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Geniebook Chinese review

This Geniebook Chinese review is NOT a paid or sponsored review (nor is anything on my blog actually, for your peace of mind).

What is GenieBook?

GenieBook is a powerful online platform to help Primary 1 to Secondary 4 students, filled with live classes, quizzes, and tonnes of revision worksheets, generated by AI to tailor for your child.   It’s a Singapore-based start-up, and aims to help children learn smarter and do better.

We started using Geniebook last year due to COVID (as did many other parents, I’m sure).  Her school didn’t offer any live-lessons during the Covid shutdowns, and Geniebook had interactive classes daily, so it was a no-brainer for us to join to continue her learning.  We do pay for it ourselves (it’s a lot of $$) and this review has no sponsorship, nor affiliation.  In fact, I don’t even think anyone at Geniebook will know which parent is writing this 😉 

Up until  2022, Geniebook only had Science, English, and Mathematics.  However, they’ve just this year launched for the first time a Chinese package, and this review is our honest thoughts after checking it out.

How do we use it?

My daughter doesn’t attend any formal tuition centres.  The enrichment we do is music and art.  Then we have Geniebook.  Actually, we probably make a whole lot less use of Geniebook than we could or should because I’m pretty laissez-faire about academic work. 

Geniebook has three main components:

  1. GenieClass: Live interactive classes (sort of seminar style, with ability for child to answer questions and earn points throughout)
  2. GenieSmart: AI generated revision worksheets (combination of multichoice, and descriptive answers, which are then marked by MOE-qualified teachers and feedback given).  A one year subscription gives  300 worksheets per subject, with 15 – 20 questions per sheet.
  3. GenieAsk: Ability to get live help with homework questions, and also some class quizzes/competitions

We decided to trial Geniebook initially for the online classes, to fill the gap created by the sudden school closure, and me not being familiar with the Singapore syllabus.  The great thing about the live classes is you can join any from P1 through to Sec 4, and they’re offered every day of the week and fixed times with fixed teachers, very much like tuition.  I think most people probably join for these classes.  My kids weren’t fans (they’re very much like a typical school or tuition class addressed to a large group) and I could live without this too.  However, despite this we signed up for the full year package because of all the other features! 

Screenshot from a P3 live class

We’re a little unconventional.  We primarily use GenieBook for the personalised worksheets.  These AI-generated worksheets are essentially a replacement for any revision book purchase from Popular, but have the added bonus that they’re marked by qualified teachers, and they focus on the questions where the child really needs to practice thanks to smart AI.  Additionally, unlike textbooks at Popular which somehow often seem to either have outdated questions, or worse still WRONG answers in the back of them, these questions are kept up-to-date with the Ministry of Education syllabus (I would know as over a decade ago I co-authored some secondary school assessment books which are still sold in Popular today despite several syllabus changes and I cringe when I discover this).

With GenieSmart, unlike assessment books, the correct model answer is given instantly after each question (followed by a teacher marking what the child actually did a few hours later).   The real bonus versus an assessment boos is that for every correct question, the child earns “bubble points” which can be exchanged for all sort of tings from fluffy toys and fidgets to mobile phones and Xboxes.  That’s the carrot that has kept my daughter going and going.  Not all worksheets are equal either – a child earns more bubbles for trying out topics and concepts which they are weaker in, which is a nice encouragement and motivation (I prefer this to the Koobits type rewards where kids just get more screen time with gaming interface).

In short, as a parent, I really like GenieBook because it lets me meaningfully assist my daughters with their homework/revision at their own pace, with less effort of needing to find and mark the questions, nor the physical book storage space required.  My daughters love it because they feel more confident in their learning, and get rewarded with things they really want to buy.

What is GenieBook Chinese?

GenieBook live Chinese class for P3

The Chinese Package contains the flagship three products from the GenieBook offering, but is available currently only for P3 & P4:

Timetable for GenieClass live Chinese classes offered in January 2022
GenieClass Revision worksheet

All the Chinese class teachers are native-speaking Chinese and MOE-trained educators, familiar with the MOE curriculum.   

What do we like about Geniebook?

The bubble store is the place to be rewarded after completing worksheets
The amount of bubbles required to redeem rewards varies …… one typical live class will get the child about 100 buubles, and one worksheet will receive between 20 to 100 bubbles, depending on the complexity.

