Edtech Startup ‘Tentorin’ Makes It Easy For High School Students To Learn Together Online
In the midst of pluses and minuses, the enthusiasm of edtech players to continue to democratize education never fades. “Tentorin” is here to offer a note-sharing platform solution for high school students, especially those who are preparing for university entrance exams.
This startup was initiated by Rafsi Albar (CEO) and Syahriza Ilmi (CTO) who have a deep interest in the world of education. The two met two years ago at Akademis, an edtech startup that focuses on university preparation, while working as consumer researchers.
At that time, Rafsi focused on the financial division, while Syahriza was on digital products. Both Rafsi and Syahriza have various experiences that support each other. Rafsi has worked as an Investment Analyst at Kejora Capital, Boston Consulting Group, and Kinobi.
Meanwhile, Syahriza has experience as a Digital Finance & Business Analyst at Mitsubishi Fuso, Kalibrr, and ASA Digital. In addition to the two of them, Tentorin now has five other core employees with diverse experiences, including building organizations and startups.
“After we felt we had a sufficient basis, we formed a team again at the end of 2021 to be more committed to building startups in the field of education,” said Rafsi to DailySocial.id.
Before offering a note-sharing platform solution, Tentorin actually had a different initial idea, but it was still in the realm of education. But confidence is growing for the pivot, after several months of market research and product testing.
In fact, Tentorin was only released in March 2022 or about three months ago with the main product in the form of a note-sharing platform that can be accessed through its website.
There, students can access more than 500 Indonesian student records covering high school material, especially the subjects tested in the university entrance selection, namely the UTBK-SBMPTN and independent exams.
So far, he continued, the Tentorin platform is still free for students to access from anywhere. However, for future monetization strategies, his party is preparing a live class feature, students can create paid classes facilitated by Tentorin.
“To post classes on the Tentorin platform, it is facilitated in terms of payment, and other technical matters, the tutor (as students teach) is given a charge.”
This proposition is the most striking difference between Tentorin and similar players in Indonesia. The reason is, Tentorin does not directly provide in-house teaching staff. Instead, build an ecosystem that focuses on students as a source of student learning between each other.
He again gave an example, on the Tentorin platform, there is a record maker’s bio, such as his social media account. It is hoped that Tentorin will not only convey material to students, but also involve them actively by giving appreciation to their work.
What’s more, the platform also makes it possible to collect multiple sources for each material by giving users more options. The peer-to-peer concept like Tentorin has actually been implemented by global-scale edtech startups, such as Course Hero, Quizlet, and Chegg.
Each has more and less value. Course Hero and Quizlet are the largest note-sharing platforms in the world, they also have services like assignment assistance. Unfortunately, the platform does not reach students in Indonesia well.
Company’s Next Plan
Rafsi claims that after two months of its release, Tentorin has helped more than 3,500 students prepare for university.
Not only that, it is currently in the pre-revenue stage because it focuses on developing a library and student community base, so that Tentorin is able to attract more students in the future.
Innovations that can accommodate the next peer-to-peer learning will remain the focus of the company. Last April, the company released a new supporting feature, namely the collection feature.
This feature allows the user to save the notes he likes in a single ‘binder’ in the Tentorin system. In this way, it is easy for students to access notes whenever they need.
Next, the live class feature has actually been tested since last May. For target users, Tentorin will still target high school students. After that, he plans to enter another formal education.