iStudy

The Peer Studying Tool

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Eligibility: Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

September 21st, 1999

Where are you located:

Washington, DC (20001) | New York, New York (10027)

Website or social media url(s) (optional):

ig: @tilerstuartkuhleauxn @tylerscolon
facebook: Tyler Stewart Colón
twitter: @tylerscolon
snapchat: tcolon2017

Date Started

05/31/18

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

See video submission linked here --> https://youtu.be/m4jUzRSdb4s

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

See video submission linked here --> https://youtu.be/m4jUzRSdb4s

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

See video submission linked here --> https://youtu.be/m4jUzRSdb4s

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.

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuba, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian) (7)
  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media

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I LIKE THIS IDEA. High school students need this because my first year in college was half-half the first semester was easy because of easy classes then it got harder the following semester. IStudy has potential!

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