Detailed, adaptive data helps kids study more effectively.
What parents need to know
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grockit only offers paid subscriptions. SAT, ACT, and other packages are $29.99 a month. Grockit also offers a three-day free trial and tutoring for $50 an hour. Is it worth it? If your kid is serious about improving test scores, Grockit's detailed offerings can definitely help. Kids can supposedly friend other users and simultaneously take quizzes together, but the functionality doesn't always seem to work; click the Add as Friend button on a user's profile, and you may be taken to a screen that says, "Something went wrong."
What's it about?
Founded in 2007 by a former Princeton Review Teacher of the Year, Grockit provides test-prep help for the SAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement exams. Kids in grades 7 to 12 also can use its Academy section to study school topics, individually or in groups of up to 30, with quiz-like sections and literary analysis and math review. They can discuss their reasoning with other students and see detailed information on correct and incorrect responses. The curriculum was designed around state and national English language arts and math standards. The site tracks user performance, shows progress, and highlights problem areas.
Is it any good?
The level of detail, combined with thorough user-performance data, can help kids identify academic strengths and weaknesses and focus on what they need to study most. Parents may want to monitor their children's time to ensure they're not connecting with a ton of strangers, but if kids access the site's interactive elements with their preexisting Facebook friends, the experience should be pretty safe. Grockit's learning can be tailored to each kid's test-taking needs, which makes the price feel less painful.
Families can talk about...
- Families can talk about completing goals. What steps can your child take to create and finish a long-term study plan?
Grockit reveals the correct answers to its questions and tells kids why responses are right. Which questions did your child find confusing? Ask her why, and discuss her line of reasoning.
- Talk to your child about coming up with responses when dealing with pressure and deadlines. How can she can balance time and accuracy when taking a test?
|Subjects:||Math: algebra, calculus |
Language & Reading: reading comprehension, text analysis
Social Studies: history, timelines
|Skills:||Self-Direction: academic development, identifying strengths and weaknesses |
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, thinking critically
|Pricing structure:||Free to Try, Paid|
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