Now that we’re into the third week of the semester it’s time to start thinking about assessments and what you can do to ensure you achieve the best results you can. If you feel like you’re struggling and might need some extra help, or even if you feel like you’ve got things under control – extra tutorials can ensure you get the top marks you’re after.
To help with this, University of Canterbury student Lucy Player-Bishop has created a company called TutorMatch which is a website that matches student tutors with other students who want extra help with their studies.
Lucy wanted to create a platform to facilitate peer tutorials as she experienced the benefits of them first-hand. “I was really lucky to get access to some amazing law tutorials through my hall of residence, College House. As I got further into my degree, I was also able to start taking some of those tutorials myself. I realised that this system had been so beneficial for me and yet so many students outside the halls didn’t have access to any peer tuition.”
TutorMatch tutorials are 50 minutes long and the cost of the tutorial varies as it is set by the tutor. Bookings are all done through the TutorMatch website – it couldn’t be easier. If you’re interested in becoming a tutor you can also sign up through the website – you can tutor any subject that you have achieved an A grade in.
The successful launch of the company is a result of Lucy’s sheer determination to get TutorMatch off the ground. To help her achieve her goals she took advantage of opportunities offered to her through UC, such as entré and UC Innovators. Through the entré $85k Challenge Lucy had access to brilliant mentors and business training. TutorMatch won $12,000 through the competition – $10,000 for being runner-up and $2000 for being the most market ready. Lucy also had help from entrepreneurial student Dea Majstorovic who did marketing research for TutorMatch as part of the UC Innovators Summer Start-Up Programme.
Lucy now runs TutorMatch from Auckland with the help of her student pals Kaye McKee and Logan Riley. The service is now offered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This year they are implementing a new marketing strategy to ensure students know about the service, including having student ambassadors at universities to spread the word as well as a focus on the TutorMatch Facebook page and email communications. Keep an eye out for those and sign up to make sure you get those A grades!