Self-taught coder, 21, creates app to help matrics prepare for exams

Self-taught coder, 21, creates app to help matrics prepare for exams

- Lesego Finger created a genius app to help Grade 12 students study for their exams

- Finger taught himself how to code when he was just 15

- His invention recently won the Fundi Best Educational App 2019

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Lesego Finger, a 21-year-old self-taught coder, is making matric pupils' lives a little bit easier. The Fundi Best Educational App 2019 award winner created an app that helps matrics prepare for their final examinations.

The young coder saw how reliant young people are on their smartphones and he saw an opportunity to help them.

So, he created Matric Live - a "multifunctional education app that is reinventing the way pupils learn by making learning contextual, visual and not just theoretical".

Briefly.co.za learned the app supports more than 16 subjects and matric pupils who are currently writing their exams can access it free of charge.

After the current examinations, learners can subscribe to the app for a small R50 fee a year, Finger revealed.

Self-taught coder, 21, creates app to help matrics prepare for exams

Lesego Finger taught himself how to code when he was just 15-years-old. Photo credit: Lesego Finger/Facebook.
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The Sowetan reported that Finger - who hails from Orlando East, Soweto, taught himself software engineering when he was only 15.

The first-year WeThinkCode student's app already boasts 144 560 registered users.

"Other features which make this app a real win for students include the ability to access three years' worth of past papers, as well as a terminology search where students have access to a quick search function to find out more about difficult subject terms," he said.

Users also have access to weekly practise exams which provide instant results and corrections. Finger is also the founder of eAssessment, a website which assists learners who are upgrading their marks.

Finger said designing apps that help other people is a passion for him. The young entrepreneur added he founded his own company, SAADC (Pty) Ltd, and the Department of Basic Education is one of his clients.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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