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Versatile but not-so-exciting early math practice.






What parents need to know

Ease of play

The menus are somewhat barebones and all look very similar, but the app is still fairly easy to use. The only confusing part is the scoring for different modes like Practice, Quiz, Game, and Mad Minute, but they are explained in the help section.

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There's no option for sign-in; however, a privacy policy for the developer was not available. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mathigo is a no-frills math training app that helps kids learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. There are several difficulty levels for each function so that the students can select a level that will challenge them or specific math facts that they need to drill. The app offers a few different modes to play and is straightforward to use, but kids may tire of its dry interface quickly.

What kids can learn



  • addition
  • division
  • multiplication
  • subtraction


Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Engagement, Approach, Support


The app's design is pretty dry and dated; it's basically a calculator interface. Younger kids may expect more game-like activities to support learning. 

Learning Approach

Kids will build their math skills through practice and drills. Mathigo uses an approach to teaching math called "the language of mathematics." Kids will learn about numbers and their relationships through number families where they'll see that 3 + 4 = 7 just as 7 - 4 = 3.


An accompanying website offers hints, but there's no further support. 

What kids can learn



  • addition
  • division
  • multiplication
  • subtraction


Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Kids can learn math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and develop a deeper understanding of numerical relationships as they investigate number families and multiplication tables. Though kids can choose a level from one to 10 for each skill set, the app does automatically increase the challenge as kids master a skill. The Mad Minute will help kids increase their math recall speed as they answer problems as quickly as possible within the time frame. Mathigo is a straightforward math tool that could use more incentives to keep kids engaged.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

MATHIGO offers a wealth of math information for kids. It doesn't involve any games, but timed practice creates incentive to beat the clock. The calculator-style interface quizzes kids on math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Kids enter their answers on the keypad. They can choose a practice round or a Mad Minute, which can be customized for timed quizzes between 60 and 120 seconds. The app also offers a number family tree and multiplication table to give kids a visual of how arithmetic works.

Is it any good?


Mathigo could be a great app for students who want to practice their arithmetic skills. But therein lies the problem -- most students don't want to spend extra time doing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems, and the app doesn't really offer much in the way of incentives. The functionality of the app is fine; there are various ways to choose which functions to practice and what difficulty level to use. However, the app looks a lot like a calculator with a problem at the top: entering in the correct answer and then getting a score isn't the most exciting prospect for kids used to more engagement. 

There is some good news, though: students can use Mathigo to get immediate feedback. They'll know whether an answer is right or wrong as they work through the problems. The bad news is that the app may not hold their attention without some external incentives.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why practicing is necessary even though it isn't always fun. Incorporate Mathigo or other helpful apps into at-home math facts practice.


  • Review the hints section to better understand the approach to teaching math that the app uses.

  • Put your kid in the teacher's role and ask him to explain a number family to you; the process can deepen their understanding of the concept.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:March 21, 2011
Size:1.40 MB
Minimum software requirements:Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

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Parent Written byBrucep May 31, 2011

This can be addicting!

This app can become addicting for kids and parents with its sneaky simplicity. The levels gradually increase in difficulty making it a great learning and review app.
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