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Socratic by Google

Socratic by Google

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5.0
228.6K+ Ratings
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  • Socratic has your back! Dec 15, 2017

    By Inuyasha 24480
    As an upperclassman in high school: take my word for this - this app is amazing! As an AP/honors students I sure know what it’s like to not do assignments (due to tiredness, laziness, or legitimate reasons) or copy from friends the period before the assignment is due. I also know what it’s like to be an active user of Quizlet whenever I need to look up some test or quiz answers for reviews/studying or for straight up cheating (lol). But what we all know is that searching up each individual question on google and then having to go through several Quizlets to find the correct answers for each and every one can be quite time consuming and tedious. However, with this wonderful app it finds all the Quizlets for you in an instant by just taking a picture of the question! Even if Socratic can’t find an answer, it provides the user with at least a legitimate, scholarly definition of the subject matter of your question! In short, Socratic is a amazing and l totally recommend it to any type of student! Honestly, Socratic came through and helped me passed my finals this semester!
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  • Confusing and unable to answer questions Nov 6, 2019

    By VictoriaC213
    I downloaded this app to help me understand my math homework more when trying to makeup work that I missed. It works well with taking pictures and explaining, but it only explains simple questions or questions other people have asked. It works well for problems in like 1st-5th grade, but when you start to do middle school math with it, it doesn’t have the question you asked or it explains it in a confusing way. I had a question of “Triangle A has side lengths 2, 3, and 4. Triangle B has side lengths of 4, 5, and 6. Is Triangle A similar to Triangle B?” Similar meaning same angle measures and possibly different side lengths. It gave me an answer but not for my questions. Google Socratic gave me answers that had to do with right angles, side lengths, and the differences between types of triangles but not what I was looking for. I gave this app 4 stars because it’s a good app for younger kids learning math but not for middle and high school math. The app does not seem to understand the question or gives you the answer to a “similar” question when you ask for a question more than just a simple “_x_=_”. I hope Google can fix this because Socratic is a very easy and understandable app to use, it just doesn’t meet the requirements for explaining math to older students.
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  • Greatest cheating app ever Jul 17, 2019

    By JDave45
    When I was in high school, I was struggling with math, I didn’t know how calculus or inequalities work. I was failing class due to the teacher failing to teach us about the importance on how to do those equations. When I saw my friend use the app called Socratic, he really helped me and he told me “the teacher doesn’t do anything for us, that’s why I am cheating” and I agreed. Then he told me to get the app and I asked “what’s it called” he told me Socratic. I installed the app and it really helped me. The app helped my grade be gained by 67%, but there was a catch tho, the problem was it was prohibited by using the app due to it was called cheating, so I decided to using the app in secret, I didn’t get caught for the first 2 months and when I did, I only lost that small quiz not he whole entire grade. To conclude this review, I would personally recommend Socratic due to it really helps you with your work especially when your in school. Just don’t get caught or else u would lose more credits than gain credits.
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  • Amazing Nov 4, 2017

    By jakegreemore
    I love this app for so many reasons. I love that it gives you answers from different sources because certain sources give better explanations than other for certain problems. It’s really good at recognizing the text in a text book or my handwriting and I have really bad hand writing. It helps when I am doing a new type of problem and to make sure I am doing it right and if I don’t know how it can teach me how. It has helped me do so well in Algebra I. I just have one problem I recently got an iPhone X and now the app is all messed up. When you try to crop your problem it doesn’t do it right and it is all off center. It almost makes the app unusable. I understand the phone is still new and it takes time to update, but if you could do it as fast as possible it would mean a lot because I need this app. Thank you for making this amazing app it is far better than Photomath
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  • Photomath v. Socratic Sep 8, 2018

