Slader Homework Answers

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Textbook answer-sharing makes cheating easy.

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Educational Value

Answers to multiple subjects -- math, science, English, foreign language, and more -- but it's unlikely kids will learn much as they use it. If kids use the explanations or step-by-step process to practice and learn, then it may have more value.

Ease of Play

Easy to use.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Slader - Homework Answers is a textbook answer-sharing app and site used by middle school, high school, and college students. Users post answers -- including answer keys, handwritten notes, and equations -- from commonly used textbooks. Subjects include math, science, history, English, world languages, and "other," which includes IB, economics, geography, and more. The developers say that there are "millions of user-generated solutions for thousands of textbooks," and they claim that they don't allow any copyrighted material from a textbook to be reposted. At the time of this review, many books in some sections didn't yet have any content uploaded by users. Unless students subscribe for $1.99/month for ad-free content, ads pop up in between answers. Note that the app is meant to offer answers to teens' homework assignment questions, so parents will likely want to monitor use to prevent overt cheating. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use SLADER - HOMEWORK ANSWERS, scan your textbook's barcode, browse to find your textbook, or add it if it's not there. Upon opening, the app also asks you to choose whether to allow the app to access your location and send you notifications. Choose a subject: math, science, history, English, world languages, or "other," which includes IB, economics, geography, and more. For examples, tap on Algebra 2, and view dozens of textbook covers. Tap on the desired book. Choose a chapter/section or page number to view the problem and solution. Many books currently do not have any content uploaded by users. To upload a solution, tap on the word  "upload" in the upper right of the screen and choose to upload from your phone or take a photo.

Is it any good?

Crowdsourcing homework help is cheaper than tutoring, but this app can lead to cheating and misinformation. The main problem with Slader - Homework Answers is that it can easily be used as a tool to copy answers, so students will learn nothing but how to get access to answer keys in textbooks -- and get potentially wrong answers to other homework problems. As long as students are academically disciplined enough to use it to check their work, or look at the way a contributor arrived at their solution, then it could be an effective homework aid. But that's a big ask for time-pressured students, especially for those who are struggling enough with understanding a topic -- or with time management. There are some very good alternative homework help apps available, where tutors lead students through problems to learn as they assist them at arriving at the right answer. Most students will benefit more from seeking help on those than getting easy answers on this one. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Slader - Homework Answers borders on cheating. How could a middle or high school student use this app ethically? Or is that possible? If so, how? Talk to your kid about the ethical  -- and educational -- pitfalls about this app, and their school's (as well as your family's) rules about the kind of homework help that's acceptable.

  • Check out Common Sense Media's list of Homework Help Apps for alternatives.

  • If you discover that your teen has been relying on this app for a specific subject, it may mean they're struggling with that class in school. Offer to help, or help them find other sources of tutoring or homework help.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchase $1.99/mo to remove ads)
  • Release date: March 28, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 86.00 MB
  • Publisher: Slader
  • Version: 5.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up

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