Apps That Act Like Math and Science Tutors for Homework Help

Sometimes when your kid needs help with homework, it's easy to lend a hand. Other times, not so much. When research or reading is involved, it might be a little easier to figure things out, but more advanced math and science -- especially if it's done differently than when we were in school -- can be tricky. If a live tutor is more of a commitment than you're looking for, consider trying one of the apps on this list to get your kid that extra assist on demand. Since some of these tools give up the answer to problems pretty easily, it's a good idea to supervise, to prevent copying and promote actual learning.

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Khan Academy

age 5+

Excellent tutorials on math, humanities, and more, for free.

URL: https://www.khanacademy.org (2013)
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MathPapa - Algebra Calculator

age 11+

Handy algebra helper with X factor; watch for cheating.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2018)
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Photomath

age 11+

Point, scan, solve support tool; watch for cheating.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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yHomework - Math Solver

age 11+

Solve math problems, see process, pay for extended use.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Chegg Math Solver - math help

age 12+

Super step-by-step solutions may give too much "help."

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Course Hero | Homework Help

age 13+

Pricey option for convenient tutoring and study help.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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PhotoStudy - Live Study Help

age 13+

Snap a picture, get homework help in math and science.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2017)
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Mathway

age 13+

Subscription tool gives solutions with steps; kids can copy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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Socratic by Google

age 13+

Instant homework help with resources; watch for cheating.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2019)
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Yup - Math Tutoring App

age 13+

Live tutors give in-depth help to tweens and teens.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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