October 2017

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Maths and science video tutorials and extra lessons

Online Maths and Science Video Tutorials and Extra Lessons

Hello tutor’s intention as a maths and science video platform is to make it as easy as possible for our learners to find video content relevant to the topics they are battling with. To do so, we have created a simple way to navigate the thousands of video lessons available on the site.

Video Lessons Navigation

When signing into hello tutor you are immediately taken to the “search videos” page which looks as follows;

Maths video lessons

The five slots available include a search field and 4 dropdowns which can be used as follows;

  • The “Search videos, tutors…” field can be used as a quick way of finding what you are looking for. It can be used in the same way that you would use google to find information on the internet. For most effective use, type in the keyword/s best describing what you are looking for. The downside of this approach is that it search videos across the system. So, a search for Trigonometry would bring up video covering both grade 11 and grade 12 content which may then require further sorting.
  • A more effective way to find relevant extra lessons/video tutorials is to use the dropdowns. The dropdowns should be used in the order that they appear;
    • Language of video,
    • Grade & Subject,
    • Category,
    • Topic.
  • As an example, one could choose “English” as the language you want to watch a video in, then select “grade 12 – maths” as the year and subject of choice and then “trigonometry” as a category. This leaves just the topic drop-down to select from which will ensure all videos presented are relevant to what you are looking for. In the case of Trigonometry, you would be able to choose from the following topics;
    • Application of Trigonometric Functions,
    • Compound Angles Identities,
    • Double Angle Identities,
    • Mensuration,
    • Solving Equations, and,
    • Two and Three Dimensions.

Series

What is a series?

In cases where one video cannot adequately cover a topic, our tutors create a series of videos which they group together. It is often important that these videos are watched in the correct order, as they build on one another. Tutors make sure the videos are ordered correctly and providing further guidance by numbering the videos in the title.

Maths and Science Past Paper Videos

An excellent use of the series functionality is the grouping of past paper videos on the site. Tutors have created past paper video solutions covering the last 3 years of NSC matric exams. Going through these series is a wonderful and effective way of preparing for matric exams.

How to Register?

Registering on hello tutor is FREE and SIMPLE. Simply click here, complete the short form and you’ll have your own profile on the system in less than 2 minutes. There is no cost to signing up and e give you a few free videos to get a feel for things. Thereafter, there are a few ways of paying for content.

What does access to the maths and science extra lessons cost?

Not a lot! You have two options;

  1. Pay as you go – Each video costs R2 to purchase for 48 hours. The video lesson can be watched repeatedly for free within the 48 hour period. Thereafter, you’ll need to pay another R2. While the video sits within the 48 hour period, it can be found in the “Watch” tab. All major credit and debit cards can be used to upload content through the safe and secure Payfast channel.
  2. Subscribe – To subscribe to hello tutor and enjoy unlimited access to all content on the system for just R49 per month, click here.

For more information on hello tutor contact us through the following channels;

  1. Email us at enquiries@hellotutor.co.za. Should there be any content you feel is not adequately covered and would like our team of tutors to help with, this is the most useful channel to go through. Simply send us an email with the details of what you require and we’ll get a video up within 48 hours.
  2. Visit our Facebook page and let us know your thoughts – Facebook
  3. Connect with us on Twitter and follow all news and developments – Twitter

In summary, hello tutor is a learning resource available to all learners and can be accessed through any smart device. These include cell phones, tablets, laptops and home PC. We even have an app which you can download from the Google Play and Apple iStore. We hope that you find the platform useful and look forward to seeing you on the site!

“But, imagine for a moment, that the knowledge banks of online learning initiatives such as Hello Tutor or GetSmarter were within the grasp of those struggling to complete their schooling, or who wanted to re-skill themselves to compete for higher-paying jobs or start a business.” Huffington Post

Science and Maths Video Tutorials – Progress

Introduction

With high school maths and science as the initial focus, hello tutor is an online video tutorial learning platform which harnesses the power of the internet. Through crowdsourcing, we seek to deliver high-quality educational content to learners in a convenient and cost-effective way.  Hello tutor is an education eco-system which through the use of technology brings together tutors and learners effectively and efficiently in a manner beneficial to both parties.