    By Fedora_Boy
    I love all things apps that help you handle real-life problems. That’s why I have an arsenal of homework, study, and scholarly apps, two of them being Photomath and Socratic Math and Homework help. I like both for different reasons Photomath- Photomath can do a lot of advanced equations and problems, as well as graphs. However, it does not possess the ability to do word problems. Socratic- Socratic can do math, history, science and English. All the other subjects besides, Socratic’s math can do word problems but not a lot of advanced equations. Both apps have the ability to scan, as well as give detailed instructions on how to actually do the thing they just gave you the answer for. They are both extremely valuable apps in my possession, and as a student with honors classes, I feel ready to face whatever my teachers throw at me. Thank you, Socratic and Photomath
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  • The ReDesign is terrible + no step-by-step solutions Aug 18, 2019

    By vxxvvxvvvx
    TL;DR at bottom (To long; Didn’t read) Let me first start this review saying how awesome Socratic used to be. Socratic used to work by letting you take a picture of a math problem and it shows you not only the solution, but the steps you take while solving the problem. Socratic is also searching other sites, although it uses a preloaded Cymath and Wolfram Alpha websites if you want to make sure your answer is right. Those also showed step by step solutions but Old Socratic had step by step solutions you could understand easily. Now let me tell you what this app is like to users (mainly kids) right now. Suppose you take a picture of a problem, like x^2 + 11x + 30. New Socratic does not give you the answer. It gives you the formula (ax^2 +bx^2 + c) and how to use the formula with using a b and c and not actual numbers, or the answer. If you want the answer you have to go on LITERALLY A SITE FOUND ON A GOOGLE SEARCH shown as u scroll down and wait for the website to load before finally getting your answer. Lots of hoops, not straight to the point like Socratic was before. This app is horrible and be prepared to lose a lot of users all because of update 5.0. Shame on you. TL;DR: Socratic does not help you in homework, nor does it give you the answer to your math problems. It just searches google and that’s it. Do not download this app.
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  • Pre Update was better... Sep 4, 2019

    By nono_loi
    Socratic was one of the apps that had my back throughout most of the tough problems I had during school. It was working fine, but the new update made all the good features of the app go away. One of my biggest uses for the app was to use the math keyboard, because it allowed for me to easily search for solutions to problems, but it seems that they seem to be more reliant on the photo taking feature now... The next issue I had was that there were no longer solutions to specific problems. If I went to socratic, it was usually to see an answer to a specific problem, and to see a solution. They seem to be leaning toward teaching the topics needed, instead of giving specific solutions. Lastly, the format of the app itself has gotten a lot messier. Weird purple gradients and smaller button sizes make the app more awkward to use, and more confusing for returning and new users alike. I hope that socratic will consider will consider bringing back some of it's older and most popular features. Even if it cannot come back completely to what it once was, I hope they consider bringing back some of the aspects that made it a great student friendly app.
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  • Favorite App, Now Disappointed Dec 20, 2019

    By brilliantbrunette447
    This used to be my favorite app as i used it daily for my homework and schooling. it worked just fine, and was such a help up until today. After taking a photo of the question, it would automatically crash and send me back to the home screen. I have tried different questions, and even attempted to delete and redownload the app, however, unfortunately neither of those solved this issue. With final exams tomorrow, and me in a race to study tonight, the timing of this is rather disappointing. I rarely write reviews for any apps, however this app is a major help to me and the lack of its responsiveness has let me down tonight. I’m writing this in hopes of the app getting fixed, as I would love to be able to use it again.
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  • Terrible.... I mean absolutely garbage Jan 5, 2020

    By Syn_ax
    Ok first off I don’t know how there are so many high reviews. They must be children doing simple work. But besides that if you are doing advanced math basically high school and college then do don’t use this useless app. It’s complete garbage. I don’t even want to list the details, it just goes on and on. So many things can be better and they ALWAYS give you the wrong answer. I’m not sure how apple even let this garbage in the App Store! It’s probably because it’s from google. It’s honestly just for simple math. However if your in middle school using this I still wouldn’t recommend because you usually sometimes get the wrong answer. I’m in high school doing trigonometry and if you are in the same position as I am.... then please save yourself.... RUN WHILE YOU CAN!
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  • Okay I guess... Sep 16, 2018

