Studiously is an EdTech studying platform that promotes understanding over memorization through artificial intelligence and collaborative learning.

What does Studiously do? We do for education what Google Maps does for driving. The problem in transport is finding a route that’s both cost-efficient and quick from Point A to Point B. The problem in education is helping students at Point A—who lack subject matter mastery and only memorize—to become students at Point B—who understand subject intricacies and can learn. Studiously fills this gap by honing learners’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Studiously’s artificial intelligence tool enables users to upload questions—e.g. matrix products—and Studiously’s AI will return up to ten questions of the very same topic—e.g. multiplying matrices. Thus, users receive the most tailored study resources on the market. And, instead of using dubious sources and study sets found in common education tools, Studiously provides learners the most relevant studying experience.

Studiously’s AI relies on computer vision (CV) and natural language processing (NLP). Using Python-programmed CV and NLP methods, the tool extracts keywords in uploaded questions and returns questions identifying with similar or the same keywords.

Studiously is instrumental in the education sphere to improve student’s preparedness for a competitive and rapidly-evolving world. With consistent usage of Studiously, students can gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills to raise their grades and gain sustainable learning attitudes.

Studiously is in the process of raising seed funding and beta testing at schools to enter the EdTech market. The startup recently raised $5,000 in investor funding.

What inspired you

When I was in the ninth grade, I loved to use Quizlet. If you’re in school, chances are you use a tool like it—maybe you’ve heard of SparkNotes, Duolingo, or Kahoot. But as I entered sophomore year, I was surprised to find that school had shifted away from tests that assessed me on the “what” and became about “why.” Education had transitioned to concepts that would require me to exercise understanding rather than memorization. My fellow classmates were also caught unaware, just like thousands of students across the country, because we fell prey to believing that receiving good grades meant we understood the material.

I caught so off guard that my grades began to slip, but I was able to bring my grades up to an A+ in every class with a couple of simple learning methods, such as narrowing the focus of my study and prioritizing a more learning-centric studying method.

Deciding to research the issue, I found widespread and well-documented statistics about today’s students’ unpreparedness for the workforce. Studies from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and Achieve, have found that: 1 in 6 students cannot solve problems requiring critical thinking or in unfamiliar scenarios; less than 1 in 5 students from low-income families use abstract thinking in problem-solving; and, 4 in 5 employers say that recent high school graduates aren’t as prepared for careers as is expected. These facts are not only alarming, but also a wake-up call about the necessity for deeper learning among students globally.

Utilizing my findings from the educational outcome research I discovered, the lessons I learned about effective studying methods, and my experience in computer science and programming, I created Studiously to provide a robust learning experience for users. And that’s how Studiously was born.