Study.com

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Thousands of videos for learning, test prep, college credit.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Courses in history, science, English, social science, math, humanities, business, psychology, foreign language, computer science, lifestyle topics, the arts, standardized tests, professional development.

Ease of Play

Well-organized by subject, grade level, and desired goals. Pre-tests hone courses to needed information. Option to download courses. Results tracked.

Violence

Content is course-dependent.

Sex

Content is course-dependent.

Language
Consumerism

Subscription-based (basic $39.99/mo., premium $59.99/mo., or college accelerator $199.99/mo.).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Content is course-dependent.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Study.com is a subscription-based learning resource that includes more than 35,000 lessons for students, teachers, parents, and tutors. Users can study for a class, learn basic and advanced subject-specific information, earn college credit, research colleges, prepare for exams like the PSAT and SAT, and more. Watch or read the brief lessons that make up courses via the Study.com website or app. Optional pre-tests tailor course material to what a student needs to learn, and quiz results at the end of courses show what the student has learned. Subscriptions for individuals range from $39.99/mo. to $199.99/mo. 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 STUDY.COM, first create an account on the Study.com website. Choose user option (student, teacher, tutor, or parent), goal (study for class, earn college credit, research colleges, prepare for an exam, or improve your grades), and subscription plan (basic, premium, or college accelerator). Search for a course via the search bar, or browse by subject, level (from college and professional development to high school, middle school, preschool, and more), or goals (test prep, college research, professional licensure, and more). For example, tap Science and a list of 677 science-related courses appear. Then filter courses by level, subtopics within science, and goals. Choose the course. Take an optional pre-test in the course. Begin the course by watching or reading the first lesson. Take an optional end quiz. Downloading content is optional. High school students interested in earning college credit can choose from 150 courses that more than 1,500 colleges and universities will accept (though it's best to check with your chosen college first): General education courses are usually easiest to transfer. Parents can see the list of courses and the syllabi and preview videos before subscribing.

Is it any good?

This impressively comprehensive app (and website) can help kids and adults learn more about an amazing breadth of topics. But Study.com may be most useful for high schoolers and college students. Whether your teen is struggling in an entry-level math or foreign language class or studying for an AP biology test or the SAT, this app has a resource to help kids learn or review. There are also college and career guides available to help high school students make that important college choice. A unique feature of Study.com is that high school and college students can earn college credits, if credit-by-exam is allowed at their higher ed (or future higher ed) institution. This is an innovative, wide-ranging resource for anyone looking for more ways to learn, and while the subscription prices are significant for most families, the volume of resources and opportunity to earn expensive college credits will likely make the cost worth it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to best use Study.com. If your family has kids at different educational stages, they can each likely find something to learn relevant to what they're learning (or struggling to learn) in school or are interested in learning outside of school, including test prep for their next educational step. 

  • Talk about pre-test and quiz results on Study.com. How does it feel to take a test or quiz knowing that it's just to help tailor the learning experience, not to earn a grade?

  • If you're a parent struggling to assist your kid with homework in a subject, brush up on your knowledge and skills using this app or one like it.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: vocabulary, writing
    Math: algebra, arithmetic, calculus, counting, division, estimation, fractions, geometry, multiplication, probability, sequences, statistics
    Science: animals, astronomy, biology, chemistry, energy, geology, life cycle, physics, plants, rocks and minerals, substance properties, weather
    Social Studies: citizenship, cultural understanding, geography, global awareness, government, history, power structures
    Arts: drawing, music
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (membership required for full access, $39.99-199.99)
  • Release date: January 3, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 33.90 MB
  • Publisher: Study.com LLC
  • Version: 1.9.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up

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