5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
I think that the multifold benefits of iStudy is one of its peculiarities. Not many other projects on here seem to address a wide range of issues as iStudy does. iStudy addresses the following issues: -Academic Support -Knowledge Retention -Collegiate Socialization (independent of the party scene and dating apps) -Normalizing academic support and redefining campus culture around studying and tutoring -Giving students a platform to sell their notes to their classmates -Free access to a support network for each of your classes
6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
So far it hasn't made a difference on the public, but this project definitely holds some intrinsic value. In drafting the operations and functions of the app, I was forced to reflect on my first year experience at college and confront my failures and mistakes and see how I could design something that would help other students circumvent some of the academic issues that I encountered. Part of it is normalizing the idea of tutoring and the idea of academic assistance. There is nothing wrong with seeking help with something that you're struggling in. I also think this app has the potential to make very serious social implications on campus culture. Being able to meet new people in a purely academic context and outside of the collegiate party scene or cringe dating apps. iStudy wants to be integrated into academic support offices across the nation--allowing school's to verify its users.
7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
The next step is teaming up with one of my computer science friends to create a beta version of the app at my school, Howard University.
8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?
To bring iStudy to life, I would need a team of app designers, school sponsorship, an online platform/website, and advertisement.
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