8/26/2014

UberSmart Software ~ Review

UberSmart Math Facts

My eight year old daughter has struggled with math from the beginning. I always like to try new things with her to help her become better at math. I was given the opportunity to review UberSmart Math Facts with her.

What is UberSmart Math Facts?

UberSmart Software was developed by David Kocur, a homeschool dad. UberSmart Math Facts is a Windows based downloadable software. The program teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The program is designed to be used with children in grades K – 6, but can be used by any child that needs help with math facts. There is also a beginning level that uses dot cards.

UberSmart Math Facts is available (as a download) for $24.95. It only works on Windows 7, 8, XP, and Vista. A 30 day trial and free worksheets are also available.

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There are six sections when UberSmart is open- learn, practice, test, compete, report, and maintain.

Learn: This tab allows the child to learn the math facts. You are able to choose between dot cards and regular flash cards. They can be learned in order or shuffled.

Practice: This tab allows the child to practice what they have learned. Again, you are able to choose between dot cards, keyboard entry, and flash cards. Keyboard entry is practicing typing numbers onto the cards (see picture below).

keyboard

Test: There is an assessment test for beginners or a mastery test for intermediate. The assessment test allows you to examine what the child already knows. The mastery test allows your child to be tested on a skill (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division), a number (one family, two family, three family, etc.), and can be timed or not timed.

Compete: This tab is a timed test where your child gets a score.

Report: This tab is where you, as the parent, can see your child’s progress.

mastery

Maintain: This tab allows you to adjust settings for each student and check for updates.

maintain

How we used UberSmart:

My daughter, who is just beginning fourth grade, used this program during the review. It was easy to download to the computer and easy to get set up.

I did not have her do the assessment. Since her most difficult area is multiplication, I had her start with multiplication. She started working with the three family (zeros, ones, and twos she already knows pretty well).
After she had done the learn portion of the program, she would do the practice, test (untimed and timed), and compete for each.

What we thought about the program:

She did not like using this program much, but it did help her learn her multiplication facts. She would rather it be more like a game than just going through flash cards. The program did help her to master some multiplication facts that she did not know very well.

I thought the program was helpful. It does help children learn their facts even though it is not “flashy” or game like. I liked that it did help my daughter learn her math facts.



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