A business interview

A business interview

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Presenter: Welcome to today's show. We're very happy to have Anna Oliveira as our guest today. Anna is the creator and founder of HomeworX – spelled with an 'x' we should note – an app which helps teenagers with their homework. Thanks for coming in, Anna.

Anna: Thanks for having me.

Presenter: So, tell us about your app. How does it work?

Anna: Well, teenagers and their parents have numerous challenges when it comes to homework these days. In many families both parents work and don't have much available time to help their kids with their homework. And even if they do have time to help, they may not be able to offer support with the content. What I mean is, they may not know, or at least remember, enough in any given subject to support.

Presenter: You mean they might not be able to remember complex maths or might have never studied certain subjects, such as biology or economics, themselves?

Anna: Exactly. So they might want to support their children with their homework, but have neither the time nor the knowledge to do so.

Presenter: I see. So the app helps solve this problem?

Anna: Yes, and more. The next issue is that tutors can be expensive, and there may be long waiting lists for specialist tutors in the town or region you live in. Our HomeworX app brings students and tutors together online. Students can search a database of pre-approved tutors and sign up for live online support. They don't need to be in the same town or city.

Presenter: That sounds really great.

Anna: It is. And this approach also enables us to offer the tutoring services at lower prices because there's no travelling time involved for the tutor to get to the student's home. And tutors who live in remote areas are happy to get access to more students, and be able to work from home, even at lower rates.

Presenter: This all sounds great. So, how did you come up with the idea?

Anna: Well, as you might guess, I was one of those parents I described earlier. I really wanted to help my son with his homework, but I was either too busy with work or I didn't actually know anything about the subjects he was having difficulty with. Also, we live in an area where there aren't many tutors and the ones that are there are either very expensive or have long waiting lists.

Presenter: Yes. I can understand your predicament. Well, it sounds like a very useful app that is clearly meeting a need. And its popularity obviously speaks for itself.

Anna: Thank you.

Presenter: So, do you have plans for the future?

Anna: We've just secured some funding and hope to expand the range of services we offer using the app.

Presenter: We wish you the best of luck. Thanks again for coming in. That was Anna Oliveira, founder of the tutoring app HomeworX (with an 'x', don't forget!), which is available for both Apple and Android devices. Join us again next week for another business interview. Have a great week, everyone. 

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Submitted by Sihem2022 on Wed, 27/07/2022 - 16:32


hi there
my favorite app for the moment is british council podcsts with the host tony grant , i like it because it features short talks of about five minutes on several themes

Submitted by Bilal Bendrer on Sun, 24/07/2022 - 16:35


Indeed, my favorite application is the udemy platform where I find everything I'm looking for and under professional trainers who provided us with a tremendous effort.

Submitted by mariab12 on Thu, 21/07/2022 - 17:10


I find Crehana very useful for learning. It has a wide range of topics to learn about, from personal development to IT😊

free4talk.com is a good place to speak with others, just be aware there could be all kinds of people

Submitted by Tamer_galil on Sun, 17/07/2022 - 16:53


Good work 👍🏻

Submitted by Khakunaa04 on Fri, 08/07/2022 - 05:31


Before I tried many applications to learn English and there are numerous applications for it. Choosing an app to learn something is a little bit harder. But Hippocards is one of my favorite apps to learn English. It can give me both English and Chinese vocabulary to learn and strategies.

Submitted by Loay abou Mahmoud on Fri, 24/06/2022 - 11:34


My favorite app to learn is Busuu. I find it really interesting to learn English from it.
I had had a really bad English before started learning English from it.
But, now my English is great and I don't even have to study English to pass English exams in the university.
I think the internet is a great place to learn things, I learned English and going to learn programming ♥️.

Busuu is a great app. I'm learning german on it.
I think it's a good idea to learn programming. It will help you a lot in many ways in your life.

Submitted by Selinay. on Tue, 21/06/2022 - 08:19


I usually use the Udemy for learning. People have numerous options whatever they are interested in. For instance, I took a lecture about how can we better communication. I have two lecture about English and German. You can learn what you want. Even if you finish the course, you can use it again whenever you want. You buy once it is enough. I would you describe one more application which is MemRise. I use it to repeat words for learning to foreign languages. It's very beneficial.