Why does this have so negative reviews? 5/5
This app is a very useful tool for me, as it can help me get my online science homework done on my device, rather than having to get on a computer all the time, though I do suggest this, allow people to log in with their connected username and password
Absolute trash 1/5
This app is utter trash. There is no way to access the textbook offline, in spite of claims to the contrary. In order to read the book, you have to navigate through several layers of tab clicking and when you finally arrive at the book, it isn't full screen or particularly ergonomic to use.
All in all, this app, in addition to all the other MHE apps, are completely useless. If you are Abel, avoid using their materials as much as possible.
As a side note, this is literally the first review I have ever left. That is how bad this app is.
Does not work 1/5
By Bebe Soft
It would be convenient to study my work on the go or in bed, but this app never loads the next section. When I click next section, it stays at the loading screen but never loads. Kind of impossible to read a book if you can’t change the pages . . .
If I could give 0 stars that’d be nice 1/5
This app has so many issues. It crashes all the time, moves extremely slowly despite WiFi connection. It is an ineffective tool to use, the browser version is significantly better.
Glitch central 2/5
Too many glitches and crashes
Paying to be frustrated 1/5
By Allie Weiland
I don't care about the fancy "smart" learning I just want to read the darn book. I HATE that this is mandatory for class. I have never paid so much money for absolutely NOTHING! The user experience is terrible. If your professor does not require this stay far far away.
This app is garbage. All I wanted was to read a pdf of my school textbook that I already paid for. I didn’t want clunky windows I couldn’t minimize, and I certainly didn’t want the book to stop loading after the first page. The remember me feature on the log in page doesn’t work either, so I must re-enter my password every time. Over all, it’s quite obvious the developer doesn’t care in the slightest about this app or their customers, once they have our money.
Couldn’t even log in 1/5
i would love to review this app, if i could get into it. also, when changing the system language, on iP7+, it simply doesn’t give a prompt to make that change. there’s no OK button, no done button, nothing. McGraw-Hill should truly be a leading contender in textbooks, you are a MAJOR education company. design your apps like it.
Frustrating and Unreliable 1/5
This app is a disaster. Almost nothing fuctions correctly or swiftly. Right from the open, the “remember password” checkmark just doesn’t work. Have to type in e-mail and password everytime to access this sluggish software. the menus and icons aren’t self-explainitory so navigation will be confusing at first, and that’s only whenever it decides to respond to input. There’s also a prominent glitch in the quiz section where the more questions you answer, the slower questions load, taking full minutes sometimes. and there’s a chance your progress won’t be saved anyway and you’ll have to start all over. its slow, ugly and glitchy. that’s it.
If you need an app just for reading your textbooks, I recommend BookShelf instead. It’s everything this app isn’t.
Super slow 1/5
Works sometimes. Most of the time it's slow and freezes.
Perfect Scam 1/5
McGraw Hill has created the perfect solution to the problem that wasn’t really there to begin with. “How do I get even more money out of college students?” As if that a problem when they already gouge textbook prices. Now we get the privilege of being required to pay for online access to participate in class, with the promise of an etext, then we have to get a specific app to read said etext, then the book doesn’t even load!
It’s the perfect option for McGraw Hill, as the students (now behind in class and beyond frustrated) are forced in to buying a book from them to have an usable copy of the book.
TLDR: save yourself the frustration and give in to the inevitable-just buy the book. This app is crap.
Every time I close the app at all it logs me out. Also, as you answer questions for your textbook continuously, after a few questions it gets slower and slower to respond.
Just did a whole chapter yesterday. Answered all 150 questions it asked. Logged in to to find it didn't “sync” with the website and i have to redo everything. Just be aware, according to the support tech you must log in through the website right after you are done with using the app so it syncs (hopefully)
The app is sooo slow 2/5
I always have to close it out then log on again also, I keep clicking “remember me” but it always make me manually sign on
self study? 1/5
There is no self-study tab visible so I can’t read over my finished chapters since the recharge isn’t active yet. Im using an iphone 7 btw. Please fix!!!