    By Cayla.Bby
    When I first for the app is worked fantastic! But then after a while the app started to slow down and now whenever I take a picture of the question it say “can not see picture” or says “off line” we have unlimited data so that is not the case. And If my question does go through it will NEVER give me a correct response! The last question I asked was something to do with ancient China’s civilization and how it has changed and they said “because the ran out of tampons” we’ll that is clearly not the answer.... this has happened many times. So I would not recommend this app particularly. You could probably find one way better if you kept looking 😁
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  1. Compiles all the answers you need in one convenient place! Don't waste time searching the internet for answers and explanations one at a time
  2. Snap a photo of the question you need answered and get step-by-step instructions sent directly to your device for fast, easy learning
  3. Unique artificial intelligence recognizes text and handwriting! Get help solving your most difficult homework equations

Reviewed by Katelyn on February 16, 2018

  • Socratic has your back! Dec 15, 2017

    By Inuyasha 24480
    As an upperclassman in high school: take my word for this - this app is amazing! As an AP/honors students I sure know what it’s like to not do assignments (due to tiredness, laziness, or legitimate reasons) or copy from friends the period before the assignment is due. I also know what it’s like to be an active user of Quizlet whenever I need to look up some test or quiz answers for reviews/studying or for straight up cheating (lol). But what we all know is that searching up each individual question on google and then having to go through several Quizlets to find the correct answers for each and every one can be quite time consuming and tedious. However, with this wonderful app it finds all the Quizlets for you in an instant by just taking a picture of the question! Even if Socratic can’t find an answer, it provides the user with at least a legitimate, scholarly definition of the subject matter of your question! In short, Socratic is a amazing and l totally recommend it to any type of student! Honestly, Socratic came through and helped me passed my finals this semester!
    more
  • Greatest cheating app ever Jul 17, 2019

    By JDave45
    When I was in high school, I was struggling with math, I didn’t know how calculus or inequalities work. I was failing class due to the teacher failing to teach us about the importance on how to do those equations. When I saw my friend use the app called Socratic, he really helped me and he told me “the teacher doesn’t do anything for us, that’s why I am cheating” and I agreed. Then he told me to get the app and I asked “what’s it called” he told me Socratic. I installed the app and it really helped me. The app helped my grade be gained by 67%, but there was a catch tho, the problem was it was prohibited by using the app due to it was called cheating, so I decided to using the app in secret, I didn’t get caught for the first 2 months and when I did, I only lost that small quiz not he whole entire grade. To conclude this review, I would personally recommend Socratic due to it really helps you with your work especially when your in school. Just don’t get caught or else u would lose more credits than gain credits.
    more
  • Amazing Nov 4, 2017

    By jakegreemore
    I love this app for so many reasons. I love that it gives you answers from different sources because certain sources give better explanations than other for certain problems. It’s really good at recognizing the text in a text book or my handwriting and I have really bad hand writing. It helps when I am doing a new type of problem and to make sure I am doing it right and if I don’t know how it can teach me how. It has helped me do so well in Algebra I. I just have one problem I recently got an iPhone X and now the app is all messed up. When you try to crop your problem it doesn’t do it right and it is all off center. It almost makes the app unusable. I understand the phone is still new and it takes time to update, but if you could do it as fast as possible it would mean a lot because I need this app. Thank you for making this amazing app it is far better than Photomath
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  • Photomath v. Socratic Sep 8, 2018

    By Fedora_Boy
    I love all things apps that help you handle real-life problems. That’s why I have an arsenal of homework, study, and scholarly apps, two of them being Photomath and Socratic Math and Homework help. I like both for different reasons Photomath- Photomath can do a lot of advanced equations and problems, as well as graphs. However, it does not possess the ability to do word problems. Socratic- Socratic can do math, history, science and English. All the other subjects besides, Socratic’s math can do word problems but not a lot of advanced equations. Both apps have the ability to scan, as well as give detailed instructions on how to actually do the thing they just gave you the answer for. They are both extremely valuable apps in my possession, and as a student with honors classes, I feel ready to face whatever my teachers throw at me. Thank you, Socratic and Photomath
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  • Surprisingly Awesome Oct 31, 2017

