A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn and cement basic mathematical concepts and calculations for grades 1 through 9 including a few advanced topics such as calculus and compound interest. Kids can apply previous knowledge or information gleaned from lengthy explanation sections to a huge number of practice sessions and worksheets. A more precise and directed presentation would help kids navigate more easily from one activity to the next, but older kids shouldn't have too much trouble finding their way. iPracticeMath packs tons of math-problem sessions into a deceptively simple site.
Positive feedback for correct answers; incorrect choices provide correct answer. Student of the day, week, month based on questions attempted, but rewards are for commitment, not perfection.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that iPracticeMath is a completely free math-practice site for grades 1 through 9. Younger kids might need support to move through practice sessions while older kids will need reminders not to worry about constantly being right. Large or homeschooling families, as well as teachers who work with lots of ages, will appreciate the one-stop-shop range of concepts. If kids want to track progress and view certificates, they need to register with the site, but it isn't required. Unfortunately, kids will have to falsely report their age to create an account. Adults can register up to 25 students for free but don't have the ability to oversee accounts or progress with a dashboard.
Is It Any Good?
IPRACTICEMATH looks good on the surface and is basically well organized, but a few issues keep it from its full potential. On the plus side, the site gives kids multiple entry points, a consistent layout, and simple yet effective feedback. Explanations and definitions are relatively thorough, giving kids lots of examples and word problems with real-world applications. The consumer math section prepares kids to make purchases as advanced as home loans. Comparing themselves to other users, kids can earn gold, silver, and bronze icons for top rankings based on the number of practice questions they complete, not the percent of questions they get correct. The site's overarching message: Practice often, and don't worry about being perfect.
On the downside, the whole site could use a fine-tooth comb and closer attention to detail. There are typos, bugs (100 percent correct completion of the third and probably final worksheet in a set asks users to retry, and then returns them to the same worksheet), and occasional formatting issues, plus incorrect English and inconsistent capitalization throughout. Younger kids will struggle a bit with the lack of step-by-step progression and likely will feel a bit lost after practice sessions. Plus, teachers hoping to supplement their curriculums will find that concepts aren't mapped to Common Core standards directly; despite claims of coverage, there's no geometry, graphing, or probability included. iPracticeMath could be a great tool to help kids learn math, but the errors and missing elements hold it back from being an essential site for brushing up on math skills.
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