Multiplication Genius

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Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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No-frills times table app tests gently without distractions.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to multiply more quickly and accurately using factors from 2 to 12. They can also learn to focus on specific factors or a combination of factors that are difficult for them. Multiplication Genius is a free, no-frills multiplication test app that works for kids who need a quiet, gentle environment.

Ease of Play

The app features simple menus and controls.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Multiplication Genius is an effective but no-frills multiplication practice and test app. Kids can select any combination of factors from 2 to 12 in practice mode but are tested on all in test mode. Questions have a 20-second timer, but the time pressure is pretty gentle. High scores are kept but all other data is lost upon exit. If your kid needs to practice multiplication memorization with no distractions and relatively low stress, this will do the job. Banner ads are nearly always present but relatively unobtrusive.

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What's it about?

On the main menu, kids can choose to review times tables (in a list format), to practice, or to play a game. In practice mode, kids choose any combination of factors (for instance, they can test themselves just on 2s) then proceed to play. Game mode presents kids with random expressions and four multiple-choice answers. The score displays at the bottom of the screen, where kids can also what question they're on and how much time they have left (they start with 20 seconds).

Is it any good?

Multiplication Genius sets out to accomplish a simple task and achieves it. Kids can practice with a basic level of control and get low-key feedback in a plain environment. Answers given within two seconds get a "Perfect!," those within six get a "Good!," and those within seven to 20 get a "So So." Incorrect answers or failure to answer elicit a cute audio "uh-oh," and the correct answer flashes. If the app included division, and possibly addition and subtraction, it would provide a bit more useful depth. Levels or a reward system would provide a bit more closure and motivation as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help kids see how multiplication works in real life. For example, ask how many muffins in are in a 3 x 4 pan, or how eggs are in a 2 x 12 carton?

  • Allow kids to check out math websites like Cyberchase and StudyJams!

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Subjects: Math: multiplication
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, motivation, self-assessment, working efficiently
    Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, memorization
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 30, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 2.40 MB
  • Publisher: divmob
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 1.6 and up

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