Online Maths Programs – Is it Time to Ditch your Maths Workbooks?
Challenging my ideas
I love learning about new things. One of the great things about running Maths Insider is that as I’m researching ideas for this blog, I’m constantly learning about different maths ideas, methods and programs and having many of my preconceived ideas challenged. I’d thought for a while that online maths programs were fun and an interesting way for children to practise maths. My review of EducationCity.com confirmed that, although lots of fun, online educational programs probably didn’t provide the breadth of depth to fully support a child’s maths learning.
Testing specialised maths programs
However the specialised maths programs are a different kettle of fish! I first tried Conquer Maths, which leads students to the British GCSE maths, and after trying fewer than half of the 16 free lessons, I was convinced! Two of my children are now signed up. My son has also tested the UK version of Maths-Whizz (there’s a US version as well) for a month and again, it’s another great program! I’ll publish my reviews of these two programs in the following weeks, and am looking to test the other programs in the coming months.
An Overview of 7 top maths programs
In the meantime, below, I’ve detailed, the cost, age range and curriculum that Conquer Maths, Maths-Whizz and 5 other top online maths programs have to offer as well as excerpts about what they each say about themselves:
Ages: 4-16 yrs old
Price from £15.95 /month, £219/year
“Every maths lesson required to achieve up to an A* at GCSE level is included.”
“Every lesson is presented in the same way as maths lessons are taught in school, but with all the time-wasting, peer pressure and distractions removed. This means that a whole school maths lesson can be taught in as little as 10 minutes!”
“It has taken 11 years of careful refinement to make these maths lessons so effective, and there are now over 2,000 schools and over 1,000,000 students benefiting from them worldwide.”
Ages: 5-13 yrs old
“Math-Whizz Tutoring Plus creates a tutoring plan to fit your child’s ability rather than age. Through fun interactive lessons, guided practice and immediate feedback, the Math-Whizz Tutor strengthens weaker skill areas, introduces new concepts and consolidates concepts.”
“Children who use Math-Whizz Tutoring plus for 90 minutes each week for a year, improve their math age, on average, by two years.”
“If your child uses Math-Whizz Tutoring Plus for 90 minutes a week for 12 months, and their math age does not improve by at least one year, you may be entitled to our Money Back Guarantee.”
Ages: 5-8yrs old
Price: $12.95/month, $59.95/6months
“DreamBox individualizes learning through continuous assessment and adaptations during lesson game play.”
“Lessons, hints, level of difficulty, pace, sequence, instructional tools, and many other aspects of the experience are tailored to help each student learn.”
“It’s a robust math curriculum, with over 500 lessons built on the math learning Focal Points from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.”
Ages: 8-16 yrs old
“TenMarks is the only online math program that helps students refresh, learn, and master math concepts – in their own time, at their own pace. Each child receives a personalized curriculum to help them master the concepts quickly.”
“TenMarks offers lessons and personalized programs that cover all the core math skills and concepts your child will need in school.”
“Over 100 core skills per grade, hints and video lessons for every topic, mapped to state standards”
Ages: 5-18yrs old
Price $19.95/month, $179.95/yr
“Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn.”
As a student works” through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking.”
“ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any Web-based computer for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor.”
Price $99/year, £39/year
“Mathletics is the next generation in learning, helping students enjoy maths and improve their results.”
“Mathletics is an effective and exciting way to improve your maths. You can practise both at home and at school, or anywhere you have access to the internet!”
“As long as you use Mathletics regularly with consistent effort, your maths will improve out of sight!”
Price: from £5.99/month
“Themathsfactor.com is Carol Vorderman’s online maths school. Combining the best of traditional ways of learning with the best of the new, it offers online maths tuition for children in primary school to use at home.”
“We are helping thousands of children master Arithmetic and Times Tables every day, and parents are telling us about dramatic improvements in their children’s mathematical ability. Our structured system supports each child at a pace which is right for them.”
“Our online resources add up to hundreds of lessons and many hours of quality teaching.”
Not quite the end for maths workbooks
Even though my children have signed up to Conquer Maths, I’m not yet ready to ditch the workbooks completely; workbooks are effective for practising written questions and for presenting topics in a variety of ways. The only way to know if any of these programs will work for your child is to try them. Many of the programs offer free or low cost trials and those that don’t, allow you to cancel your monthly membership at any time. So try out some of these programs and see if you think it’s time to ditch the maths workbooks!
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Have you tried an online maths program? Did it deliver the goods? Share your verdict in the comments below.
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