Elevate - Brain Training

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Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Speedy, amusing games sharpen speed but not grammar skills.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

In Elevate, kids can hone their skills for listening carefully and reading critically to remember details and spot grammatical errors. Unfortunately, kids need to know a lot of grammar before using this app; they'll be tested on it repeatedly but will have limited opportunities to review rules they don't already know by heart.

Ease of Play

Elevate's games are simple and straightforward to use. It's easy to swipe left or right to flag errors or tap out the letters in the spelling game. Unfortunately, none of the games offers feedback to help kids learn the rules of grammar or the definitions of the words that appear.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Elevate is a "brain-training" app that features simple games designed to sharpen particular cognitive skills. A better fit for older kids, these games require kids and adults to have significant prior knowledge of English grammar rules and strong English vocabulary. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written byMohamedOueslati.com September 22, 2016

Good Tool for Critical Thinking

This tool is good as it offers interesting activities and games that challenge the students thinking process and invites them to think in a higher order. Also i... Continue reading
Adult Written byMary D. June 16, 2017

Annoying issues for seniors with this good ap

The writing is so tiny that it is difficult to read, even with good glasses. Then they put the tiny white writing on a pale pastel background. Very difficult fo... Continue reading

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What's it about?

In ELEVATE – BRAIN TRAINING APP, users play simple games to hone their skills of rapid recall and processing. Each game is designed to test a different language skill such as reading, writing, listening, and speaking. After each game, users receive a "ranking" that indicates their performance compared to other users. The games are entertaining and nicely paced. For example, users pop balloons to match antonyms, tap to spot grammatical errors, and swipe left or right to flag words with negative and positive connotations. The content being tested is solid; this is important information for users who strive for better written and spoken English skills.

Is it any good?

Elevate's games are definitely fun, and it's engaging to open the app each day to find three new games to play. Unfortunately, the app's developers have assumed a very high level of prior knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary, and the app doesn't contain resources to help improve or build such knowledge. When users get a question wrong, it's just wrong; there's little chance to reflect or review to avoid a wrong answer the next time. Ultimately, this is a fun game to build skills such as speed and rapid recall, but it may not necessarily achieve the "brain training" users might be looking for.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What does "connotation" mean? What impact does a sentence have when you use a word with a positive connotation versus a negative one?

  • What grammar rules are the trickiest to remember? How do you know when to use "its" vs. "it's" or "they're" vs. "their" vs. "there"?

  • What do you think about "brain training"? What does an app like this teach you? Do you think it would be helpful at school or at home? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, speaking, writing
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: thinking critically
    Communication: conveying messages effectively, listening, speaking
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Subscription price: $7.99 a month, $44.99 a year, $149.99 for lifetime use
  • Release date: October 1, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 77.80 MB
  • Publisher: Elevate Inc.
  • Version: 1.14
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Requires Android 4.0 and up.

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