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By Stephanie Trautman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

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age 12+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

awful learning technique

this is awful and it is way too long. they have horrible "definitions" they are literally just synonyms when they say its definitions. and if you click on an answer too fast its annoying because it says "slow down there partner" like, im not your partner and dont tell me to slow down. because once the timer is done (which can go on for like 10 slow seconds) then the answer i clicked on "too fast" was correct anyways. the "too fast timer" needs to stop. and they need to enunciate the words better when they say it and you have to type it. its just an awful way to teach. (also for the "i think its for kids...." selection, i dont think anyone should be on that awful website) but i still have to do this because im still in school. this gives you a headache. teachers listen to this, dont put your kids through this awful mess.
age 10+
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This word-focused website provides a uniquely customized experience centered on words and word definitions. According to the site, which landed a spot on Time magazine's 2012 list of best websites, the more you play, the more the site can adapt its questions (currently, the site has more than 100,000). It's well designed, easy to figure out, and fun. The 10-word quizzes are just long enough to remain interesting, and users earn points and badges for completing tasks, which encourages them to continue. Your progress -- learning individual words or earning activity points -- is carefully documented in charts, and the system goes above and beyond to ensure words are committed to memory. If you miss a word, it'll appear again; ones you've mastered also are occasionally cycled back into the mix.'s SAT word lists and social-networking component make it a particularly good fit for high school-age students. Still, theoretically, the site challenges could work for nearly any age level.

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