Urgent Evoke

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A tutoring network


Part 1
South Africa faces
massive economic inequality
stemming from
massive educational inequality
especially at a tertiary level

Part 2
competitive learning
deepens this inequality.
collaborative learning


First, the University of Cape Town
Then, all South African universities
Then, the universe!*

The University of Cape Town is especially suited to this initiative, because there is already a very strong culture of volunteerism in the institution, with over 2000 students doing regular voluntary work every year.


An open-source, user-friendly, online database of university students prepared to provide free tutoring to other students. This is how it works…

1) A prospective tutor registers online, with the following information:
a. Courses passed in the previous year/courses offered for tutoring
b. Contact details
c. Availability (on an interactive timetable, which must be regularly updated)

2) A prospective tutling** searches for a tutor, by course and/or availability. A few options come up, and the tutling chooses one, and sends him/her an sms requesting that a particular topic be covered.

3) The tutor receives this message and confirms availability and ability.

4) The tutor prepares the topic, tutor and tutling meet, and learning occurs.

5) The tutling reports online that tutoring has occurred, and is prompted to rate and/or give feedback. The tutor’s hours of tutoring and rating are recorded.

Three things need to happen for this to work:

• Develop the technology
• Train the tutors
• Market the movement

Student get free tutoring, students learn to make their esoteric university knowledge more accessible and students learn to work together.


Money can make any of the three run more smoothly. A software developer can be paid. SMSs can be used instead of e-mails to inform tutors of a tutoring request. The tutors can be professionally trained. A massive (and expensive) marketing campaign could be used to spread the word.

Or, it can be run virtually for free.

* The logistics need to be carefully considered
** Tutling = one who is tutored

p.s. We're working on this anyway... I've submitted it as an Evokation because it would be wonderful to have some help!

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Comment by Chengyuan High School on May 19, 2010 at 3:22pm
It seems like a wonderful plan to help those who are in need of home-schooling. I think it will get your desired result! And I love the word tutling, great job!


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