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College can be tough. StudyBot can help.

Increase retention and support college student success with a research-based academic coaching app


 
 
 

What is an academic coach?

StudyBot coaches students towards improving how they learn. It complements traditional instructional approaches, as well as family, social, and university support — all of which are critical to a student’s success.

Like a sports coach, an academic coach gives direction, provides aid, and maintains accountability.

 
Student and academic coach

How it works - enhancing self-regulated learning (1)

 
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Daily check-ins

The StudyBot chatbot leads each student through a 5-minute conversation to:

  • Introduce metacognitive strategies and other learning science concepts (2)
  • Reinforce them through spaced repetition (3)
  • Apply them in the student's work (4)
  • Anticipate upcoming activities or reflect on recent experiences


As needed support

StudyBot is available 24/7 to:

  • Walk students through exercises to overcome common academic challenges (4)
  • Provide students with scaffolded approaches in their work
  • Encourage and direct students to university resources as needed



 

Support for a range of university programs

Built for hybrid and asynchronous learning

Academic resource centers

Supplement tutoring and advising efforts at scale while learning more about student needs from our data

Student retention offices

Support interventions with at-risk students to increase retention rates

First-year programs (5)

Enhance courses with an app specifically designed for first and second-year students

 
College campus

I wish I had this app when I started my freshman year - it's a really cool idea

College student

Class of 2024

There is a huge need for something like this...I haven't seen anything like it before

Tutoring program advisor

University

I can see this app being popular among students who are looking for a more personalized learning experience, but who might not have the time/feel comfortable to reach out to on-campus learning aides

College student, beta tester

Class of 2024

StudyBot made me think about learning in a different way, a more positive way which helped me study and work on my assignments

College student, beta tester

Class of 2023

 

FAQs

 
  • Will chatbot-based coaching work for my students?

    StudyBot is based on the input of dozens of college students and is the first of its kind academic coaching chatbot app. Other chatbot-based coaching apps have demonstrated success by following similar approaches, most notably in healthcare (6) and finance. It also uses gamification to drive engagement with the students during the support and 5-minute daily check-ins.

    Our app is currently in an early access pilot program, and we are interested in innovative universities that want to pioneer this additional way of supporting students. Please book a meeting if you are interested in speaking more.

  • Is this trying to replace existing academic services performed by my team?

    No - we see this as an opportunity to support and enhance existing work. University tutors, advisors, and mentors are best suited to handle the nuances of helping a student.

    Much of what StudyBot focuses on is behavior change, which requires high-frequency engagement with the student (i.e., daily). At the same time, most universities can only support a maximum of weekly check-ins with students. We see human relationships as the core of the university experience but also believe technology can provide vital assistance.

    Additionally, in certain situations, research has shown that many people prefer to respond to automated systems rather than engage with another person they feel may judge them.

  • What types of learning science concepts do you teach students?

    Our lessons cover noncognitive skills, including developing a growth mindset, understanding meta-cognition, and improving help-seeking behaviors. Moreover, we do not simply teach the concept to the student through a lesson. We reinforce it over several days through spaced repetition and work with the student to implement aspects of the lesson in their daily work in the chatbot-led conversations.

    If your university is interested in influencing the direction of our content, please reach out.

  • How can our university review the materials that the student will experience if it's delivered by chatbot?

    We have developed a straightforward content management system to allow your team to review all key parts of the conversations that could be sent to the students.

  • Are there materials specifically designed for first-generation (FGCS) or underrepresented minority (URM) college students ?

    Yes - this is a core aspect of StudyBot. StudyBot is poised to move educational interventions away from helping the “average” student and towards educating an actual student with support when they need it. We are actively working on relevant lessons and also recruiting test users from these groups to ensure our app can best serve them.

  • What insights from research informed the creation of StudyBot?

    We draw on decades of research related to learning science to inform the product design and content.

    Select examples:

    "Clearly, these online measures show great promise in providing more complete answers to the ultimate question that launched research on SRL: How do students become masters of their own learning processes?" (1)

    "Online learning can be enhanced by giving learners control of their interactions with media and prompting learner reflection. Studies indicate that manipulations that trigger learner activity or learner reflection and self-monitoring of understanding are effective when students pursue online learning as individuals." (2)

    "Hundreds of studies in cognitive and educational psychology have demonstrated that spacing out repeated encounters with the material over time produces superior long-term learning, compared with repetitions that are massed together." (3)

    "Students who experienced moderate academic difficulty benefited the most from using tools that helped them plan their study behaviors. Students who experienced more severe academic difficulty benefited from tools that helped them prepare for exams." (4)

    "The transition from high school to college remains one of the most challenging arenas for generating student success in college." (5)

    "...it has new evidence behind its virtual [chatbot-led] diabetes prevention program (DPP) when it comes to reaching vulnerable patients and keeping them healthy at home." (6)

 
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