Improve student success: help students find tutors & mentors
Building a customized tutoring service thatsupports our partners.
Building a customized tutoring service thatsupports our partners.
When we started Nimbus Learning, we looked to solve what we saw as a gap in support for students such as ourselves. Our peers would reach out for help but would be faced with a multitude of obstacles to access student success services. We watched as they put time and effort into finding help (whether that be finding tutors, mentors or other support) on top of an already intense workload, juggling school, jobs and family responsibilities. We watched their health, wellbeing and success suffer as a result.
When we connected with administrators to try to understand the problem, we saw ambitious and dedicated offices spending a significant amount of time every day on repetitive, time consuming tasks. Tasks like emailing to match students with the right mentor, recruiting tutors, and tracking hours and time sheets.
Over the years we have honed Nimbus Learning’s services to make student success services more accessible while cutting down on the administrative workload. The Nimbus Platform centralizes tutoring, mentorship and advising programs into one place, where service providers can make their availability known in a few steps and students can book what they need at the click of a button. We help tutors develop the tools they need to succeed in their first jobs, empower administrators to see every aspect of their program in seconds and guide future planning based on in-depth analytics.
We now work with administrators at over 25 schools, representing a quarter of a million students, to reduce the time that they spend on managing their student services by 52%. That return on time allows them to actually grow their services instead of just maintaining them and what we see are efficient, budget-saving programs that provide more value to students, help students do better academically and, ultimately, help them succeed.
William Liu is the Founder and CEO of Nimbus Learning. Having a mind for entrepreneurship, William started his first business when he was 14. Now, Will directs his passion for business towards supporting educational communities.
“People who have a passion for teaching can make a difference in people who are wanting to better themselves,” William says. “These things and these experiences along with my passion for entrepreneurship just kind of made me say, you know what, let’s build something. Let’s build this learning platform where people that want to teach and learn can connect with each other.”
Ben Attal is the co-founder and COO of Nimbus. Playing a role in the leadership team of Nimbus, Ben is an advocate for finding technology-driven ways to build relationships between teachers and students.
“In about October of 2017 when Nimbus first launched to students at McGill…literally, my only job for the first three or four months was doing class announcements in every classroom at McGill and handing out hundreds upon hundreds, maybe thousands of flyers,” Ben remembers. “I saw that what Nimbus was doing was really filling a void at the university that I really aligned with.”
Aaron Lee is the Lead Front End Developer for Nimbus. Focusing on the user interface designs, Aaron has been with Nimbus since the very beginning. He majored in Mathematics and Computer Science at McGill University when he was approached by Will to start a tutoring company.
“At the beginning it went from just the whiteboard…just drawing everything down,” Remembers Aaron. “[Now] I like…working with users and getting direct feedback. It’s always pretty cool. They’ll give us feedback because they work really closely with our customer support. So whenever there’s a bug or there’s anything that the users don’t like we get the feedback and we’ll have a meeting about it and go through all the bugs … depending on what feed-backs we get we’ll pump out different features”.
Haruki Moriguchi is the Chief Technology Officer for Nimbus Learning. Focusing mainly on making the behind-the-scenes development for the Nimbus platform, Haruki has been with Nimbus since the very start.
Haruki loves building the Nimbus offerings. Identifying ways to improve on the application, finding ways to implement these improvements, and then making them happen is what he thrives on.
Abhinav Bhandari is a Front End Developer for Nimbus Learning. Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Abhi originally heard of Nimbus while studying computer science at McGill University.
Abhi is passionate about using technology to make education more accessible & affordable for students around the world. Before he formally joined Nimbus, and while working as a data scientist in Tokyo, Abhi developed a tool to help teachers correct grammar in students’ essays.
Patrick Arevalo is a Partnership Associate with Nimbus Learning, playing a large role in ensuring that Nimbus’s partners have everything they need to support their tutoring and mentorship programs. Previously the Peer Tutoring Coordinator for the University of Manitoba Student Union, Patrick knows first-hand what it takes to develop and run a good program.
“It’s amazing, the versatility of it and the system and how everything flows from one thing to another,” says Patrick of how he likes working with the Nimbus platform. “That’s what I really enjoy.”
Marilyn is the Partner Success Manager at Nimbus Learning, where she is responsible for maintaining and improving relationships with our partners. Marilyn focuses her efforts on identifying issues before they become a problem, increasing operational efficiency and simply being there when needed. If she doesn’t know how, she and the team will figure it out.
“Nimbus is a concrete way to make a lasting impact for students, faculty [and] administration,” Marilyn says. “All while breaking down the usual silos – I like that.”
Andreas supports tutor recruitment for Nimbus partners and is responsible for ensuring that Nimbus is a fully bilingual service, translating our apps, websites, and any partnership support material.
Having graduated with an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in political science, Arabic and history, Andreas previously tutored through the Nimbus platform. This allows him to bring his knowledge of the ins and outs of a successful tutoring session to the next generation of tutors.
“I enjoy [working with the tutors] because it’s nice to get a snapshot of completely different subjects,” says Andreas. “You get to learn a bit of psychology, you get to learn about criminology, you get to learn about neuroscience. It’s just nice interacting with potential tutors.”
Jenn is the Marketing Manager for Nimbus Learning. When not creating those awesome animated stories you see on our social media pages, Jenn studies digital enterprise management at the University of Toronto Mississauga and runs her own greeting card company, Paper Protege .
“What drew me to Nimbus is the fact that I am a student and I understand the struggle…when I first got into university I was really lost…if I struggled with a class there was no way that I could find a tutor easily or connect with people,” says Jenn. “Having Nimbus as a tool for students and letting them know that this is a resource they can use drew me to the company.”
Emma is the Content Creation Lead for Nimbus, focusing on writing and developing content (like this website!) that attempt to engage and inform members of the educational community. Having been a student tutor while in her undergrad at UofT, Emma is passionate about Nimbus’s goal to develop and nurture connections between students and educators.
Outside of helping to develop Nimbus’s blog (Go read it now!), Emma counts her greatest accomplishments as cutting back to two cups of coffee a day, teaching her mom’s dog to rollover, and successfully owning a plant for more than a year without it dying.
Uyi is a former university athlete who previously started his own business helping high school athletes prepare for the demands of post-secondary education. Now as a Business Development Representative, Uyi focuses on developing solutions for potential Nimbus partners.
“What drew me to Nimbus was the connection to helping people learn,” says Uyi. “My job is to help people solve their problems; that makes it rewarding and very fulfilling.”
Dezmon Beckford, business development representative at Nimbus Learning, loves having the opportunity to help people solve problems and enjoys finding new approaches for unique challenges. Having played competitive soccer for most of his life, Dezmon says he is passionate about helping his team succeed — whether that be his team on the field, at Nimbus, or the educational institutes we partner with.
“I was drawn to Nimbus because I love to help people and I believe in Nimbus’ mission to help student achieve success,” says Dezmon. “The software Nimbus has developed makes sense for both students and schools and I want to help get it out to as many people in need as possible.”
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