Mathspace

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Step-by-step solutions help kids master math, for a price.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about a variety of math topics from various curricula, all of which focus on content for kids age 11 through 18. Lessons include worked-out example problems, example problems for kids to solve, hints, interactive graphics, and supporting videos.

Ease of Play

The layout is somewhat confusing, and the handwriting tool needs improvement.

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Users can download the app for free, but full access is quite pricey, and the subscription isn't outlined in the app description.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mathspace is an app with a bank of lessons and practice problems for kids in grades 6 though 12. The content is based on the Common Core standards, although the grade levels range slightly by region. For example, curriculum options include Australia grades 5 through 12, Singapore Secondary 1 to 4, and more. Kids can choose curriculum and standards, and then choose to review the lessons or go straight to the practice problems. Note that when the free trial ends, the subscription is $100 per year. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJeffLeanord September 9, 2018

Mathspace is a very bad software and is not working for anyone.

My son Jonathan had been experiencing some troubles in mathspace. Mathspace is telling him that he is wrong due to tiny mistakes and is lowering is self-confide... Continue reading
Adult Written by24burnijost September 25, 2018

I HATE IT!!!

I freaking hate mathspace! it is so frustrating, i literally just want to smash everything when I do mathspace. It is so specific about everything! I definitely... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bylulu19283 February 22, 2018

mathspace is the worst thing to my life

mathspace makes me want to end my life, the questions are so specific it is hard to type in and it often marks your questions wrong due to small mistakes not in... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrahuldube28 September 9, 2018

A Students Review of Math Space

My school has started using Mathspace to accelerate learning for "High Ability" students. In class, Mathspace substitutes teaching by the teacher. Tho... Continue reading

What's it about?

After downloading the free trial version of MATHSPACE, users must enter an email address to get started. Then select a country, curriculum focus, and syllabus. The dashboard displays a weekly goal for points, which kids earn by completing topics. Topics are displayed across the bottom of the screen, and a Start button links to recommended topics. Alternatively, kids can choose their own topic by clicking on it at the dashboard. A list of subtopics appears, and kids can fast-track, preview, or select a subtopic to explore. Some include investigations, and all subtopics include a lesson, a scorecard for viewing progress, and a preview of the topic. If kids choose the "Let's Go" button, they go straight to the practice problems. They either choose the answer or enter it using the handwriting tool, depending on the question type. Support videos, hints, and feedback are available in lessons and practice problems. Kids can reach on-demand feedback by clicking on an icon and typing a question. Response time is quoted as less than two hours.

Is it any good?

These math lessons and practice problems are a great way for kids to build comprehension in a range of topics, but the handwriting tool is a bit glitchy, and the subscription is an investment. Kids get content support in a variety of formats, and access to on-demand feedback makes it a personalized learning experience. The fast track is useful for kids who know the content but want practice; however, it's still a relatively slow-paced option. It would be nice to see some quick drill-style options for building fluency, and a keyboard option could partially solve the handwriting tool glitches. Overall, if your kid responds well and consistently needs extra math help, Mathspace might be a solid choice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the best way for kids to use Mathspace to support their math curriculum. Work together to choose topics and subtopics, and encourage kids to reach their weekly points goals.

  • Check kids' scorecards regularly and talk about content areas in which kids need more practice. Which types of math are trickiest for you? Why?

  • Discuss the on-demand feedback option and how to use it appropriately. Is it OK to use it? When? How often?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Math: algebra, arithmetic, division, equations, fractions, functions, geometry, graphing, measurement, probability, ratio
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, thinking critically
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try
  • Subscription price: $100/year
  • Release date: August 3, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 19.30 MB
  • Publisher: Mathspace Pty Ltd
  • Version: 2.6.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later, Android 4.4 and up

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