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An APP to assist matriculants with exams

Nico Gous

It’s crunch time for the 796‚542 matrics preparing for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams which start on October 22.

But‚ as with a lot of problems these days‚ there’s an app for that. TutorSA is a local app that has partnered with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to offer free private tutoring for high school learners.

The app allows learners to have one-on-one discussions with tutors‚ upload photos of question papers‚ watch tutorial videos‚ get career guidance‚ among other things‚ for free.

“Historically‚ where we come from‚ our background‚ we tend to struggle between having to go and study with doing everything else in the name of ‘hustling‚’” TutorSAchairperson Simon Lekwape said.

TutorSA is a local app which offers free tutoring among other things for high school learners. Date: Wednesday October 17 2018.

TutorSA is a local app which offers free tutoring among other things for high school learners. Date: Wednesday October 17 2018. 
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“Most of the guys are struggling not because the guys are stupid‚ but because of certain behavioural issues where we’re just trying to catch so many balls at once.”

TutorSA was informally established in 2007 by three university students offering face-to-face tutorial services to matriculants at the Forte High School in Dobsonville‚ Soweto. After increased demand‚ they formally registered as a non-profit organisation in 2012.

It’s still early days for the app‚ with 109 current users. The app provides tutoring for mathematics‚ science‚ accounting‚ life science‚ economics and business studies from grade 10 to matric. There are more subjects available for grade eight and nine.

The tutors are third-year education students at UJ who have to complete at least 15 hours of tutoring for their studies.

Tutor Mack Mogale said: “You can log in at any time … I think this is a new way to incorporate extra classes‚ but when it comes to the actual teaching we still need the classroom. We still need the teacher-learner interaction.”

Lekwape said their biggest struggle was changing the mindset around education.

“The mindset that is still out there with the department [of basic education] is that not every learner will have a smartphone‚” Lekwape said.

“The app itself will not accommodate everyone. It is only for certain digitally savvy learners who will benefit from it.”

Lekwape said data costs were another challenge to expanding the app‚ which is currently available for free on the Play Store for Android.


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