You really shouldn't rely on Varsity Tutors as a regular part of your classroom routine or for daily practice. However, for students who need some casual, free, on-the-go friendly review to get over those standardized-testing slumps, its a great choice. For those students who can't make it to after-school review sessions but could really use it, help them install this on their mobile devices and set up "Question Of The Day." Or use the diagnostic tests to highlight areas for additional review.
Varsity Tutors is certainly cheaper than online or printed practice tests and prep books or expensive decks of review flash cards. It's fast and easy enough for anyone working toward a big test to get some extra practice without any real overhead.Continue reading Show less
Varsity Tutors is a test-prep and tutoring app offered by the company of the same name. As a company, Varsity Tutors is primarily known for in-person and online tutoring services. This app, however, offers a large and free bank of multiple-choice questions across a broad array of subjects and assessments in addition to being a portal to paid live-tutoring services. Students can take diagnostic and practice tests with nicely presented results or answer the same test questions presented as daily reviews, conceptual reviews (with brief explanations), or customizable flash card decks.
There's a nice breadth of coverage across grades 1–12, including material for the Common Core (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the most common high school tests (SAT, AP, ACT, GED, and more). Beyond K–12, there are resources for professional and graduate-level tests such as the MCAT, LSAT, and GRE. Each question is presented full-screen, with easily selectable options and immediate feedback.
The Varsity Tutors app by itself isn't a tool for learning concepts or gaining new knowledge. It's designed mostly for practice and review of content already learned in a classroom or from some other source. Since every question is a test-style multiple-choice question, it won't help with mastery of skills and procedures, nor give learners any deep conceptual understanding. It's useful for preparing for standardized tests, however, familiarizing students with question styles and multiple-choice techniques, or reviewing content before a big assessment.
The "learn by concept" section presents a question with the correct solution already identified, followed by a brief explanation, often with some work shown. This won't really help kids learn much, unless they're already great at sitting down with a textbook and example problems and teaching themselves, which most aren't. However, the app makes up for its lack of depth with a huge number of questions and problems -- for students who need repetition to get things to stick, Varsity Tutors is a fine option.
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