WHO WE ARE
We are a globally distributed network of experts who see education as the passport for the future. We believe that striving to have the best possible education today – no matter at which stage – pays the best interests tomorrow.
Through expertly-designed algorithms we match you with the best available tutor and through our interactive, easy-to-use digital classrooms we offer you the ideal learning environment. Your time is your most precious commodity, so we want to help you make the most of it. No more searching through hundreds of identical tutors or trying to match clashing diaries or running across town to get to a lesson.
You can think of us as a one-stop shop for excellence at anything you want to learn. Take the hassle out of learning.
Our society has reached a stage in which there are an infinite amount of options for virtually everything we do. Why is this not the case for the one-size-fits-all approach towards education?
We are trying to address a growing issue present in the global educational sphere – one which is deeply influential across the public and wider economy.
These are the principles that motivate our drivers;
The current education system is inflexible and outdated
The digital economy we live in and how it is shaping the skills needed
The need for social-development in a hyper competitive age
The untapped potential of a global society
Defining what we learn and the way we learn gives us an unparalleled advantage, not only amongst peers, but also – and more importantly – towards realising our own potential.
1. SKILLS, AN EDUCATIONAL REVOLUTION
To understand where education is going it is useful to look back at where it has been. A few centuries ago, only the elite would get an education – this education would be bespoke and tailored towards the student; with specific teachers whose only mission was to help the lucky few. If a pupil did not understand something, the teachers would not ‘move on’ and justify leaving someone behind by blaming the ever-advancing syllabus.
The pupil would instead receive a different version of the information employing a host of new and creative techniques, time and time again, until it was finally understood.
Fast forward to the 1800s, and the advent of the Industrial Revolution. This meant that there was a large shift in the skills needed in the workforce – the economy suddenly saw value in people being educated, so that they could read manuals and operate machines.
People would be educated at pace, following a syllabus; inevitably some would fall through the cracks. Nevertheless, this was still a huge step forward, shifting education to the masses.
This was fine at the time, some education is far better than no education at all. However, with the advances in modern technology – automation, artificial intelligence, etc. – our economy is experiencing a significant shift in the skills needed in the workforce.
By reducing the need for the more mechanical tasks, it is allowing us to be more creative with what we learn, however, it is also opening up new niches in which talent will be required. We need to anticipate and prepare for the skills that ‘Industry 4.0’ will be centered around.
2. GLOBALIZATION, GETTING AN EDGE
We live in an era in which virtually everyone has a mobile device which they can use to access knowledge and information at any point. Some will have the intellectual capacity and drive to leverage this opportunity – this group of people will join the global talent pool. By doing so, this vast crowd of talented people will increasingly compete with each other; continually pushing the barrier of what it takes to succeed.
Combining this fierce, ever-growing competition with the mismatch between what industry wants and what education institutions provide, the need for a competitive edge becomes clearly apparent.
Research conducted by McKinsey & Co. found that, while young people are eager to work, more than half of those without jobs say they simply can’t find one – all while businesses across Europe insist they struggle to find young people with the skills they need. With the stagnant evolutional cycle within education, this divergence is only going to grow unless that edge is pursued and honed elsewhere.
Despite this availability of labor, employers are dissatisfied with applicants’ skills: 27% of businesses reported that they have left a vacancy open in the past year because they could not find anyone with the right skills. One reason for this is the failure of employers, education providers, and young people to understand one another. They currently operate in “parallel universes", with no alignment in supply and demand of skills.
With this in mind, if we are competing on a global scale – and the competition on the global stage is only expected to grow – we must train on the same scale, to make sure we stand a chance.
3. GROWTH, LEARNING TO LEARN
“Don’t tell your kids that they are smart. Many people assume that superior intelligence or ability is a key to success", says Professor Carol Dweck from Stanford University. More than 30 years of research show that an overemphasis on intellect or talent, and the implication that such traits are innate and fixed, leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unmotivated. This is applicable across the board, not only to children but to anyone who is trying to learn something. Teaching to have a “growth mindset" encouraging “process" rather than intelligence produces high achievers, according to research in Scientific American.
If we think pragmatically about education, we can think of going ‘deep’ for example by enrolling to do a quantitative finance PhD or go ‘broad’ and attend Law School. In his book, Fareed Zakaria firmly argues for the latter choice: As information becomes increasingly ubiquitous, it’s best to learn how to learn, building a foundation for the rest of your life, no matter what twists it may bring or what stage in life you are in. CNN-host and best selling author, Zakaria, is not the only advocate for this approach towards education. Business magnate, richest man in China and former English teacher – Jack Ma – also highlighted that it is critical to focus the future of education on a growth mindset in Davos at the World Economic Forum.
This is what we do. We create a passion for learning – a change in mindset – rather a temporary tick box exercise.