    By Broski 37
    I was a bit skeptical at first before downloading this assuming it was going to give inaccurate results like the other apps. I saw that this had good reviews and I decided to check it out myself to see what all the fuss is about .it turns out that taking a picture of a math problem can give you the results you need, including a step by step process that explains everything . I am very satisfied with this. Thank you so much for making this.i’ve been struggling with math lately and this helps a lot. So far so good I guess I’ll have to see if it can do the same with other subjects. UPDATE. This won’t necessarily work all math problems and will sometimes give inaccurate result. I would still recommend this either way and it’s still good, just some minor flaws.
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  • Confusing and unable to answer questions Nov 6, 2019

    By VictoriaC213
    I downloaded this app to help me understand my math homework more when trying to makeup work that I missed. It works well with taking pictures and explaining, but it only explains simple questions or questions other people have asked. It works well for problems in like 1st-5th grade, but when you start to do middle school math with it, it doesn’t have the question you asked or it explains it in a confusing way. I had a question of “Triangle A has side lengths 2, 3, and 4. Triangle B has side lengths of 4, 5, and 6. Is Triangle A similar to Triangle B?” Similar meaning same angle measures and possibly different side lengths. It gave me an answer but not for my questions. Google Socratic gave me answers that had to do with right angles, side lengths, and the differences between types of triangles but not what I was looking for. I gave this app 4 stars because it’s a good app for younger kids learning math but not for middle and high school math. The app does not seem to understand the question or gives you the answer to a “similar” question when you ask for a question more than just a simple “_x_=_”. I hope Google can fix this because Socratic is a very easy and understandable app to use, it just doesn’t meet the requirements for explaining math to older students.
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  • A real life saver! Aug 26, 2019

    By Bebefactor
    i’ve used socratic for 2 years now mainly for math. and i recently updated it to the newer version working with google and i found it much more difficult to use unlike the old one where i had the option type out in the keyboard or in a math keyboard. also, when i search up my equations, it doesn’t give me the solution of the given equation i searched. now, with the new update, when i choose to type down a question it only gives me the qwerty keyboard instead of the math keyboard. plus it doesn’t show me my solution on the problem i’m struggling on. please bring back the old solution and math keyboard feature! it really helped me pass!!! but overall, still a really good app! just bring back those features!
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  • Socratic is great! BUT it could be GREATER. Feb 11, 2019

    By MarkAMore
    Socratic is very helpful and helps on my homework approximately 85% of the time. I have been using the app for a little over two years now and don’t think I’ll be shying away from using it any time soon. I highly recommend it to anyone that would like some help with homework, whether it be from pre-k to the University level. Overall, my experience using Socratic has been phenomenal. The biggest problem with the app is that it doesn’t have the ability to capture full questions sometimes, and it also can’t read long questions. I see where the app can have trouble with that, but with today’s technology, I’m more than sure the app can be updated to fix this.
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  • Great helping app! Aug 27, 2020

    By Cutecup87
    It helps me when I am stuck on a question mostly in math on bounce pages which is a app I use in my school it only helps on my pages related to common core or not written on but zi like that even if you wrote on it will solve what you crop in so cropping is a great tool Also I love that I can screen shot the ways it hints or shows you in pictures to show my teacher of there way and it’s shows sources to prove to teachers we aren’t cheating and if we are it’s not really though but if you do get caught just tell them this is a great helping app that can’t be used for cheating! Btw I love it that this app is for free and it can solve not just math answers but any subject you scan pictures of
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  • Great app, but... May 21, 2018

    By goldenrose77
    I really like this app. Often I go over my math homework with it. Answers are usually helpful, but one of my favorite things about this app is that it explains to you how to do the problem. Say you need to convert 3/8 into a decimal. It doesn't just tell you the answer, it explains how to figure it out too! There are also multiple sources on it. I do wish that this app could read graphs. I understand that’s really difficult tech and stuff, but I hope that one day you guys can figure that out. Otherwise it’s a useful app, and definitely worth the download!
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  • New update is a flop Sep 15, 2019

