MathRider was originally developed from personal need, because we wanted to help our own children who were struggling with fundamental math. It is extremely gratifying to hear back from our users what a difference MathRider has made to their own children.
Throughout the development of MathRider, we worked with Education Professionals, local school children, parents and psychologists. We still continue to do so today, as we keep improving the software and making these updates available free of charge to our existing users. Because our ultimate goal is to provide you and your children with a software game that is as fun and useful as we can possibly make it.
Following are some of the feedback and testimonials we have received so far:
Our daughter has overcome her fear of maths
Maths has always been a big struggle for our daughter. To inspire our daughter to fall in love with maths, we bought quite a few maths games. And I can vouch that MathRider is definitely head and shoulders above all the other games. It is so elegantly simple and incredibly fun. Imagine your daughter waking up each day and rushing to practice maths at the computer! I could not believe my eyes. This was not even remotely possible before.
What is more amazing is that she likes the game so much that she has gone to influence her friends to practice maths together. Fancy having a sleepover and all the kids are queuing up to play MathRider. This is truly unreal! At last, our daughter has overcome her fear of mathematics (all within 3 weeks and during the school holidays at that).
For this I am deeply grateful. MathRider has done in 3 weeks what school, anxious mum and worried dad have not been able to do for her for years. I could not recommend MathRider more.
Carol Stuart, Mother – Sydney, Australia
Far and Away The Best!
You have a great piece of software. I tested a bunch of math fact software on my own kids over the summer and yours was far and away the best, both in terms of features for the adult in charge and in the kids’ own interest in using it.
Anna Broskie, Educator – Colorado, USA
All my kids are enjoying MathRider
I actually can’t believe that my kids are enjoying a math game as much as they are enjoying MathRider. 🙂 Even my 13 year old, who thought it was going to be too much of a “kiddie” game, is now completely into getting the most points possible on each ride. So, thank you for such a great game!
Marie I – Victoria, Texas, USA
My son hates math!!
My son hates math!! Throws temper tantrums when it is time to do any math. Needless to say trying to get him to work on memorization of math facts has been nearly impossible. That is until…
MATH RIDER!!! He actually asks to do mathrider! He monitors his progress and is excited to see improvement.
Jen Folkes, Mother – USA
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
I wanted to let you know how much your software has changed our lives. My second grader has learned so much in 7 days! He has gone from failing his math facts tests at school, to 100% mastery in JUST 7 days. I never would have believed that one game could be so life changing. He has so much confidence now. Words really can not express what a difference your program made in our lives. I have a happier son! Thank you!
Melanie Harper – USA
As an Educator I love everything MathRider does
Can I still play MathRider even though it’s not a school day?
Quote from my 7 year old son. He is very picky about video games, as he enjoys playing “the real thing” on our gaming system. That little story blip at the beginning of each level is brilliant, followed up by a map that records their progress. It’s very motivating. As an educator I love everything that it does. The custom problems and pacing of the game are spot on. The statistics section shows me at a glance whether he’s mastered that level or not. If not, I can simply have him rerun the mission and feel confident that the game will drill him most on the problems he needs to work on Great stuff.
Jenn Mitzel – USA
Just wanted you to know that you have turned math drill time into play time at our house! I used to face tears while my 3rd grade daughter “had” to use our hand-held drill game for 10 minutes each day during school. Now she asks to play Math Rider when she isn’t even doing school. The rewards are so simple, but all my children are taking such pleasure out of each one they receive. I think the cumulative effect of adding to their personal kingdom has alot to do with the genius of this program. Thanks for making one more part of my homeschool day easier!
Amy Claussen, Mother – USA
Finally I have found what is truly working
I truly thank you for this program and the passion you have for providing kids with a fun way to master fundamental math. I am a homeschooling mother of four boys and have searched far and wide for something to help us in this area. Finally, I have found that something that is truly working.
My children are asking me if they can play MathRider, not just daily, but several times throughout the day. I am watching from over their shoulder, with a big smile on my face, as Shadow speeds up because they are mastering the facts . . . incredible! They realize they are mastering the facts and want to keep going. I hear them saying things like “I am going to become a master”, and “This is my favorite game”.
I am quite astounded at their response to MathRider. Even my husband said, “This (MathRider) is the one.” He is well aware of all the disappointing programs/methods we have tried. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Lori Nass, Homeschooling Mom – Saint Peters, USA
My Maths Improved by 30 Marks
I love Shadow, the horse, and the story-telling. MathRider is fun, because you get to ride a horse and go on great adventures. You get cool rewards – I especially like the flags and the castle!
My teacher said I improved in my maths by 30 marks since last semester.
Ashley Teo, 10, Primary 4 Student – Singapore
Fast, efficient learning made fun!
MathRider is fablulous! It has made fast efficient learning fun, even for me! My 9 year old daughter and her 7 year old cousin are both at different confident levels with their math skills and both love to play the quests then compare each others scores.
This is a program I am keen to share with my friends and family as a tool for fun and learning.
