Need some work 2/5
I love the idea of the app. I find it very convenient when it does work but most of the time my book won’t even load.
Fix this! 1/5
By Komrade Eli
It’s seriously ridiculous that there is no self study tab for the app. I can’t go back and read or do anything with chapters I have already finish and that is crazy. Fix this!
It keeps logging me out every time I attempt to start reading a new page
Extremely Annoyed 1/5
I paid too much for my textbook for this app to be as terrible as it is. Every few minutes while I’m trying to study or take practice quizzes, it stops working, the screen goes red, and it shuts down. If I could find literally any other app that allowed me to access my textbook from home, I would immediately delete this from my iPad.
Poor interface 1/5
Absolutely agree with the previous reviewer, the app can’t be used if you won’t to have on the go reading options
By Sydney Ward
App freezes every 5 minutes and you have to close out of the app and sign back in. Can’t even study it’s so annoying
Not worth wasting your time. 1/5
If you think you’re going to get anything done on this app, you might as well just go back to computer.
Infested with bugs 2/5
I love the convenience of doing homework other than on just a computer, but this app needs some love. I cannot do more than 10 minutes of work at a time, if I am lucky, without the screen going completely red due to a flow error. Hard to do any work when this thing constantly freezes and makes you exit out of the app constantly.
Proper access requires Flash? Why bother with iOS app? 1/5
By Frank, Jr.
Filed a support issue for the persistent crashes, and discovered in the end that the primary functionality is Flash based. Why bother with an iOS app at all? Really disheartening that one of the primary publishers of education etexts overlooked this simple detail. What surprises me most is that they don’t also charge $100 for it. lol
Really Terrible 1/5
McGraw Hill is lucky this is the history book I need and the only app I can view it on. All I wanted to do is be able to read my text book on my phone but with this app it’s a terrible experience. First the app doesn’t remember me so I have to log in via my school’s website every time. Then the app is permanently locked in landscape when I’d much prefer to read it in portrait. But it’s a good thing that it is locked in landscape since about half the screen is permanently filled with crap I don’t want, like an outline I can’t close. All I want to do is be able to read on the go, but this app is so terrible.
Session times out at only 10 minutes of study 1/5
On my iPad After 10 minutes of reading the chapter it times out. I have no choice but to touch the okay button which kicks me out. It needs a refresh button to continue or something. It’s really frustrating.
Horrible App! (use website instead) 1/5
By College Kid TJ
I never write reviews, but this app is Horrible! The layout/set up of the app makes it impossible to use effectively.
***Use Connect website on a computer (desktop/ laptop)***
Are any of these developers using this app? 1/5
First, I would like to say that I like this app’s features. The ability to read, and see highlights, and quickly practice, it’s a very smart way to learn. However, there are some things that are very annoying about this app. If you’re reading, and it takes time, it times out, and makes you go back to connect to log back in. Why does it time out so frequently? What’s the point? When it does prompt you to log back in, why can’t it remember who you are so you don’t have to keep authenticating? Among other things, the app doesn’t let you copy and paste for notes, but you could do this on a computer... so why lock it down b/c it’s an iPad?
This app is infuriating 1/5
It crashes every five minutes and then I have to sign back in and open the book back up to where I was. The concept is good, they just need to put some effort into it.
Fix Immediately HW is Due & My classmates & I Paid to use this feature! 1/5
FIX this app please! I would love to use it and complete my homework, and get an A. I just paid $80 on MGH site for the access code, let alone the textbook at $100 to rent that I can barely afford right now. I am not alone, several other students are experiencing the same issue!
We are Your Clients that MGH is obligated to serve. So please fix the app so we can all get on with our lives with degrees in our hands please.
App crashes constantly, slows down after a few minutes and sends and error message
Crash BandiBook 1/5
Just keeps crashing every 10 minutes. Terrible and I this day this app is crucial...I wish it worked.
