Tabtor Releases Math Learning App on Google Play

Tabtor Releases Math Learning App on Google Play

Jan 27, 2015

Tabtor is building upon its success on iOS by releasing the Android version of it’s well-regarded mathematics learning/tutoring application.

The app is backed by a subscription service, and the whole system is specifically aimed at kids in the K-6 bracket; a student gets unlimited worksheets and regular feedback from a dedicated tutor.

Per the Google Play page, features include:

– Tabtor membership gives you access to unlimited digital worksheets for one low monthly price for one student (subject to fair usage and assessment of submitted worksheets). Multiple plans available.
– Every worksheet is accompanied with a video tutorial to assist in the moments of frustration
– With your membership, a tutor is assigned for each student
– Student starts with a diagnostic test
– Student gets instant grading on every question
– Tutors provide personalized feedback, daily or as-needed, based on the worksheets submitted by the students and accordingly assign worksheets
– You get weekly updates on the performance of your children
– In addition, you get a biweekly session with the Tutor to review the performance of your children and for your child to talk with the Tutor
– Curriculum is aligned with CCSS (Common Core). Grades covered: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. 7th and 8th grade content will be released soon.

Tabtor CTO Balraj Suneja is pleased with the Android release. “We’re pleased to offer Tabtor’s groundbreaking learning program on the Android platform,” he says. “Students who use it have not only shown dramatic improvements on tests, but in many cases, they’ve been able to truly excel in a subject they previously struggled with, building the skills they’ll need for college and their professional careers beyond school.”

As noted, the app is free with a Tabtor subscription; it is available on the Play Store.

Freaking Math Review

Freaking Math Review

Aug 22, 2014

Simple games often thrive on phones. The format just suits simple games that can be played for minutes or even seconds when there’s a quiet moment or passing a phone between friends, trying to beat each other’s record. Freaking Math takes simplicity and files it down into something even more simple that simple. The result is a pretty damn simple game that looks like it took a few minutes to make, but is addictive, tough and a bit of fun.

Screenshot_2014-08-16-05-25-00Freaking Math is aptly described by its title. It makes you say f…reaking a lot and it is math. A series of sums appear on a colored screen that may be correct or incorrect. They are always very simple, elementary math level problems, such as 1+1=2 or 2+3=4. There is a tick and a cross button and the object is to tap the button to say whenever the sum is correct or not before time runs out, much like the little known 1977 Atari 2600 game Basic Math. Easy right? The catch is the time limit is literally one second. Taking more than one second to answer the sum or answering it wrong ends the game and displays the high score. The game is hard so games rarely last more than a minute and the game has a distinctly Flappy Bird-ish vibe to it, what with its super simple presentation and short game length.

The game gets harder the longer it is played and there are a series of achievements to shoot for, showcasing the rare players that can make it to 200 correct guesses. A high score list is also provided.

Screenshot_2014-08-16-05-23-11Despite seeming like a bad idea for a game, Freaking Math is addictive because of its challenge and how quick it is to play. Anyone who has played Flappy Bird will know the slightly masochistic tendencies that game tends to bring out in its players and Freaking Math is similar. The game is free and there are no irritating ads or anything in get in the way of its sole idea.

Freaking Math looks very basic. Graphically it consists of white text on brightly coloured screens with a large pair of buttons with a cross and a tick. This stark presentation is all that’s needed though and leaves no room for excuses about being unable to see or missing a button. The sound is limited to a click for a new game, a fanfare for getting one correct and a bzzt for losing. Get ready to hear that one a lot.

Freaking Math is simultaneously one of the easiest and hardest games on Android and perfect for a few moments with friends or just to work your brain a little. It is a testament to how just about anything can be made into a game and work well.

Friday Free App Rundown January 12 – Math Games

Friday Free App Rundown January 12 – Math Games

Jan 11, 2013

Math is hard for a lot of people. Try remembering the multiplication tables after being out of school for a few years, it’s near impossible for most people. To keep those sorts of things fresh in the old grey matter, the knowledge needs to be used somewhat frequently. This week we will be talking about some different games to help learn and retain some of those math skills.

Math Maniac

Addition is one of the most basic methods learned to solve a math problem. Math Maniac give a number and its up to the player to find as many number combinations to add up to the given number. Any combination with the correct answer will work as long as they are entered within the allotted time. In this version of Math Maniac , each time a game is started, it starts from level 1. To restart at a previously reached level, an upgrade needs to be purchased.

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Math Attack

For a little more advanced players, Math Attack is a game combining several methods to solve math problems. For example, the problem may consist of multiplication and addition or division and addition. To answer, choose from one of the multiple choices shown. Complete the problem in the allotted time to move forward. Progress and statistics are kept. This way it’s easy t see if there is an increase in time or ability.

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Math Workout

Just like a muscle, working out the mind keeps it fit and trim. Test different skills ranging from simple to taking Online World Challenge. This is a times competition to see how fast one can complete 50 basic math problems. The idea of Math Workout is to use it daily. This should help increase the ability to do basic mental math. Something most people need a little work with.

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Math Practice Flash Cards

While this one isn’t as much of a game as others, using flashcards can really help with memorizing and problem solving. Create different sets of problems and answer them with either multiple choice or using the number pad. Math Practice Flash Cards works on addition, subtraction, multiplication or division only. If desires, the multiple attempts to answer the problem can be allowed.

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Kids Math

When kids are learning math, they need to have it be a bit more entertaining. This helps hold their attention a bit longer and makes the math problems more memorable for them. The levels are timed starting at 30 seconds per problem. All 8 levels need to be completed within the allotted time. Give it a spin and make sure the problems are what your child can handle.

