Piazzza, the online homework helper

Created by a Stanford University graduate student, Piazzza.com is an online platform that claims to provide “high-quality answers for when you’re stuck” on homework by creating a place for students and teachers to share their questions and answers, reports the Stanford Daily—and it’s available 24-7. “It is not always easy to meet people in a large lecture format,” said Peter Pham ’11, a Piazzza user and team member. “Piazzza makes it easy to get help at those desperate times when the deadline for an assignment is hours away, even if you don’t know anyone.” Pooja Nath, the founder and CEO of Piazzza and a student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, created Piazzza with exactly this problem in mind. Nath studied computer science at the competitive Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, where she recalled being too intimidated to ask her peers for help and wishing there were some online forum where she could go to discuss homework problems. One potential concern is cheating, but E14 Prof. Paul Mitiguy said that hasn’t been an issue. “We want people to work together—it’s not cheating,” he said. “When midterms and finals come around, if a student has not been doing his or her own work on the problem sets and [is] just copying, he will fail.”

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