Finding the right tutor at the right price for a schoolgoing child can be a daunting task for parents. Cognition.Online, a mobile app-based service bridging the gap between student and tutor, makes it easy. Using the app, parents can request a tutor for a specific time and day. Tutors in the area respond by submitting a bid, stating their hourly fee, says Kyle Dodds, founder of Cognition.Online. It’s yet another example of the power of technology, used to link service providers with clients. The model is similar to the one adopted by ride-sharing service Uber. Tutors are put through a rigorous selection process. “They must also have a degree or prove proficiency in the subject they are studying, and need to have a driver’s licence.” And in another overlap with Uber, students are required to rate their tutors, says Dodds. “It allows us to weed out poor tutors.” Dodds, a 24-year-old civil engineer, learnt the ropes running his own tutoring business while studying at the University of ...

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