Math Workout

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Subtraction, Addition, Multiplication, Decimals, Fractions

What we like best:

Emphasis on daily practice encourages kids to improve with “drill and kill” math problems.

What you should know:

The lack of arcade-style play, bright colors and fun animations may mean kids view this as more of a chore than a game.
Full Review:

Don’t let kids fall victim to a “brain drain”—instead, keep little minds sharp with this interactive, personal math trainer. While Math Workout lacks bright colors and whimsy, its no-nonsense approach to math drills is standout.

The lack of bells and whistles here may not necessarily appeal to kids, but if they can get past the simple interface, they’ll be motivated by a built-up sense of accomplishment. This app challenges budding mathematicians to test their mental math and exercise their brains once every day. Players begin on the easy level, and cover math skills chosen from the settings menu. In easy mode, kids will tackle single-digit math in timed trials, with 5-second penalties for each wrong answer. When little learners perform well enough, they’ll rise in the app’s rankings and can move on to medium mode—and then on to hard.

For players looking for more of a challenge, the daily Brain Cruncher is a tricky word problem that challenges mental math skills by supplying the problem one line at a time. Tackle the Online World Challenge for a grueling 50 question mixed math marathon, or play Math Blaster for a more game-like approach to problems. For adults searching for distraction-free math practice, this app fits the bill perfectly.

Teacher Features:
A graph of completed exercises and scores gives teachers a clear picture of their student’s progress.
Reviewed 2013-01-23 on Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 by Meg Butler

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Price:Free – $0.99
Grade:Third Grade
Platform:Android, Apple
Publisher:Workout Games Ltd./Brain Training
Standards:3.OA.5 3.OA.7 3.OA.9 3.NBT.2