A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
COURSE HERO | HOMEWORK HELP is a subscription service for homework help via tutors and access to course information, like notes. Students can search the thousands of classes included and download course materials. They can also send a photo or text-based question to a tutor and receive a quick response. Two questions are included for the free version with more questions allowed with the subscription. Similarly, the number of downloads are limited with the free version, with full access with a subscription. The app is powered by real people: tutors who are paid or get credits for loading course documents and answering question. If the tutor who first sees a question can't answer it, it is passed on to another tutor.
Is it any good?
For the price a one tutoring session a month, this tool can offer students access to ask a tutor questions. For an app, the Course Hero | Homework Help subscription is pricey, but for higher level high school classes and college courses, this may be a worthwhile investment. The tutors respond very quickly -- there are usually hundreds available at any time. The course documents, though, are sketchier. Some schools and classes may have stellar content while others may be disappointing. Overall, the customer service and tutoring service are very responsive, so the quality of the course docs might improve -- or be an acceptable loss.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can discuss how to manage collaboration and group studying/sharing of materials versus cheating using apps like Course Hero | Homework Help. What crosses the line into cheating?
Encourage kids to talk to teachers or professors during tutorial times or office hours to build relationships as well as get help. Walk kids through how they can ask and advocate for themselves. What's okay to ask? How should you ask?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: algebra
Science: engineering, biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Social Studies: history
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development
Collaboration: meeting challenges together
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (subscription and in-app purchase options including $24.99 to unlock 10 assignments, $38.99/mo.)
- Release date: September 11, 2019
- Category: Education
- Size: 54.40 MB
- Publisher: Course Hero, Inc.
- Version: 1.19.51
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: October 11, 2019
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