Grammar App HD

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Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Vague explanations, typos detract from decent learning tool.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn practically everything they need to know about grammar, from the basic period to writing rules. Although the tutorials sometimes contain grammatical errors within the text, the app still provides accurate examples and explanations. The strength lies in the loads of quizzes and in the progress meter, which allows kids to focus on their own grammar weaknesses. Users can get as much practice as possible, whether to learn new grammar rules or study for the ACT. Grammar App HD is a decent study tool, though a little dry and, ironically, in need of some editing.

Ease of Play

There is minimal guidance provided as to using the app, but the menus are fairly straightforward. The difficulty level varies widely -- from an explanation of masculine and feminine nouns, i.e., "rooster" and "hen," to discussions of coordinate adjectives. There are four tutorial sections: Introduction (70 pages); Basic Grammar (10 sections, 161 pages); Punctuation Rules (12 sections, 180 pages); and Writing Rules (3 sections, 74 pages). Each page contains a short explanation, a few examples, or a brief exercise. There are four types of tests: Diagnostic, Proficiency, Topic Wise (corresponding to the tutorials); and Grammar Games, a parts of speech game modeled after Flight Control. Users can create up to five different profiles to track progress.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grammar App HD is similar to a language arts workbook with good tools for testing grammar skills, but it is not perfectly accurate American English. The app contains almost 500 brief pages of tutorials on various topics with built-in exercises. There are also tests, for which results can be broken down by topic, compared over time, and shared via email. A game similar to Flight Control also tests parts of speech. However, the app has a few display glitches and confusing terms, like "full stop" in the section about using periods. Up to five user profiles can be created; when creating a profile, users can choose to log in using Facebook.

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What's it about?

In GRAMMAR APP HD, there are four sections: Learn, Test, Games, and Progress. Under Learn, users read through tutorials on different grammar topics. There are examples, quiz questions, explanations, and a few videos. The quiz questions are the same ones found in the Test section. In the Progress section, users can see their performance on the quizzes, including the percentage of questions answered correct or incorrect overall and by topic. There are also two basic games for learning parts of speech.

Is it any good?

This app has a lot of potential learning value, particularly with its wealth of examples and built-in exercises for grammar rules. Still, its flaws are disappointing -- the typos, unfamiliar terms, and limited explanations somewhat hinder teaching and learning. There are sections that are useful, particularly for tracking and sharing progress. The Flight Control-like game is also quite fun, as long as you don't mind that some of the words tested could be several different parts of speech depending on context.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Take a look at your kids' progress in the app to see what areas they need help with. Read the tutorials together, adding your own examples to help keep them engaged.

  • Encourage your kids to read widely and as often as possible for exposure to grammar. They can read the cereal box, instructions for your new grill, or a newspaper article.

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