Who else jumped for joy when it was announced that kids were returning to school?
Parents across the UK rejoiced when the news came in that homeschooling nightmares were soon to come to an end, and that kids would be back in classrooms – and subjects like maths would be back in the hands of the pros.
If you’re worried your kids bore the brunt of your lack of arithmetic prowess and could do with a nudge to get back up to speed to support their school work, Maths-Whizz is on hand to help, and you can access a week of lessons for free.
Maths-Whizz is a virtual maths tutor for children five years and up. It’s like a real life human tutor except it’s a computer programme and is a great way to help kids play catch up if they need a little nudge with their homework.
Parents across the country have been singing the praises of Maths-Whizz over lockdown, like Anna from Yorkshire who’s mum to 10-year-old Luke.
She said: “Luke is just like his mum; he has a way with words, but not with numbers. He really isn’t a fan, so when I saw that Maths-Whizz looked like playing games to him I was sold. Thankfully, so was he!
“As a working mum, I can leave him using Maths-Whizz, knowing that’s it’s creating a personalised teaching path for Luke and teaching him so much better than I ever could.”
Eleven-year-old Darcie’s dad Tony is a big fan of Maths-Whizz too as it challenged her while she was away from school in Hertfordshire.
He said: “Darcie has a natural aptitude for maths which sometimes makes it harder to motivate her. However, as she’s also competitive, the chance to reach higher levels and win gems is motivation enough for her to use Maths-Whizz frequently without me badgering her.
“The parent dashboard allows me to see Darcie’s weaker areas and inform her teachers where she needs support.”
Coralie from Cambridgeshire let her five-year-old Charlie loose on Maths-Whizz and noticed the benefits from short sessions. “Throughout the school closures, Charlie was spending a lot of time on zoom classes. Like many parents, I’m worried about the amount of my time my children spend looking at screens, so the idea of him increasing his screen time to use Maths-Whizz concerned me. But, having seen that only 20 minutes three times a week was the recommended usage, I felt better.
“And, importantly, it’s valuable screen time helping boost his confidence with maths,” she said.
Maths-Whizz promises ‘personalised support that builds confidence, ability and motivation’ and even claims that students who do 60 minutes a week of exercises on the website increase their maths age (Whizz’s measure of maths knowledge) by 18 months in their first year.
It’ll automatically set lessons and assess what kids are good at and where they could do with a little extra support to improve.
From there, Maths-Whizz creates a tailored learning plan for kids to crack on with.
Games vary so kids won’t grow tired of the same old lessons, and the more little ones get to grips with the games, the quicker they’ll become and the more improved their maths skills will be.
Not bad when your first week is free and it gives you a break from any complicated equations.
Richard Marett, CEO of Whizz Education said: “Having spoken to many teachers and parents recently, the feedback has been that learning loss experienced by students during the pandemic has been felt most acutely in maths.
“By completing the initial assessment in our virtual tutor, Maths-Whizz, parents will find out the Maths Age of their child, a clear guide to how far forward or behind their child is performing. Not only that, the parent dashboard shows how their child is faring in different areas of maths. Having completed the assessment, the virtual tutor creates an individualised programme for each child to redress their weakness and push them forward, creating a solid base for more complex maths in later years.”
If you’re keen to give Maths-Whizz a whirl, sign up for your free week of lessons and see how your child gets on. If you would like to continue past the week trial, you can use code COVID20 to receive 20 per cent off your subscription, making it £15.99 a month. More details can be found here.