).
- Each time you have a regular tutoring session, just log-in to your assigned Zoom link.
- Each time you need an on-demand tutoring session, you must take 2 minutes to sign up for a tutoring session with a Homework Helper; you will receive a confirmation of the tutoring session via email and text.
STEP 2 of 3: With the materials you provide during the session (worksheets from school, online worksheets, teacher given practice, etc.), the tutor can help your child with difficult concepts that his/her teachers cover in class. The PK-12 learners and the Homework Helper can draw, write, make pictures, and share math formulas on a Zoom whiteboard.
STEP 3 of 3: Once the PK-12 learner has wrapped up your online Zoom session, the Homework Helper and the PK-12 learner should leave the Zoom meeting and close your browser.
Regular and On-Demand Homework Help by Phone
STEP 1 of 3: Each tutoring session is offered through a secure ‘Zoom phone number’ for a scheduled timeframe (30 minutes or an hour).
- Each time you have a regular tutoring session, just call in to your assigned Zoom phone number.
- Each time you need an on-demand tutoring session by phone, you must take 2 minutes to sign up for a tutoring session with a Homework Helper; you will receive a confirmation of the ‘phone’ tutoring session via email and text.
STEP 2 of 3: With the materials you provide during the session (worksheets from school, online worksheets, teacher given practice, etc.), the tutor can help your child with difficult concepts that his/her teachers cover in class.
STEP 3 of 3: Once the K-12 learner has wrapped up your Zoom “phone” session, the Homework Helper and the K-12 learner just hang up from the call.
By emailing us, you confirm AHH may contact you via email unless expressed otherwise.
Help with a Specific Concept
Is your student falling behind in a specific subject at school or has he/she missed an important concept that is causing current homework to be an issue? Then email a help ticket to ask AHH and our Homework Helpers will create a video to explain the concept to you. Scheduling a tutor for weekly calls may be right for you. In the subject line write, Specific Concept and share the following details:
- Grade Level
- Subject and Concept
- Name of School District
Helpline Resources for Families
Families will find free resources such as: read-alouds, mini video-taped lessons, guides to skill development, and much more. All of the resources on this site will also support English language learners, learners with special needs, and most of all they are all free. The resources of AHH are created by Aggie education students and faculty. In addition, we’ve found great PK-12 resources around the state and the nation for Texas families.
TEXAS A&M RESOURCES
- Texas A&M University – Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium (TCHATT) – Telebehavorial Care – helping schools identify and assess the behavioral needs of students and provide access to mental health services.
- Texas A&M University – Literacy.io Student Video Library – educational videos related to science, history, and language arts for students in 2nd through 12th grade.
- Texas A&M International University – Student-Created Virtual Learning – helpful ideas for kids to use and learn from home
FREE TUTORING RESOURCES
Free live tutoring
- Brainfuse allows children to actually do a live interactive visit with a tutor. It’s in 20-minute increments with a whiteboard, so you can work that math problem – if you are doing physics or chemistry you can do the sophisticated things. This live tutoring service is also available at libraries in Fort Bend, Montgomery, Galveston, and Brazoria counties.
- Gale offers free tutoring help for high-school and college students.
- Learning Express Club offers tutorials for elementary to college kids and even adult education courses.
How to get free tutoring help
The key to access all of these services is to have a library card. In most cases, you can register for a library card in minutes and have immediate access to the online options available. For curbside pickup or equipment rental, you will need to bring in proof of residency. Check with your library for exact instructions on how this might work, each one is a little different.
*Note: when checking some of the program links above, you will see you have to “join” or there is a membership fee. When you go to these sites through the library you will not have to pay for it. So, check with the library system in your area to get access to the program websites.
Find your library below:
- Brazoria County Library System
- Chambers County Library System
- Fort Bend County Library System
- Galveston County Library System
- Houston Public Library System
- Lavaca County Public Library
- Livingston Library System
- Liberty County Library System
- Matagorda Library System
- Montgomery County Public Library System
- Polk County Library System
- Rosenberg Library
- Trinity County (library currently closed, but check back)
- Walker County Public Library
- Waller County Public Library System
- Wharton Library
Free reading help for kids
For younger kids, most public libraries have a free service that will help your kid with reading. Tumblebooks are animated picture books. It reads the book to you the words are on the screen, it either highlights it or it has a bouncing ball so your emerging readers can connect with literacy.
Homeschool and virtual learning materials
The libraries in Montgomery County use a service called “book butler.” You can submit in the ages of your kids and they will put together a collection of books for you to come and pick up curbside. Houston and Fort Bend County also offers a similar service.
Where can I find free Wi-Fi and electronic rentals?
Some of the larger library systems offer free wifi hotspot and electronic rentals. Fort Bend County just started a sign up for renting out wifi hotspots to help parents with virtual learning. Houston has wifi rental too, along with a laptop and iPad rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis. In Brazoria County, you can rent tablets too. *Note here: check with your library to see if they are renting out electronic materials. Remember, most libraries are closed right now and they are all full of electronics that were once for in-person use. While the website might not say they are renting out electronics online, many are taking items they have in the library that was once for in-person use and renting those out. So, call and check to make sure!
Free stuff for kids to do
All library systems offer some sort of book reading club or even DIY classes for all ages. Brazoria County libraries just started up a new program called Creativebug that has video DIY classes for use.
* Source: click2houston.com
STATEWIDE AND NATIONAL PK-12 RESOURCES
- CDC’s Mental Health Resources for Parents – tips and resources for coping with stress.
- Child Mind – insights, resources and expert advice on common concerns and tips for facing challenges many families share.
- Interdisciplinary STEAM Activities at Home – creative interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, arts, and math lessons to do at home.
- Lead4Ward – School at Home
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) – resource on supporting children during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Sanford Harmony – At Home Toolkit
- The Kid Should See This – Smart Videos
- U.S. Department of Education – Parent Resources – resources for parents to help your child’s education
- Wonderopolis – Fun Q&A
- National PTA – resources and tools for families and teachers who are navigating working, teaching and learning at home
PBS for Parents – resources for parents to help your child learn and grow
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