This post is sponsored by Westpac, who is proud to offer Mathspace Essentials free for all Australians
I have 3 boys. One in year 8, one in Year 4 and one who is yet to start his schooling. As you can imagine, the homework and assessments for both school age boys is increasing, and has been for a few years now. While I love that they ask me everything and expect that I know it, I don’t. And it’s getting harder to help with homework.
I studied 3 unit Math believe it or not. I dropped down to 2 unit in year 12 because it was hard. By doing this, I completed my HSC with barely a pass in Mathematics because I had missed so much 2 unit content that had already been covered at different times to my 3 unit course. I might have had poor decision making skills at the time but I did have a decent grasp of Math concepts. I could complete Math equations that had 4 pages of steps with multiple algorithms and theories. I understood it.
Fast forward to now and trying to keep up with my sons Year 8 Math homework has left me wondering what I have to offer. It has all disappeared from my brain. “Can I interest you in ‘HELLO’ made with numbers on the calculator? No? Not helpful. Ok.”
Years of not using my brain for things other than mum life and everyday tasks has meant that I need serious help when it comes to helping my sons with their schooling. And I am absolutely not ashamed to say so. Maths revision is not up there on my daily to do list.
When Westpac approached me to have a look at Mathspace, an innovative tool for helping Parents and Students work together and take some of the stress out of math study, I was immediately intrigued and suitably impressed. I jumped straight on to the Mathspace Website and signed up online, even before responding to their email.
What I saw was a very easy-to-use program. You simply put in your child’s year and state and it gives you the curriculum that they are studying at school. If it is the terminology that you need, it’s there. If it is how to work out an equation, it’s there. Want to practice? All there too. You can even watch videos made by real Maths teachers if you need some extra help. I wish I had a tool like this when I was studying at school. I probably wouldn’t have given up 3 Unit Maths.
It’s free to join, you only need an email address. You can use it on all devices.
Imagine being able to have an answer at your finger tips when your child says “Mum, what is a surd?” Instead of saying “Oh look at the time, I have to be somewhere else” you can log in and see exactly how Rational and Irrational numbers work. A description and definition, examples, question examples, video explanations and then finally practice questions. A surd will no longer be something you think he’s calling his brother. You will actually know the meaning and therefore be able to help them complete their homework.
Your child can access Mathspace from their own device. They can access it any time they need help and support. I have it installed on the ipad for my son in Year 4 for him to reference as he needs and on my son’s ipad for his Year 8 access. I’m logged in as a parent on my phone and can simply change which curriculum I need to use, in my settings. We can all still log in on the laptop at home in the same way. You do need a different email for each account though, if you want more than one account. It is certainly not necessary, it is just how we are using Mathspace in our home.
I asked my Sons to go through Mathspace and tell me what they thought. We are part way through Term 3 now and Parent Teacher Nights have been held, reports have come home and the areas we need to work on have been identified. I feel like Mathspace is going to be a very helpful tool over the coming years but ultimately it’s the boys who are the ones completing their schooling and I want to provide them with all the help I can.
Lachlan (Year 4) said “I love that I can write my answers with my finger and it can understand what I have written”.
Bailey (Year 8) said “This will really help with my revision for my exams when I need to remember so many rules and terms. I also like that I can see where I have gone wrong in my working out and what I should do instead. I like the feedback.”
The discussion about Maths has increased in our home. I have two different brained children. One who gets Maths and numbers and his workload is increasing and another who needs to be shown how things work and why things work. He needs to visualise how to complete a task. Mathspace caters to both their needs and therefore helps me to help them.
Are your children in Primary or High School? I’d love to know if you try Mathspace out!
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