Mathemagics Multiplication

Category: Maths

Ages: 5-7 7-11
Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free

An alternative approach to learning multiplication tables, presented through graphical stories with subtitles, where with digits are represented as characters and each multiplication fact has an associated story.  Designed to help children remember their multiplication tables through links with characters, scenarios and feelings.  After these stories, children have the opportunity to practice the recall of these facts.

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Teacher Review

This app offers an alternative approach to learning multiplication tables.  It introduces digits as characters, then using these characters, presents children with a story, offering an explanation and link to remember each fact, before allowing them to practice the recall of such facts.

Upon opening the app, children are first asked to enter their name, and are then taken to the homepage.  For here, they can select from four main menus “Discover”, “Learn”, “Play” and “Challenges”, each one is locked until the previous menu has been accessed or completed.  There are also other menus, regarding settings, statistics, etc. 

The first area, “Discover”, begins by introducing each digit, represented as a character which offers children a link between the character and the digit.  Children first have to listen to the story then identify the character/number afterwards to ensure they have grasped how the digit is represented as a character.  The second area, “Learn”, introduces a story about each multiplication fact.  Here a short graphical story, explains how each multiplication fact relates to the digit.  The purpose of this is to link a fact with a story, thus connecting neurons in the brain and making associations, with the ultimate aim of helping children remember each fact.  The third section, “Play” is divided into training and game.  During both parts, children are presented with questions and multiple choice answers.  A correct answer moves to the next question, while an incorrect answer is marked as an error and the correct answer is instead moved in to its place.  At the end of the training session, incorrectly answered questions are displayed and children should repeat the stories for these skills.  Similarly, at the end of the game session, the results are displayed.  The final menu is “Challenges”.  To access this area, it seems that children must be able to identify each digit and master sufficient stories from their specified multiplication tables, beginning with their 1x tables.  The developer might want to consider how and when skills are unlocked.  An alternative way would be to allow children to practice the skills they need, even better, offer a form of personalised learning where by some form of assessment will indicate which stories children need to practice.   Alternatively, instead of individual stories, perhaps, one long story might be more appropriate for some multiplication tables.

Returning to the main menu, there are other menus of interest.  The profile button allows users to visualise an overview of their performance statistics for each multiplication table.  The rewards button show which prizes have been unlocked, based on the points they achieve for their multiplication practice.  The parents area, accessible by a simple code, offer guidance on how to best use the app, as well as links to social media, language options, etc.

The app has both benefits and drawbacks.  The novel introduction to multiplication tables can be commended and prove extremely beneficial for users who buy into the app and invest the time in using it regularly.  However, the rigidness of progressing through each fact step-by-step may discourage some users.  If the app were able to personalise or target learning, this would prove much more beneficial to all users, rather than those who are prepared to invest the time.  Similarly, the developer may want to consider including a ‘hard to remember’ facts for more advanced users, such as 7x8; 9x6; 6x7; etc.

Overall, worthy of its four star rating.

From the Developer

The FUN way to learn MULTIPLICATION TABLES!!!

With this free version, kids can try out multiplication tables for the number 4. The full version of the app can be unlocked with an in-app purchase.

(TEACHERS: a version designed specifically for your use is available on this store "Mathemagics Multiplication- School Edition", it contains more features and supports Volume Purchase Program)

"Mathemagics Multiplication" is an innovative method for memorizing multiplication tables.

Are your children finding it difficult to learn their multiplication tables?
Is it a burden for them?
Use our app to bring a smile back to their face.


"Mathemagics Multiplication" is a method based on mental visualization. It is adapted to the children's imagination and makes it easier for them to remember their multiplication tables.

It is a fact that it is easier for the human brain to retain new information when it is associated with characters, scenarios, fun and feelings (like a poem).

How does it work?

We tell delightful stories where the leading characters are numbers.


This method has been tested in several schools and is recommended by teachers and speech therapists.

Here are some reviews:

"Using a narrative and humour reaches out to all the pupils and offers a completely new approach "

"We have tested it in learning activities, it is a true winner as it offers a different approach from that used in the classroom ".

"Making children want to learn is over half way to achieving success in schoolwork. "

The "Mathemagics Multiplication" method is aimed not only at those children struggling academically but also at those discovering multiplication tables for the first time.

This method can be used in the classroom, either in groups or on a one to one basis. It can also be used by speech therapists.

THE BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD:
• Work with a smile
• Stimulate memory through sight, hearing and touch
• Learn autonomously and actively
• Test memory and progress with quizzes
• Be encouraged by a kind and friendly character
• Find motivation to progress and earn rewards
• Gradually progress from the characters to real numbers

A positive and playful teaching method:
• Discovering the characters
• An overall look at the multiplication tables
• The principle of inversion (3 x 6 = 6 x 3)
• Memorisation of the tables by discovering each story
• Playful exercises to check the tables have been learnt
• A parents section to follow the child's progress


For those schools not equipped with tablets, please go to our website www.mathemagics.tv.

Our commitments :
- No advertising
- Protection from external links
- Protection from in-app purchases
- No sharing of personal datas

Note : our application offers a method of memorization. The concept of multiplication (adding several times the same number) is not the subject of our application, this concept should be used in class with a teacher.


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