Mathway

App review by
Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media
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Subscription tool gives solutions with steps; kids can copy.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to lay out complex problems in an organized way and then get their solutions on the fly. With a subscription, kids also can see step-by-step instructions on how to solve complex problems in most types of math they'll encounter. Getting one step at a time, just to get through the sticky parts, would be a great addition, as would instructional walkthroughs with hints. As it stands, Mathway certainly works as a shortcut to the answer for some kids, but it's also a great tool for helping kids work through complex problems.

Ease of Play

Simple to get started: Simply pick your math course and start plugging in problems.

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Unless you create an account, ads will appear alongside your math problems.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mathway is an app as well as a website that lets users plug in math equations and tap "Evaluate" to find solutions. The free version only gives the answers, but a subscription will give step-by-step solutions to problems in a wide variety of math types, including basic math, prealgebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Be aware that kids do use Mathway to cheat, but if they need to show how they got the answers, they'll have to pay. With some guidance, teens can use it as a learning tool instead of a shortcut.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywikibrat May 2, 2019

They change plans and then lie to you

I use to LOVE mathway now it is a waste of time. They change plans while they are in a testing time.
Adult Written bybasketball_10 March 21, 2019
I am a college student and when I am struggling with a calculus problem I can type it in and I LOVE it!! It has been so helpful with finishing my homework.
Teen, 14 years old Written byKylo_Ren29 October 22, 2018

MATH SOLTION

I was introduced to this website by my best friend and it BLEW MY MIND. It’s like texting, but it’s math. ULTIMATE CALCULATOR!! Super hard algebra homework? Jus... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMollyLappe December 31, 2015

There's also a website!

There's also a website of this and all students should check their math homework with this!

What's it about?

MATHWAY lets users plug in math equations and instantly see their solutions; with a paid subscription, they also get step-by-step instructions on how to arrive at that solution. Once you pick a subject -- trigonometry, prealgebra, chemistry -- a menu displays useful related symbols and operations (such as an integral symbol for algebra), and users can tap or select those tools to set up their equations. After setting up a problem, users then tap "Evaluate" to see the answer. On the website, users can create a custom practice worksheet based on a particular math topic from an extensive drop-down menu and view an extensive glossary.

Is it any good?

Even though it's a great tool for teens looking for a shortcut, this app has supportive features for guided practice that make it a worthy, flexible companion for math students across grade levels, especially with a subscription. Creating custom worksheets is one way to practice before a test, and the glossary is great because kids can browse alphabetically or by topic, and individual entries show up as highlighted, clickable text in the explanations of different problems. Unfortunately, those features are only on the website. The graphing feature also is especially good in that it's a simple, user-friendly way to neatly, precisely graph equations or illustrate geometric figures. The subscription is pricey for sure, and there will definitely be kids who will only use it to copy down solutions, so look for stark differences between homework and test performance as a possible indication of misuse; however, if used properly, the various features could help struggling kids or those who want to explore math beyond the classroom.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they might use the custom worksheet-creation feature before a quiz or test to review. Talk more broadly about how a tool like this is a good way to check your work rather than skip it.

  • Set up a problem on Mathway, have your kid work out the problem with pencil and paper, have her explain each step she used to solve the problem, and then use Mathway to check the work. If you have the paid subscription, talk through the step-by-step solution and see how it matches up with your kid's own work.

  • Have your teen create his or her own glossary of terms from the built-in glossary on the website. What words are important to understand for his or her current math class? How are those terms related? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Math: algebra, arithmetic, calculus, statistics
    Science: chemistry
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: defining problems, problem solving, thinking critically
    Self-Direction: academic development, initiative, self-assessment, work to achieve goals
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (subscription options for more features $9.99-$149.99)
  • Release date: February 5, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 103.60 MB
  • Publisher: Mathway LLC
  • Version: 3.2.7
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Last updated: July 16, 2019

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