Grockit presents a new way to educate and study for students young and old. The site offers tools helpful for grades 8 through 12 as well as preparation for SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT testing. Students can join study groups, ask questions and request assistance from others who are also learning. Grockit also supplies users with a brief online test that helps them understand where their learning strengths are and the best approach to studying. Timed challenges are also available to monitor academic progress.
Grockit founder Farbood Nivi was in search of a better way to help students learn and study. Along with the help of a cofounder, he helped form the Grockit that exists today. Currently, Nivi holds position of Grockit CEO. The goal was to offer a progressive learning tool that could be marketed and benefit students. Today, Chris Strausser is Grockit’s Chief Marketing Officer and Dr. Ari Bader-Natal is the Chief Learning Architect. The site’s name is derived from the word “grok” which first appeared in Robert Heinlein’s book, Stranger in a Strange Land.
Grockit doesn’t just supply information; it actually provides students with interactive resources. By allowing other actual members to get involved through study groups, students can learn to work together and benefit from each other. The site also offers timed testing and progress monitoring tools to help students stay on track. Parents are also invited to use the site and observe as their children progress and improve in his or her academic abilities.
The Grockit homepage presents all the important information to help new visitors make a choice about signing up. Main highlights and links are found at the center of the page as well as the registration form. The fun Grockit cloud logo helps maintain a non-intimidating environment that encourages students from eight grade on to participate. Tabs are available to inform parents and educators on Grockit features and how the site can help students learn.
Grockit gets right down to business, presenting the registration form right on the homepage. New users can begin signing up by entering a first and last name, email address, password, date of birth and answering the question of how they came across Grockit. After clicking the blue button at the bottom, the user can select the type of learning they need. Options include grades 8 through 12 curriculum, college preparation, business school, law school, and graduate school. A welcome email is also sent, although no email verification link is necessary for account access.
Grockit currently offers three membership types to its users. The first is a free account that allows unlimited study group questions, up to 20 adaptive solo practices, solo questions only, and pay as you go online tutoring that costs $50 per hour. The mid range account runs just under $100 (that is a one time fee for the duration of the academy), and upgrades to unlimited solo practices and reviews as well as performance reports. The highest membership cost just under $240 and adds four hours of one on one personalized tutoring to the membership.
Parents and students can enjoy what Grockit has to offer them. The site allows for very specialized study sessions. The paid memberships also include performance reports that allow users to monitor their progress and look for trends. The site also creates a platform to get in touch with other students and ask questions through study groups. Each membership can be tailored to the student’s specific level and needs for a well rounded approach to learning and improving study methods.