August 15, 2014

Brainly – Socialize the Learning Process

When it comes to knowledge, it can pay to learn from the experience of others. Brainly provides students with a way to help each other with homework from within its web-based platform.

Rather than paying a tutor $20 an hour, Brainly encourages its users to help each other for free. Before you can start asking homework questions on the platform, you have to earn virtual points. This provides an incentive for people to help each other, as opposed to just asking questions without providing any answers to other users. The more questions you answer on Brainly, the more points you earn. When you have enough points, you’ll be able to start asking questions of your own. Post a question based on your homework assignment—for example, “What is the electron configuration of Sodium Chloride?” or “What is the distributive property of -(1-6n)”—and a fellow user will respond with an answer. Each question can have a maximum of two acceptable answers, so you don’t have to worry about being overwhelmed by all the responses you receive.

Hundreds of moderators help maintain decorum within the Brainly community. Meanwhile, rankings give users the chance to highlight their expertise and earn bonuses. For students who’d like some extra guidance on their homework, and aren’t afraid to help others in return, Brainly is an excellent platform to check out.

Practical Uses:

  • Ask for help on a difficult math equation
  • Take advantage of your math expertise by helping younger students
  • Get ideas on what to write an essay about
  • Share your chemistry knowledge with other Brainly users

Insider Tips:

  • Brainly allows you to edit your answers to correct mistakes
  • Search through the archive for answers to older questions
  • Earn points when friends register for Brainly using your recommendation links
  • Answers can be deleted if moderators decide they contain too many errors

What we liked:

  • Students can’t ask for help until they’ve helped others with their questions
  • Brainly is meant to help users learn, rather than simply copying their homework
  • Questions on Brainly cover almost every topic, including math and sciences
  • Most moderators are former or current teachers

What we didn’t like:

  • Some teachers may not be in favor of students using a platform like Brainly
  • Brainly will become more useful as it gains more traction, and users, in the U.S.


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2014 (U.S.)
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Krakow, Poland
  • Founded by: Micha? Borkowski, ?ukasz Haluch, and Tomasz Kraus
  • Web site:


  • Free

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