There are a lot of computer-based algebra solvers out there, but for Socratic they had to do some extra engineering to get at the steps a human would need to solve the same problem.
Also, I'd be remiss not to mention Photomath, which has been doing this since 2014, and actually has step-by-step explanations in the recently released Photomath paid version (there's a free trial).
I also tried it on a weird fraction from an AP algebra exam, which it kind of failed at, but then I swiped over and it was showing me this graph, which included the correct answer: I love this app, not just because it would've helped 8th grade Paul out of a jam, but because it's such a computery use of computers.
You use the tiny computer in your pocket to be basically smarter than you already are.
The app is actually designed to answer any kind of school question — science, history, etc. For other kinds of questions, Socratic kind of does a bit of Googling, and in my experience can typically find similar word problems on the wide internet, or from its own database of answers.
On about half the middle school science problems I tried, the app was able to identify the topic at question and show me additional resources about the concepts involved, but for others it was no more powerful than a simple web search.It may because you have other matters in life that take up most of your time, it may be because you are swamped with college or high school assignments and don’t know where to start, or it could just be because you’re lazy.Whatever the reason, it leaves with little time to do the homework and if you don’t hand it in on time you risk failing the class.But for algebra this thing is I pointed it at 2x 2 = 7x - 5, which I wrote down at random, and it gave me a 10 step process that results in x = 7/5.It has trouble with word problems, but if you can write down a word problem in math notation it shouldn't be an issue.You can search tutor websites to find them, easily filter the results based on when they are available, what others students say about them, and what their price per lesson is.Once you find someone, you hire them and that’s it!You can do this by reading what other students say about their teaching methods and reading what the tutor says on their profile.After that, it is only a matter of comparing tutors’ availability and costs to choose the one that is best for your needs.I started searching online for a tutor in my area and couldn’t find one available, but after expanding my search to anyone on the planet – things changed.There are hundreds of thousands of tutors willing and available to teach you via live video streaming.