Jemima F, Mother – Sydney, Australia
My daughter is eleven years old and is a very talented musician (piano and vocal) and ice skater, as well as enjoying rock climbing and judo.
She was diagnosed several years ago as suffering from dyscalculia (a specific learning disability involving innate difficulty in learning or comprehending mathematics). Her maths results have consistently been in the bottom 10% of her class and not surprisingly she expressed aversion to maths generally.
Since purchasing MathRider late in 2009, my daughter has demonstrated a significant improvement in her maths ability.
The main achievement however is that she is enthusiastically undertaking the MathRider quests and is no longer averse to Maths. As a result, I am confident that the dramatic improvement of the last few months will continue as she progresses through the various levels.
John Crowe – Sydney, Australia
At last, the basics of Maths are at her fingertips
Our 10 year-old daughter enjoys maths rider very much. It is an incredibly fun game and has very clever artificial intelligence built into it. I am amazed how effective this game is. At last, she now has the basics of mathematics right at her finger tips. Well done MathRider for this lovely software.
Germaine Ng, Mother – Singapore
I found myself doing some learning, I should have done when I was 8
Thank you for asking me to look at your educational software package, MathRider. It is always a pleasure to see new technologies applied to old problems. As a clinical psychologist who has been working with children and adolescents over the last 30 years, I am amazed to still be seeing children, who are as discouraged by the prospect of wrote learning mental arithmetic, as I was at their age. I can remember my heart sinking, faced with that awful grid of tables or with the morning trial by ticks and crosses of twenty mentals. They drove me mental.
Sometimes in shops, or calculating interest rates, or professional stats, I am still left staring at my shoes, while computations are being done by more adroit minds. If only I had grasped those simple fundamentals that provide the confidence to really grapple with the mathematics that came later.
I see many parents who are anxiously drilling their children in “tables” promoting various kinds of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, before their children are ten, or who are still trying to batter some mental arithmetic sense, into older children, so they can “catch up”. I find myself advising them to make it a “fun activity” rather than an aversive experience likely to put anyone off numbers, for life.
Your package contains some great formulas for harnessing the implicit learning strategies that enable children to soak up fundamental computation skills. This can lay the groundwork for later confidence in more complex maths tasks. Children dislike wrote learning or memorising tasks, where meaningless information has to be recalled exactly. Most of this kind of learning occurs by repetition. In these times when children are bombarded with information, they are particularly resistant to memorising modes of learning. Particularly children with shorter attention spans, are unable to sustain focus to master some basic mental arithmetic skills. They can easily become discouraged at their relative slowness, when more complex maths problems are faced.
By writing a program that makes the learning rewarding and fun, you are assisting them in having a positive relationship with numbers and internal computational skills. I enjoyed playing MathRider and found myself doing some learning, I should have done when I was 8.
The program has a gently competitive and inviting feel to it. I think it will be particularly attractive to girls, as there is something whimsical about the graphics and story line. But boys will enjoy it too. They are after all, on a quest to save a princess. When I looked at comparable maths games, they seemed rather aggressive “shoot em up” style and contained themes of horror and destruction that some parents would object to.
In summary, MathRider is the kind of game, that would effectively practice children in speedy computation skills across addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The skills would be fun to acquire and do not generate task resistance, because the game is strongly motivating. The rewards and encouragements offered in the course of the game build confidence and give positive feedback. I particularly liked the way in which the game targeted areas of weakness and rehearsed the player in the least mastered computation. I think it would assist many children in remediating areas of deficiency. Well done!
Brad Freeman, Clinical Psychologist – B.A. (Psych Hon.) M. Clin. Psych. M.A.P.S., Hobart, Australia
MathRider is fun, challenging and very appealing to kids. It totally takes the drudgery out of practicing maths.
An innovative game like this is the best and most enjoyable way to get solid grounding in the basics of maths.
Rosalina Merkenich, Mother of two – Sydney, Australia
I won a prize at school
Thank you for creating MathRider! I get to play a game and I get to be really good at maths and win a prize at school.
Natasha, 7, Primary 2 Student – Sydney, Australia
I wish we had this software at our school
It’s terrific what the MathRider team has created. At last the mundane practicing of times tables, addition and subtraction has become fun for kids.
Imaginative images accompany the students in their rides through which they collect important points in order to save their sick mother among other noble quests. Utilising the game’s innovative statistics matrix, it is now possible for teachers and parents to pin point exactly what questions the student still has difficulties with. In this way each child can be supported exactly where needed.
Further, the speed of the game can be increased significantly through plenty of practice…and it does not get boring!
The software is currently only available in English – I wish we had this software at our school, so that the children could improve their performance in mathematics in such a child friendly and entertaining fashion.
Bettina Sommer, Primary School Teacher – Rommerskirchen, Germany
I have to tell you, that my 9 year old was SOOO improved after just the 7 day trial. Also, he is no longer scared of math, and willing to TRY new/ harder stuff. Where as before Math Rider, if I would bring up math he would mentally shut down!
Alexia Acha, Proud mum to 4 of the worlds most wonderful children! – USA