Product Review of MATHia
Powered by cognitive science and research-proven pedagogical design, Carnegie Learning’s MATHia is so much more than math practice software. MATHia adjusts to your learners learning needs, making nuanced instructional decisions, and providing an individualized learning path with formative assessments that are ongoing. As a mainstay in any core math curriculum, it provides differentiated learning that supports learners who are having academic difficulties, while challenging learners who are advanced.
What Users Dislike About the App
“MATHia is extremely difficult for students to move through. The materials and problems are quite wordy. From the highest student to the lowest student, they all struggle and there are many complaints. Personally, as I read through some of the problems, I became distracted.”
“It does not indicate how to enter your response and so students would become stuck, not because they didn’t know the answer, but because they were not entering the response in the wanted format, i.e. decimal vs fraction, tenths vs hundredths, etc. I could see it being beneficial in settings where the students had a strong grasp of the concept prior to being assigned the concept in MATHia, otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend it at all.”
“As a student who has used different online math platforms such as Khan Academy / Tenmarks, Mathia is NOT IT, and this is from not just me, but my peers as well. Mathia repeats its lessons endlessly without keeping track of the student’s ACTUAL level of understanding. As teachers, we all know that different students have different methods of learning. Mathia just causes frustration in many students pushing them through question after question after question without helping them genuinely learn.”
“The students try their best to finish one workspace, but the disappointment that flows through your body after hitting one wrong button or making one small mistake and watching the progress bar drop, instantly creates anxiety and frustration.”