This app is ridiculous. 1/5
I'm so glad I ended up buying the textbook for my Nutrition class because this app is completely useless when it comes to accessing the actual text chapters. It worked for the first couple of chapters and now just sits on "loading" no matter which section I select. I've already deleted and reinstalled it, but the POS still doesn't work like it should. I feel so sorry for my classmates who chose the electronic only version of the book cuz they're probably screwed right about now.
For the sake of education fix bugs in app! 1/5
I can barely even use this to read my online textbook. The app is extremely slow and glitchy especially when answering the learnsmart reading questions. If this app were better I would be better learning the material I need to know. You don’t see glitches in apps like hay day that are designed to entertain people and consume their time. But with this an app designed for education, I am left with an almost non functioning interface. Come on McGraw Hill, step it up. For the sake of the education of people in my generation.
Freezes an annoying amount 3/5
By Elizabeth Major
I loved this app until it started freezing on me.
This is one of the most frustrating apps. I hate how controlling it is. I want to take all the notes first and then answer the questions. It is frustrating because it does not initially show ALL of the highlighted text. You have to answer some questions first and then some will show. I want to learn the information the way I know best and is most efficient for me, but I can't do that.
Pearson ebook is better 2/5
This app doesn't have convenient features like: swipe to turn the page, offline reading, full screen view, apps menu are easily located and auto hide. I have it 2 stars because it's something better than nothing, but my Pearson app is 1000 times better
Freeze every time I use the app 1/5
Every time I answer four or three questions the app freeze and won’t move on. It’s a bit laggy and I have to get out of the app and login back in even though I select remember me.
Doesn't load 1/5
App is terrible. Doesn't load at all. Looks awful and isn't scaled for the screen. At least let me use the mobile app if you're going to put zero effort into your phone app. Hell, why even have a phone app if it supposedly only works for iPad. I was hoping it would at least load on the iPhone for me to get some homework done, but nope! What a waste of space.
Where is all that $$ going 1/5
This app is so bad. Constant freezing, crashing, unresponsive behavior and all the signs of a poorly optimized and half assed application.
LIFESAVING APP!!! A+ functionality 5/5
Downloaded this app because I had an assignment due in less than an hour that I had forgotten about and didn't have access to a laptop... Fortunately, I was able to download the app and it FUNCTIONED EXTREMELY WELL. Was able to finish the assignment in no time and it functioned just as well as it does on a computer.
**For the low rated reviews given**
I cannot attest to the 1-2star reviews, seeing as I only used the app on my phone (would assume it works just as well if not better on my IPad), but I have not used it yet to read the text in order to provide a complete review that takes into account the ease of navigating/reading course texts user-interface part of the app.
Long lags 2/5
The learn smart cards are extremely lagging. The screen freezes 1-2 minutes on average to go to the next question and there are 100 questions per chapter! Does this on various wifi connections and also with LTE.
It is a convenient ebook, but I have assignments to do in this app and the lag makes it very frustrating to get them done.
Split View Multitasking 3/5
I wanted to inform your team that the current SmartBook application does not support split-view multitasking for the iPad platform. I understand your company is trying to cater to a rapid market via technological innovation, but it doesn’t do much good if the software is rendered useless in a content consumption setting. For example, I’d like to use the SmartBook app in conjuntion with a note-taking app so I can read and take notes simultaneously on a single device, but cannot do so, because the SmartBook app does not support it.
Don’t even bother if you have an iPhone. Sure, you can download it. The problem arises when it slows to a crawl and then crashes every 3 questions.
Can we get frequent upgrades? 2/5
This app can be useful... when it works. What's the point of designing an app to help students when you constantly have to reboot? The only reason I gave a two star rating is because it sporadically works.
F*** you 1/5
Honestly f*** you for even making this and refusing to fix it
Given today's technology and the cost for the book/access code, the performance of this app is unacceptable. The app freezes, and takes long to respond. You should refund everyone!
Garbage. Pure garbage. 1/5
Brand new iPad Pro. Opens up just fine, but will extremely lag after the first couple pages or questions on a quiz. Took my battery from 20% to 5% in TEN MINUTES. I cannot believe that they would release this hunk of garbage to the general public for COLLEGE students who are trying to have a greater education, when they quite literally one of the largest grossing textbook companies. They should of spent more time in testing this app before thinking that barely sub-par is OK.
