FreeMathHelp

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Jeff Knutson, Common Sense Media
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Strong, original content sparse; forum lacks sensitivity.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some advanced mathematical concepts regarding algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics. Kids can seek and possibly find help with challenging homework through the forum, where presenting issues clearly is a prerequisite to a mutual understanding of precise concepts. Distractions abound, however, and kids might struggle with dynamic ads or insensitive forum contributors. FreeMathHelp's nuggets of quality core content and its long-running forum are worth braving some annoyances.

Positive Messages

Kids will feel empowered as they seek help on their own.

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Consumerism

Behavioral ads (ads that change depending on what you've been looking at online) and masked links distract from content.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that FreeMathHelp is a grab bag of advanced math resources, the strongest being conversational concept explanations, five specialized calculators, and a help forum that's been around since 2002. Design is kid-friendly, and the voice is warm, especially for a free site. However, there are a few drawbacks; two prominent page features are actually links to for-pay math sites that alternate with behavioral ads.

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What's it about?

A tab-based menu offers six math topics -- algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, and sports -- plus a few so-so games, some advanced calculators, and a help forum. Native lessons (ones that have been created by FreeMathHelp) are well-worded with multiple examples, but others link to external sites with variable quality. Video lessons all link to the same outside site. The moderated forum with five or six advanced members requires email registration and agreement to follow the forum rules.

Is it any good?

FREEMATHHELP is a good deal for its price point (free!), but distracting and deceptive ads plus a plethora of nonnative content can make for a confusing experience. On the plus side, the forum is searchable and contains a decade's worth of in-depth insight from the user community. Simple navigation complements conversational lessons with kid-style thoughts such as, "Why do we have to do it like that?" Absolute value is explained with patience, depth, and accurate mathematical terminology. These native lessons are clearly authored by an experienced classroom teacher with a concise, knowledgeable, and clear approach.

Unfortunately, not all aspects of the site are so clear. At first, the left sidebar looks like a native menu, but it actually links to an outside, for-pay side, and the "Interactive problem solver" functions briefly before a no-exit dialog box links to an outside, for-pay site. A good number of the lessons are actually links to outside sites (including all the video lessons) with different approaches and levels of quality. Finally, the tone of recent forum posts is not particularly supportive or respectful, and the explanations from elite or senior members are not always clear. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about at-home study habits and how they can be especially important to keeping up with complex math concepts.

  • Talk to your kids about online communication. It's always important to be respectful in a forum setting.

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, following directions, presenting to others, vocabulary, writing clearly
    Math: algebra, calculus, equations, functions, geometry, graphing, probability, ratio, statistics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, part-whole relationships
    Self-Direction: academic development, effort
    Communication: asking questions, conveying messages effectively, presenting
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free

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