Doesn’t sync 1/5
I used this app for the first couple weeks of class and it seemed to work fine, but I logged on to Connects website and it did not have any of my learnsmarts that I had done. I had to redo them all on the website. Now the website isn’t working on my iPad Pro and the app still doesn’t sync...SOS
By Yeager Music
I can't believe this is the software that accompanies an $85 ebook. The app requires a password every time it's opened (even though "remember me" is checked). The "practice" button flashed sporadically in a distracting manner. Some textbook sections simply will not load. The ugly "virtual assistant" that wants you to do practice problems is startling and unhelpful. For a study tool, this app is pure trash.
You would think after spending a ridiculous amount of money on this material, they can afford to have decent developers to create this app. It crashes every few minutes and comes to a red screen that prevents you from continuing. Wouldn’t even give this 1 star.
The app is laggy when it works for the first few minutes and then some glitch shuts the whole thing down. Reopening the app requires you to retype login and password, and once you finally navigate back to where you left off, it shuts off after another few minutes. For the amount of money you pay for these online access codes, you would think you could get an app that works. Doesn’t even work
Terrible Functionality 1/5
The functionality of this app is truly 1/5 stars. There’s very little thought going into user experience when this app was developed. Is feels ported over for sake of saying you have this app. Their reps are recommending these apps to students in addition.
Better stick with the $100 book and 10 year old technology. 1/5
Honestly, just like every other review. This app is terrible. Crashes and freezes non-stop let alone the pink tinged screen full of error codes. I have been attempting to use it on an iPad mini. McGraw is better at producing books than apps. Here's going back to a crook in my neck starring at my laptop for the rest of the semester.
doesn't work 1/5
within four questions it makes the screen red and says there's an error and shuts down the app. not worth it
So complicated and constantly crashing and logging me out, causing me to lose progress. I don't understand why the online version works so well and this app is barely functional when it's almost the same exact thing.
A possible bug? 1/5
I hate to give one star reviews but the purpose of getting the app to be able to read on the go is defeated when I can’t even read the text for like 5 minutes before the screen goes red and says there’s an error. So I have to close the app, re open it, sign back in, scroll back to the page I was at and attempt to keep reading. Please can you fix this, that’d be very much appreciated. I would’ve sent this in an email to the creator of the app but I don’t see a way to contact.
iPad Review (1/21/2018) 1/5
Classes started for me nearly a week ago and the first day I connected my class text book it worked just fine. However, the first day also just so happened to be my last. Since then, I have been unable to use my text book on my iPad. I’ve used short cut links from Canvas, the McGraw-Hill website, and restarting the app only to receive the same message “Sorry could not authenticate you. Your link has corrupted and expired.” This app is terrible. Please fix!!! The website is also terrible as it covers half of the pages of my text book.
Purchased an ebook and don’t get ebook but an app instead 1/5
Purchased an ebook and no ebook provided. Chargeback underway for scam.
By Broke Frustrated Student
Very buggy, locks up and won’t work a lot of times. Will not allow note taking apps to be larger than a small bubble while multitasking on iPad. When you only have an online text, trying to take notes is near impossible because this app will not allow full split screen. PLEASE fix this!! College students pay HUNDREDS for these books and access codes so we at least deserve a well functioning app!!
Haven’t had any problems with this app. I can now complete Learnasmarts and homework for anatomy on my iPad Pro instead of tugging around my 15 inch laptop. The only reason I won’t give 5 stars, is because every time I reopen the app I have to re login. Other than that it’s great!
Frustrating and Poorly Developed 1/5
This app is very counter intuitive and frustrating. Navigating within the app to the place you actually want to go is near impossible because of the side, bottom and top bars. If you manage to get to the actual ebook that you’re trying to read, more than 50% of the reading space on your screen is used to display all of the buttons, side bars, etc. (instead of allowing you to just read the dang book and have only that on the screen)
This app is so bad that it’s not even worth trying to use
No issues 5/5
I have not experienced any issues, I love the layout, great app.
Smart book 5/5
Love this app!
Don’t waste your time 1/5
I’m on this app for 5 minutes and the screen actually turns a tint of RED, saying an error occurred. I took the chance of downloading this app on my ipad for my own convenience, but I wish I listened to the reviews I’ve heard and read. Now instead of conventionally doing my homework on an iPad, I have to lug around my heavy laptop everywhere I go. Please please please, from a student perspective, fix the bugs. I’d recommend downloading the app to anyone in school if it actually worked!! Until the glitches are gone, I’m deleting the app.
