Grockit

Common Sense Media says

Detailed, adaptive data helps kids study more effectively.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some users boast about correct answers, but most are supportive.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Most user comments are about quiz questions, but at least one we saw referenced a sexual act.

Language

User comments seem to be generally clean, but posts appear instantly and there's no language filter to prevent swear words.

Consumerism

Grockit isn't filled with ads, but it's a pay-to-play site and a monthly subscription is required. Frequent plugs promote the site's private tutoring service, which also costs extra.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids can change their settings to let friends see their stats, or make them private. Friending other users and inviting them to group sessions can be a bit confusing, and kids may find it easier to connect and invite preexisting friends through Facebook. However, Grockit has an internal email system, so users can send each other messages. 

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • text analysis
  • reading comprehension

Math

  • algebra
  • calculus

Social Studies

  • timelines
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Interactive structure holds kids' interest. They can host online study groups to answer questions and discuss responses, which provides additional learning resources and an incentive to entice friends to use the site.

Learning Approach

Kids get to see a helpful rationale for why each response was right or wrong. The site's tone can feel a bit clinical, but completed goals are acknowledged with achievement badges, and the feedback is invaluable.

Support

Private tutoring sessions offered through the site cost extra. However, students can continue learning after their tests are done with Learnist, a cool Pinterest-type education site Grockit launched in 2012.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • text analysis
  • reading comprehension

Math

  • algebra
  • calculus

Social Studies

  • timelines
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses

Kids will learn about 7th- to 12th-grade state- and national-standard-related math and language arts topics. They can study U.S. history, from the pre-Columbian era to the present, and algebra, calculus, geometry, and probability. They can also answer SAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement questions and study new words, punctuation, capitalization, and literary structure and analysis in passages and poems. Kids who need more clarification can conduct virtual group study sessions. Grockit's useful exercises delve deeper than the average practice test; detailed explanations really solidify learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by cassiechism

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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?

QUALITY
 
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?
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  • 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?
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Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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