LearnBop

Common Sense Media says

Virtual math tutorials give detailed step-by-step guidance.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive feedback and lots of encouragement for understanding complex math problems help kids feel confident in their growing skills.

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Privacy & safety

Parents must provide email address and school information to sign up for a free trial. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LearnBop is an online tutorial system that takes kids step by step through complex math problems. The experience simulates the kind of sessions a kid would have with a real tutor, using clear explanations, diagrams, pictures, and video to explain the basic concepts underlying more complicated math problems. LearnBop identifies problem areas by pinpointing exactly which basic concept is keeping kids from understanding how to solve problems. LearnBop's engaging interface should draw kids in and keep them working toward goals. The site is set up mostly for classroom use, but there's a home option if you like what your kids are doing in class. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • algebra
  • arithmetic
  • equations
  • fractions
  • geometry
  • probability
  • ratio

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Though it's not a game with bells and whistles that may appeal to kids, the clean, clear design and welcoming interface make it as engaging as a tutorial site can be. Kids will like the cute panda mascots that appear during their lessons.

Learning Approach

Learning content is solid: Step-by-step tutorials have high potential for helping kids understand math. The program is very responsive to kids' input, though it does require an adult to interpret performance and assign problems accordingly.

Support

Videos and guides demonstrate how to use the site, and there's lots of help and support for solving math problems. A superior system of data reporting pinpoints where kids' comprehension problems lie.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • algebra
  • arithmetic
  • equations
  • fractions
  • geometry
  • probability
  • ratio

Kids can learn about how to solve a wide variety of math problems, addressing fifth- through ninth-grade material (all aligned to the Common Core math standards) such as algebra, geometry, and fractions. Kids can learn to identify why they might be having trouble solving larger problems in class by picking out exactly which basic concept isn't totally clear to them. As they work through and complete complicated math problems, kids also can gain confidence in their abilities to understand math. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Mieke VanderBorght

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What's it about?

Kids choose math problems, or \"bops,\" organized by Common Core standard. Each standard has associated bops, which are essentially multiple-choice problems. If kids can’t answer the problem, or if they answer incorrectly, they begin a process of reviewing step by step all the underlying concepts necessary to solve the target problem. Each step also contains a multiple-choice question with diagrams, explanations, videos, and/or hints that help kids choose the right answer. Progress reports track kids’ performance and identify specific problem areas.

Math topics align to Common Core standards, and kids complete bops, or math problems. If they can answer the problem correctly right away, great: they'll move on to the next one. If they answer incorrectly, or if they don't want to try, they begin a cycle of detailed tutorials that walk kids through concepts they need to understand to be able to solve the problem. Data reports give a detailed picture of performance, including kids' strongest and weakest areas.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LEARNBOP does an admirable job of simulating a one-on-one personal math tutor. Its detailed, gentle system helps kids target and remedy their problem areas. Of course, LearnBop isn't nearly as good as an actual live tutor, but it's still helpful; if the preloaded hints aren't enough to help a kid understand, LearnBop will at least pinpoint the problem area, and a parent or a teacher can provide the extra help.

Though there's no real "fun factor," kids may be motivated enough by the empowering feeling of understanding math and the desire to avoid feeling lost and confused in class. Parents can set up a home account, and kids will certainly learn by working through the problems at home, though the site is actually directed more toward use in school as a tool for teachers to provide individualized math tutoring. LearnBop will work best as a bridge between home and school and for making sure kids truly feel up to speed with what they're learning in class. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about difficulties with math concepts. Why does math sometimes seem "untouchable," "impossible," or "irrelevant"? What could make it feel more manageable?

  • How does step-by-step guidance help kids understand complicated math problems, and how could kids recreate this problem-solving strategy on their own?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:$15 per student per year
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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