Stoogle: an information portal for students, by students

Students from the University of Cape Town have created a student information portal, Stoogle.co.za, in a bid to assist high school pupils and students with guidance when moving on to tertiary institutions.

The platform launched at the beginning of 2015, and according to its founders, has gained “considerable traction” already.

The site aims to help students on many levels:

  • To help high school pupils choose their subjects in Grade 9;
  • Guidance on where to go and what to study after high school, with assistance in applying;
  • Helping students find accommodation and getting supplies for res and food for their “digs”;
  • Helping students get textbooks and tutoring on the cheap;
  • And helping to find student jobs to pay their way.

Notably, the site also offers guidance on how to find funding to study, with access to student loans where bursaries are not possible.

“We’re even going so far as to help those in need experience university and gain an education,” the startup said.

The site offers a host of free content, giving advice on a number of topics – from dealing with student loans and details about various courses – and also offers paid-for services such as Skype sessions and tutoring.

The site was founded and developed by UCT students, Jason Basel, Ben Rath and James Kieser.

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