Nothing helps a child more with mental math than practice, practice and more practice. I once enrolled my oldest son in an after-school math support class that I had heard was very good and all they did was hand out a large stack of worksheets to drill the kids with repetition.
It was expensive, as well, to have them hand out and grade those worksheets.
Enter today's featured app, Spirit of Math Drills!
This is a serious math drills app. The child (or adult...it's fun if you're a mental math nerd like me), completes a table as quickly and correctly as they can. The app tracks the progress of multiple children/students/mental math nerds over time so you can see how the drills are working.
We haven't reviewed it yet, but on first look Spirit of Math Drills looks quite impressive.
From iTunes and their web site:
Spirit of Math Drills App – Take the fear out of Math at Any Age!
Thousands of people have used these drills to build a fluency and automaticity of number facts. These fast-paced drills will stimulate your mind and develop an agile brain. Every drill is timed, and users are encouraged to try to achieve 35/40 (5 minute drills), or 70/80 (10 minute drills) on each drill type. Just keep doing the same type of drill until your progress graph shows your target score. Multiple users can track their individual progress with the progress graphs. Students and teachers get hooked on these drills as they try to beat their last score!
Take the fear out of math! These fast-paced drills will stimulate your mind, create an agile brain and dramatically improve your math skills in as little as 5 minutes a day. Students who have used these drills find their math at school that much easier. "Just 1 drill a day will keep the tutor away."
- Unlimited number of drills – people can use them until they have gained a desired proficiency
- 5 Drill Types – short addition, integer addition, short multiplication, integer multiplication, short division
- Up to 6 Difficulty Levels for each Drill Type
- Progress Graphs visibly track results so that the user is working toward a goal rather than doing a drill just to do a drill
- Multiple keypad interfaces to suit your style
Spirit of Math® Schools - the International Program.
Spirit of Math Schools is Canada’s largest “after-school school” exclusively for high-performing students in grades 1 to 11. It is much more than tutoring. The unique drill system, curriculum, problem solving and cooperative group-work provide an all-encompassing program that has produced many top Canadian math students for more than 25 years. For more information regarding the after-school program visit spiritofmath.com. The drills in this app are the same type Spirit of Math students do for the first 5 or 10 minutes of their 1.5 hour long class and are proven to increase your speed and accuracy in calculations.
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