Stick to selling $100 books 1/5
By Please fix the app -.-
This piece of garbage crashes constantly, fails to register button presses, and for some reason has a super annoying personal “assistant” who knows two lines and will repeat them constantly, blocking parts of the textbook. You’d think after making millions selling books that will be obsolete in a year, they’d invest a little bit more into digital text. Nope.
Horrifically Awful 1/5
Nearly unusable and the UI is just plain bad. Having an app is supposed to make accessing the content easier. Stick with a browser. I like Connect on PC, but this app needs serious work.
Missing key functionality and full of bugs 2/5
I downloaded this app so that I could access my eBook for my accounting course on my iPad (which doesn’t support the Flash site in a browser). While the work-around generally got me through the material I needed to cover, there were a lot of glaring bugs that really detracted from my experience.
— “Remember me” option on the login page fails to work, and the app times you out often (sometimes without saving your work)
— Unless you have internet connectivity, reading the eBook on here is impossible. Every time you go to a page it has to load (typically for 3-5 seconds)
— The app lost my progress on one assignment that cost me points (I’d finished the assignment and it lost a network connection, which meant I only got points for 30% completion)
— The app doesn’t support multitasking. It would be nice to have Excel up in an adjacent panel while working some of the problems
— On a purely aesthetic note, the app is not optimized for iPad and looks blurry
— You can’t turn off the incredibly annoying reminders to switch to reading or practice mode (and they pop up and interrupt the learning process)
I hope that they will improve on these things. The app has great potential.
It has some small things that should be fixed 4/5
The reading section is only 2/3rds of the screen. That is something I recommend you make adjustable for the user. I’m using this on my phone to help me study for my finals and I’m not having any trouble with the pages lapsing. At least one other review seem to be have more trouble with their provider network then with the app. I don’t recommend closing the app until you are completely done with the question portion though. I had to do start it three times. I’m not complaining though because that helped me retain the knowledge.
Has potential 2/5
So I downloaded this app when I didn’t have internet at home to access my ebook through my computer. So I downloaded the app instead. It works if you’re looking to use it as a last resort. But don’t get your hopes to high. It only lets you use the app in the landscape position (like when you’re watching a video) and only a small portion of the screen is used for you to read your text book. And some of the sections of your book won’t load. It’ll load the previous section and the next section. But some sections just won’t load. If they updated the app and took in what people where saying then I think it would really work. But to use this app as a way to access your textbook just isn’t what it should be when you purchase a college textbook that’s already expensive.
A metaphor for today’s education problems 1/5
This application while looking nice, just like the US public education system, is complete crap. It fails to function at even the most basic level of remembering who you are at the login in screen. Why is the “Remember Me” option there if it cannot remember the one user that has been accessing the application. I was unable to find or access a “find” function in the application, which is all around unacceptable for a textbook application. Rather than offer an intuitive reading interface where you can turn the pages by swiping left and right the developers instead give a tab with small unreadable representations of the pages in the chapter or small forward and back arrows to advance or return to a previous page. I found the automated assistant to be annoying to say the least. Finally, I do not how the developers determined this, but they have a function that highlights “pertinent” information from the textbook for you to read. I turned this off as soon as I found out how to and I have to keep turning it off every time I access the text. All of this is a metaphor because it wants to be so much more than it is but it has no idea how to accomplish it because too many people, most likely, think they know what the end user wants or needs but does not actually listen to the end user, just like today’s schools.
App crashes 1/5
I was required to pay for access to this for my class and completing the SmartBook questions is one of my weekly assigned requirements.
This app makes that impossible by crashing constantly.
Dreadful app. Use web browser instead 1/5
Good grief, where to start? This app routinely crashes, citing “not having enough RAM,” but it is the only app on my iPad that does so. The app is disorganized, making it difficult to find the actual text chapters of the book apart from taking a roundabout route through the chapter practice questions. It is also very sluggish in loading the “Read About This” sections while in the practice questions.
If I could rate this less than 1 star, I would. McGraw-Hill seriously needs to get on top of their app design - I just want to do my homework!
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.