Continuing our series profiling our users’ stories – we are pleased to have Saifoo.Khan’s story! Read on as Saifoo tells how he found us, who he found, and why he stays! We here at OpenStudy love hearing this kind of story – come to OpenStudy and create your own ‘OpenStudy Journey!’
Meet me, my name is Saif Khan. Im a teen, student from Pakistan currently a student of A-levels (Advanced Levels) from University of Cambridge Board, UK. Who doesn’t have problems with his h/w? The same happened with me when I was preparing for my O-levels Examinations back in May/June 2011.
I and my other friends including Narayain and Asad were trying to solve math problems on a Skype conference call. But we were unable to solve it. Having a hard time, I tried to contact a very good friend of mine known as Google. I posted the question in the search and started to check out the links for solution. And then I had a Golden Moment in my life. I found the world of OpenStudy! ;D
I signed up as I was in hurry and OS had just a one step sign-up, which was pretty nice unlike other sites where we have to do a bunch of steps. Moving along I posted the question, tried to get the solution and got it with explanation. I was very happy and continued with my studies.
After i got free with my exams in mid June, i remembered the site again! I always liked tutoring. I used to tutor my school fellows with their problems of different subjects I was good at. On Openstudy, i got a similar enoviroment for tutoring. Where we have people, having a bunch of problems/confusions they were stuck with. I like discussing on different issues/matters, Math is one of them.
As I moved along with my vacations, OpenStudy was a part of my daily routine. I used to use it all day long and whenever I had spare time. I told my cousins and friends about this awesome site which I had found and they joined it too. Most were on their vacations so they used this site mostly for tutoring.
Openstudy not only helped in Math but it helped me A LOT in my real life too! In math, I learned a LOT of shortcuts about math problems and learned new ways/methods to solve particular problems. Like most of the people, I too had some silly confusions in my mind which i overcame after discussing with “Super-Cool-Math-Gods” I found only on Openstudy.
Other than math, I met people from around the globe, came to know about their customs, ways of living, how they interact with each other, etc, etc.
Another awesome step which OS Team recently took is, they launched “Openstudy Global Interships.” I am really really happy that I was selected in the first batch of the interns ever launched by OS. This allowed us to get training about social media communication and other stuff which we need in expanding a company/website. I personally think that this training will play a positive role in our upcoming lives. Since this will allow us to get experience about the “office-life” which we will be experiencing after our studies and it will make us aware of the things which we have to keep in mind while working with a firm and being a part of them. Apart from this, this step will encourage other youth to be a part of this program and it will encourage them to take part in such activities.
Speaking about Openstudy in the ending, the person i miss the most is a user name as Polpak. I wish he gets back as soon as possible. Furthermore, i love how the elders/ seniors including satellite, myininaya, turingtest, amistre64, asnaseer, etc etc etc. help me and others. (please i apologize if your name’s not in the list, but i still know that you are awesome and sorry to mention about you :(. Forgive me!)
They help people by trying making them confusion-free and tension-free about Math, since math is a kind of topic which scares most of the people and give them hard time understanding/solving it so it needs a kind of person which has good sense of tolerance and patience including both the tutor and the student. Teaching a lot of people also helped me to gain such ability.
It has been about 9 months i have been on OS and it was a really great experience for me. It changed my whole life from A to Z, my whole routine is changed due to it, since it’s a part of my life. Finally i would i like to appreciate the countless support which my family did while all this time. I don’t know really know how much to be Thankful to them! On the other hand, i would like to show my appreciation to whole Openstudy Team including Preetha, Chris and others their awesome efforts to give education a new step!!
Final words, I will try my best to stay educated and keep others as well, it’s good for everyone of us.