Rating Polymath - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone, Web
  • Free
  • age 5+
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Polymath Review

The more adaptable an app is, the better the chances of meeting each individual's needs. Polymath Learn adapts the challenge and frequency of questions to suit its users' progress. The more fun an app is, the more kids want to play it.  Polymath Learn's island exploration, quest-style theme, and multiplayer activities tick the boxes for what kids find fun.

This review of Polymath Learn looks at how the app works for kids at home and school.

Polymath Features

  • Adaptive learning: The app helps kids learn at their ideal pace
  • Feedback: Teachers can easily see their kids' use of  Polymath Learn and their progress
  • Positive learning: motivation and encouragement are  Polymath Learn's driving factors
  • Gamification: Island exploration and quests
  • Cross-context:  Polymath Learn provides features to link school and home learning

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How much does Polymath cost?

Polymath subscriptions start at $7.99 per month. Classroom use is free.

The fully-featured Polymath Learn experience is called +1 and, as expected, comes with extra features compared to the free tier. Among the additions are extra player rewards and multiplayer options.

Polymath in the classroom is free. Teachers can issue a code to kids so that they can continue learning at home.

Is it good for learning?

Polymath Learn uses adaptive learning algorithms to match the app to kids' current level of knowledge and understanding. It uses their performance to understand their progress and move them along at a pace that expands their learning without overstretching or demotivating them.

The math activities use various interactions, including multiple-choice selections, number entry and drag-and-drop.

Polymath Learn's website clearly states that the data it records regarding your child's learning is not sold or shared with third parties.

The Pros of using Polymath

  • Responds to kids' understanding and rate of progress
  • Suits little-and-often learning
  • Game-like island to explore
  • Progress reports
  • Free for the classroom

More Information

Artificial Intelligence Artificial Intelligence
Narration Narration
Teacher Assessment Teacher Assessment

Suitable for ages - Primary School Apps (5-7 Years)
Primary School Apps (7-11 Years)

Subjects & Topics - Maths

Great for - Academic Relevance

Benefits for Students

While some students thrive on competition, many do not. Rather than cater to this subset of pupils, Polymath Learn takes the more inclusive approach of making its platform about personalisation, motivation, and growth. While their classmates can be part of their experience, it is in the form of teamwork and accumulation of success rather than winners and losers.

Kids respond well to educational apps with a task-based approach. Getting motivated to start can be difficult when kids don't see a clear endpoint. Kids will eventually complete their daily tasks, but this is intentional as they know how much they must do when they start.

We like this approach as effective learning comes from quality time rather than quantity of time. It might feel to parents that they get more value for money when apps provide open-ended learning sessions, but demotivated or burnt-out kids aren't achieving the goal of improving their learning.

The player's island is a fun way of motivating kids to complete math challenges to grow their in-game 'brain power'. It is reminiscent of Minecraft in its look and feel, and its quests give kids a purpose for completing their maths. Some of the character interactions even bring math onto the island.

Benefits for Teachers

Polymath Learn's design considers school use as well as home. As with parents, Polymath Learn Relate is the portal where teachers administer and monitor their class's accounts.

Multiple kids can use the same device at different times, which is ideal for classrooms that do not have a one-to-one device ratio.

Polymath Learn's adaptive learning makes differentiating the learning experience for each child easy — a great timesaver for teachers. The performance tracking by the app goes beyond defining the learning pathway as it informs reporting features that help teachers understand each individual's progress.

The app's curriculum mapping is tied to New Zealand's school system. This doesn't mean that you can't use the app from elsewhere, as there will always be considerable overlap between math curricula at this level, but it might require a little more thought to embed it in your admin and planning.

Log-in for teachers is via Google, Apple, Clever or email.

Benefits for Parents

Parents recognise that kids like online experiences which connect them with friends but are also rightly cautious about safety. We liked  Polymath Learn's balance and think parents will, too.

Kids who want to link with friends do so via their parents and friends' parents. Children send an email link to their caregivers via the app, who then send an invite to the other parents. All safety and security on the internet is a compromise between convenience and safety, and this does need parents to have already shared emails, which may not be the case. However, considering young kids' safety, we think it is better to lean towards safety over convenience.

Kids have a simple log-in process. The app's website suggests that parents use the separate Polymath Learn Relate portal to oversee and observe their kids' learning on the  Polymath Learn platform.

Unfortunately, we could not access this. The links provided on the website are in plain text rather than links. Using them manually still led to the child's section with no obvious way to get a parent dashboard.

Download Polymath

You can download Polymath on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the Polymath app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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Final Verdict: Polymath Review

Polymath Learn provides a great experience for young learners. The app's meshing of the island exploration and quests with the math tasks provides a motivational and fun theme that kids will recognise and enjoy. While parents might be confused by the website instructions to access their dashboard, teachers can access simple but effective administrative and reporting tools.

We recommend the app for the top-notch kids' experience and look forward to the parent dashboard catching up.

Privacy Rating

Data Safety

Does the app provide a secure and safe experience for its intended usersPolymath is safe to use

Value and Presentation

Is the app easy to use and accessible?Polymath is easy to use and accessible
Is this app well-made and presented?Polymath is well-made and presented
Is this app useful for its intended users?Polymath is user-friendly
Does this app provide good value?Polymath provides good value to the users