Do you have a middle school student who struggles with math?  Do you struggle with getting your student to practice their math skills?  If you do, check out StraightAce, a new app created by Benesse, one of the largest educational companies in the world.

StraightAce is an app that works on both Android and Apple devices, designed for students in 6th-8th grades.  It is available through Google Play or the Apple App Store.  It essentially works as a targeted tutor for your student in all of the Common Core Math Standards.

 

If you aren’t familiar with the Common Core Math Standards, these are the national standards that cover the topics that students learn in math classes across the country.  This means that StraightAce covers the exact same topics that your student is learning in school!  Each topic has a lesson, questions, hints and explanations that go along with it.

As a former remedial math teacher, my first interest was whether or not the content was in line with my expectations.  I can tell you without reservation that StraightAce does not disappoint!  The content is high quality, and offers targeted practice on one particular skill.  This will allow a student who is struggling in a particular topic to engage in targeted practice on that exact topic.   

StraightAce is Easy and Fun for Students to Use!

We downloaded StraightAce onto my Iphone.  It was easy to download and sign up for an account – I had it up and running within 10 minutes.  It does take a little time to update and build the library of topics, but it didn’t take long.  My daughter is in 6th grade, and I am fortunate that she is gifted in math and enjoys it.  However, she can become bored if she isn’t challenged.  One of the great features of Straight Ace is that it allows students to work at their own pace – so she can move quickly through topics she understands and spend longer on those she doesn’t.  She can even choose 7th or 8th grade topics if she wants!

 

 

As you can see, StraightAce is bright and engaging.  The app was extremely easy for my daughter to review.  She decided to work on the topic of ratios – a topic which she had superficially covered at school.  She quickly discovered a great feature – a touchscreen “notepad” that pops up to allow students to work by “writing” with their finger while still viewing a question.

First, she viewed a lesson.  The lessons are short and manageable chunks of information.  Then, she wanted to try some of the questions, which are presented in a multiple choice style format.  Here is one of the questions that she did:

 

 

As you can see, StraightAce offers a hint if a student is confused, and also has an “Ask” feature, where your student can send you a message to ask for help!  This is a great pairing with the mobile feature of StraightAce – students can study anywhere or anytime using their mobile devices, but can still alert you if they need additional assistance with a concept.

Also, if students get a question wrong, they receive an explanation that shows them why:

 

There are so many awesome features of StraightAce.  In addition to the excellent content, it is mobile, and best of all – FUN!  You won’t have to fight with your student to study math if they can pull out their Ipod or phone to do so!  It is engaging, and my daughter proclaimed it as “a really cool app”, which is a pretty high endorsement from a middle schooler!  StraightAce is also very affordable, with subscriptions for $14.99 per month.

As both a teacher and a parent, I highly recommend StraightAce!

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84 Thoughts on “Improve Students’ Math Skills with StraightAce! {Review}

  1. Nancy C. on December 23, 2012 at 8:22 am said:

    I’m going to tell my sister about this app. My nephew starts middle school next year.

  2. Are there any studies showing efficacy? I am always slightly wary of programs like this that take student-teacher interaction out of the picture.

  3. seems like a great idea to get kids some extra help.

  4. Sue Hull on December 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm said:

    This is really cool.I wish I’d had something like this when I was in school a few decades ago.LOL! My daughter was also gifted when it came to math,she tutored a lot of kids her age.This would have been something fun for her to do.She did 4 yrs of high school in 2 yrs.
    This is definitely a great thing for kids.

  5. Leslie Galloway on December 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm said:

    I love apps like this that let my kids learn on the go when we’re waiting at the doctor office or stuck in traffic. This seems great.

  6. Sandy VanHoey on December 24, 2012 at 12:43 am said:

    My daughter may be interested in the app for my grandson. Love the great educational tools they have come out with these days.

  7. What a great idea for the children to today’s technology era. This will be good for anyone, even the homeschooled children.

  8. Kimberly Schotz on December 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm said:

    One of my girls had a horrible time with math in middle school. This would of been most helpful.

