New app is ‘Uber of pri­vate tu­tor­ing’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ASANDA SOKANYILE

PRE­PAR­ING for ex­ams can be daunt­ing and lead to anx­i­ety.

A group of young en­trepreneurs has launched an ap­pli­ca­tion called Cog­ni­tion.On­line to help pupil­spre­pare for ex­ams. Their app has been dubbed the “Uber of pri­vate tu­tor­ing” as it takes just a mo­ment for par­ents and pupils to re­quest a les­son from screened and pre-ap­proved tu­tors.

The app-based plat­form on iOS and An­droid “per­forms matches be­tween stu­dent de­mand and tu­tor sup­ply on a price the mar­ket de­fines”.

Ac­cord­ing to Cog­ni­tion. On­line direc­tor, Kyle Dodds, this means “you re­quest a les­son, we get it in front of the right tu­tors, they bid, and you choose, pay and get bet­ter marks”.

Dodds said there were “ground-break­ing fea­tures to con­nect stu­dents and tu­tors in a unique way”.

Fea­tures in­clude tu­tor rat­ings by stu­dents and the flex­i­ble na­ture of tu­tor­ing al­lowed par­ents to book tu­tor­ing ses­sions that fit­ted their pock­ets, Dodds ex­plained.

Dodds said although it was best for stu­dents to pre­pare all year long, it was never too late to get “that last bit of in­for­ma­tion”.

“Even if it’s the night be­fore your fi­nal exam and you’re feel­ing un­pre­pared, don’t panic, we have the so­lu­tion.”

Pupils can also phone the Western Cape Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment’s Safe Schools Call Cen­tre if they need to talk about feel­ing anx­ious. The toll-free num­ber is 0800 45 46 47.

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