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Atlanta Mom Inspired by Grandmother’s Encouragement, Love of Education: Creates Online Study Site
After determining she needed to find a creative way to help her children study, Atlanta mom Julie Wilson navigated the Internet for study tools and was dismayed at the cost of the programs and how complicated some were to use.
“Over the years, I’d spent a great deal of time studying with my son and daughter after school, making flash cards, cutting and pasting in Word, and verbally quizzing at the kitchen table, but our interaction wasn’t always as uplifting and positive as it could be,” explained Julie Wilson. “I realized I was actually doing my children a disservice because they were not organizing their own study materials -- I was! They really didn’t know ‘how to learn’ – but only, ‘what to learn,’” she continued.
Julie discovered she needed a creative way for her children to study that would involve
her assistance but would put the ball in their court more often, while teaching them valuable study skills along the way. She navigated the Internet for study tools and was dismayed at the cost of the various programs and how complicated some were to use. “I knew what I wanted, but just couldn’t find it,” said Julie.
Tapping into her organizational skills and question-designing expertise gained while working for years in qualitative market research, she began to design Qwizzy’s World (QW) in her mind.
She shared her thoughts and ideas with her parents and her beloved grandmother. “My grandmother was quite the entrepreneur in her younger years and loved that my idea involved education. She had graduated from high school in the 1920s and had continued on to secretarial school, providing her with solid training for the then male-dominated business world,” recalled Julie.
When her grandmother passed away in late 2006 at the age of 98, she lovingly left Julie a modest inheritance. “I knew right away that Gramie Virgie was helping to make my dream come true, and I had to pursue it. Hence, Qwizzy’s World began to evolve, and by November 2007, I had a unique and dependable quizzing system that allowed kids, parents and teachers a new way to study together, while enabling students to learn a valuable skill – test anticipation without the anxiety!”
A wonderful thing happened when Julie launched her QW test site. In addition to it being a great time saver and an easy way to study, she discovered that it was also a great tool for reconnecting with her kids. Homework time transformed almost magically from a trying experience to an entertaining one for Julie and her kids. She knew she had hit on something special.
“The kids began having fun creating their own quizzes, and when they went to bed, I would log on, use the QW edit function on the site, and add in more challenging versions of the same material. The fact that the site randomized the questions on their quizzes ensured that they were really learning the material as opposed to just memorizing it,” shared Julie.
Because the Wilsons had set up multiple accounts on QW within their household, they could ‘Buddyshare’
When mid-terms rolled around, Julie used another special QW feature enabling her to put several previous quizzes together, creating one ‘Ultimate Quiz.’ “I watched first-hand as my kids experienced a boost in self-confidence, their test anxiety disappeared, they left for school each day fully prepared and their grades went up,” said Julie.
Although her personal goal of helping her own children had been met, she wanted to share her excitement, and desired to see other students excel as her children had with the help of QW. “I knew how incredible it would be to get this concept into the schools, both public and private, along with the growing home school segment and the tutoring community.” The Wilsons’ long-time au pair recognized its value to college students as well, being a recent graduate herself. She now works as part of the team to broaden QW’s reach. Just recently, a tutorial guiding users through the process of creating quizzes was added to the site. QW is also currently being updated to accommodate all grade levels by using an interesting assortment of characters to enhance the quizzing process.
The site was made affordable for all students, teachers and families, regardless of their means. “Qwizzy’
To learn more about Qwizzy’s World or to sign up for a 30-day trial, please visit www.qwizzysworld.com. Julie Wilson is available at Julie@qwizzysworld.com.
About Qwizzy’s World
Qwizzy’s World is a unique online study site designed for students of all ages and grade levels, parents, teachers, and tutors. Created to alleviate test taking anxiety and build confidence, Qwizzy’s World provides a way for custom quizzes to be crafted from current public, private or home school classroom study materials. Quizzes can be created in five different formats — multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-