The watchouts?

How does GenieBook Chinese compare to other online learning platforms for Chinese?

Fundamentally, GenieBook Chinese is designed to support the Singapore MOE syllabus.  Not many platforms do this at all, and GenieBook does it VERY well.  A lot of thought has gone into building weekly classes and curating sets of questions that mirror the very best of Singaporean test book publishers, and stories/interactive activities following the MOE textbooks 

The only other online learning platform we’ve used which is specifically for Singapore MOE is LingoAce, which is more based around the concept of gamified learning and smaller interactive group classes online.  GenieBook’s strength is written exam preparation and AI personalisation.  LingoAce strength is gamified learning to prepare for orals and composition.  Both probably complement each other well.  LingoAce would be more accessible for a parent who cannot speak Chinese or for a child who need to practice their Chinese speaking.  GenieBook is about written grammar, sentence structure,  tingxie, idioms, and etc.

For anyone outside of Singapore, I feel GenieBook is unlikely to be the solution for you.  It’s designed for a child who already has a good written and spoken understanding of the language, to a Singapore Primary 2 level (about mainland Chinese grade 1) and is learning the MOE syllabus. However, if formal grammar / reading / vocabulary revision is where your child needs assistance, it could be a much cheaper solution to consider than a home tutor or even an online tutor.

Example of the topics covered in P3 GenieBook Science
Example of the topics covered in P3 GenieBook Mathematics, showing scores as well

Did we sign up to the Chinese package?

My family really like GenieBook, and we already subscribe to the Science and Math packages, which are areas my daughter is weaker and does need revision outside of the school classroom.  I’m proud to say that even though we purchased it months ago, we’ve continued using it (almost) daily, and we’ve certainly improved at our understanding of both these subjects – me included.  I think GenieBook really can help a child to get confidence in doing a topic they are weaker in, especially if the parent is diligent to assist and learn together.

For Chinese, whilst I see a great product has been developed in the GenieBook Chinese Package, it’s not something our family especially needs.   To put into perspective, Chinese was my daughter’s best subject last year, and she even scored 100% on her school written exam.  Over-learning or over-revising isn’t something I’m a fan of.  So ultimately after doing the one-week trial of the Chinese package, we have decided not to add it to our GenieBook suite for the moment.  For us, we’re better of getting Chinese input through extensive reading of books for pleasure and less formal 1-to-1 conversations with mainland Chinese speakers (plenty of which are also available online too).

How to sign up?

This Geniebook review is not sponsored or affiliated, so I have no fancy links to offer you to click to get discounts.  However, GenieBook does provide a free 2-week trial for all new signups to their packages (including Chinese) which you can sign up for directly through their website.  If you know a friend who already uses GenieBook, they will usually give some substantial $ to personal referrals, so do your friend a favour and ask them to introduce you to their learning consultant to start out your free trial (and maybe your friend will thank you with a free cup of coffee or even share with you some of their referral bonus). 

As with many online products, the sales experience and after-sales support can make or break the deal.  I don’t enjoy pushy salespeople and I have heard many exist at GenieBook too.  Maybe I’m just lucky, but the learning consultant we were first assigned has been truly excellent,  and very patient in waiting for me to decide to sign up. Ever since, he has always been available by Whatsapp to assist us (including arranging the trial for the new Chinese package too). 

Other Chinese learning tools you might like

If you have arrived at the end and found this helpful, maybe there are some other posts on my blog you might also enjoy.   Our family is one where no parents speak Chinese, so we have explored a lot of fun ways to expose our children to the language.  If you’re considering GenieBook Chinese, there are also other great technologies and online classes too which you want to consider, such as:

If you’re in Singapore and looking to ask questions and share ideas on the Chinese journey, join the conversation with other parents at the FB Group Ni Hao Singapore Primary School learning, which I host along with a few other Singapore-based bloggers.

Note:  These are all my own opinions/thoughts and there isn’t any sponsorship or affiliation or affiliate links  The blog is a passion project, simply sharing things we’ve found useful with others who may be in a similar situation. To stay up to date, you can follow @lahlahbananabanana on FB or IG too 🙂

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