EduPop - The Tutoring App
Explain your idea in details:
We can easily find online classes, YouTube videos, and websites to learn about almost anything nowadays. The problem is studying from the internet can be challenging too! We can’t ask questions directly, even if we do, we have to wait for a period of time to get the reply. The traditional teaching method in which a teacher explains a course in a class is still used because there is an interaction between the teacher and the students. Discussion can happen online too, but it is not as convenient as having a discussion directly with someone or with a group. EduPop is an app that is similar to social media, but it focuses on education. EduPop will give anyone opportunities to sign up as a tutor, a student, or both! A desperate student who needs someone to ask can choose whether to message, call, or meet tutors based on the tutors’ availability. The tutor will be able to post online whether he/she is available to help by texting, calling, video-calling, or meet the student. The student can choose the tutor he/she wants to meet based on the number of tutors who are available for the subject. EduPop will show where the tutors are, similar to how Uber shows where the available drivers are. Imagine a student can find tutors who can teach different courses! When a student open EduPop app, he/she can choose a specific course, this specific course page will have the list of tutors. On each tutor page, a student can find materials of the subject (Lecture videos, notes, etc.) that are posted by the tutors. So, the student can also use the app to study and choose different explanations from different tutors.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
EduPop gives students options on how to learn and it gives tutors choices on how to teach. Not only this app will provide the materials for the course, it can also provide the opportunity for a student to have someone meet them and tutor them based on what they need. It is only a one-time contract tutoring unlike many tutoring organizations which charge students monthly and they have to come at a certain time, EduPop is flexible. It is based on the student’s need and the tutor’s availability. If a student likes the way a specific tutor teaches he/she can set up appointments with the tutors. This app will work in an urban and rural area as long as there are phone and internet connection. EduPop will also provide “Volunteering” opportunity for tutors and they will get a certificate once they reach 100 hours of volunteering as a tutor. For example, if there are students who live in a rural area who don’t have phone or internet connection, someone who has one if it happens to be their neighbor or someone they know can contact the tutors who want to volunteer. The targets are students from elementary schools to college level. Tutors can get paid based on the rate they put on their profile so the students can also choose how much they are willing to pay for a tutoring session. The quality of the tutors can be viewed based on how many students they have helped, their academic credentials, and the students’ review. EduPop can help parents find tutors as well. The scheduling is flexible, so the parents and the students can’t be stressed out worrying about the tutoring session if they have to go somewhere.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We plan to create the app called EduPop that looks like a social media but it is an educational media that allows anyone to sign up as a tutor or as a student. We plan to find investors to finance the startup with an approximate target budget of $1,000. The app called EduPop will look like a social media but it is an educational media that allows anyone to sign up as a tutor or as a student. Those who sign up as tutors will have to submit Resume, provide educational background, and will be interviewed in person or by phone. Even though someone might not have a Bachelor Degree if he/she has the potential to be tutor he/she can be one! We will give online-tutoring-training about tutoring for the tutors. After EduPop app is created, we will advertise its existence mainly using social media. We are also planning to work together with academic people who have a good academic background to get feedback. Before launching the app, we will run a month test for this app in a big city and in a small city to find any errors or extra needs that we might not have thought about before. The app EduPop can be downloaded similar to the social media. We are expecting it to be easily sustained because it gives people flexibility in the era where everyone is busy. The app also gives chances for anyone to volunteer as a tutor. The app lets students have in-person tutoring, tutoring using video call, and ask questions by calling or text based on the tutor’s availability for the access.
Hello! My name is Wiwin Hartini. I am from Indonesia and currently studying Electrical Engineering in the US. I’ve always been interested in education and tutoring. I tutored English to elementary school kids when I was in Middle School. I also enjoy being tutored and took English Tutoring before. I am currently working on campus as a Math Tutor and my experiences made me realize that a lot of people prefer in person learning environment.