ExamRevision

Founders: Keith Walsh and Paddy Ward
 
Number of Staff: 3
 
Start Date: 2020-12-04
 
Tell us what your business does?
ExamRevision – An online learning platform for secondary school students and teachers!
Each subject is presented into concise, bite-sized resources such as video tutorials, notes and self-correcting quizzes.
Each subject covers the entire Junior & Leaving Cert course in detail, providing support from the basics to the highest level achievable (H1). ExamRevision is Ireland’s leading video tutorial website for students and teachers. ExamRevision provides high quality resources which are in line with the Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate specifications. Our expert teachers have created video tutorials, Powerpoint presentations, notes/resource packs, an exam builder, self-correcting quizzes and much more to allow students to deepen their knowledge. ExamRevision provides instant feedback through our self-correcting quizzes which facilitate teachers in motivating and further developing their students’ knowledge in a fun and collaborative environment.
Advantages for students
Students can Stop. Pause. Rewind 24/7, Greater demand from students for video tutorials, Never missing out on lessons even if they are not physically in school,  Suits a range of learning styles and Solidify the learning that takes place in the classroom
Advantages for teachers
High quality resources created for them, Saves time Tracks students progress and engagement, Use during lesson or assign for homework, Enables their students to achieve better results and Essential for school closures and continuation of teaching & learning
Where did the idea for your business come from?
Keith started creating video tutorials for a student in his class who was absent for a long period of time. When the student returned to class after a long period of time out of the classroom, she was ahead of most of your peers as she was able to progress her learning with the use of the video tutorials. This was the light bulb moment and resulted in ExamRevision.ie!
Gap in the market:
For students – No website available to support learning outside the classroom through a selection of high-quality resources specific to the Irish curriculum!
For Teachers – No website available providing high quality resources for teachers to assign to students, use in class, monitor and track student progress.
Have you always wanted to run your own business?
Absolutely!
What planning did you do before you started up?
Conducted a lot of market research with both students and teachers – surveys, questionnaires, interviews and focus groups! Many discussions with CEO’s of similar platforms in other countries – especially with HegartyMaths.co.uk in the UK.
Which entrepreneurs do you admire?
Richard Branson & Bill Gates
What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
Managing cashflow and having the large initial capital investment was a considerable challenge in the start. As we are a tech business the capital investment at the start is very high which was a real challenge in creating the platform. Furthermore, getting high quality content creators was a challenge due to our limited cashflow – one of the ways we overcame this problem was by offering our content creators a franchise model whereby they get a % of all sales for their subject. This allowed us to get experience, expert teachers to create high quality content for their specific subject while investing all our capital into the tech on our platform. This enabled us to create a state or the art platform for both students and teachers with high quality content to go along with it!
How have you promoted your business?
We mainly promote our business via social media. Again this is linked to our limited cashflow – we know we need help with marketing and need to invest in marketing but all of our funds go into creating the best platform possible for our users and having high quality content for each subject! We have a 40% repeat customer rate currently and we’ve never had to offer a refund to our customers so we know our product is demanded and good!
Where do you see the business in 3 years’ time?
Becoming Ireland’s Leading Educational Platform for both students and teachers in secondary schools!
What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
Just go for it and take the leap of fate! Some many people have fantastic ideas but din’t take the risk – just do it and you won’t regret it!

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