Socratic Wants To Do Your Homework For You


Ever wish someone would just do your homework for you? Sure, you could always ask a friend for help every now and then. But if you’re like me, there are countless times where you would spend hours on a certain math problem and end up realizing you’re not even close to solving the problem. I’m sure we’ve all gone through that back in our school days. But what if there was a better way to go about things. Surely, with all the apps these days somebody could have come up with something? Meet Socratic, an app that not only does your math homework for you, but also shows you how to do it as well.

Socratic: Homework Done In A Snap

So how does Socratic work exactly? Simply put, all you have to do is take a picture of a particular math problem you’re working on and the app will do the rest. In case you’re not sure how the answer came to be, the app lists the procedure one could follow to come with the answer. It does so pretty fast too. I tried it out with a couple of algebraic sums and it probably took 3 seconds or less for the app to scan and provide a detailed solution.

Solving algebra is as easy as 1 2 3

It doesn’t stop there either. For every math problem, the Socratic app also provides an explanation on the relevant problem, along with a Khan Academy video with regards to the mathematical principles involved.

A Closer Look

Digging bit deeper, the secret of Socratic comes down to Artificial Intelligence and the data gathered from different student questions all over. According to the website, this data was contributed by people from 160 countries and serves students from 195 countries from around the world.

Of course, its not just mathematics. The app even takes on other subjects such as History, Physics, and Chemistry as well. But it gets a bit tricky here though. The app only works here if it captures text properly and it often has difficulty reading text questions. For example, if you ask a question like what is mass spectrometry? it will give you an explainer of what the term means exactly and a few google search results to help you along with it.

Socratic at work

What To Expect

As of now, Socratic covers 21 subjects from the app ranging from Maths, Science, Humanities to Social Sciences. Moving forward, it looks like the team will be adding on many more subjects on its platform. Some of these include Music Theory, Robotics, and Accounting. See the full list here.

But if there’s one let down(apart from my handwriting being unrecognizable), is that the app is only available on iOS. So if you’ve got an iPhone on your hands you could try out the app yourself. For those of you curious Android users, you could always give PhotoMath a try. It’s not exactly Socratics, but it does the job for you nonetheless.

So what are your thoughts? Tried Socratics yet? Let us know in the comments below.


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