Potential

hello tutor’s unique design means it is both easily replicable and highly scalable and as such is able to impact the lives of millions. This remains the core vision of hello tutor. In the 18 months of being “live”, hello tutor has amassed over 1400 video tutorials in English, Zulu and Afrikaans across maths and science from grade 8 to grade 12 and touched the lives of over 5000 South African learners. During this period, over 700 tutors have registered on the platform.

In addition to the teachers who register independently, hello tutor also pursues partnerships with leading schools as a means of growing our tutor population. Through school group scheme agreements, selected schools use hello tutor as an outsourced flipped/blended learning platform at no cost, and in so doing make high-quality video material available to the greater hello tutor-student community. This serves to further enhance our video library and will facilitate the addition of other subjects, notably English, Geography and Life Sciences to our high school coverage in the near future and many more over the medium term. It is through partnerships such as these, as well as with the general tutor population, that we see the available video content continuing to grow (currently growing at approx. 100 videos per month) and diversify.

Its a numbers game…

hello tutor as a platform thrives on high volumes of users -the more tutors involved, the more video material is generated across various subjects, in multiple languages and in a variety of styles. The more students using the site, the more videos are watched and the more the tutors are rewarded. It’s a win-win system with few constraints (no classrooms, no operating hours) that has the potential to change the face of education in developing markets, starting here in South Africa, and bring the highest level of teaching to learners from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

Models

Middle to Upper LSMs

For the middle to upper LSM hello tutor-student population accessing the platform through the internet, each video lesson can be purchased for R2 and watched repeatedly within a 48-hour time period at no additional cost. Once expired it needs to be purchased again. For this group, the Internet-based resource works well as it enables learners to revise and catch up using local curriculum aligned video lessons from any smart device. From a cost perspective too, the cost of one extra lesson with a private tutor equates to between 150 and 250 video lessons on hello tutor! On this option, there are no registration costs or subscription costs. Learners simply pay per video they purchase.

Hello tutor has recently introduced a subscription option which provides learners unlimited access to all content on the system for R49 per month.

Lower LSMs

For the vast majority of South Africans, the cost of each video lesson, getting credit onto the system and broadband requirements to watch streaming video represents an obstacle to accessing our educational library. To solve this problem, hello tutor partners with the public and private sector to bring hello tutor hubs into previously disadvantaged areas around the country.

What is a hello tutor hub?

Essentially, a hello tutor hub comprises a server loaded with a version of the online hello tutor library of lessons. This enables the following;

  1. Servers provide learners at schools and within community centres with unlimited access to the math and science video tutorial library through any smart device;
  2. Because all interaction with hello tutor is done through local wi-fi there is no need for internet connectivity which means no data costs;
  3. Local hubs are super-fast and enable streaming of content throughout locations i.e. all classrooms within a school;
  4. Local hubs allow between 50 and 100 learners to stream different video content simultaneously;
  5. Because no internet is required, hubs can be put in rural locations. This ensures no-one is excluded;
  6. Hello tutor hubs and the students accessing them still benefit from the organic and ever-growing nature of content on the online system.

Achievements

Here are some of the notable developments since the Britehouse (Dimension Data) / hello tutor collaboration began in late 2015;

  • The number of high school math and science videos, all from leading South African teachers, made available through the platform has grown to over 1500 videos;
  • Of the 1500 videos, 300 grade 10 to 12 maths and science videos are in Zulu providing many learners with the opportunity to understand maths and science concepts in their own language (currently a further 200 Zulu videos ready to be uploaded);
  • The hello tutor video library continues to grow by over 100 videos per month;
  • Over 80% of the maths topics included in the NSC high school maths syllabus are covered by video material on hello tutor. The full syllabus will be covered by June 2017;
  • Both the 2014 and 2015 NSC matric maths final exam papers and the 2015 NSC matric science final paper have been covered by our tutors. Each question is answered in video tutorial format and allows learners to gauge their readiness for the exam. Not only are they able see whether they get the answers correct or incorrect, but exactly where they are making mistakes.
  • Leading South African Schools including St Mary’s, Waverley and prominent publishing house Via Afrika have engaged with hello tutor and begun contributing video tutorials to the platform. This has enabled us to broaden the scope of the platform into new subject areas such as geography as well as extend the maths coverage down to grade R.

