Interactive AP exam study guides
While high school students are looking forward to a break from school, some of them will be using the time to study for their advanced placement exams in May.
With more than 30 Advanced Placement courses offered by the College Board, AP exams are a popular way for high school students to get a taste of college level courses--and actually earn credit towards a degree.
And thanks to one Gainesville company, there's a new way to study for those exams.
"Omninox is a productivity tool for teachers… a productivity software specifically for AP teachers."
Yatit Thakker is the Co-Founder and CEO of Omninox an online study guide for AP exams, but with an added tool for teachers.
"Class time is so precious in the classroom. You know, each teacher only gets like 50 minutes per day with their class,” says Thakker. “They can laser-focus their instruction on exactly on what that particular classroom is having trouble with."
Teachers set up online quizzes and assignments for their classrooms.
Students complete the questions and Omninox turns those test results into a tool for teachers to see how well students are grasping certain benchmarks.
"Imagine those questions except now teachers have all these analytics about their students. They can figure out using our content online that 'well… Period 1 seems to be having more trouble with the Civil War in American History, but Period 2 might be having more trouble understanding the Great Depression.” Thakker says, “And just by delivering quizzes online, the teacher can figure that out just from sending a link every week."
The Gainesville native says the idea for this technology came from personal experience as a student at UF.
"It started out as my co-founders and I, there were three of us at the time, created study guides while we were in college and then over time what started out as a summer project evolved into something more where we saw these study guides get picked up in certain high schools that were starting to use them in their classrooms so we figured there was something to it," Thakker says.
The team worked to develop software that could recommend extra study based on topic with which students had the most difficulty.
"Say you go on Amazon, right,” he says,”and just based on things that you purchase on Amazon, it automatically figured out 'oh based on your purchases, maybe you should buy this next’”.
Thakker says Omninox can suggest specific questions to give students more practice.
"And that ends up being a really powerful and effective tool for teachers to use and it's actually very difficult technology to get that to work," says Thakker.
And now the company has expanded the online study tool to include nearly half of the College Board's AP courses.
He says, "three to four years later, we now have 14 subjects covering 80-85% of Advanced Placement exams that are taken every year."
And Thakker says the goal is to keep going.
"We have over 4,000 questions in Advanced Placement, by next month it'll be over 5,000."
To learn more about Omninox, click here.
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