A business interview

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Transcript

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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Soumis par starfish2019 le mar 20/08/2019 - 14:38

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My favorite app for learning is the British Council’s IELTS Prep App, because it has range of resources, providing comprehensive knowledge and abundance learning materials for all the 4 skills learning needs, and practicing such as listening, reading, writing and speaking. It is very easy to download from Google play store or app store to be used with your mobile phones, tablets or iPad. I believe this is a very good app for students who are both working and studying at the same time. So they will have more flexible learning options and also be able to overcome the time limit difficulties. They can even learn on the go, such as on the bus or train with utmost convenience.

Soumis par pam89 le mer 14/08/2019 - 11:18

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I usually used babbel to learn english or other apps to listen english lesson podcast, e.g audible.

Soumis par Sabah le jeu 18/07/2019 - 00:19

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I prefer learning through British Council because it focuses on the all sides of learning and specifically listening and reading.

Soumis par Malan KOUAME le mer 03/07/2019 - 14:00

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Very hepful innovation for students' homework

Soumis par barno.egamberdieva le jeu 27/06/2019 - 09:31

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There are so many apps available on the phone but my favorite app is "IELTS Prep". I am using it on my Andriod phone from some time. It's not only easy to use but also good to practice IETLS exams, as online exams are available on it. Other than that, I am using it for listening and grammar mistakes.
Dear Barno, That's very great and me too, I'm using the same App and found very helpful :) Wish you all the best. Yours Truly

Soumis par Tai le le mar 25/06/2019 - 22:49

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I think that that’s good to use app for students or anyone very convenient

Soumis par abosalah25043 le lun 24/06/2019 - 23:10

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My favorite apps for learning are "Tiny cards", "Pocket" and "Tasks". They aren't exactly learning apps but they help me greatly in organizing my things for studying. I recommend you all to use them and you will thank me later.

Soumis par belal88 le lun 24/06/2019 - 14:22

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I already have tried to use some apps to improve my English, but i did not get any benefit. This website helps me now to do that.

Soumis par Mi.m.ferreira le jeu 20/06/2019 - 12:59

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My English is a work in progress. I´m not find the app for the study or practise the listening. Does anyone have ann app tip?

Hello Mi.m.ferreira

I'm sure other people will have some good recommendations, but I also wanted to mention that we have several apps for learning English in our Apps section. Good luck finding something!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par zsofia1999 le mar 18/06/2019 - 15:58

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I don't use any apps for learning, but I would like to. I am searching the right one.

Soumis par Claudette Ndenzako le mar 18/06/2019 - 00:46

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I don't use an app for learning. I think to effectively learn a language for instance you need to listen to or read anything from radio, watching tv, people around you, news, books, magazines etc... Anything helps and try to interact as much as possible. That is how I learned English. And do not be shy to ask people to repeat what they said.

Soumis par Belén5 le ven 14/06/2019 - 22:15

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I use several apps to improve my English, but undoubtedly Hello talk is my favourite since I made new friends around the world who help me a lot.

Soumis par Shuferu le mer 15/05/2019 - 15:39

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The app that assists listening skills because listening is basic for other skill
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Soumis par Shamas Saeed le mar 14/05/2019 - 10:18

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There are so many apps available on the phone but my favorite app is "IELTS Prep". I am using it on my Andriod phone from some time. It's not only easy to use but also good to practice IETLS exams, as online exams are available on it. Other than that, I am using it for listening and grammar mistakes.

Soumis par steffyller le dim 12/05/2019 - 03:27

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This is my favourite app for learning, because, i have many resources to improve my English

Soumis par ignacio perez le ven 03/05/2019 - 07:49

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An interesting resource to learn English, wich I use, is the Facebook group 'Learn English-British Council". I'm interested in downloading the app 'Learn English Grammar (UK edition) from this web as well.

Soumis par Karuppasamy.p le mar 30/04/2019 - 13:35

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My Favourite app is duolingo. It is a language learning app. Method of studying In this app is little bit different to any other learning apps. Every learning parts are realistic and you can directly apply these sentence in your day-to-day life and every word are comprehensible.Speaking Practice also possible in this app .That's why I Like this Application

Soumis par Gus2019 le jeu 25/04/2019 - 23:17

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Interesting reading. In the course of the years I used many resources for learning diferents things such as internet, classroom courses, on-line courses and among others. However the most impotart is how determinated you are to learn something new and how useful is in your life. In these day I use a lot of apps and websites like this to learning english. I wish you the best of luck to all you! Sincerely, Gustavo
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Soumis par josedaniel33 le sam 20/04/2019 - 19:29

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I don´t use ant app, but I use other way my favorites are British Council page and TED AX

Soumis par crazysezer123 le mar 16/04/2019 - 19:12

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ı can't remember my favorite app, because ı lost my phone 2 weeks ago but ı think the snap-tube is the best app ı have ever seen in terms of downloading videos and music

Soumis par Mélissa84 le mer 10/04/2019 - 09:33

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I don't have a favourite app for learning. I want to improve my english and I'm always searching for a good way to do it. I was using Duolingo and after some research, I found the british council site. A friend already told me about the site a long time ago but I forgot. And finally, recently I found the site.

Soumis par beatrizGY le jeu 04/04/2019 - 10:14

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I use a german site englisch-hilfen.de for practice some subjects in English. You can choose what you want to practice and you can find lots of tests to do with answers at the end. Also, there are crosswords and other type of resources.

Soumis par crisoleo32 le jeu 04/04/2019 - 03:01

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My favoriye app is Engilsh Radio in which we can find different sections. There are many station radios options from divers English speaking countries. However, there is a section about ietls essays and you can chat with people worldwide. So, English radio app come out a excelent tool to learn English.

Soumis par juanfra366 le mer 03/04/2019 - 19:10

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Babbel is my favourite app for learning. It's very popular and useful.
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Soumis par Belmiro Lourenco le mer 03/04/2019 - 00:11

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That's very kind of you , it's really fantastic , by the way I've an application that I do love learning from, it's called Duolingo so it helps me a lot on improving my listening and writing skills and then I wish I could do something similar thing in order to help my community as I am leaving in a backward country so many students don't have anyone to support them with their homework, whenever they are given a task at school , they come to me and ask for a help .

Soumis par Claudette Ndenzako le lun 25/03/2019 - 18:52

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My favourite app for learning is Math Wizz for primary school pupils. This app is game based learning and is really fun. My daughters use it to improve their Maths skills. The strategies to solve problems are very well explained and easy to understand. Before I found it difficult to help them because I worked full time and came home tired. Everyone ended up being frustrated when I tried to help as I didn't understand the way they learned at school and the strategies the teachers use these days.