Footprint

Britehouse (a division of Dimension Data) have through the #67DayDigitalActivation movement pioneered the installation of hello tutor hubs in five under-privileged schools around South Africa. These schools include Sunrise Secondary School, Diepsloot; Kwena Molapo Comprehensive Farm School, Lenasia; Shumayela High School, Umlazi; Zwelibanzi High School, Umlazi and Newhaven Secondary School in Chatsworth. In terms of adoption, since the project began with the installation of the first servers in April 2016, hello tutor has seen the registration of over 650 individual learners in the five schools across the country. Amongst these learners, there have been over 2 500 sessions and 7 000 video tutorial lessons watched through hello tutor with, in many cases, a session including more than one learner watching a video.

The average session duration across the first four schools in 2016 was 26.7 minutes highlighting the fact that in many cases videos were either watched multiple times or multiples videos were watched per session. In 2017, we have seen this figure increase to over 39 minutes per session further highlighting the value learners are finding in the system.

With much of January and February 2017 being spent settling into the school year, we are delighted to see system usage picking up again.

Impact – Maths and Science

It has been extremely rewarding and inspiring to witness and contribute to the dramatic improvement in the matric results at two of the biggest adopters of the hello tutor hubs. These schools include Kwena Molapo High School in Lanseria and Shumayela High School in Umlazi. At Britehouse’s flagship school, Kwena Molapo High School a 100% matric pass rate was achieved for the 2016 year. Over 50% of students achieved bachelor passes and a further 38.75% receiving diploma passes.

Shumayela Secondary School situated in the heart of Umlazi improved their matric pass rate from 57% in 2015 to 84% in 2016 (an all-time record for the school) with a 100% pass rate in science.

science

Through the integration of hello tutor into these under-resourced schools, teachers are also able to leverage the wealth of information provided by the video tutorials. They can also draw upon the expertise and methodologies of teachers around the country in their own teaching and lesson planning.

The Vision

Our vision for hello tutor in 2017 and going forward is as follows;

  • To increase the number of hubs from 5 to 50. And then, to have a hello tutor hub within 5km of every South African. This will ensure every learner has access to the highest quality learning material within a reasonable walking distance;
  • Develop a mobile application which will allow learners to not only access hello tutor at hub sites, but be able to take it home with them;
  • To continue to develop and expand our video tutorial library across grades, subjects and particularly languages. This, to achieve an eco-system of learning material as rich and diverse as the people it aims to serve;
  • To reward more and more educational professionals. We do this by providing them with a real passive income generating option and amplifying the impact which their teaching has; and,
  • And finally, doing all of the above in a commercially sustainable manner ensuring the platform has the necessary longevity and sustainability to continue to serve South Africans and other learners for generations to come.

The Dream

It is our dream to have hundreds of hubs scattered around the country each delivering unlimited, “free to the consumer” access to high-quality educational content while still benefitting from an organically, constantly growing, internet leveraging platform. With each hub having the capacity to support thousands of learners at each school or tens of thousands when used centrally by a community, hello tutor provides a very real means of bridging the gap in the level of education received by privileged and underprivileged learners in developing countries. Britehouse, our main corporate sponsor, was awarded the prestigious SA Biz Awards CSI initiative of the year accolade at the end of 2016 for their support of and collaboration with hello tutor in developing a high impact, replicable and easily scalable means of bringing education to the people.

