In light of recent events in our house, it’ll come as no surprise to hear that we’ve been struggling with Polly’s learning. To be honest, it’s been up and down since the Christmas holidays. Which is why I was delighted when the lovely folks at Smartick got in touch, and asked us to review their tutoring site.
Smartick is a new maths program that uses the latest artificial intelligence technology to tailor lessons based on the student’s abilities
The daily lessons last for around fifteen minutes, which are perfect. Just the right amount of time to hold Polly’s attention, and keep her engaged. Each one starts by asking her how she’s feeling, and giving her five faces to choose from – ranging from very sad to very happy. This in itself gives the lesson a personalised touch from the beginning. Then at the end she gets asked how she found the lesson. She gets the same five faces to choose from, with options ranging from very easy to very difficult.
The program is incredibly intuitive, which means it keeps Polly on her toes. Like many children I imagine, Polly loses interest fast once she thinks she is out of her depth. She needs to be challenged, but she also needs to feel that she’s in control and winning. Smartick allows the student to revisit the questions they got wrong at the end of the lesson, and have another go at answering them. I think this is great for self-confidence.
Polly was thrilled to discover that there is a reward system attached to Smartick, and loves earning ticks (stars). The stars can be spent in the shop, which is only available to access directly after lessons. The children can decorate their playhouses, jazz up their avatars, or save for a few days to buy something bigger – such a pet. They also have a wishing well, so the kids can suggest things they would like to see in the shop, and Polly asked for a swimming pool the other day. It’s a lovely way to end the lesson.
Although I sit with Polly during most of her lessons, Smartick send me an email afterwards with an update on how she did. The parent’s dashboard section of the site is just fantastic for keeping up to speed with your child’s learning. I often send the emails to my husband when he’s in the office, and he and Polly chat about her lessons over email. It’s a great way to ensure that he’s as involved with her learning as possible, even if he isn’t physically around.
Why Polly loves Smartick (in her own words)
“I like that it asks me how I feel before my lessons.”
“Smartick is more fun than workbooks, because I like to do my lessons on the laptop.”
“I like getting another chance to put the right answer in.”
“I like earning rewards to spend at the shop at the end of my lesson.”
Things to know about Smartick
- Smartick currently counts with more than 10,000 students in 52 countries worldwide.
- Designed for children 4 to 14 years old.
- Smartick is powered by the latest Artificial Intelligence technology. It’s ability based which means your child progresses at his or her own pace. It helps to build self-confidence, avoid frustration, and develop a positive attitude towards maths.
- 15 minutes a day approach: short daily sessions at maximum concentration. This helps create a study habit and routine, it avoids burnout and keeps children motivated and coming back for more. Smartick recommends that children do their session at least five days a week to truly experience the benefits of the program.
- No commuting time or schedules. Access Smartick from your PC or tablet. Anytime, anywhere.
- Students work on mental calculation and algebra while also developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Smartick includes logic exercises that help children improve both in logical reasoning and reading comprehension.
- Smartick does not follow an official curriculum.
- Smartick prepares your child to advance faster than in school and beyond what’s taught in the classroom. 94% of children improve their grades in school after approx. two months.
- Gamification elements keep children engaged and helps to improve concentration levels. All games in Smartick are scientifically designed to reinforce cognitive skills: perception, attention, memory and logical reasoning.
- Parent’s dashboard: parents receive an email as soon as their child completes the daily lesson with a summary of that day’s performance. If they want to know more, they can log into the dashboard and see study plans, questions and units their child has answered, speed of resolution of each question and much more.
- Smartick is an online learning method but there is a team of educators behind to answer any question parents or children may have. Families can reach out via phone, email or chat.
- Referral program: parents can benefit from a £20 discount if they recommend a friend. And the new friend that subscribes will receive a 25% off the first subscription they buy.
- Sign up for your FREE 15 day trial here.
- Click here for a 25% discount off your first paid subscription.
Overall it’s a resounding thumbs up for Smartick! In the eighteen months that we’ve been home educating, I’ve never see Polly as eager to do her maths lessons. I’m looking forward to seeing her progress, and also seeing what Clara thinks of Smartick. Stay tuned for further updates.
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**Disclosure: Smartick have given me a one year subscription for the children in exchange for me writing about their lessons on this blog. Click here for my full disclosure policy.**