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Mega Media Worldwide

February 23, 2016 09:00 ET

Tired of the Nightly Homework Battles

A Newly Launched App Makes a Game out of Homework With Real Rewards for Positive Behavior

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 23, 2016) -

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Many families struggle with motivating their children to work hard at their education and in fact, for some families, the struggle to complete homework can result in conflict and even nightly battles. The unpleasant cycle of nagging by parents and anxiety for kids usually leads to resentment and poor performance. Unfortunately, the US is currently ranked 17th in math, 21st in science and 17th in reading.

But now a new education app, being released today on Tuesday, February 23, is seeking to get students excited students about their education and provide parents with a tool to help keep their kids motivated. Gradestar is a digital behavior chart and reward-based tool designed to help students succeed by earning rewards for working on their education. Parents can challenge kids to complete various tasks like homework, studying, volunteering, cleaning their room - anything that requires a push. In exchange, kids receive Gradestars, a form of virtual currency that they can then use to purchase goods and services they want, at a discount, from local and national businesses.

And while the idea of working hard to get into college and get a good job 8-10 years from the present may be hard for students to relate to, Gradestar allows them to enjoy the results of their efforts, in a meaningful way, right now! Simultaneously, by employing "gamification" principles, students remain engaged helping them to develop and practice positive habits that will help them succeed in the long term.

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About Gradestar:

Gradestar is a free mobile application (available only on iOS currently) that rewards academic/extracurricular achievement. Parents and other key influencers can help a student understand how to build a model to achieve educational success, what hard work can do for their future, and incentivize them via a virtual currency using Gradestars which provide reallife rewards. The rewards system gets customized by the family and student, and can also include reallife products made available from Gradestar in order to let students get rewarded with the things that matter most to them.

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