Incentive-based online math ~ 3P Learning Mathletics #Review
Math practice. Drill. Work problems. Whatever you call them, chances are that 1) you wish your curriculum had more, 2) you wish they were less painful or time-consuming to do, or 3) you wish they were more engaging and interactive.
An online math program like Mathletics from 3P Learning can help fill those gaps in just minutes a day. Colorful, comprehensive, and rewarding, Mathletics offers supplemental math instruction for grades K-12.
3P Learning is the same company that brings us the much-loved Reading Eggs; if you’ve used Reading Eggs in the past, and perhaps even mourned moving on once the kids had learned to read, you will appreciate all that Mathletics has to offer.
With Mathletics, each student and teacher have their own individual log-ins. This allows student progress to easily be tracked, and can be concisely reviewed by parents. Weekly reports are emailed, making it even easier to keep your students on track.
Mathletics is designed to be highly incentive-based, because rewarding a student for their accomplishments, even in a virtual environment, is an effective way to encourage them to both complete more work and achieve a greater level of success. When a student completes a lesson in Mathletics, points are rewarded and one of three “medals” is awarded. This makes it easy for students to sort lessons based on their scores, encouraging them to re-attempt lessons that they haven’t been as successful on. It’s also possible to see a list of all lessons that have not yet been attempted.
Mathletics is intended to be used as a supplement, but there are videos available on each topic for a student that may need to have material refreshed – or if they’ve reached material that is new to them. The videos are fairly basic, but the ones we viewed appear to explain the information well, and the person speaking in the video has an easy-to-understand – and easy on the ears – accent. (My kids are known to be picky about things like accent – we’ve encountered online instruction in the past where they felt they were working too hard to decipher the accent, and it detracted from the experience. No worries about this whatsoever with Mathletics.)
If you feel your student needs some time working offline, printable workbooks (and keys) that correspond to topics in all grade levels are downloadable from the parent dashboard. Once I discovered this resource, I realized just how comprehensive Mathletics is for a “supplemental” program – it’s arguable much more so than some online math that we have used that billed themselves as “complete”.
Part of the appeal of Mathletics is that a portion is “live”, aka, meaning that your students “compete” with other students around the world. Point scores showing your students standing in comparison to various user groups provide additional motivation, making the incentives two-fold – they work to both better their own scores and in competition with other students.
A free 10-day trial is offered, and really, that’s the best way to know if Mathletics is a good fit for your family. Sign up and make sure your students use it for a minimum of 15-30 minutes a day, and by the end of the ten days, you should have a pretty good idea if it will work well for your students. (Honestly, though – chances are you’ll have no trouble whatsoever getting your students to use Mathletics for the minimum time you set – in our house, it’s been harder to get them OFF Mathletics and moving on to whatever else they need to do for the day!
One of the things I found interesting – and differentiates Mathletics from other online math – is that on most, if not all, topics students may decrease or increase the difficulty level that they use in a particular lesson. It’s a great idea, and it’s surprising that we haven’t encountered that possibility before.
Chris (9th), Chey (7th), and I have found that topic-wise, Mathletics fits well with what they’re already learning in their regular curricula, though some things aren’t in exactly the same order – and it’s easy to change the “course”, aka level, that the student is working in, directly from the parent dashboard.
Mathletics is currently priced at $59 per student, per year, for 24/7 access to the website. At just $5 per month per student, it’s pricing is similar to other online programs, and since, in our opinion, it’s at the upper end of the quality range, it’s well worth the price.