Disclaimer: I was recently contacted by Smartick to review their math program. We were given a free subscription in exchange for our honest opinion.
What is Smartick
Smartick is a unique online learning method that, through mathematics, increases mental agility, calculation skills and concentration, and study habits, helping your child reach their maximum potential. Smartick’s methodology incorporates the best of traditional learning methods (Japan, Singapore method, etc), combined with studies from top research centers and universities, such as Harvard and Chicago. State of the art technology and pedagogical adaptation is added to the mix by Smartick’s outstanding team of engineers, mathematicians, educators and psychologists. If you are interested in Smartick, there is a discount for you at the bottom of this post.
What Types of Students Will Benefit from Smartick
Smartick is designed for children aged 4-14. The profile of the students that use Smartick is varied. Some of our students are falling behind in math classes and need to fill in some gaps in their learning, while others are looking to expand their knowledge beyond what is taught at school. Smartick allows them to work at a pace best suited to them, and keeps them motivated throughout the 15 minute practice sessions.
How Does Smartick Work
Your child is given an avatar, which she can personalize. At first, she will be given an assessment to determine the appropriate placement level. After that, the child is supposed to complete a 15 minute session of Smartick every day (technically even weekends and holidays). For every session, the child earns a certain number of “ticks”. They can earn extra ticks for doing things like going back and correcting incorrect answers, doing Smartick multiple days in a row, and so forth. Once they have accrued a certain number of ticks, they can “purchase” things for their avatar and room from the “store”. The child also can earn online diplomas for mastering skills. There are also online tutorials, games the child can play by herself, and games they can play against opponents.
Smartick Uses Artificial Intelligence to Meet Your Child’s Unique Needs
Smartick adapts to your child, which means that each lesson is unique to your child and that the program gets easier or harder as your child answers problems.
Daily Reports for Parents/Tutors
Smartick sends the parent/tutor reports every time a student completes a session. The parent can learn more about how the child is doing by going online. If the child fails to complete a session on any given day, the parent/tutor is notified of that also.
The one thing that made me hesitate before agreeing to review Smartick, is Sola’s complete and utter disdain for math. It kills me to admit it, as everyone else in our household loves and is very good at math and science, but Sola despises, not just math, but all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects. Add to that the fact that it is summer vacation. So Sola was not enthusiastic about trying Smartick. I finally bribed her and told her I would pay her $4/day that she did Smartick for up to a week. She did it 1 1/2 days and then decided it was not worth it. That does not mean that Smartick would not be good for most other children. It just means that I had to pretend to be a 5th grader named “Brainy One”.
- Develops good work habits
- Is interactive (read “fun” for many kids)
- The child works independently (the program will even “read” the question to the child if she clicks on the speaker)
- Adapts to each child’s needs
- Keeps the parent/tutor informed about child’s progress, with good documentation (very helpful if you have to show your school district progress reports)
- Can be used on iPads or Android Tablets, as well as through the internet
- Dressing up avatars is fun!
- Doesn’t teach the child how to do a problem when the child gets it wrong, it just says wrong and gives the right answer
- The program doesn’t give the child a good idea of how much time is left in the session – there were times when Sola when fill up all the stars on the gold bar and think she was done, but instead it was just give her a new gold bar. She really needs to know exactly how much she is going to have to do in order to get through math.
- Some of the questions were a bit weirdly worded and we weren’t sure what the program was asking
- Expecting children to do math on weekends and holidays is a bit much
There Is a Discount for You!!!!
If you are interested in trying Smartick, you can save 25% by using this link (I also get a savings off of future subscriptions if you sign up).