SA’s SkillUp Tutors launches mobile app


South African startup SkillUp Tutors, a web-based platform that helps parents and students find and schedule lessons with tutors in their area, has launched its app to simplify the process of obtaining tuition.

Launched in January of last year and operating in beta until this year, SkillUp Tutors specialises in high school mathematics, science and languages, but also has a number of university and junior school students using its system.

The platform matches students and tutors. Tutors throughout South Africa sign up and go through a rigorous application process. Students or parents of students can access a list of tutors in their area depending on their subject-level requirements.

SkillUp has now launched its Android app, which makes finding and connecting with tutors in South Africa easier. The app allows users to send messages, make enquiries with tutors, and follow a student’s progress. Tutors will also receive notifications when there is a job in their area and be able to respond quickly to parents and students in need.

The app was developed by SkillUp’s head of mobile Kent Hawkings, who also developed the Superbalist Andrioid app. An iOS version will follow.

“Over the past six months more than 4,000 tutors have gone through the SkillUp application process. We aim to get this to 20,000 before the end of the year, and use the Android app to help us do this,” co-founder Matthew Henshall said.

“We are optimising for tutors, we believe if we can get the best tutors in the country and offer them the best service then ultimately we will deliver the best service to our students and parents. Our lessons are doubling week-on-week and we are excited about what the future holds.”


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