Middle School Vocabulary Prep

Common Sense Media says

Colorful app offers solid practice; could be more engaging.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The interface is intuitive, bold, and colorful.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The app accesses a user's email from device automatically for sharing score results.

Parents Need to Know

Middle School Vocabulary Prep is a tight and focused flashcard-like study aid. Learn mode gives parts of speech and concise definitions -- often one-word synonyms -- in large text. Quiz and test modes utilize some 300 middle-school words and report number correct out of total. Navigation is nearly flawless save the teeny Stop and Go Back buttons. Music and design provide an appealing presentation. Spare content sacrifices an important element: usage examples in context. There are no games or other engaging activities, and students have no way of customizing the experience or keeping track of long-term progress.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • self-assessment
  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Colorful and simple design is consistent and intuitive. Optional classical music serves to relax kids who need it but might turn off others. No games or significant encouragement.

Learning Approach

The app doesn't give examples of words used in context, which isn't great for deep learning. Kids also don't have many options for customizing the experience. However, the ability to email results could be motivating to kids.

Support

Simple navigation and nice, large text are helpful. In the final test, incorrect answers are indicated only in the final score. Relaxing classical music might help some kids focus.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • self-assessment
  • work to achieve goals

Tweens and teens can learn parts of speech and concise definitions -- often one-word synonyms -- for a selection of 300 middle-school words. Learning may be distilled down to the basics, but the missing usage examples might make learning shallow. Middle School Vocabulary Prep offers kids solid practice but misses opportunities to engage and empower them.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

In MIDDLE SCHOOL VOCABULARY PREP, tweens and teens choose the correct definition in the word-based quiz, and choose the correct word in the definition-based quiz. When kids answer correctly, they see a big "Correct"; when they answer incorrectly they get "The correct answer is" (followed by the correct answer). When ready, kids can take the "BIG Final Practice" test with 50 items. Kids can email their results to others.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Middle School Vocabulary Prep achieves its simple and focused goal with bold style: Quiz kids on definitions for a small selection of middle-school level words. Unfortunately, it lacks appeal otherwise because there are no usage examples, no games, and no engaging activities. Kids have no way of customizing the experience, like adding more words, and there is no way to track long-term progress. Kids can get solid practice with the app, but it's not likely to keep them engaged for long.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your child develop acronyms, acrostics, or songs to remember words.

  • For artistic or visual learners, associate words with images.

  • For kinesthetic (active) learners, associate words with actions.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$1.99-$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:September 30, 2012
Category:Education
Size:15.00 MB
Publisher:Peekaboo Studios
Version:varies
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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