Wed Oct 26 21:15:18 SAST 2016

Appy days for students seeking tutors

Neo Goba | 18 October, 2016 13:02
Customers take a look at the new iPhone 7 smartphone inside of an Apple Inc. store in New York.

Students who need immediate help with a subject can turn to a new mobile application that gives them the ability to connect with verified tutors nearby.

The brains behind Cognition.Online‚ Kyle Dodds‚ says this way of tutoring is helping to "innovate the failing education system" in South Africa.

"We are looking to link students and tutors in the most effective manner. Our platform provides better tutors in your area and you are able to go onto our app and select what you need‚ when you want it and how much you are willing to offer‚" said Dodds.

"Our tutors that are available will then make an offer based on the subject that they teach based on an hourly rate. Our tutors are always rated by their students and as soon as someone is not performing‚ then we basically can remove them from our system."

The application available for Android and iOS devices. The minimum amount for a student to request for a tutor is R150 an hour and the maximum is R500 per hour.

According to Dodds‚ Johannesburg has the highest rate of R400 an hour. He says Cognition.Online forms matches between student demand and tutor supply on a price the market defines. According to Dodds‚ the application took them over a year to develop and was effectively launched this August.

There are currently 160 tutors between Johannesburg‚ Pretoria and Stellenbosch. He said they have a plan to roll out the app in Durban‚ Cape Town and Port Elizabeth by the end of 2016‚ adding that by 2017 they should have the app available countrywide.

Tutors that meet the requirements are able to actively apply for these requested lessons. Based on previous ratings from other students and the tutors brief profile‚ a student is able to select from the list of tutors.

All tutors are screened and approved. The app allows available tutors to apply for lessons Instead of students sifting through lists of unavailable tutors.

Cognition.Online will be at stand 19D at The Digital Education Show Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre on 18 and 19 October.


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