LearnSmart in particular is the absolute most abysmal education tool I've used in years. It basically is an E-Book version of the standard textbook (as always, atrociously overpriced).
I had to use it for an accounting class. I only had the option to buy either Connect access to the class OR Connect access AND the textbook, so I obviously chose the cheaper option.
I'm a design minor and my goodness is this interface awful. Clunky, inefficient, poorly coded. It also keeps annoying me with obnoxious popups telling me arbitrarily when to read and when to begin questions. Stop it!
It's touted as this innovative blend of reading and slipping right into a quiz of 30 questions (for this book anyway) per chapter. Probably the worst part of this already horrible product. It is incredibly picky on the answers it wants and is extremely tedious, far more than any other testing method I've seen. They give you unlimited tries. It just devolves into me clicking random buttons hoping I get the correct answer, which eventually I do. What an absolute waste of my time.
Never buy this product. Overpriced for students and does not aid in learning whatsoever. Teachers, if you require your students to use this, SHAME on you.