SoloLearn: Learn to Code

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Free coding classes, lots of user-generated examples.

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age 13+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn any of a dozen coding languages by working their way through the lessons, quizzes, and projects.

Ease of Play

Diving in may be slow for kids with no coding experience at all, but hints and an active discussion board can help get them past any hurdles.

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Frequent ads.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SoloLearn: Learn to Code is an educational app geared toward adults and the terms of service specify a minimum age of 13. As such, there are no parental controls in place, and kids have free access to discussion boards with hundreds of thousands of adult users. There are pop-up ads, as well. Kids can follow other users (and can be followed), but there's no private chat option. Kids will need to create an account using a valid email address. While there was no language, violence, or other objectionable content present during the review, the addition of user-generated content means this can change at any time. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared. 

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySquidtopus July 27, 2018

Sololearn is amazing

For the longest time I had been on the look out for fully free coding lessons online that would take me farther than the basics without paying a premium fee. Af... Continue reading

What's it about?

SOLOLEARN: LEARN TO CODE is a free app that allows users to learn coding skills in a dozen different languages, including JavaScript, Java, C++, Python, HTML, and SQL. Each course leads users through the learning from the basics on up, introducing more and more complex coding challenges as they go. There's a discussion board and hints for those who get stuck. To keep things fun, SoloLearn: Learn to Code offers a series of badges for tasks that range from completing the first lesson to creating lessons of your own. There's also a spot for users to post their own code for others to try and comment on. Those who like to compete will be able to challenge other users to answer questions and complete challenges to see who comes out on top.

Is it any good?

On the whole, this free set of coding lessons is a perfect option for those who want to get started without too much financial investment, but it's best for teens. Although SoloLearn: Learn to Code includes ads, they aren't intrusive. The platform doesn't have many bells and whistles, but it is clean and works as expected. The lessons do tend to hand-hold the user by anticipating answers with a certain number of characters. This has the effect of leading the user, but it can also be confusing, as the questions don't provide feedback until the answer is in the correct format. If you think the answer is 9 (a single-character number), but it's really 32, you simply can't move forward until you insert a second character. While it's possible to get stuck, you can always get a hint in the lesson or reach out to those on the discussion boards for assistance. The lessons themselves are clear and easy to follow, but starting with a basic foundation in some sort of coding logic will help fill in the gaps. With so many user-generated code examples, there's a lot of opportunity for inspiration, but also for coding examples to build on. All in all, it's a solid platform for starting a coding education.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk about coding. How does coding fit into your interests or plans for the future? What can you do with the skills you learn? How can SoloLearn: Learn to Code help?

  • Families can talk about social media. What are your family's rules about sharing online? What is or is not appropriate?

App details

For kids who love coding and STEM

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