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Aloki mobile app connects students with tutors

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A mobile app that connects students with academic tutors in their local area has been unveiled by Sydney-based eduTech company, Aloki.

Aloki says using the app, students and parents can search for tutors by subject and geographic location, with each tutor’s profile displayed, along with their ranking, user reviews and hourly rates.

The app allows tutors to accept booking requests, confirm locations and arrange payments.

“In Australia, more than 80,000 students fail year 12 each year and 44% of school leavers do not obtain their ATAR. Indeed, some of these students choose to leave school before their final year and thus don’t obtain an ATAR,” said Aloki founder Zaver Sima.

“Our app helps students, from year 1 to university, to find the support they need to improve their academic outcomes.”

Established in October 2016, Aloki claims it currently has more than 600 registered students and tutors and, with the backing of venture capital firm H2 Ventures, the company is preparing for significant growth during the next 12 months.

Sima said an Android version of the Aloki App would be released by the end of May ahead of a push into the Asia-Pacific region.

He said the company’s development team was also working on predictive artificial intelligence tools that would, in the near term, recommend tutors and identify trending tutors based on the student’s or parent’s interests and search behaviour.

“In the long term, Aloki will also develop an algorithm that will predict and track the student’s learning outcomes and performance. This will enable students, teachers and parents to take preventative action before a student falls behind in their schooling,” Sima said.

In support of its mission to increase accessibility to quality education, Sima said Aloki carefully assessed each tutor before accepting them into the network. The tutors include former teachers, lecturers and high-achieving university and high school graduates.

“It’s about connecting those who wish to learn with the tutors who are best placed to help them,” said Sima. “Our new app enhances this process by making it easier for the two parties to find each other.”

Sima confirmed Aloki has plans to directly support education programs, and once the company reaches profitability, a percentage of its bottom line will be donated to aid the education of children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

“It is our goal that as the company grows, this percentage will increase, as will the impact we will be able to have on the lives of students around the world,” Sima said.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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