Exams – the one word that has always been the reason for haunting students. Be it big or small, easy or tough, exams have always caused nightmares. They come along with the army of doubts, questions, unavailability of notes and no guidance, leading to an increased stress level in majority of the students. While most opt for the easy way out of classes, there are those that shy away owing to major reasons.
Facing a similar plight, Kaizad Hansotia and Deep Lodhari, came up with the brilliant idea of MyTestBuddy.
Catching up with Kaizad, Startoholics got the chance to highlight their work.
To anyone who’s never come across MyTestBuddy, how would you describe it?
Did you know that out of every 100 students that make it to the IITs 75 attend classes specially designed for the JEE entrance examinations? Every year thousands of students go to coaching hubs like Kota and Delhi for the Competitive examinations spending thousands of rupees not only on the coaching classes but also on the accommodation, food and travel expenses which is in no way related to your competitive examination prep.
In such cases, Mytestbuddy is the best alternative as it allows you to study online at your pace, in the comforts of your home and provides you with the best of the competitive examinations prep, that you could find at most amazingly pocket friendly rates.
Mytestbuddy is developed by the students for the students! We have taken care to develop features that will allow you to engage in fun learning activities and study for your entrance examination. Mytestbuddy provides you with question banks, practice tests and full length mock tests. Our mission is to become a one stop shop for a student’s online learning needs.
What motivated this startup?
Mytestbuddy is an outcome of what can only be described as the combination of sheer passion to solve the problems that I faced while preparing for the competitive examinations and the willingness to plunge into the uncharted seas of entrepreneurship leaving behind the secure life choice of being a doctor. Well, Yes I am a non practicing medical professional who has voluntarily chosen to become an entrepreneur and start an educational social learning space where students, teachers and other educational players can come together and help students study and prepare online for their examinations.
When I started fraternizing the idea of creating a portal that was truly a student companion, something which combines preparing online for the examinations along with grievance redressal and social annotation of the incomprehensible exam material, I found no parallel reference frame and hence started the process of trial and error and conducting research on the student learning methodologies.
What age-group are you targeting?
We are targeting students from high school to professionals who want to crack their entrance exams or study online for their exam preparation. Age group could be anywhere from 15-30 depending on when the person wants to appear for their graduate or post graduate entrance exam.
Has MyTestBuddy got the feedback and growth you expected since launch?
When we first started Mytestbuddy.com we found it extremely difficult to convince teachers for Mytestbuddy.com. We have come up with Mytestbuddy for teachers and Mytestbuddy for parents.
We have come up with a more traditional veil for the extraordinary product. We have provided parents with a parent watch where parents can see their student’s products. We have online class for teachers, where they can monitor their students’ progress, give out specific tests and create content for their students, provide students with online assignments and much more. We now have mock test series and online full length tests, virtual stimulations of the competitive examinations, thus allowing students to take diagnostic checks on their own learning patterns and get to know what their weak and strong areas are.
Could you tell us about your revenue model?
Mytestbuddy has multiple sources of revenue; however our mainstay is premium memberships for the students to prepare for various tests. Another product called as “Online Class” has a B2B Model where our customers are academic institutes and coaching centers that use our software as a service (SAAS). Mytestbuddy offers Low-Cost, cloud based SAAS solutions for Educators, Academic Organizations, and Educational Institutions.
Whether you a teacher or represent an educational institution, college, or university, we’re here to help you with all stages of building, hosting, and promoting your online presence.
What is the biggest hurdle you have faced or are still facing?
While introducing Mytestbuddy.com to schools, Mytestbuddy found it extremely difficult to convince teachers to understand the benefits of a “social networking” web portal for the students. We considered this as a serious issue and came up with Mytestbuddy for teachers.
When mytestbuddy.com launched premium membership for the medical students, we found out that students find it difficult to pay online/ are not eCommerce confident. Mytestbuddy.com created coupon codes which can be shelved at the local book store. Our products are available at some of the most prominent book stores across Gujarat. Mytestbuddy has developed an indigenous editor wherein teachers can create all the desired questions and mathematical formulas. We have also created myclass for the teachers wherein they can send notes, create tests and post questions just to their students
Where do you think is the future of Internet Startups?
India is one of the youngest countries in the world with more than 500 million+ people below 20 years, the internet is making a headway in India with reach greater than 300 million + people using internet. We are poised at a junction where within next 5 years we will see nearly doubling of the regular internet users in India. Internet revolution will be akin to the green revolution and mobile revolution.
With Increasing Penetration of Internet, available of the resources in the regional languages (More than 50% of the Youtube content is not in English), we can ensure that numerous para applications of the contemporary internet will be introduced and it’s time for us Entrepreneurs to put that thinking cap on and solve the day today problems of the people across India, because well, most of Indians are going to be connected in near future.
What more do you wish to include to take it to the next level?
For the first time in India, individual teachers and small scale academic institutions that have mushroomed locally will be given an online platform to not just connect with their existing students and the MTB global community, but will also be able to garner many more information through our innovative platform which consist of Edu-Catalogue, create an Online-Class and share their resourceful material with their students thereby giving them a chance to interact with them both in-class and offline.
This will increase the student engagement exponentially and every student would want to join an institute or choose a teacher that has significant online presence both in terms of sharing knowledge and building community learning. They will look none further than, mytestbuddy as it plans to remain the most compatible companion for all students.
Can you convince the reader to start using MyTestBuddy in under 50 words?
MyTestBuddy is the ‘dream catcher’ that chases away exam nightmares, being the pain killer that soothes away the fear and anxiety that creeps up each time the word ‘exam’ is mentioned. Login to Mytestbuddy today for FREE and then upgrade for more.
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