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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

UberSmart Math Facts ~ a TOS review

UberSmart Math Facts Review

Ah, Math facts. Those two little words can send shivers down the spines of many. However, I am here to tell you that with the help of UberSmart Software and their UberSmart Math Facts program, you can stop stop shaking and gain confidence. I am in the camp that believes to be successful in the upper levels of math, you need to have the math facts mastered. Solid.

UberSmart Math Facts is the brainchild of a homeschooling dad, David Kocur. David is a computer programmer by trade and was unsuccessful in finding a program to teach math fact drills for his children. So he designed one himself!

We received UberSmart Math Facts as a download for the PC. It is a Windows program that will run best on Windows 8, 7, vista and XP. The program is designed to teach math facts right from the beginning with the 0's facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and progresses all the way to the 20 facts.

The program works from a mastery foundation in four sections, Learn, Practice, Test, and Compete while minimizing stress and frustration in the user while at the same time building a solid foundation from one fact family to the next. Retailing for just $24.95 for a family license with up to 8 users this math program is designed for kids in grades K to 6th. However, anyone needing to brush up on math facts will find this program valuable. There is a 30 day free trial so you can try before you buy also.

UberSmart Math Facts Review


To begin with the program there is a handy assessment test to help you determine proper placement for your child. No sense in starting from the beginning if your child already has some facts mastered, right?  While this assessment test is not a timed test, you student is encouraged to work efficiently and to do their best work.

UberSmart Math Facts Review

Learn
In this section younger children start off with dot cards similar to dominos while older children use traditional flash cards. The child is to say the answer out loud and then click the show button to reveal the correct answer.

UberSmart Math Facts Review

Practice
This section gives the student the choice between dot or flash cards. This is the section where your child is to start entering the answer with the help of the keyboard.

Test
Do not let that four letter word scare you. This part of the program just wants to see what you know and what facts you are having a bit of a struggle with.

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Compete
If you are up for a little competition then definitely check out this section and race against the clock and show what you know. The amount of time to answer each question can be adjusted to your liking in the settings section.

To keep track of your child's hard work there is a report section included. In this colored-coded smiley face section you will easily be able to find the facts your child has been practicing along with being able to see what facts have been mastered and which ones still need a bit more practice.

I have been using this program with Mikayla (11), Montana (7), and McKenzie (4) for the past few weeks. Mikayla has mastery of most of her facts up to 12, while Montana is working hard on the upper level addition facts and beginning subtraction facts. McKenzie is a newbie to the facts world, but has a keen sense for numbers and is doing quite well with her addition facts. As a group we are working towards mastery of the multiplication facts up 15 by using the program three to four days a week for 15-20 minutes during our Morning Time Recitations {MTR}.

UberSmart Math Facts is a no fluff math facts drilling program, and I love that! Sometimes it is easy to get distracted when there is a lot going on on the screen with games and whatnot. You will not find that with this program. It is the old school flash card system put in digital form for the computer. Again I like that. I have seen progress with my girls using it and for that we give the program two thumbs up and highly recommend it!

David Kocur has graciously offered a discount to my readers. Just enter the code "v4 Early Bird" in the discount code section and receive a 30% discount off your purchase. Be sure to act fast as the discount code is only available until September 30th.
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Company ~ UberSmart Software
Product ~
UberSmart Math Facts
Price ~ $24.95 for a family license with up to 8 users. Price includes free upgrades and support. Newest version is expected to be released September 1st.
Ages ~ targeted for K - 6th grade but ideal for anyone needing help with math facts

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