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Chegg Math Solver - math help

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Super step-by-step solutions may give too much "help."

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Educational Value

Kids can reinforce their math skills and learn to check their work, if they use the app as intended.

Ease of Play

Easy to navigate, but it can be tricky to isolate printed/written formulas, either because of other content on the page/screen or because it won't recognize the handwriting/font.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chegg Math Solver - math help is a homework-helper app that solves math problems for kids. While it can help kids who aren't sure how to start solving a problem, aid parents who are helping with homework, or help check final answers, it may also support kids who are trying to cheat by supplying complete answers. The app is free, but there's a subscription price of $9.99/month after a two-week free trial. Taking a picture of a math problem can be finicky and may be challenging/frustrating for some kids. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

CHEGG MATH SOLVER - MATH HELP allows kids to solve a math problem simply by taking a picture (or using a screen shot). They can also enter the problem using the keyboard if they don't have it written down or the app won't recognize the image. The app will provide the answer, including individual steps. There are links to get explanations for each step and longer articles that explain the math concepts for kids who need even more support. Kids can share the answers with others and can go back through their history to find previous problems. It can handle a range of math problems including those involving integrals and basic matrices. 

Is it any good?

This is a wonderful choice for families who want to help their kids check their math homework or work past a difficult program, but parents need to watch for cheating. Chegg Math Solver - math help provides an option for kids who want to check to make sure their homework is done correctly and parents who want to support kids who are stuck. The challenge is that it does its job well enough that kids can use it to cheat on the homework and even tests. Most kids will find it easy to use, but it can be finicky when it comes to capturing a picture of a problem. When kids get their solutions, they can also use the additional information to make sure they fully understand the solution. If there there's any real complaint about Chegg Math Solver, - math help it's the cost: At $9.99 each month, it's a pricey option to simply ensure your kids ace their math homework. But if math is a struggle in your household, this might just be the tool you need. With a free trial, you can check it out without any commitment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cheating using apps like Chegg Math Solver - math help and otehrs. What does it mean to cheat? What are the repercussions of cheating?

  • Talk about using math solvers. How can you use an app like this in a way that isn't cheating? What are other ways to get help if you are stuck?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Math: algebra, calculus, functions
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, self-assessment
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (two-week trial, then $9.99/month)
  • Release date: September 28, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 103.10 MB
  • Publisher: Chegg, Inc.
  • Version: 1.8.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.3 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: October 14, 2019

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