    By Bless your name
    This is an amazing app. When I needed to get some answers on problems I was stuck on, but as soon as you guys paired with google and changed the format things have been difficult. Scanning the questions always translates it into something that wasn’t written in the actual photo/physical paper. I try different angles and there are still many errors that I have to fix by hand. Although, this app is supposed to make things easier, it’s giving be harder time than before. Overall, the app is still helpful and makes life so much easier but I just hope the picture function improves more so I don’t have to fix the sentence every time I take a picture.
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  • Doesn’t work correctly Sep 25, 2018

    By Miana22
    I’ve tried using this app with two different iPhones(X, XS) and it doesn’t work correctly on either one. I had to stop using it when I got the iPhone X because it wouldn’t take the pictures correctly anymore. It’s almost like it takes two pictures and that causes the search to be inconclusive. It was extremely frustrating. Even more frustrating that I can’t use it on my new phone either. It seems like it was optimized for the new screen but I don’t know what’s up with the camera. I hope it can be fixed in the future. Other than that, I like the app but it’s virtually unless to me right now.
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  • No solution?? Dec 10, 2018

    By Dagny Kimberly
    When I first started using this app I loved it worked great but just now I needed help on a problem and when I scanned the problem the solution tab didn’t pop up and I went to an old problem that I did earlier and the solution tab popped up for it but when I tried again it didn’t show up just web results so I closed the app and re started it and still didn’t work so I deleted the app and got it again and the solution tab isn’t popping up which is kinda upsetting because I don’t like how the web results solve the problem
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  • I don't get it Oct 18, 2017

    By Jacob Kritzer
    I love Socratic. I relearned some concepts and taught others things I already knew. It's a very helpful tool for that one question you don't quite understand. I like the website, but the app on the other hand is confusing and not great. I made an account on my PC, but there is no obvious way for me to log in on said account through my phone. It's good being able to answer questions like on PC and post your own. On mobile, I can only ask my question and have answers to questions that hardly relate to mine or dictionary definitions. Not very helpful
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  • Pre Update was better... Sep 4, 2019

    By nono_loi
    Socratic was one of the apps that had my back throughout most of the tough problems I had during school. It was working fine, but the new update made all the good features of the app go away. One of my biggest uses for the app was to use the math keyboard, because it allowed for me to easily search for solutions to problems, but it seems that they seem to be more reliant on the photo taking feature now... The next issue I had was that there were no longer solutions to specific problems. If I went to socratic, it was usually to see an answer to a specific problem, and to see a solution. They seem to be leaning toward teaching the topics needed, instead of giving specific solutions. Lastly, the format of the app itself has gotten a lot messier. Weird purple gradients and smaller button sizes make the app more awkward to use, and more confusing for returning and new users alike. I hope that socratic will consider will consider bringing back some of it's older and most popular features. Even if it cannot come back completely to what it once was, I hope they consider bringing back some of the aspects that made it a great student friendly app.
    more
  • Favorite App, Now Disappointed Dec 20, 2019

    By brilliantbrunette447
    This used to be my favorite app as i used it daily for my homework and schooling. it worked just fine, and was such a help up until today. After taking a photo of the question, it would automatically crash and send me back to the home screen. I have tried different questions, and even attempted to delete and redownload the app, however, unfortunately neither of those solved this issue. With final exams tomorrow, and me in a race to study tonight, the timing of this is rather disappointing. I rarely write reviews for any apps, however this app is a major help to me and the lack of its responsiveness has let me down tonight. I’m writing this in hopes of the app getting fixed, as I would love to be able to use it again.
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  • Okay I guess... Sep 16, 2018

