I admit one of the perks of being a parenting blogger all these years is getting nifty stuffs to review. What's even better is when it is something that the monkies genuinely end up liking - even if it is related to school work!
Yes, I find it incredulous to believe my eyes at first but it is true. The boys have been genuinely motivated to tackle Math Problem Sums ever since they were exposed to this particular local online Math portal. Every single night, without me having to nag!
The 'magic' Math portal in question? ProblemSums by Koobits.
ProblemSums by KooBits is an online maths learning system for primary students and boasts the largest collection of challenging Math word problems and video lessons, featuring more than 700 mathematical skills for a child to master in the form of daily learning activities. On top of that, it personalises Math learning for each child through a set of customised daily challenges designed based on the child’s learning profile over time.
Already more than 30 primary schools in Singapore have adopted this online Math learning portal as a platform for their pupils to engage in self-directed learning. And after navigating through its website, I only have one question - why are not ALL primary schools using this brilliant portal???
Signing up is a breeze, which the boys accomplished on their own. Each child has his or her own dashboard and comes with an overview of outstanding homework and/or challenges.
The great thing about Koobits' ProblemSums is it breaks down the usual tedious Math problem-solving homework into several bite-sized challenges and enables students to tackle Math challenges as and when they are free and willing. And to top everything off, the challenges are incentive-based which allows students to earn Challenge Points (CP) in order to exchange for wonderful prizes!
And in case you are thinking that kids will be obsessed with completing challenge after challenge so as to redeem more prizes, the number of questions that they can attempt is capped on a daily basis - with the entire system locked after 10pm. Also, students will not be able to access the questions on Sundays, which is in line with the founders' philosophy of having ample play time with the family come weekends! Instead, there is only one mini challenge (10 questions) that kids can practice on Sundays.
Designed to cultivate the potential of children in the subject, ProblemSums features word problems that are organised by topics aligned to the MOE syllabus as well as a differentiated skills map to maximize the kid's level of proficiency.
The KooBits Math portal goes beyond the traditional MCQ and fill-in-the-blank questions as individual problem-solving process is documented, with the questions requiring students to enter workings for reflective review.
A typical question goes something like this.
There are more than 10,000 problem sums in each primary level which have been set and curated by a team of former teachers so you can be rest assured of the quality of questions. But what has got me clapping my hands in approval is the Pictorial Model function.
If you have a child in Primary School, you will know that there can be no avoiding of drawing bar model diagrams when it comes to solving problem sums.
The ProblemSums portal has an in-built model function which allows a child to draw model diagrams effortlessly!
Needless to say, the wifey and I were left thoroughly impressed. Even more so when the boys ignored our enticement of an ice cream break!
And if you are worried about having to do the marking, fret not as the portal comes with auto-marking features. Step-by-step solutions for all questions are provided using problem solving strategies, heuristics, models and diagrams.
And the underlying motivation to complete the challenges? This.
We parents know that positive reinforcement is very important in keeping a child motivated, confident and ready to achieve even better results. So much like a leaderboard in an online game, Koobits allows every child to compete for top honours by either being the Hero of the Day, Top Brain or even the Champion Primary School Class in Singapore.
How's that for motivation to not only do one's homework, but also to do well?
Friends can also form 'Best Friends Forever' cliques and challenge other buddy groups to earn Challenge Points too!
But perhaps the most important bit for parents is the ability to access their children's homework alerts and progress performance reports.
Parents will be able to keep tabs on their children's progress, weaker Math concepts and number of questions attempted on a weekly basis.
Frankly, I cannot wax lyrical enough about the online Math portal. And I am not saying this because this is an advertorial. Hand to heart, I genuinely believe that this is one portal that benefited my monkies and will continue to do so in the long term.
Already Ash who is allergic to assessment books and would rather play games - like most kids - clamours to complete the challenges daily. All because he wants to compete for top honours and see his name on the Scoreboard!
Okay, so you need another reason to be swayed. How about a FREE 6-month trial for your child to sign up and try it out for himself or herself? There are absolutely no strings attached, and no questions asked after the end of the trial period. Heck, there is even no credit card information needed to register! And should you wish to continue after the trial period, I am told that the subscription fee will cost no more than $30 per year - definitely less than the amount I spend on Math assessment books.
So one question remains: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
With Koobit's ProblemSums portal, you will never need to hunt for boring paper-based Math assessment books again!
To sign up for the FREE 6-month trial, click HERE.
For more information on Koobits, visit http://products.koobits.com/problemsums/ .