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Whilst we’ve presented it poorly, we haven’t got the maths wrong! It makes more sense if we put some units into our equation:

30 students x 30 days = 3 months average improvement in their maths age.

Most trials don’t come with a promise or a guarantee. But based on the independent tests conducted in schools during the development of DoodleMaths, and the feedback from our existing users, our trial does.

Why does DoodleMaths improve results?

Most online/digital maths products are resource banks. On a pedagogic level, by simply replacing a worksheet with a game or online exercise, we are not doing anything radically different. In recent years, the ability to rapidly analyse big data, along with 3 kids insidethe advent of touchscreen technology and a better understanding of how children learn as individuals (and the development of algorithms alongside this) has led to the development of DoodleMaths: a learning system that mimics the actions of a good tutor. DoodleMaths identifies a child’s strengths, weaknesses and the pace at which they learn, and creates a work program to ensure they are always learning exactly what they need to learn in order to progress most rapidly.

How do I run my trial?

Sign up here.

  • We will process your application and set up your account with 30 free licences for DoodleMaths. Upload your students’ names and distribute their logins. They can log in to any device with the free DoodleMaths app installed.
  • Encourage students to do 10-15 minutes of DoodleMaths on a daily basis.
  • Measure their improvement in maths age. You can do this either by monitoring this through our own online teacher dashboard, or by using an independent assessment as we did in our trials (we used Hodder’s Access Mathematics Assessments).

Please let us know how you got on!

We can’t claim this as one of our own but it is one of my favourites:

What comes next in this sequence:

what comes next question

Some people get it straight away (including Bart Simpson, much to the frustration of his more academically-acclaimed sister Lisa who didn’t, when it was famously featured in The Simpsons). Here’s what comes next:

what comes next answerStill not got it?

Notice that all the figures have a vertical line of symmetry. Cover up the left hand side of each figure and you should see the pattern straight away.

Interestingly, my 7-year old got it before I did. It may have helped him that he still reverses most of his digits when he write them though – on this occasion it’s worked to his advantage!

Here’s the sequence in full:

what comes next whole series

DoodleMaths was created by teachers who really understand how kids learn. Now that exam season is upon us, what are the best tips we can offer for revision?

1. Revise actively. Don’t stare at books trying to remember formulae and methods. You’ll remember them far better by using them and applying them to questions.

2. Don’t be tempted to revise what you already know. Learning is most effective when you are learning at your threshold, that is, marginally beyond what you are confident with. So if you are aiming for a ‘B’ at GCSE then work at this level first, and don’t get bogged down in all that ‘A’ grade stuff. If you’re doing SATs, stick at the work that’s been recommended for you.

3. Revise with a buddy. We’re social beasts, and a maths problem shared is often a problem solved. You’ll need to be a positive influence on each other, and be a similar level in maths – it won’t work if one is getting much more from it than the other. If you’re under 12, your study buddy is one of your parents.

4. Invest in appropriate resources. There are a lot of resources out there, both digital and paper-based. Much of it is poor quality and sometimes out-of-date. Check it applies to the exam board and current examination year, as well as being suitable for your level. It should be designed by or alongside experienced teachers. Use what your teacher has given you.

5. Short bursts are best. Try 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off.

6. Be conscious of the time of day you are at your best. I’m a morning person, but Nicola (my co-founder) is an evening person. We’re similar levels at maths, but we’d make hopeless revision buddies!

Stay fresh, stay happy, try your best and relish the opportunity to show them what you can do!