    By Cayla.Bby
    When I first for the app is worked fantastic! But then after a while the app started to slow down and now whenever I take a picture of the question it say “can not see picture” or says “off line” we have unlimited data so that is not the case. And If my question does go through it will NEVER give me a correct response! The last question I asked was something to do with ancient China’s civilization and how it has changed and they said “because the ran out of tampons” we’ll that is clearly not the answer.... this has happened many times. So I would not recommend this app particularly. You could probably find one way better if you kept looking 😁
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  • Needs lots of work. Jun 9, 2019

    By Therealbobsagget
    This app has helped me out on numerous occasions but usually causes more headaches than anything. The camera is glitchy and always shifts the image to the right, it often doesn’t pick up clear text, and hardly ever brings up the desired results. I usually have to swipe to get to the slide with google results which often has a link to a quizlet that the exact question and answer are on. There’s literally no purpose to this app if I still have to search the web to find the answers that it supposed to provide in the first place. Awesome concept but the poor execution makes it hard to recommend to friends.
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  • Great app, unnecessary signup. Jan 24, 2018

    By Justsomeguynamedryan
    I used to use this app a while back and came back to it after the new school year as I needed help in my math class. Before I didn’t have to sign up to use the app, but now, it prompts me to associate my phone number and my Facebook page with this app to be able to start using it. As a person who is very privacy oriented and prefers to stay under the radar and distance myself from unnecessary online associations, this is very concerning. Before, an account was not required for this app. Now, I have to create an account associated to my Facebook. Though Socratic has helped me in the past, I will no longer be using it for the reasons specified.
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  • The ReDesign is terrible + no step-by-step solutions Aug 18, 2019

    By vxxvvxvvvx
    TL;DR at bottom (To long; Didn’t read) Let me first start this review saying how awesome Socratic used to be. Socratic used to work by letting you take a picture of a math problem and it shows you not only the solution, but the steps you take while solving the problem. Socratic is also searching other sites, although it uses a preloaded Cymath and Wolfram Alpha websites if you want to make sure your answer is right. Those also showed step by step solutions but Old Socratic had step by step solutions you could understand easily. Now let me tell you what this app is like to users (mainly kids) right now. Suppose you take a picture of a problem, like x^2 + 11x + 30. New Socratic does not give you the answer. It gives you the formula (ax^2 +bx^2 + c) and how to use the formula with using a b and c and not actual numbers, or the answer. If you want the answer you have to go on LITERALLY A SITE FOUND ON A GOOGLE SEARCH shown as u scroll down and wait for the website to load before finally getting your answer. Lots of hoops, not straight to the point like Socratic was before. This app is horrible and be prepared to lose a lot of users all because of update 5.0. Shame on you. TL;DR: Socratic does not help you in homework, nor does it give you the answer to your math problems. It just searches google and that’s it. Do not download this app.
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  • Terrible.... I mean absolutely garbage Jan 5, 2020

    By Syn_ax
    Ok first off I don’t know how there are so many high reviews. They must be children doing simple work. But besides that if you are doing advanced math basically high school and college then do don’t use this useless app. It’s complete garbage. I don’t even want to list the details, it just goes on and on. So many things can be better and they ALWAYS give you the wrong answer. I’m not sure how apple even let this garbage in the App Store! It’s probably because it’s from google. It’s honestly just for simple math. However if your in middle school using this I still wouldn’t recommend because you usually sometimes get the wrong answer. I’m in high school doing trigonometry and if you are in the same position as I am.... then please save yourself.... RUN WHILE YOU CAN!
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  • EDITED REVIEW Aug 24, 2019

    By hdhgrkwirbdbwkfibdwhwithfb
    as an honors student this app has made my life soooo much easier! i told all my friends about it. i love the picture feature because it’s a lot less tiresome than typing in every number and decimal point. also you can’t put variables on most calculators. love love love i wish i could use it in school on tests! EDIT AWFUL UPDATE the old version of socratic made it short and simple and easy to find answers and steps to getting the answers. now, the app basically just puts your query into a search engine, which if you've done before, you know is not in any way helpful. removing the typing calculator was a bad move and i've gotten more "oops no answers found" more times today than in 3 months with the old version NOT WORTH IT ANYMORE
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