When I read that with LearnBop students can learn math faster, I knew I wanted to try it with my family. I consider mathematics one of the most fundamental subjects. Not only it teaches to think logically, be precise with words and solve problems by sound reasoning, it is an essential part of many areas of life from music to mechanics, from sculpture to physics, from drawing to economics, from rocket science to biology. If there is a right tool to help us learn mathematics, we want to know about it. That’s how we ended up with a year long subscription to LearnBop for Families.
LearnBop is an online math tutoring tool for 3rd-12th grade students that is aligned to the Common Core Math State Standards. It was founded in 2010 by Bharani Rajakumar and Arthur Tu. They were inspired by the principles Bharani learned in this corporate job on Wall Street and by the intelligent tutoring and learning sciences research conducted at Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute and at the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center. With LearnBop the goal was to give all students access to high quality learning experiences.
LearnBop is designed to provide one-on-one tutoring experience without the cost of one. A student is led through the mathematical concepts. All exercises are done in a browser. The warm up assessment makes it easy to see what concepts students are struggling with. The video lessons are well organized and well presented. The exercises are designed by award winning teachers and instead of just giving students the correct answer, they are guided through a problem to really grasp the concept. Parents and teachers can monitor the progress through the dashboard within the web app.
It can be used in a home or in a class setting. I was given a one-year subscription to LearnBop for Families. It’s a family plan with access to up to four students.
After you create separate accounts for different family members and select the Learning Roadmap, you begin the warm up assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to uncover what Building Blocks students need to work on before they can master the concepts in the selected unit.
This section consists of a number of videos. The information is presented in a visual kid-friendly format. A pleasant voice explains the topic in a conversational manner and walks the student through the problems. It’s like having a teacher in a room with you.
In this section students watch videos and then complete exercises and solve problems. They need to achieve at least 90% mastery to complete the concept. Step-by-step guidance is available for each math problem. A detailed progress report is available at the end of the testing.
At any time the student can change the Roadmap and parents get notification email about it.
The community blog is full of useful tip for parents and teachers.
How we used LearnBop for Families
For the purpose of the review we were supposed to use this program at least 3 days a week for the duration of the review period. Unfortunately it didn’t work out this way. We were assured at the start that even though the program is designed for students 9+ (3rd-12th grade), it would work well for my kids (5 and 8), but it didn’t. It was way too challenging and discouraging for them. So, I ended up using some higher grade lessons for myself to brush up my knowledge and I enjoyed it greatly.
What we thought
I think LearnBop is a fantastic online tutorial system. I’m sure we will be using it in the future when my kids are ready for it. I like that the program identifies knowledge gaps and personalizes the Roadmap to help student learn the concepts needed most. With this program a homeschooling parent doesn’t have to worry about missing something important. I love the engaging interface, clear explanations, personalized feedback and all the analytical tools.
LearnBop can be used as an intervention or extension tool. Each aspect of it is carefully thought out and it’s well designed. If you are ready to learn more about LearnBop in general or LearnBop for Families in particular visit their website and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter @LearnBop.
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