Web app developer prepares to launch tutoring network
Students likely find themselves in the tight situation of needing to learn something on their own – and learn it fast. A new app, set to launch in early July, can help students do just that by connecting them to a network of “live experts” they can access online anytime.
Through webinars, live streams, and one-to-one sessions, Instawize allows educators and tutors to offer real-time help on anything from math and essay writing to marketing and start up advice.
“Instawize strongly believes that independent experts and institutions should be free to create and share their educational content,” the company said in a statement to The Link Canada. “Personalized education is gold, as you can grasp skills faster and start implementing those skills by tomorrow.”
Ahmed Murray, who founded the app from Mississauga in early 2014, got the idea when he was searching online for answers to technology questions. After searching for hours, the 21-year-old felt there should be a quicker way to learn things online from experienced sources.
Murray wanted a solution that was more than just another video library or learning blog, where he had to search through pages of course content only to find there was no answer to his questions. While he thought these free resources offered useful personal advice, Murray looked for a solution that was more accessible until he finally got the idea of making live experts available on demand.
With some family support, Murray hired a team of two to assist him in developing the app. A few months later the project came to a halt due to low funding, before Murray landed on a start-up career with commercial website shop.ca. After balancing time between his work and his company, Murray finally got a call from an interested investor and dedicated the next year to developing Instawize.
The company hopes to attract independent field experts and institutions with monetary support by collecting subscription and access fees as well as donations.
With the launch day just a couple weeks away, Instawize has already gathered early sign-ups from potential knowledge-seekers and experts. The company plans to release more features to their app in the future to improve students’ personalized educational experience.
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