Terrible app 1/5
How exactly am I suppose to read and do my homework if the app constantly bugs out and/or logs me out. I literally just want to read the book. Not sure what is so difficult about that. At what point do you allow us to download a temporary ebook for iBook or kindle. I'm pulling my hair out with this!!!!
Evil corporation app 1/5
If you're like me, you're taking a class that requires you to own a book on this piece of trash platform. Congratulations, you got screwed.
Impossibly FRUSTRATING 1/5
I have to use this app for my online class, to do assignments. But I can't get through the first assignment because every time I get to 10 questions left to answer it freezes and crashes on me. When I go to reopen the app, it does not start me where I left off, I have to go through all the questions again. I don't know what to do because I need to get the assignment done, but it won't let me.
Trying to do my homework and it won't load certain pages 😤
Unlike what one of the pretentious reviewers before me claiming that "if you have sub-par technology the app won't work for you," I don't think the hardware is the problem. I'm trying to use the app to read my text book on a brand new iPad Pro that I just bought not even a week ago. Even with the newest version of the best iPad, the app refuses to load my textbook pages passed the third page. Tried calling customer support and ended up getting hung up on after 15 minutes of back and forth. Terrible app and I can't help but feel as though I wasted $150 on this book since I can't even use it. Can't even do any of my class assignments because they're all on smartbook. Should be a fun semester.
Was expecting a kindle way of reading 1/5
I want to read my book with my phone vertical not horizontal and the page menu is not collapsible and gets in the way of the text. Also I noticed the text and the practice is in two separate apps? What's up with that?! For something so expensive, time sensitive, and MANDATORY I expect it to be easy to use and convenient.
What a garbage app... that is all
This app is joke. 1/5
It constantly freezes and takes for ever load. And even then after waiting it's crashes.
Works great for iPhone 7 5/5
I have an up to date iPhone 7 and this app works great for me. I think if you don't have up to par technology, you will have many problems with apps. That's just the way apple runs. That way you HAVE to buy the newer versions because the older ones aren't compatible with newest software.
I just want to read my textbook... UGH!! 1/5
By dumb arse nickname
I have to agree with a lot of the previous comments. I wanted a solution for a $300 textbook and it appeared that for $100 I could rent my text for six months; however, the navigation bars make it completely unusable just for reading. Even if I try to use the spread feature, I end up with a slide box that makes me feel like I'm reading my text book through a magnifying glass. I was hoping for just a PDF to read of the textbook full-page nothing fancy. I can't dismiss the outline for the chapter without it trying to make me do some subject matching activity. I beg you, just add a text only full page, no navigation bars, no practice, bs free ability. This app/browser is just as useless on the browser window or app, and whether I try to read on my smartphone or iPad. Ugh!!
Great app. Really helps a lot for my classes that utilize the software. My only hang up would be that it's doesn't sync correctly bc there are times when I have to redo my assignment on my laptop(total pain).
Great app if you never want to use it 1/5
Crashes every 5 questions or so, text is tiny, the woman that pops up to tell you to read takes up the whole screen and when you try to get rid of her the app crashes. When logging in I checked the box to "remember me", but I have to re-login every time the app crashes (a lot). The list is endless. Don't get this app until there is a useful update that addresses our problems. I'm so glad I paid a hundred bucks for this book and they can't even create a decent app.
Snail speed 1/5
I answer a question and then it takes a century for the next one to load!!! I have other homework to do come on!!!
Why would you over complicate something so incredibly straight forward as READING.
No self study . Text too small. 1/5
By George 22456
This app is horrible . The navigation is so bad it's unusable .
Does not work 1/5
Don't waste your time, this app does not work.
By Charisse B
As an educator as well as electronic consumer, I can say this is the worst possible app one can have. It's almost as if it was created just to say they have an app. Totally unusable.
What a terrible app! 1/5
Needs a lot of work to be a useable app. It hangs and needs to be deleted and reinstalled (did it countless of times) just to keep up with my school work. If I had a choice, I wouldnt waste my tablet drive storage on this app.
Where is the study tab?? 1/5
Does not allow you to go back and read the book after the assignments have closed. Very inconvenient, this should not be considered a smart book, more like a smart workbook.