Students launch revolutionary study platform to help beat revision stress

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Two medical students from the University of Leeds have launched a ground-breaking study platform, using techniques scientifically proven to increase memory retention by up to 80%.

Synap is a new tailor-made study aid that aims to reduce exam stress and anxiety. The unique learning platform uses artificial intelligence algorithms to enhance the way students and professionals learn so that binge revision for end of term exams becomes a thing of the past.

James Gupta, a final year medical student at Leeds University and Co-Founder of Synap, created the platform as an alternative to traditional revision methods when he and his friends were looking for new ways in which he could improve his own learning practice.

Gupta says, “Traditional methods such as re-reading a textbook lead to a temporary, unreliable kind of knowledge that is difficult to apply in exams or in real world situations. Synap will transform the way we learn and provide students with a much more effective solution to last minute cramming.”

Co- Founder of Synap, Omair Vaiyani, continues, “James and I knew there had to be a better way to study and we started to explore different learning techniques such as Active Elaboration, Interleaved Practice and Spaced Repetition with psychology and artificial intelligence to identify user strengths and weaknesses. When all these techniques are combined, you have Synap, which is a truly personalised study partner for students – almost like having a private tutor in your pocket!”

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The platform began as a Facebook group for Leeds medical students to create, practice and share quiz questions with each other ahead of exams. After some initial success, it transformed into a fully-fledged website and app with thousands of users from around the world, studying not just medicine but a wide range of topics. The project has since received support and funding from the University of Leeds, and last year successfully raised £200,000 from 140 investors via online crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube. Having grown the team and userbase substantially over the last twelve months, James and Omair plan to pursue a full time career in Synap after graduating in May next year.

Oxford University Press are teaming up with Synap to channel exclusive and wide-ranging study material to users. The partnership sees material from Oxford University Press’ instantly recognisable ‘Clinical Handbooks’ series being offered as quizzes in Synap, covering the topics most relevant to UK medical students.

Sean Pidgeon, Oxford University Press Editorial Director, Science and Medical Books said: “Oxford University Press is delighted to be partnering with Synap to provide an exciting new platform to showcase our products. Our self-assessment content is already the cornerstone of a young medic’s revision, and our new collaboration will allow broader access to these high-quality resources through Synap’s innovative online study platform.”

Synap (formerly known as MyCQs) was founded in October 2015. With a full year of trialling the platform amongst by 80,000 students, the app is officially launching across all universities across the UK this autumn. Synap is available online at: https://synap.ac/ with a mobile app coming out later this month.

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