PrepFactory

PrepFactory is a web platform that offers free standardized test preparation for middle and high school students.

Joining the PrepFactory team was my first experience working at a startup and learning the principles of UI/UX design. As a rising high school senior, I had just finished my SATs and brought recent, first-hand knowledge of standardized testing to the team. During my internship, I completed three main design projects:
I. 2-Player Vocabulary Game

II. User Dashboard

III. Mobile Tutoring Service


I. 2-Player Vocabulary Game

One of the most distinctive parts of the SAT is the vocabulary that it tests. Students often rely on flashcards to memorize the hundreds of challenging vocabulary words that could appear on the exam. To make this process more engaging and help enhance retention, I designed a Wordplay, a 2-player vocabulary game. Users are tested on SAT vocabulary by matching a given word to its synonym or filling in a blank in a given sentence.

Users can be paired with other real, online users if available. For each question, the player who answers fastest with the correct answer earns a point. The game also displays a leaderboard of the players with the most total wins.



II. User Dashboard

Another aspect of gamefication was tracking user progress and displaying this information in a fun, motivating way. To do this, I designed a user dashboard that would expand from the website's header. It provided a snapshot of user progress in each of the subjects of the test.



III. Mobile Tutoring Service

PrepFactory's goal was to differentiate itself through offering personalized mobile services that its competitors did yet not have. I designed the preliminary mockups for a tutoring service web app that would be accessed on mobile devices.

On the mobile PrepFactory site, users can access practice problems just like on the desktop site. At the end of the problem set, users are presented with an option to access the online tutoring service.

Users then access the tutor marketplace. Tutor profiles include their hourly rate, satisfactory rating, and whether they're currently online.
The tutoring session includes a video chat as well as screensharing capability so that the tutor can mark up the practice questions.

Users can also access a variety of materials with the tutor. This includes the ability to take a picture of a practice problem on paper and share it with the tutor. Offering maximum flexibility to the user was part of the intent to differentiate this mobile tutoring service.


Takeaways

PrepFactory nurtured my ability to think like a designer and put myself in the shoes of the user. I produced high-fidelity mockups and worked directly with the company's founder and lead developer to implement these new features.