Award-winning educational app a useful resource for the matric class of 2021

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Up until 30 April, learners in South Africa can access all the content completely free of charge. (iStock)
Up until 30 April, learners in South Africa can access all the content completely free of charge. (iStock)

Award-winning, interactive e-learning platform, Examsta, has added History and Geography to its online platform as extra learning support for students. The revision platform offers content-based subjects and is being successfully used by Grades 10 to 12 Life Sciences learners in South African schools. 

Up until 30 April, learners in South Africa can access all the content completely free of charge, after which nominal cost for annual access will be charged.

"While most e-learning platforms focus on STEM subjects like Physical Science, Examsta is the first South African platform to focus on content-heavy subjects, like Life Sciences, Geography and History, while properly differentiating between the CAPS and IEB syllabi," explains Marie de Wet, founder of the app. 

Also read: Top achieving IEB matriculants share their secrets to success

The ‘testing effect’

According to Marie, the App is an accessible learning tool that enables learners to benefit from the ‘testing effect’, a well-known psychological phenomenon whereby memory recall is accelerated through regular quizzes. 

During lockdown, the app was trialled by over 500 learners and was also used as a WhatsApp teaching programme in rural schools. The trial showed that it improved learner engagement in distance teaching, with 83% of learners finding the platform to be useful. 

Jean Bottaro, an academic author, experienced History teacher, and examiner and moderator for the Independent Examinations Board in South Africa, developed the History quiz content for Examsta and makes use of the app in her everyday teaching of matric learners. 

'The app covers the whole CAPS curriculum'

"As the app covers the whole CAPS curriculum, this provided a great source for independent learning at home. The G12 class have found it particularly helpful as it is very easy to use and having the option to redo each quiz over and over until a desired result is achieved has been very beneficial to my students," says Bottaro.

“The website is simple, to minimise data costs for learners and, in the future, we plan to make the app zero-rated so that no data will be required to access content,” concludes Marie.

She encourages learners to visit before 30 April 2021 where they will be able to access subjects including Life Sciences, Geography and History content free of charge. 

Submitted to Parent24 by Examsta. 


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