Fun Math Tricks

 

Learning(i)

Learn mental math secrets that can boost performance.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

All 25 math trick choices are presented on one main screen, along with the option to play one of two challenges.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids and teens who already have a solid foundation in math will learn extra helpful tricks with Fun Math Tricks. They will learn 25 mental math secrets here, from how to quickly multiply two-digit numbers to squaring numbers without doing the problems in the typical, longer ways. Once a trick is taught, the app provides a few sample problems for players to try. Then they can take on timed challenges to test their new skills, which is sure to amaze and impress parents, teachers, and fellow math lovers.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • division
  • multiplication
  • subtraction
  • addition

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • working efficiently
  • effort

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Self-motivated kids may learn these math tricks, but there's not much effort here in the way of design or explanation to engage those who aren't already interested.

Learning Approach

The focus here is teaching 25 shortcuts to kids who already have a solid understanding of basic math facts and operations.

Support

Basic data like current score and high score appear, but there's no supplemental explanation, just the basics of each trick. Kids can return to a trick's instruction page if they answer incorrectly.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • division
  • multiplication
  • subtraction
  • addition

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • working efficiently
  • effort

Kids can learn shortcuts and tricks for 25 kinds of math problems mostly related to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and square numbers. By following the directions and practicing on the three practice problems provided following each trick, kids can learn patterns that work to solve problems that involve specific numbers. For example, Fun Math Tricks gives a shortcut for dividing by 5, 50, 500, and another trick for squaring numbers if you know the square of the previous number. Fun Math Tricks offers tweens and teens good challenges for mental math development.   

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

The main screen on Fun Math Tricks lists the 25 math tricks. Tap on the trick you want to learn, and a new screen opens that contains the lesson in clear steps, with examples, followed by a few practice problems. Kids enter the answer and tap "Check" to find out if they answered correctly. Select "Play Challenge" on the main screen to play one of two timed challenge games. As the time counts down, kids solve problems. If they run out of time, a box with "Wrong!" and the answer pops up along with the option to go back to the trick or onto the next problem.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There aren't any bells and whistles on FUN MATH TRICKS, but it makes it easy for kids to learn some amazing mental math secrets. This app is sure to frustrate kids who don't already know their multiplication table, square roots, and other mid-level math skills. But for tweens and teens who have already mastered those, this app will help boost math confidence, performance, and maybe even test scores, too. 

Families can talk about...

  • If your kid is learning a specific skill in math, such as working with square numbers, show them the mental math tricks on this app to offer a new way to approach problems.

  • Offer this app to teens who are preparing for the SAT or ACT tests. The tricks and timed challenges may help them gain time on the math portions of the test.

App details

Devices:Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$1.49
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:January 23, 2013
Category:Education
Size:0.36 MB
Publisher:RanVic Labs
Version:1.15
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.5 and up

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old June 25, 2012
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best !!!!!!!!!!

i think this is the best thing ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! for the kids
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it is good for any age and i hope you like it
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