Synkers – Qualified Tutors On The Spot - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Prior to founding Synkers, I didn’t know anything about coding, design, user experience, and user interface. I hold a bachelor's degree in Finance and had more than 6 years of experience in business before starting Synkers.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

In my opinion, developing a mobile app is not tough. The toughest job is to hire the right technical co-founder that will be able to build the right technical team. It took me at least 6 months to find the right person and once I did, we launched the 1st prototype after 2 months only.

Audrey Nakad is the co-founder and CEO of Synkers, a mobile education platform that connects learners to highly qualified private tutors and mentors. Her vision is to build the largest self-regulated community of knowledge exchange. In 2019, she has been listed on Forbes 30 Under 30.
She sold her 1st startup, a painting business in Montreal while she was 18. She holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from Concordia University, Canada.
From 2012-2015, she was part of a rotational leadership program in one of the leading insurance companies in North America “Sun Life Financial” where she developed her leadership and strategy skills.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

1- Easy and simple to use: a couple of clicks and you get what you need
2- The delivery/riding process is clear to the user

How long have you been working on this app?

We launched Synkers app in September 2017.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

We created this app to solve the problem of finding the right tutor. It takes on average 5-7 hours to find the right tutor based on the student’s learning style and goals. Once you find your tutor, it is difficult to fit in his schedule. Synkers solves this problem in 3 simple steps: you pick a course, you select a qualified tutor based on your preference (date, time, price, location, reviews, rating etc…) and you book a session with your tutor online or face to face.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

Most of our competitors (Wyzant, Teachmenow, Chegg) provide online sessions but lack personalization and incentives for tutors and students.
As the only pioneer in peer tutoring in the region, the core objective behind the peer to peer methodology is ensuring students are connected to people who are just like them. They have the same background and experiences, which allows them to connect on an individualized level and work together to mutually succeed.
We are one of the very few who truly invest in their tutors to ensure both: customer satisfaction and a positive and professional relationship with our tutors. This is done through:
• Training and workshops to help them become better tutors.
• Guaranteed internships in international companies.
• Loyalty program, earning badges, and cash rewards based on the number of hours tutored on the app.
Our customer service team is here to assist every single client to ensure that they have a smooth learning experience.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

Recently, we have improved our online learning platform to ensure that is interactive and that our students feel as if they are sitting next to their tutors. We are adding important features to our app such as: the ability for the teachers to send assignments to all his students and correct them live. Also, we will be adding a report for the parent or the learner to track his progress since he or she started taking courses on Synkers.
We are also actively developing a plan to create an AI tutor that elevates the tutoring experience to new heights of customization.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

If you need a qualified tutor for yourself or for your children, contact us at +971 52 911 2109 or [email protected]

Synkers – Qualified Tutors On The Spot

About App:

Struggling with your school courses? Stressing out over GRE or SAT? Need to ace your university course and increase your GPA? With over 700 qualified tutors listed on Synkers, you’re just 3 steps away from better grades.

1. Pick a subject or course you need help with
2. Choose a qualified, highly-rated tutor based on your location, schedule, and budget
3. Book a session with your chosen tutor
And that’s it – start studying with your tutor at home, on campus, at a coffee shop, or even online.

The​ ​first​ ​tutoring​ ​app​ ​in​ ​MENA.​ ​From​ ​Lebanon​ ​to​ ​UAE​ ​and​ ​beyond.
Starting with the American University of Beirut, Synkers has been growing exponentially, with more and more students and tutors joining in every day. Less than a year into our launch, Synkers is at 20,000+ students and 700+ tutors and is available across all major Lebanese universities including BAU, USJ, LAU, NDU, AUST, UOB, along with numerous schools across Beirut and Mount Lebanon. We're now also in UAE, and hope to add many more Arab countries to the list very soon!

Private tutoring for school subjects, university courses, standardized tests, and more!
Whatever learning needs you may have, Synkers has got you covered! With more and more qualified tutors on board, you can find and book your private instructor not just for any school subject or university course, but also for your upcoming SAT, GRE, GMAT or TOEFL tests. You can also find experts to help you, master Excel, write the perfect CV, improve your public speaking skills, prepare for business interviews, and much more.

Results matter – and we know it.
Synkers is built around offering a quality learning experience that gets you results! That’s why we only list experienced tutors who were high performing students themselves. Moreover, our listed tutors have been thoroughly vetted for their credentials, knowledge, teaching experience, and communication skills, to make sure that you and your grades are in good hands.

Convenient. Seamless. Secure.
Focus on learning, and we’ll manage the logistics. Our in-app features are designed to help you quickly spot the perfect tutors, coordinate with them, and even pay them online. Our built-in rating system lets you read what other students have to say about every tutor. Once you’ve chosen a tutor, seamlessly communicate with them through our in-app messenger. And after the session is complete, leave your review and pay your tutor – either in cash or via our secure online payment system.

Do good grades come naturally to you? Become a Synkers tutor and make extra money on the side!
Enjoy tutoring but hate the hassle of finding students and arranging payments? Tell us about you and what you’re best at, and we’ll simplify the rest for you. Registering as a Synkers tutor lets you:
1. Specify the courses you’d like to teach.
2. Set your fees for every course.
3. Set your availability as per your schedule.
And that’s it - build a solid CV and kickstart your tutoring career! Get a steady stream of students to tutor, seamlessly manage your bookings on the app, and enjoy hassle-free payments.
And that’s not all! At Synkers, we value our loyal tutors and invest in them. So the more you teach, the more rewards you get, including cash bonuses, tuition assistance, internship positions in top corporations, and more.
Apply now to be a Synkers tutor. It’s as easy as downloading the app and submitting your application with your details and educational background. And after our in-app interview, you’ll be all set to start making extra money teaching what you love!

Categories: Education

Date: April 26, 2020

Developer: Audrey Nakad

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