  9. Megan Cromes on December 26, 2012 at 4:41 am said:

    this is cool my son would love it thanks!;)

  10. melissa teears on December 26, 2012 at 11:57 am said:

    This is a really cool app. I wish they had thus when I went to school. My sin is still to young but I will pass the info to my brother for my nephews

  11. Stephanie from CT on December 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm said:

    As a math teacher, this looks interesting.

  12. Crystal Irvin on December 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm said:

    I like that it gives the hints and even lets them ask and send messages for help

  13. This sounds like a really great app. I love that students can move at their own pace. Thanks!

  14. Sue Hull on December 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm said:

    This is really a great program for kids who have math problems. I was afraid of math when I was a kid.

  15. Janet W. on December 27, 2012 at 2:16 am said:

    What a wonderful educational app! I love that it’s fun and they learn the math skills without even feeling like they’re “learning”.

  16. Naomi Osborn on December 27, 2012 at 6:48 am said:

    I love that it allows kids to work independently.

  17. Valarie Lee Gentry on December 27, 2012 at 8:43 am said:

    I am going to get this for my daughter! She loves math so this would be perfect for her.

  18. I wish this was around when I was in school as I have trouble wrapping my brain around math. ty for the review; I’ll keep it in mind for my granddaughter.

  19. awesome!

  20. Angela s on December 27, 2012 at 10:38 am said:

    It sounds like a great app! I think it would really help my nephew because he loves the iPad, etc., so it would be much easier to get him to study. The main key is to get the kids interested, and I think this will work for a lot of kids!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

  21. What a great app, especially for kids who don’t pick up on math easily. Math is so important that I would love if my kids were skilled in that area.

  22. jamie braun on December 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm said:

    sounds great for my 7th grader! math is her worst subject!

  23. Michelle dement on December 29, 2012 at 12:50 am said:

    This loudly be something my daughter could really have fun with…she has dyslexia and this would be great!

  24. Michelle dement on December 29, 2012 at 12:52 am said:

    This would be something my daughter could really have fun with. She has dyslexia and this would be great

  25. Heather Turner on December 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm said:

    my nephew struggles with math. this looks like a good program.

  26. This looks fun and have you heard of Khan Academy too? http://www.khanacademy.org

    It’s another great option for students!

  27. It’s nice that they have these apps but I wish they had regular games so people without cell phones could use their “games” too.

  28. Ttrockwood on December 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm said:

    What a great app! My nephew would love this

  29. Sarah Hirsch on December 30, 2012 at 11:44 am said:

    looks like a good app to help practice math

  30. It looks like a well done app. Too bad they didn’t have this when I was in school!

  31. Priscilla Benavides on December 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm said:

    I look forward to this app when my kids are older and if they have problems with learning math!

  32. Kate F. on December 31, 2012 at 9:52 am said:

    This would be a great app for my younger brother. He struggles with math.

  33. Diane Sallans on December 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm said:

    It often takes a few different methods of teaching to find the one the student connects with – this looks like a great option!

  34. judy gardner on January 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm said:

    my nephew has trouble with math, this might be good for him

  35. Christy Anderson on January 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm said:

    I tutor on the side from time to time and this would be a great app to have!

  36. kelsey ruha on January 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm said:

    Wish they had an app like this when I was a kid. I sucked at math

  37. Courtney on January 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm said:

    This is a great idea. My stepdaughter is struggling in math, and this may be just what she needs.

  38. Sue Hull on January 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm said:

    This is still a great program.I’ve left 2 comments already so I really don’t know what to say.Lol! Happy New Year Everybody! :)

  39. Rhonda on January 3, 2013 at 8:47 am said:

    This looks great for my neice!

  40. Shari Klyn on January 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm said:

    I will let my siter in law know about this. Thanks for the info.

  41. Sammy Kim on January 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm said:

    My sister should def try this!

  42. Charlene Shaver on January 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm said:

    I wish I had this when my son was younger. I think it would’ve helped a lot :)

  43. kathy pease on January 3, 2013 at 7:56 pm said:

    this looks really great for building math skills..I have a friends whos son would benefit from this..I will let her know :)

  44. Mary DeBorde on January 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm said:

    I really wish there had been something like this available when my kids were young and struggling with math! Looks like a GREAT product! <3

  45. Jessica B on January 4, 2013 at 6:42 am said:

    This wold be great for my daughter.

