website set up to help students excel

17 May 2010 is helping students to revise and study remotely. was set up by brother and sister team Ailish and Eoghain Ryan in 2009 in the lead-up to the exams, with the site officially launching this year. Both engineers, the Ryan duo were concerned about the high failure rate in pass maths. After doing some market research, they found there was no study aid that offered feedback for students outside of school, other than one-to-one grinds.

When setting up, the Ryan siblings partnered with engineer and ex-Galway hurling captain David Collins, and engineer Liam Frawley. The quartet liaised closely with teachers in schools throughout the site’s development.

As an online examination, correction and feedback service, via students can monitor their progress and improve their results through continuous practice. has an exam correction and feedback service corrected by state examiners, an oral examination service, online aural and multiple choice questions, all of which can be accessed virtually, with prices starting at €2.

Helping students reach their potential

The co-founders have added a sports psychology dimension to the website, to help students gear up and study to reach their best potential, with Eoghain Ryan also a club hurler.

Free webinars on Tuesday 18 May at 6.30pm will be offering a series of free live webinars for Leaving and Junior Cert students in the lead-up to the exams. The first free webinar will happen tomorrow, Tuesday, 18 May at 6.30pm, where the ‘exam doctor’, Peter Jackson, will give students and parents study and exam tips for the upcoming Leaving and Junior Cert.

Head of Science at St Columba’s College, Whitechurch, Co Dublin, Jackson has more than 30 years of teaching experience and teaches science at Junior Cert level and both biology and chemistry to Leaving Cert students. He has corrected biology papers for the State Examinations Commission for more than 25 years. Jackson has also penned a recent book for Leaving Cert students of chemistry entitled Essentials Unfolded – Chemistry.

As part of the free webinar tomorrow, Jackson will be giving students general revision, study and exam tips and answering common queries parents might have.

He will provide Leaving Cert students with a 15-minute video on biology exam tips and a 10-minute video on chemistry exam tips.

To avail of the webinars, students and parents must register for free on recently launched an iPhone App that allows second-level language students to test themselves with an aural exam while on the move. The application is available for download from the iTunes App store for €2.39 per exam. Aural exams are available in Irish, French, German and Spanish in Ordinary and Higher Level.

By Carmel Doyle

Photo: From left: David Collins,, with Ailish Ryan and Eoghain Ryan, co-founders of

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic