A distinctive ‘matchmaking’ platform is attempting to match college students with their “perfect mentor”. Started by two structure graduates from Chennai — Rohit Raheja and Sachit Dugar, Mentor Match is a web based platform to assist college students from Class 3 by way of Class 10, in order that they don’t have to review alone.
“While schools and tuition classes are teaching students their lessons, they may not be helping them study. The studying part happens at home after these classes. Mentor Match helps students between classes 3 to 12, to find a study buddy who is a college student or graduate to help them right from understanding concepts to studying their lessons. Unlike conventional tuitions, here students learn from peers who have found innovative ways to learn the same concepts,” says Rohit, the founding father of Mentor Match.
Of Mentors, Marks and Marvels
The thought to launch Mentor Match got here to Rohit final 12 months, in January 2020, when he seen a classmate’s sister struggling to arrange for her tenth board exams.
“Her mother was complaining about how she had spent large sums of money to enrol her daughter for tuitions but her grades did not improve. I suggested that a friend of mine, who was studying architecture, help her with lessons and guide her while studying. Her mother was reluctant at first but agreed to try the new method. After two months of studying in this manner, her grades in preliminary exams improved from 60% to 94%,” says Rohit.
Not solely did his pal’s sister’s grades enhance, but in addition the mentor, a school pupil was completely satisfied to have earned a little bit cash on the aspect by way of this instructing gig.
It was then that Rohit determined to launch this initiative on a bigger scale. After explaining the thought to his batchmate, Sachit Dugar, the duo determined to good a system and launch the startup. In November 2020, they launched a trial session to check the identical instructing sample with 5 college students who have been shut family and friends members.
“Within one month, their grades started to improve and the five were more keen on studying their lessons. Through word of mouth, more students started approaching us and by the end of December, we had onboarded 53 students and had enquiries from 100 mentors,” says Rohit, including that there are mentors from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Christ College, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Measi Academy of Architecture, amongst others.
Tanveer Singh, a Class 10 pupil from Chennai’s Sishya college, joined the Mentor Match programme one month in the past. Though he attends tuitions for topics corresponding to Physics and Mathematics, he determined to take assist for Biology, Chemistry and Geography from a mentor.
“These are subjects that I have trouble remembering. I usually learn the topics just a day before the exam so that I don’t forget them. But, after I started learning this along with my mentor, an architecture graduate, I was able to understand the lessons better. He created new patterns to study the lessons and helped me remember new concepts using keywords,” says Tanveer, including, “Earlier, for my revision exams which are graded out of 40 marks, I would score an average of 20-25. Now my scores are above 33 and the highest I scored was 37.”
The duo have a 19-member staff that has helped them develop a website, curate orientation programmes, and create consciousness about their initiative on social media.
How does it work?
On Mentor Match, mentors and mentees can at present register by way of their official website.
For mentors, as soon as the staff receives the appliance kind, it will likely be reviewed and they’ll endure a telephonic interview to grasp their communication abilities. To take a look at their educational competence, a flair take a look at shall be administered.
Based on this and their earlier educational expertise, Mentor Match will resolve which topics the mentor is eligible to show. Apart from this, through the interview course of, Mentor Match additionally collects particulars concerning the mentor’s private pursuits and hobbies which is then used as a metric to match with a pupil.
“Each mentor is given one mentee and they can teach a maximum of three subjects. Apart from being well-versed in the concepts, the mentor should also be good with their communication skills because they have to create a good rapport with their student and help them study their lessons,” says Rohit.
The college students who want to enrol on the platform, additionally must fill a kind right here. They will obtain one week of on-line trial lessons, after which they will resolve in the event that they want to proceed.
“If they want to proceed, the lessons are priced at Rs 250/ hour and the scholars can resolve what number of lessons they need in a single month, Rohit says, with out disclosing their enterprise mannequin and the earnings of every mentor.
He additional provides, “Initially, we collect half the money, and once all the sessions are completed, the balance payment can be made. The mentor is also paid in the beginning and at the end of the sessions.”
While the lessons are at present performed on-line over video calls, if a pupil needs to have bodily lessons, that may be organized if the mentor agrees too.
If you want to register as a mentor or mentee you are able to do so right here.
Edited by Yoshita Rao