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U Plus Review

U Plus Review

Jan 9, 2012

It pleases me that logic games are popular. There is nothing wrong with a game’s sole purpose being for you to run as fast as you can while shooting things, but I do appreciate the elegance of some mental concentration leading to a solution. It takes time, and the ah-hah moment, to me, is worth a thousand combo-kill point bonuses. Naturally, when Sudoku exploded I was instantly hooked. I began carrying the puzzles around with me everywhere, because they are the perfect moment-filler. But eventually they became too easy, and I suppose I was waiting for something to take their place.
Enter: U+.

U+ (or UPlus Puzzle Game) is simple in concept and design, but don’t mistake simple in this case to mean easy. It is a math game, a problem-solving game. There are no bad guys, it’s just you versus yourself, as the clock reminds you as you play. The design of the game is meant to take you back in time to math class (which for me brings about some mild PTSD), when an equation was on the board and you were tasked to find the variables. Luckily (for me) there is no BEDMAS required; the puzzles are solved by addition only. Hence, according to the developers, the name U+ stands for “You plus”.

The equation is in place when you open a new puzzle. A puzzle is solved from left-to-right, but also top-to-bottom, with the final solution in the bottom right-hand corner. Below the puzzle is a collection of numbers as variables that must be placed in the puzzle. Like Sudoku, there is only one correct placement for each number. You will never have leftover numbers, and will never be able to solve a puzzle with even one variable out of place. When a variable is placed in the correct box you get a chime to indicate such, and a buzzer when it is wrong. If a placed variable completes a sub-equation, then the solution circle is lit up in green. An incorrectly placed variable will light that circle in red. Adding to the pressure of a speedy solution is the most frantic timer I have ever seen. The moment you place your first variable it begins to run up so quickly that it gives me heart palpitations. There is definitely nothing boring about this game.

An aspect of the game that I love is that the timer doesn’t begin until such time as you place your first number. This gives you some time to examine the puzzle and the variables before you officially begin, or togive yourself a chance to try to A Beautiful Mind some of the answers before you start the timer. It does add a small strategy element to a game that otherwise might be lacking one.

The improvements needed for future versions are few, but the game could use some. For instance, a selected variable does flash faintly when touched, but it could benefit from perhaps a brighter colour, so make it easier for the user to be sure which number they have tapped. As well, perhaps an Undo button would be useful, rather than having to tap each number multiple times to place and replace it. These are small tweaks, but the game would be hugely improved.

OutNumbered Review

OutNumbered Review

Jul 11, 2011

Puzzle games sometimes work best when they’re stripped down to the barest of bones. That seems to be the philosophy behind OutNumbered, a math based puzzler from GoodApe. In it, you’re presented with a grid of numbers. You’re also given a number at the bottom.

Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to use numbers in the grid to add together to make the number at the bottom. Once you’ve done that, those numbers from the grid disappear and you’re given another number to aim for. Clear all the numbers from the grid and you move on to the next one.

It’s a really simple system, and it works quite well. The more sums you can make with the grid numbers, the more points you get, which means you have to think on your feet if you want to aim for the highest scores.

OutNumbered manages to be one of those rare games that are both fun and helps you to learn. Sure, the sums you’re creating aren’t exactly taxing, at least not at first, but the game makes you think about what you’re doing, rather than showing you the easiest option straight away.

The game looks a bit old fashioned when compared to some of the more expensive apps on the Android Market, but it plays smoothly and the touch screen interfaces all work rather well. These are only minor issues, though, and they do little to sully the user’s enjoyment of the product.

It might not be exciting, it might not involve large men hitting or shooting each other, but OutNumbered is a successful little game nonetheless. It has a game plan and it sticks to it, and it’s all the better for that. It won’t change the world, but it might make you a little bit better at adding things together, which is no mean feat in itself.

Maths Of The Dead Review

Maths Of The Dead Review

May 30, 2011

Zombies are everywhere nowadays, chomping their way through your friends, neighbors, pets and loved ones. You’ve killed them with shotguns, bombs, typing, and physics, but now it’s time to really stick it to the undead – now it’s time to kill them with math.

Maths Of The Dead is a quirky little title that casts you in the role of a super intelligent monkey. You’re placed behind a keyboard and zombies of various different shapes and sizes are shambling towards you, intent on feasting on your succulent monkey flesh. Each of the zombies has a simple equation above their head; type in the right answer and the zombie falls down re-dead.

It’s a simple premise, borrowed slightly from Sega’s re-imagining of their House of The Dead series of games as a typing tool. The zombies here are cutesy and non-threatening and the monkey is delightfully deranged. The music is frivolous, the sound effects hilarious and the whole package just screams “fun”.

The typing interface is a little unwieldy, and sometimes you can find yourself accidentally typing in huge strings of numbers when you keep getting things wrong, but other than that, there are no huge problems with the game itself. The difficulty could do with a bit of tweaking, and a few more sums could do to be thrown into the mix, but these are minor complaints; this is a loveable bundle of simian versus zombie fun, and who can’t enjoy that?

Maths Of The Dead is one of those rare games that actually makes learning fun. Zombies may be omnipresent nowadays, but it’s nice to see someone trying something a little different with them, even if that something different is just a riff on another game. It’s hard not to play Maths of The Dead with a smile on your face, even when things get tough – it’s a well built, hugely enjoyable little title that proves you don’t need flashy graphics and sky high production values to make a good game.