South African edtech startup, Examsta rolls out app to help students prepare for exams
South African edtech startup, Examsta has rolled out an educational web app to help high school students to prepare for examinations.
Currently, the app is in the testing phase and provides study material for the South African, CAPS, and IEB high school exams.
De Wet created Examsta for “content-heavy” subjects such as Geography and History since most e-learning platforms focus on Physical Science. Examsta aims to provide learners with an accessible learning tool that offers an alternative and more effective way of studying.
Also, the app has questionaries for students in Grade 10, 11, and 12 Life Science and is free for users. Examsta provides students with various quizzes that are in the South African school syllabus. Each quiz is set to have ten to fifteen multiple-choice questions and comes with explanations and diagrams to explain answers.
Founder of Examsta, De Wet said, “It was tricky finding interactive content for Life Sciences as online resources are typically focused on Physical Science (Chemistry and Physics). Following a family tragedy in October 2018, I finally decided to throw caution to the wind (or ‘YOLO’ as we said back in 2012) and set about building an app for learning exam content.”
The founder implemented Examsta in various Cape Town schools, and to date, 500 students in Cape Town have tested the app.
“Learners have had a tumultuous year, full of interruptions, challenges, and stress. Examsta promises to give them a helping hand, making sure that they can easily access learned information and reduce test anxiety for their all-important matric finals”, De Wet further stated.
The startup hopes to add History and Geography by the end of 2020. Users can access all the available study material for a yearly subscription fee of R100. Aside from that, a teacher’s platform will be introduced on the app to assist learners and monitor their progress.
Examsta, which is self-funded, was founded in 2018 by De Wet, a Life Sciences teacher.