Total waste of my money 1/5
This app is the biggest waste of money in the word, why you have to pay to do homework or get a good grade in a class is still a mystery to me. The grade book never works so I can never see my grades.
Top hat makes college harder 2/5
Top hat should send push notifications every time there’s a top hat question. That way when I’m skipping class i know when to do the questions
Money Scam 1/5
I would always use the website on my Mac in class so I could split the screen and take notes. it would never load, I would always be three-four slides behind, and my quiz questions would hardly ever load in time for me to answer them. I figured I’d just start using the app, but I have the same issues on the app that I have on my Mac. the connection is always “poor”, and my professor can’t ever use it either - and will insist that the students are taking up the bandwidth and are causing the app to crash and lag (?? don’t know where he got that from), costing us our attendance points. and I know I’m not the only one, whether it be in my class or across everyone who has bought the app, that has these issues daily. if I have to pay this much for an app that simply takes *attendance* and gives mini class quizzes, I expect it to work 100% of the time, flawlessly. the rest of my university uses a free attendance app and I have never had an issue with it - ever. drop your prices, and fix your interface. this app is a whole mess, a money scam, and absolutely ridiculous. if they have to charge for the app to keep it running and whatnot, why not $.99, $2.99, $4.99?? where did the $27 and $50 come from? the people buying it are college students with little income who are forced to by their professors. incredibly pathetic for something that never works.
Costs too much 4/5
Just hate that I had to spend 50 bucks for the different features. I don’t understand why it has to be so expensive. Most of us are truly struggling financially and if we have a job we hate to spend our $8-10/hour checks on something like this.
Great in theory, terrible in execution. Not like I had a say in my purchase anyways... 1/5
By An Unhappy "Customer"
Yes, I agree that teachers need to hold their students accountable for attending class.
But when you end up getting questions wrong because the app won’t allow you to submit answers, there’s a clear problem there. It has happened to me numerous times and I consider myself a good student in class, but constantly end up missing “clicker questions”.
(Especially when your professor only gives you 20-30 seconds to answer a question and you can’t even answer in time).
My chemistry class at my university is centered around this app, and to have to pay for a subscription service with so many bugs to play a role in determining my grade is entirely unfair.
If you are a professor reading this considering using Top Hat for your lecture, please look elsewhere, and avoid placing unnecessary stress on your students!
it’s so slow holy crap 1/5
the fact that i had to pay MONEY for a access code, and then it’s this slow ???? it’s not even the app, the website is even worse. seriously, i feel like i was scammed. doing homework takes me about 4-5 hours to complete :))
Great app for learning at my own pace and being able to go over material as many times as I’d like to.
Great way to reiterate learning strategies and engaging.
I am currently using tophat and I would say it’s annoying as can be. Yea the reps would reply to you and they are helpful and try their best to help you but how the answer key is set up, is extremely stupid. Many times I submit my answers, it kept telling me it’s wrong and I was right the whole time. This platform allows you to waste time and energy. This platform is stupid. I hate it and I would tell anyone if their professor is using tophat not to take the class at all. I have been stuck on one question for 3 days and I gave up. I would never recommend to anyone.
TopHat makes learning fun! 5/5
I wish all my classes used TopHat. I feel really engaged with the learning process when I practice concepts in class with TopHat.
By Nicholas Tzar
Making me take a survey as I am stressing to enter my attendance code is very ignorant!!
A scam. 1/5
Tophat is a scam. I don't care what you say, I don't see how it's fair taking money from already broke college students like this. Because I have to pay for this app, I went weeks without food. The worst part is that you don't even know what classes are going to need it so you don't know how much you should pay for. I hate this capitalist piece of crap so much if I ever take another class that requires that I'm eating the professor 1 star as well. It doesn't even work sometimes or it crashes in the middle of a question. We already have clickers I don't understand why we need to pay for this too. If this costed less maybe I'd understand but at this price are you kidding me??? Stop making education cost more than it should I'm already starving.🤬🤬🤬
Overall great app 4/5
By Wow. So bad.
Great app. Just an idea... I think when you open the app it should have the class that you’re in at the top of the list. I think if the instructors had to input the days of the week the class meets and the time their class is it would be an easy feature to add.
