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Oxford University Press mobile app helps South African learners study

Oxford University Press mobile app helps South African learners study

23 September 2015

At the beginning of every year, South Africa’s attention focuses on the matric (high school leavers) pass rate.

To assist the Class of 2015 achieve a higher pass rate than their predecessors, Oxford University Press South Africa (OUPSA) commissioned 17-year-old programming prodigy Jacques Blom to develop flippit, a study app aimed at helping matric learners study.

Blom, a Grade 11 student at Westerford high school in Cape Town, together with fellow high school student and programmer Sanjiv Ranchod, collaborated with OUPSA to design the app, which is available to download for free from the Google Play Store. flippit consists of digital flashcard “decks” for 14 subjects, which allow students to learn content, test themselves, and compete against other students— making it fun and easy to study wherever they are.

“Working with Jacques has been great as he has ensured that the app is relevant and suitable for the 21st century student. He thinks from the perspectives of both the developer and the user, so we’ve been able to ensure that flippit really does help learners study,” says Steve Cilliers, OUPSA Managing Director.

Blom started programming when he was just five-years-old and now runs React Technology, a web and mobile app development company, in partnership with Ranchod. He was named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in June this year.

“As a high school student, I understand how frustrating it can be to study for exams, because you’re never sure exactly how and what to memorise. flippit solves this problem by letting you study in a flashcard format, making it fun and interactive,” says Blom. “

“In 2015, OUPSA celebrates 100 years of publishing in South Africa. To celebrate this milestone, we want to make flippit as accessible as possible to students across the country,” says Cilliers. “We hope that students will engage with flippit and give us feedback to ensure that we can help the current and future generations of South Africans ace their matric exams.”

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