A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can't learn much from the app by itself, but they can get tons of extra practice on standardized test questions. It's designed mostly for practice and review of content already learned in a classroom or from some other source. Even though it has content for kids as young as first grade, it's a much better fit for older kids who are more self-directed and motivated to prep for standardized tests. Varsity Tutors won't teach kids, but it goes a long way to making test prep more convenient, mobile, and accessible.
Ease of Play
Easy to create custom flash card decks, take practice exams, and review content. If you want live tutoring, it's always one click away.
Products & Purchases
Points users toward Varsity's live tutoring service, which is paid and requires a subscription plan. Kids can tap "Find a Tutor," enter personal information (requires email address), and contact a potential tutor without a parent gate.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
By itself, it's not a good tool for learning anything, but it does offer lots of test-prep practice. Since every question is a test-style multiple-choice question, it won't help with mastery of skills and procedures or give kids any deep understanding. The "learn by concept" section presents a question with the correct solution already identified, followed by a brief explanation, often with some work shown. Unfortunately, this won't really help kids learn much, unless they're already great at sitting down with a textbook and example problems and teaching themselves, which most aren't. Also, even though it has content for kids as young as six, it's really designed for an older, more self-directed kid who will prepare for milestone tests independently. However, the app makes up for its lack of depth with a huge number of problems, so for students who want to replace those hefty test-prep books with something more mobile, this is a fine option.
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