I gave it 4 stars because I don’t like that to Mark attendance you have to allow the app to always use your location. I think in using your location while using the app would be sufficient.
Terrible UI 1/5
Terrible user interface and user experience.
Absolutely awful. Don’t get this unless you want it to take your money and not be able to access your course
Get what you pay for 5/5
By Best breezy
It does its job
Update so you can view questions in grade book 4/5
Please make an update so you can view previous questions and answers in grade book. Thanks.
Awful user interface 1/5
My professors use this app during lecture scrolling through PowerPoints but if you’re trying to take notes from slides, the app keeps switching slides automatically. Also, the PowerPoints are a third of your screen which makes it impossible to try and read of it, it’s super small and if you zoom in it won’t let you change slides unless you need to leave the lecture and enter it again. Just really awful app if you’re trying to follow the professors lecture and take the quizzes. It would be nice if you could have the whole PowerPoint already open for you to scroll around and make it the whole screen. Even on a computer I have to zoom in, it makes my eyes hurt!
So glad that Top hat consistently bugs out on every single lecture I attend, and states I didn’t answer questions when I definitely did.
Keeps logging me out 3/5
We use this for attendance for one of my classes so we have to use it everyday. The app works decently while using it but it fully logs me out every time. It doesn’t make the app unbearable but it seems like a super easy fix that would make this app much less annoying to use.
How is this scam so popular 1/5
By Photographer in need
Required by professor and had to pay $27 or something. Functionality is terrible. Cuts off the question half the time. No settings for notifications for questions. On top of that there appears to be fake reviews on iOS because the app has TERRIBLE rating on the Play Store. App would never be even close to 4 stars.
P.S. I never write reviews so good job on inspiring me to be here top hat.
By Mark ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
App lags out 1/5
I am in class need to answer important question and the app don't work
Doesn’t Stay Logged In! 1/5
I have to log in every time I open the app, and it has caused me to lose points. How hard is it to make an app that doesn’t log people out every single time??
This app should be taken off the App Store because it is absolutely false advertising and a complete SCAM. $50 to register for 4 years? App is unresponsive and has text overlapping. Doesn’t work in lectures as it sporadically won’t let you click answers. If you’re a professor looking at these apps, Turning Point would be my suggestion. Used both and Turning Point does what it needs to and does it well. Top Hat won’t be a company that lasts too long I have a feeling. Embarrassing product.
Great attendance app!
Crappy App Fake Reviews 1/5
It’s pretty clear just from scrolling through the list of reviews that tophat has paid to have favorable reviews written about their app. All the genuine reviews written by actually students are all one star ratings, which is understandable considering from my first hand experience this is just another educational cash grab. This app is entirely designed to be marketed for teachers to save time and create a literal hell for students with a UI/UX experience that seems like it was designed by your parents who can’t figure out how their iPhone works.
App has been consistently freezing after answering 1 question in multi question presentations.
Incredibly Unreliable 1/5
And a large portion of my real University grade is based off this glorified beta release.
Tophat does not work if location services are on “only while using” however it works if location services are on “Always”. There is no reason for location to be on permanently unless using during class. I have noticed the location symbol on and it is concerning. I have been marked absent for not having location on my laptop. Apart that it is using battery, the breech in privacy is not worth it. This is an application to help students and teachers, not a hindrance that gives students a disadvantage. I completely understand the reason to have location on while on tophat. But to mark a student absent because location services are not set to always is not unacceptable. Attendance codes are available to ensure students are in the classroom.
Rip off, and doesn’t open 1/5
Didn’t open during my college marketing class and my attendance grade depends on this app. When an app doesn’t work and my grade depends on it, I’m not a happy camper. Would not recommend.
I was roped into top hat based on the promise that I could deliver interactive lectures from my iPad (iPad Pro 12.9”). This was and remains a lie. I cannot even view my own courses content on this app. Instead I get the error: this specific type of item is not available on mobile. Restated, the digital book isn’t viewable on an iPad. Every other publisher with an ebook has this feature except top-hat.
The content of some of the books are inaccurate as there doesn’t appear to be a peer review process for verifying content.