Conclusion

hello tutor seeks to remove inequality from education. It does so by tapping into the substantial pool of, what is for many, inaccessible teaching talent in developing markets and efficiently delivering educational content to those in need. Our unique and innovative solution allows us, through collaboration with philanthropic organizations in the private and public sector, to bring to thousands of under-serviced learners, educational video content of the highest order. With hello tutor’s design enabling rapid scalability, it’s non-reliance on internet connectivity and it’s cost effectiveness, our vision is to take the current hub network from 5 to 50 before the end of 2017. In the not too distant

With hello tutor’s design enabling rapid scalability, it’s non-reliance on internet connectivity and it’s cost effectiveness, our vision is to take the current hub network from 5 to 50 before the end of 2017. In the not too distant future, we hope to have a hub within walking distance of every South African. The journey thus far has been an extremely fulfilling, rewarding and enriching one (for all involved). It’s been one which has benefitted learners who through circumstance have been put on the back foot early on in life. Most importantly though, one which has just begun…

Past Paper video solutions with hello tutor

Past Paper Answers with Workings

Past paper exercises are a great way to assess your readiness for the end of year exams. Historically students had access to books of past papers, questions and solutions. Or should I say answers? This proved useful in many respects but also limited for a number of reasons.
past paper exercises are a winner
The biggest problem was that while one was able to attempt solving examples from previous years, guidance when getting the answer wrong did not exist. This again meant reliance on teachers at school or tutors after school. Hello tutor solves this. Our videos cover the past three years maths past papers. They contain not only the questions and answers but also the  ‘in-between’.
As we are continually told, finding the right answer from a marks perspective only gets us halfway there, if that. It’s all about showing how we got there and illustrating a true understanding of the problem.

So, how does one take advantage of this resource?

What we have found learners doing is quite interesting. They’ll kick the relevant video off and take the question in. They’ll then pause the video and attempt working towards the answer. Once they arrive at a solution they watch the rest of the video, observe the sometimes many routes to the correct answer and the answer itself. They can watch the video over and over again. And, they can do this for the past three years! Here is an example – 2014 Maths Final Paper – Paper 1, Question 1

It’s super effective!

Using past papers in this way is highly effective. It gives learners confidence and removes much of the frustration once encountered with this way of preparing. Past paper solutions can be found by picking the grade 12 – maths drop-down and then selecting the Past Exam Papers option under category. Then, under topic select the relevant year’s papers you’d like to look at.
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Exams Approaching – MATHS and SCIENCE video lessons!

Year-end exams, here we come…

October sure has snuck up on us and all high school students should have an eye on the end of year with a good feel for how prepared they are for exams. It’s a time when parents begin to fret too placing additional emphasis on academics in order to secure the best results possible. To this end, the tutoring market is one which gets really busy providing learners across South Africa with the additional help they need, filling in gaps they may be struggling with and brushing up on concepts across the maths and science syllabus.

It’s also at this time of year when the number of learners using hello tutor increases dramatically as learners take advantage of the 24/7 nature of the platform and the clever way the syllabus has been arranged to make finding relevant content easy. With over 1500 maths, science, accounting and geography videos, hello tutor has become the “go to” for 1000’s of learners able to access the platform anytime, anywhere.

Maths and Science

Maths remains the website’s focal point with the vast majority of content falling into this subject. Content covers everything from the building blocks covered in grade 8 namely;

  • data handling;
  • measurement;
  • number, operations and relationships;
  • basic algebra;
  • patterns; and,
  • functions

to the more complex categories of

  • trigonometry,
  • calculus,
  • analytical geometry,
  • probability, and,
  • functions

which constitute the core of the matric syllabus.

 

Exams are upon us

Thousands of videos just like this one…

 

Past Exam Papers

In addition to the above, it is hello tutors’ three years of past exam papers,  covered in the form of video solutions, which have proved the most popular on the platform and the biggest drawcard for matric maths students. What better way to prepare for exams?

 

So whether trigonometry tests you, calculus makes you crazy or derivatives drive you mad, hello tutor has all the solutions and looks forward to helping you achieve your potential at the end of the year. From all of us on the hello tutor team, head down, it’s the home straight to a long summer break!

 

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