When it comes time for serious study outside of the classroom, an excellent tool for math students to use is an educational app.
One of the best is “High School Math Practice,” a no-nonsense app with interactive exercises and quizzes that challenge students to think logically and organize information they’ve studied in class.
The free app, from Varsity Tutors, covers everything from basic arithmetic to college-level algebra. It works with most smartphones and digital tablets.
While many apps use gaming technology to help students learn, this app is strictly for study. It includes straightforward exercises and interactive tests that help reinforce math concepts and formulas high school students need to know. It works best as a supplement to standard classroom instruction.
Subjects are categorized by grade level and include interactive exercises and tests covering:
Topics align with most state math learning standards. The app is a great study aid for students in independent learning classes and can be helpful for college-bound students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs.
An internet connection is needed to use the app. Launching the app opens a simple homepage with a topic navigation area on the left side of the screen. The bottom of the navigation area has a “Sign in” link where students can register on the Varsity Tutors website. Registration is optional; students who don’t register can still use the app as a guest.
Topics in the navigation area are intuitive, and students choose one by tapping it with their finger to launch a start page. Written instructions guide students through hundreds of math exercises, quizzes and tests. Students can return to the homepage whenever they want by tapping a horizontal three-line icon at the top of each page.
An impressive suite of interactive tools helps students move through exercises and tests in self-paced study sessions. The most helpful tools include:
- Flashcard maker. Custom flashcards on any subject can be created and saved for individual study.
- Curated flashcards. A searchable collection of prebuilt cards is organized by subject.
- Full-length diagnostic tests. Prebuilt tests show students the areas of study where they need to focus.
- Immediate test results. A detailed report and analysis in an easy-to-read format shows the percentage of correct answers, test time and score.
- Practice quizzes. Introductory exercises on all subjects.
Registered students can save their diagnostic test scores and share them via email with teachers, other students and parents. They also can save the custom flashcards they make.
Content in the “High School Math Practice” app is all-inclusive, and registration is optional. An internet connection is needed to access the math exercises, tests and flashcards. An extra perk for registered students is a math “Question of the Day” that’s automatically sent. This feature can be turned on in the app settings area.
There are no advertisements or in-app purchases, but there are links to the Varsity Tutors website, where visitors can register for an optional free introductory online tutoring session or find local tutors.
The “High School Math Practice” app by Varsity Tutors is free. It can be downloaded from iTunes and is compatible with iPad tablets running iOS version 9.0 or later. It’s also available on Google Play and is compatible with digital tablets running the Android operating system 4.1 or later.