XtraMath

Website review by
Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media
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Free but bland way for kids to master math basics.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 36 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 33 reviews

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Educational value

Kids can learn about addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Math fact fluency is an important foundation for future math skills. Speed and accuracy are both important to fluency, and XtraMath will help kids build up both. XtraMath is free and helps kids gain crucial math fact fluency, but it isn't very fun.

Positive messages

Kids can see immediate results for their hard work, and progress is charted through colorful graphs and grids.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that XtraMath is a collection of free math activities. Kids will practice straightforward arithmetic problems that adapt as they learn. Parents receive emails updating them on their child's progress.

User Reviews

Educator Written bycispee September 10, 2015

Stressful and useless

Xtra math doesn't give kids enough time to carefully type in the answers. It manages to be boring and stressful at the same time. It's simply bad. If... Continue reading
Adult Written bydcsg August 25, 2015

Kids are #1 in their class on timed tests (LOVE XTRA MATH!!)

I am disappointed to see the poor reviews here for this great website and ap. People have described it as bland and not very fun or that it is "torture... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 16, 2013

HORRIBLE!

2 WORDS! NOT FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Xtra math is not fun at all! We had to use it in 4th grade and everyone was complaining about it. Also there was tec... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 4, 2014

XtraMath

Every day you have to wait for a quiz and after you take one, you have to wait one whole day! Plus Race the Teacher is not progress but practice which sucks.

What's it about?

XTRAMATH is a free math fluency program that helps kids practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Mr. C, who talks kids through the tasks, is a National Board Certified teacher from Seattle. Emphasis is placed on accuracy first and then speed.

Is it any good?

XtraMath tasks are just straightforward arithmetic problems. Kids get immediate feedback, and the problems are tailored to their specific needs. Parents and teachers can track student’s progress using fluency reports. Similar websites such as IXL and Reflex:Math Fact Fluency have bright images and fun games -- things XtraMath lacks -- but these sites also come with a steep price tag, and XtraMath is free. Bottom line: XtraMath is free and gets the job done, but it isn't much fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss why math matters. How do you use math in your everyday life?

  • Talk about the benefits of regular practice in math, sports, or music. 

  • Even when you are working on something educational, like math facts, it is important to limit screen time. Check out our article on Screen Time Rules.

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