By alex stroz
It was wonderful using the experience of top hat it gave a open variety of choices and let you see hands on what mistakes you and the class made
Does not work 1/5
By Person guy thing
My grade was lowered because of this app not working. It is a piece of garbage. Don’t use it.
By Ian Hulsey
App won’t even start up. It will bring the app up and then just close and crash without being able to use or do anything on the app.
Log in/Payment 2/5
This site cost way too much. I’m in college and we already have to pay a lump some and don’t know if we will use it again (if we do but only pay for one semester that more money). Why is it always logging me out and says that my password is wrong. I’m so tired of this and it’s so freaking irritating. I hate that my teacher uses this app Fr!
Amazing App 5/5
If you have a course that uses Top Hat and you’re consider Ming the app, definitely get it. It works so well, never had any issues with it all semester, and it’s so convenient! Seriously great app!
Awful app and service 1/5
Tophat in general deserves zero stars. Spends the entire class locating me for attendance and then I get counted as absent and get points taken away! Horrible app and service overall!!! It’s such a waste of money and never works right. I’m
Thank you Top Hot for crashing every time I opened it and causing me to miss the attendance check in at the the begin of class for the second straight week in the row. CourseKey works so much better, my other professors use it and it is just so much easier.
By Satan 😈😘💋
I mean it’s required by my professor but I had no problem with the app. I don’t like I had to pay for it even if it’s something just used for attendance and answer a few questions throughout the lecture. Btw if you have trouble answering the question Socratic is a amazing app to help quickly even if the questions are timed.
Might as well use Kahoot! 2/5
Too expensive for an app not too different from Kahoot!
Terrible app for students TOTAL SCAM! 1/5
By Dr. Yan Itor
I have a lot of professors who buy into tophat and force us to use it for in class quizzes. It seems easy enough on the professors’ end but for the students using their phones it is total garbage. It works like an endless string of popup windows and notification banners every time the professor opens a quiz. The lag is terrible and the submit button doesn’t always work. It won’t stop opening a banner letting me know I’ve been marked present every other question. I have to exit out just to get to the next question. There is not anyway for the student to turn off the constant pop ups. Piazza is a much better app for students. Further more they like to lock up your account and charge hidden fees mid semester! That is the definition of extortion!
If your instructor uses Tophat to track attendance and enables location verification, the app requires constant, always-on location tracking. If you enable location services only while using the app, your attendance will not be recorded. So you have two choices: consent to Tophat tracking you 24/7, or fail a course. Fantastic
App Crashes 5/5
I just updated my phone to IOS 12 and it keeps crashing. I love top hat and everything about it but I wish this could be fixed soon so I get my attendance and participation points for my class.
App has very little features 1/5
I can’t even access my textbook through my mobile app. I wanted to also review some of the questions but there wasn’t even an option for that.
Why have an app when you don’t have some of the most important study tools ????
I can’t seem to move from slides to slides anymore...
Drained my battery in 4 hours 1/5
By Billy from 1996
This app needs your location to always allow location and drained my phone. Please fix so that I do not need to always allow location for attendance in class. Allow location while using only. Thank you.
It freezes 2/5
This is what I use for my German class. I have it on my computer, though. Thought this app would b time saving. It is but it gets stuck answering the questions. I really wanted it, but half of the part I need doesn’t work. Do you think you can fix this? I have an iPhone X.
A hip class structure with no functionality. 2/5
If you have a crippling case of FOMO then this is for you, however If you don’t then you will ultimately find this application/service pointless. Schools and universities without an integrated web platform may get some use out of this, but for those who already have one, this is just another worthless service to add on top of your schools online platform.
Almost no functionality on any mobile devices; the interface is less inspiring than MS DOS. File previews don’t exist. The instructors and TAs are either technologically illiterate (unlikely), or this program is about as user friendly as an etch-a-sketch.
This product is not ready to be something a student is required to pay for. It’s basically in the pre alpha development stage. I would be willing to pay another 28 dollars to not have to use this for the rest of the semester.
I wish I could have rated it one star, but Tophat isn’t even inspiring enough to warrant that much rage or disgust. Mediocre garbage.