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A highly customisable Mathematics app, with skills from absolute beginner to pre-college.

Teacher Review

A highly customisable app, covering a range of levels, from beginner learner, through to advanced mathematics.  Upon opening the app, there are two screens: “about” and “start test”.  Once users click “start test” they are directed to enter their name and age.  Although this information is not essential, the age does provide the app with a starting point from which to offer baseline questions.  Users are then given 10 questions one-by-one, each with multiple choice answers.  The questions presented to children are randomly generated, allowing an unlimited number of combinations.   A correct choice moves to the next question and rewards the player with points, while an incorrect selection makes the sound “oh no” and the correct answer is displayed on the screen.  Within the page there are four options: return to the homepage; share; hint and options.  The “hint” area varies for each question: on some more basic questions the answer is given, while on other questions hints are given instead.  It would be useful to hints for all questions, guiding children through the learning process, suggesting methods, rather than giving them the answer.  The “share” feature allows users to share their experience, although this does require users to sign into their email accounts.  Finally, the “options” page allows the user to customise the questions, changing both difficulty level and the number of questions offered.  It is this area which, in terms of learning, is the most powerful: users are able to select a difficulty level, ranging from Kindergarten to College Prep, similarly, they can also change the number of questions they want to attempt, from 10 to 100.  This allows users to progress as their mathematical understanding develops.  It would be even more beneficial, if users were able to click on each link to see the content of each level and the associated skills.  To take this one step further and make the app truly customisable, the developer might consider allowing individual skills to be selected from within each difficulty level.  
After completing all the questions, a summary is displayed on the screen with the total correct and incorrect answers, along with the time taken and the points scored for that game.  After this, the total number of points is displayed alongside a catch-phrase style image with squares removed.  Each subsequent test removes more squares from the image until at the end the whole picture is revealed.  The theme for the images are mathematicians throughout history, and when fully displayed, a brief introduction to them is also given.  Here (and on the homepage too), it would be useful to see a link to “options” section in addition to in the game play area.  This would allow children to set the difficulty level and number of questions before starting the game.  With an offline mode too, students are able to practice anywhere and anytime.  
Overall, the app allows users to practice mathematics at their desired level.  With continued development, the app will have real potential.


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From the Developer

How often you've heard our kids are falling behind in Math/Science? Well, not any more if you check out this app and ask your kids to try it.....

iMathGenius is a math test game which aims to improve a player's math skill by playing an interactive game. The math difficulty levels span from Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, up to Pre-College level. The types of the test include basic number operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division; number comparison; number serial; decimal and fraction operation; unit conversion; geometry; trigonometry; algebra; logarithm; numerical power and root. Advanced tests also include complex number operation; number set theory; statistics theory; linear and quadratic equation; simple derivatives and calculus; and probability theory.

The tests start with simple basic number operation and number comparison in Kindergarten level. With each increase of the level, the difficulty and the types of the test also increase. At the final level, i.e., Pre-College, tests are very similar to the S.A.T Math test in the US and Chinese National College Entrance Exam in Math. In addition, some tests are equivalent to the college entrance level like derivatives and calculus.

Therefore, everyone can find a level suitable to his or her ability. After a player selects a difficulty level and number of questions to test, the game begins. For each question, the player is asked to choose only one correct answer from five multiple choices. If the answer is correct, reward points are added to the player. If the answer is wrong, the player has the opportunity to review the correct answer.
The amount of reward points awarded each time is based on the age of the player and difficulty level being chosen. The younger the player is and the more difficult the level is, the higher the reward points are. After the test, a summary report can be displayed showing the player’s overall test performance.
In addition, based on the total reward points, an image of a great mathematician initially covered by an array of 10x10 tiles is displayed, either completely or partially uncovered. The player can choose to take more tests to collect more reward points or do something else to relax. The threshold of the reward points to completely uncover the image is based on the age of the player and the difficulty level being chosen. The younger the player is and the more difficult the level is, the lower the threshold is. If the image is completely uncovered, the player will have an opportunity to learn some image editing skills on the image as an incentive to answer more questions correctly.

If a player can regularly play the game, his or her math skill will greatly improve over time. A player can also check if he or she is ready to take the S.A.T Math test in the US or the Chinese National College Entrance Exam in Math when the most difficult level, i.e., Pre-College level, is chosen and played regularly.

We, as this App’s developers, love to hear from your comments about this App and future improvement. Your feedback is the key to the success of this App. Thank you!

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