Math Pack Flash Cards

App review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Easy-to-navigate quizzes improve speed; mostly pre-algebra.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to increase their efficiency in basic operations, pre-algebra, algebra, four-quadrant graphing, and probability. The "game over" page allows kids to analyze performance with an efficiency (speed) score as well as a percentile based on other users. A user forum (really just a global scoring report) presents a level of data most kids won't want, but it's nice for parents. Questions are not always absolutely clear and "help" is not fully developed. Overall, Math Pack Flash Cards offers good learning potential despite a few rough edges.

Ease of Play

The main menu lays out all content by category and sometimes grade, making navigation easy. Understanding success numbers takes a bit of research. Players may have to read the fine print to realize help is accessed through operator and symbolic icons. Quiz displays are no-frills yet effective.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Math Pack Flash Cards is actually a series of well-organized quizzes ranging from simple one-digit addition to eighth-grade probability. Pluses are a simple menu and layout, great data reports, and multiple-choice or type-in answer modes. A short but sweet guide for parents is tucked into About with useful how-to hints. Downsides are relatively weak and hidden explanations of concepts, single user data tracking, and relatively basic, dry design.

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Parent of a 11 year old Written bylaktan September 28, 2013

Useful review

After reading this blog, I tried this app. Great, now I am busy with my kid, learning together!!

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What's it about?

Kids choose from 25 math concepts including operations, decimals, four-quadrant graphing, algebra, and probability. Ten-question quizzes, four for each concept, offer four choices each; type-in mode offers a number pad, a clear button, and an enter button. Even though the five-second bonus timer is small, it adds a bit of stress. After playing kids can see their total number of correct and incorrect answers, their score in percentage, total bonus points, an efficiency score based on speed, percentile rank, and a link to efficiency stats for all users.

Is it any good?

Math Pack Flash Cards is a great way for kids to increase speed and efficiency in basics as well as advanced middle school concepts. The built-in time bonus and superb data reporting, including efficiency displayed on main menu, really give kids and parents a great view at how they're doing and how efficiently they work. Fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders will benefit from the four operations and next 12 categories; the final seven categories are for middle school. The guide to parents gives some good, though not entirely polished, tips.

The "help" explanations accessed through operator and concept icon buttons are not super useful, except maybe the coordinate graphing section, but take a look anyway. Kids should really know the concepts -- and an efficient solution algorithm -- before taking the quizzes. Though the main menu has a pleasing simple layout, A to D rows are a bit confusing at first and some numbers in parentheses remain cryptic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Direct your kids to take Level A quizzes in concepts they already know first.

  • Allow kids to use paper and pencil, but for higher grades, also emphasize mental math.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Math: algebra, arithmetic, equations, fractions, graphing, numbers, probability, ratio, statistics
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, identifying strengths and weaknesses, self-assessment, working efficiently
    Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, memorization
  • Price: Free-$.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Release date: September 26, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 0.24 MB
  • Publisher: Tititaa
  • Version: 2.8.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 1.5 and up; iOS 4.3 or later

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