Singapore, 7 April 2020 - Singapore students who are keen to explore new resources to support their Home Based Learning can sign up for a service comprising online tutoring by Snapask and specially curated news content by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).
Snapask, an Asia-based education technology company, will pledge over 10,000 free subscriptions for Singapore-based students of all levels, while SPH will give students 14 days’ online access to all news content by its flagship publication The Straits Times.
The service is in response to the Singapore Government’s announcement that all schools will move to Home Based Learning from 8 April to 4 May, a move that is set to affect more than 500,000 students.
Snapask's pledge consists of two phases. For phase one, students can sign up, on a first come first served basis, from 8 April to 15 April, with an initial limit of 1,000 free subscriptions.
The initial free bundle includes:
30 one-on-one tutoring sessions (which adds up to 10-15 hours) with qualified tutors.
Online learning content.
Access to The Straits Times digital and curated articles.
Registration for the rest of the 10,000 free subscriptions is planned for phase two, with dates to be announced. Students can go to snapask.com and click on the tab "Home Based Learning" to find out more. They can sign up at https://start.snapask.com/st
Snapask's primary service is an on-demand mobile app, which matches students to a team of tutors. Students can, from the safety of their homes, use the app to take photos of homework questions they want help with and they will be matched with suitable tutors who will provide help in timely one-on-one sessions online. Snapask tutors consist of students from top universities such as Singapore Management University, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.
The company also offers a library of educational content ranging from tips for studying and exam preparation, to advanced courses in professional certifications.
Snapask will also work with a team from The Straits Times to curate articles and co-create news content to help students meet their educational goals. The Straits Times team includes a teaching expert, editors and journalists who have won global awards for student publications that use the news in education.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a paradigm shift in the education sector and made it necessary for students, parents and educators to adopt new solutions. Snapask and SPH see an increased demand for digital, personalised and on-demand educational solutions which they want to cater to.
"Technology will play a key role in defeating this pandemic, not just in medical treatment, but also to minimise disruptions to our daily lives and to introduce a new standard for how education can be provided online effectively. Education is a vital part of our society, and we are honoured to collaborate with SPH to contribute via this subscription pledge," said Timothy Yu, founder and CEO of Snapask.
"With health authorities advising social distancing and closures of schools and tutoring facilities, it's crucial for us to do our part to provide convenient ways to learn. We are glad to work with Snapask to create online content that can be consumed by students and educators anywhere, anytime," said Lydia Lim, Head of SPH Schools.
Snapask has recently pledged similar services in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The company currently services over 3 million students in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea with 350,000 qualified tutors from around the world.
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Singapore Press Holdings
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Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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Snapask (Holdings) Inc.
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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
SPH's core business is in the publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media.
On the property front, SPH owns approximately 65% in SPH REIT whose portfolio comprises three properties in Singapore, namely Paragon, The Clementi Mall and The Rail Mall. In Australia, SPH REIT holds an 85% stake in Figtree Grove Shopping Centre and a 50% stake in Westfield Marion Shopping Centre.
SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall and is developing an integrated development consisting of The Woodleigh Residences and The Woodleigh Mall. It also owns a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom and Germany.
It is in the aged care sector in Singapore and Japan, and owns Orange Valley, one of Singapore's largest nursing homes.
SPH runs a regional events arm and a chain of Buzz retail outlets. It also invested in the education business.
For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.
Snapask is a mobile app that allows students to ask for assistance by sending in a photo of the questions they encountered. It matches them with a suitable tutor in seconds for one-on-one instant learning sessions. Launched in 2015, Snapask is now serving over 3 million students with 350,000+ tutors in eight Asia markets - Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and Korea. In addition to the app, Snapask also develops B2B solutions with AI technology to provide personalized learning resources through big data analysis.