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Helen commented on Pnutek

Hi Rahul,

This is such an innovative idea! Studies have shown that music and memory work well together because they utilize both the left and right brain - the left brain analyzes the information while the right brain is activated by the music. Personally, I always listen to music when I'm studying, so I can definitely relate.

I think a huge part of this idea is the app itself - how well it can actually translate notes into songs. Especially in academic areas like natural sciences, where scientific terms can be long and complicated, would this app still work? Also, for subjects like math, how would music match up to equations? This app may suit a more niche market - perhaps for social science and history classes.

Overall, I'm very intrigued by this project and excited to see next steps!

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Helen commented on The MatchMaker

Hi Rana,

This sounds like a great idea for students to get some real-world exposure, without the commitment of an internship. I see the benefits for employers as well - generating new ideas for very low cost. I have some concerns about the "automatic matching" through the Matchmaker platform. Is it based solely on the criteria you outlined ("jobs to be done", flexibility and commitment levels)? Are there other factors considered? How does the software analyze matches, based on such simple criteria? Is this software proprietary and already developed?

Also, have you considered if this Matchmaker platform would cover all areas of academic studies? Perhaps, it would be better suited for certain areas. For example, what type of work would a firm ask from a biology class? What type of work would be asked from a finance class? Music class? English class? A narrower academic scope may help refine the platform. Let me know your thoughts!

Hi Terry,

I really like the idea of bringing a mobile higher education platform to students who may not have access otherwise. Education can transform someone's life and present great opportunities to make an impact.

I have a few questions regarding the logistics of such a mobile platform. Would the same advisor be working with the same students every week (or however often the meetings are)? Would different advisors be in the bus for different academic subjects? Also, in the description, it mentions a scenario where "an advisor could be working through a financial aid process with one student while another participates in an online project from a different college." Are advisors serving as teachers or are they acting more as facilitators? In other words, do they teach content or simply provide opportunities for students to exercise their knowledge?

I'm excited to see where this idea goes!