LearnSmart, an adaptive learning program that brings a personalized digital tutor to the phones and computers of college students, has surpassed one million users, making it one of the most widely-used such programs in higher education.
The program, which students can download on almost any computer or iOS device, forms an individualized study plan based on its own assessment of the student’s knowledge of the subject. The milestone of one million users is an important one, because with more students using the system to study, the program becomes more familiar with student learning patterns, allowing it to improve its study recommendations. Already, LearnSmart’s study tips have helped students to improve by a whole letter grade.
One of LearnSmart’s benefits is that it is readily available on portable devices that students use every day, creating a “study-on-the-go experience.” Students have recognized the advantage; nearly 10,000 students downloaded the LearnSmart mobile app in 2011, and so far in 2012, that number spiked to more than 70,000.
McGraw-Hill Education, which introduced LearnSmart in 2009, responded to the increase in popularity by making the program available directly to students (previously, LearnSmart was only available to universities and professors as a class-wide option) and by partnering with academic hub Chegg to sell it on its website. Students can currently purchase LearnSmart for more than 100 McGraw-Hill Education titles in over 40 subject areas.