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.
Top Hat 1/5
By Heyyyyyy guy who reads this
While the program is easy to use it is incredibly difficult to get customer support or a refund I dropped a class due to a scheduling conflict and would need this next semester. If you are a teacher there are much better ways to ensure attendance than this app questions, quizzes, flicker questions and many others. If you find your self using this rethink of how you can use technology to better your own and your student experience .
Could be so much better 1/5
For some reason needs my location on always even though I only use it once a week or it marks me absent. Constantly fails to load or submit my answers in time meaning I get no credit for questions I answer correctly
Please add split screen 2/5
Using this app on my iPad is helpful but since the app isn’t optimized for split screen it is very difficult to take notes and use top hat at the same time since i use my iPad to also take notes. Please add the capability to use split screen on iPads, I’m sure I’m not the only one with an iPad that also uses top hat.
Instructor able to correct attendance in app 1/5
By Diane Golfball
I use to be able to manually count a student as attended from my mobile app. I can't do that now. Also, I use to be able to edit questions from my iPad and I can no longer do that. Previous versions were better n
Due dates taken off 2/5
Pretty aggravated they did away with due dates. I could see the due dates on my phone up until about a week, maybe 2 weeks ago. I thought my professor took the due dates off since we were so behind. Had no clue that Tophat took them down. 2 late assignments later and I figure out what the problem is. Not real happy about this at all! What’s the point of paying for this app if it’s only going to be halfassed?? The point of the app is so you don’t have to log in online every time. Sure would be nice if this was fixed and due dates were put back on there.
What’s the point? 1/5
Okay... yes... it is electronic and we are reducing the amount of paper being wasted. Really all this app is good for is to live-view the professors computer, and take quizzes and tests. It costs us, the students, to use and really isn’t all that great in my opinion.
In general, this app is good and easy to operate. However, there are some bugs recently, and it would be better if it supports showing two apps at the same time.
Please make this compatible to split screen! 4/5
It works great and looks very nice, but I wish i could split my iPad Pro screen to where I can take notes while having the powerpoint at my control in case I fall behind on notes without having to move the skinny screen (which I wish I could make half the screen size) out of the way constantly
F top hat 1/5
This is a scam. Useless. You wanna know how to improve this app? Get rid of it! :)
Would like to know 2/5
Why is it in the laptop you can type notes and you can highlight and in the app you can’t? Also the app doesn’t show the percentage of questions that you have done? It would be so much better to be able to read and take notes at the same time, split screen support would be amazing with this app!
Great App 5/5
Awesome app. I wish all my classes used this app. I love it!
There’s a lot of good and helpful things about this program, but it’s frustrating and even somewhat creepy that location must always be on for location based attendance to work. If that changed to “only when using,” that would be really appreciated.
Top hap quaranteed failure! 1/5
By Maureen Lo
I have tried 3 different browsers-all I get is a black screen with the picture of the question. Have to guess where on black screen where my the letters a, b, c, etc are. I clicker is a way better option. I hope I never have to see top hat again after this class.
Close, not quite there 3/5
The idea is awesome, and I prefer this over a lot of other engagement solutions in the classroom. The UI isn’t totally intuitive yet, though, and some features are missing. One in particular that bothers me is the lack of split screen mode on the iPad. Without it I can’t take notes and watch the lecture simultaneously.
UPDATE THE APP 1/5
I HATEEEEEE THIS APP!!! Every time I close the app it starts me all the over to the beginning of the chapter. EVERY TIME! There’s no bookmarking to start back where you left off. And then sometimes when you’ve scrolled back to where your spot is it’ll close out of the textbook again and then you’re back to scrolling and scrolling. Having an index helps none if I’m in the middle of 2 sections. UPDATE THIS APP!!! PLEASE!!
Won’t let me finish authentication 1/5
This app won’t let me finish the authentication process on my iPad, so it’s useless as an app. It’s supposed to return the user back to the app when it authenticates, but it does not allow me to do so after I sign in with my student account.
Nice support 5/5
Couldn’t figure out how to login
Support was fantastic
Solved my problem immediately
<3 tophat 5/5
By K pop obsessed
Needs improvement 3/5
By frustrated med student
I usually have issues logging into class about once a week. My teachers just mark me absent and it effects my grade, so that gets annoying. Also, you cannot split the screen with this app on the iPad. It would be extremely beneficial to be able to take notes on another app while I’m reviewing the slideshow on Top Hat. Please make adjustments.
Love top hat 5/5
Great ! Love top hat , very easy and helpful . Wish more professor used it .
Horrible app. Always messes up in class
Works Great Sometimes 2/5
Works great when it actually authenticates your account. However, it’s been months since I have been able to access my account through the app on my phone or iPad because once I authenticate it never redirects me/let’s me go back to use the app. I’ve gone through multiple different resources, can’t find a way to use it other than on my computer.
Ped 101 5/5
I love top hat. Great and easy to use. I can use my phone if I want too! I have an iPhone X and loved how I can save time by not taking my laptop to class.
I hate this app 1/5
I don’t understand why this app logs you out randomly. It’s not my fault that my professor hasn’t used it in two weeks? If Instagram and Facebook can keep me signed in indefinitely, why can’t this app? I’m sorry if your professor has you use Tophat, Reef is infinitely better.