Upon opening the program (after you have downloaded and installed it) you will need to set up your students. You do this under the maintain heading. Under this heading you can also change your password and download new updates.
Under the learn heading is where you learn the math facts through using dot cards (think dominoes with adding and subtracting) and flashcards (add,subtract, multiply and divide).
Practice is where you practice your math skills by answering the math questions.
In the test section, the students complete an assessment and the results can be printed out. There is an assessment test and a mastery test.
Our boys only did the compete section a couple of times. In this section, the student ‘competes’ against students of their own age and skill level.
The report area is where you can view and print out reports.
Our boys skipped the Learn section and headed straight for Practice. They both started with the Beginner: Dot Cards. The math facts are presented in order 0’s,1’s,2’s all the way up to 9’s. Our boys went through all of the addition questions (adding with 0-9) before they moved onto the subtraction questions. As they completed each section getting all the answers correct, the sections were marked with ‘Learned”. With the Dot Cards, you can choose between having cards with just the dots (as above) or cards with the dots and numbers.
After completing the dot cards, our boys moved onto the keyboard entry (above). They really enjoyed completing the keyboard entry, trying to see how quickly they could type in the numbers. They completed this over and over again, trying to better their times.
They loved getting these messages when they finished.
After completing the assessment, you are able to print off your child’s results. I really liked how this showed what our boys excelled at and ways they could use Ubersmart Maths to improve in the areas they were struggling with. It tells you the average time that it took for your child to answer the questions and how they went against the recommended time. Though our boys answered all of the questions below the recommended maximum, it told us that they were a little slow at giving the correct answer for a couple of questions. From this, I now know that R needs to practice his 7,8,9’s in multiplication and B needs to practice 3,6,7,8’s in subtraction.
With this program, our boys never requested to use it, but when I asked them to, they didn’t complain. I only asked them to use this program as an add-on, after they had completed their maths for the day. They used it for about 30 minutes, 3-4 days a week.
Overall, I like how ‘clean’ it was. There was no pictures or sounds that could distract the boys, allowing them to concentrate on the math facts. I liked the Assessment Test results as it helped me understand where our boys were up to and what I needed to work on with them to help them improve.
It is also a program, that once you download it, it is yours, no more monthly or yearly fees.