homework apps

05.05.2015

With these apps, homework is fun and easy

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Doing homework has never been as easy as it is today with the help of the Internet. Not only are there many websites to facilitate the work, from the classic El Rincón del Vago (“The lazy kid’s corner” in Spanish) to Wikipedia; but with mobile Internet, there are also many apps to help students: classic homework help web sites already have a presence on iOS and Android, and some students even dare create their own, as did Guillermo Palacín, a 17 year old from Zaragoza. Today we discuss several of them.

The first example is Brainly, from Poland, that takes inspiration from the sharing economy. The application offers cooperation between users, so that if, for example, you’re an ace at math, you can share that knowledge with other users, who can in turn help you with the subjects where you are deficient. It works very simply: you sign up and you have two options: either to pose questions (“A ball weighs 200 N on Earth …”) or answer them (“The logarithm is …”).

Registered users are evaluated by points, based on the quality and the level of accuracy in answering questions from peers. Most of the answers, moderated by teachers, students and volunteer experts, are obtained in less than 10 minutes, says Brainly on its website, which receives more than 40 million visits per month.

March 2015 was when it was decided to give mobile apps a try. As the CEO of the company, Michael Borkowski said, now “students can take advantage of the web anywhere, anytime”. Available on iOS and Android and with more than 4 million downloads, Brainly raised 9 million dollars (more than 8 million euros) in funding rounds in October 2014, and is looking to expand its presence in the United States (an office in New York was opened last year) and to offer a service with paid membership.

Since 2013 Slader iOS app has also helped students solve their daily concerns. You can answer questions from other users, or contribute and download material like textbooks – the app’s main advantage. You can find a tutor to help you with questions, as well. If you’re looking for guides on subjects like literature and philosophy, then there is the SparkNotes app.

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And not only there are apps for the students, but for parents who want to help their children, too. If group classes on WhatsApp aren’t enough, you can always turn to EduSnap, where again questions are answered by a team of volunteers. The main difference is that with EduSnap you can upload a picture of your task, which is perfect when dealing with graphics or geometric shapes. Questions are answered on three subjects: science, mathematics and English.

And if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for in one of these apps, which is unlikely, you always have Facebook groups. Homework Gods or Singapore Math Model Method are a couple of examples. What more could you ask for?