  46. Jillian on January 4, 2013 at 8:29 am said:

    Any app that helps with school is great- kids love technology so much!

  47. Jenny D on January 4, 2013 at 10:05 am said:

    That looks awesome, I hope it’s still around when my 9 year old hits middle school.

  48. I wish I had something like this when I was in school.

  49. christie kammerer on January 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm said:

    This seems like a great app to get kids engaged in math.

  50. Tanya White on January 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm said:

    My son struggles with math this looks like something he could use.

  51. Gianna on January 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm said:

    Nice app.

  52. carol lewis on January 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm said:

    This looks like something that could be very helpful.

  53. cassandra mccann on January 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm said:

    this look interesting

  54. Liberty Boblett on January 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm said:

    This is very cool! I will have to check into this for my son! He is very resistant to math, but this might make it fun??? LOL

  55. Sarah L on January 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm said:

    My grandson could use this. Thanks for the info.

  56. Carolyn A Colley on January 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm said:

    Don’t have middle school aged grandchildren yet, but I’m already looking at anything that I see that might help them, because both of my kids struggled in math.

  57. this would be perfect for my nephew who is struggling in math

  58. molli vandehey on January 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm said:

    i love this, it looks very flexible!!!

  59. Courtney on January 7, 2013 at 7:35 am said:

    My fiance’s daughter just turned 14, and this is something she could really benefit from since she’s struggling in math and to keep her grades up.

  60. What a great way to help the children. Sometime listening to parents is NOT the answer but they will warm up to technology.

  61. Julie Jones on January 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm said:

    I think my little ones are not quite old enough for this yet but it’s definitely a neat idea. Thanks for the review.

  62. jamie braun on January 7, 2013 at 7:41 pm said:

    my oldest is 12 and has always struggled with math.. this sounds great! anything to make learning more fun for her

  63. I struggled with math all thru school and wish I had this. Sounds really great!

  64. This is great!

  65. Stephanie from CT on January 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm said:

    As a former math teacher, this looks good for kids.

  66. Rosanne on January 9, 2013 at 12:31 am said:

    My granddaughter doesn’t like math. Wish she did as I love it but she is more artistic

  67. Donna Marie on January 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm said:

    This is perfect for my daughter to use to work on her math skills. Great app idea

  68. My girls are a little young for this, but I love the idea of this. Will have to remember it!

  69. christina holmes on January 11, 2013 at 8:04 am said:

    ill have to try that with my son !

  70. learning and fun! perfect!

  71. Nicole Lancaster on January 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm said:

    Great app,maybe it can help my daughter who has dysculica have a easier time learning math.

  72. Melissa Shirley on January 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm said:

    I love this I could use it with my students!
    melissalucky43@yahoo.com

  73. John Hutchens on January 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm said:

    looks like a fun way to get a child to learn

  74. Jill Myrick on January 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm said:

    This would be a big help for my daughter who struggles with math. And being able to add it to our phone or tablet is a big plus.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  75. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger on January 15, 2013 at 9:18 pm said:

    Never mind the kids – my hubby and me would both benefit from Straight Ace – especially ME!

    I hate to admit it, but while I have mastered the fine art of “balancing the checkbook” and pulling both magic and miracles out of the hat to almost balance the family budget (in my own way…) – in most respects – there is a gigantic hole in my head where math is suppose to be!

  76. Jessica B on January 16, 2013 at 8:52 am said:

    Seems like a fun thing for kids to work on math skills

  77. mary gardner on January 16, 2013 at 9:03 am said:

    this would be great for my daughter! thanks for the review!

  78. thanks for the screenshots. very nice interface.

  79. Amy Taylor on January 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm said:

    Having strong a strong foundation in math makes such a difference when kids get older! This looks like a great app to help them get there!

  80. Ed Nemmers on January 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm said:

    I love anything math!

  81. Thankfully this isn’t an issue in our home but this looks like a nice, user friendly way to encourage strong math skills!

  82. mary renshaw on January 18, 2013 at 7:32 am said:

    I love this idea! Anything that makes learning fun! And you can do it anywhere!

  83. I don’t have an IPhone but this looks cool. I can barely text, I can’t imagine trying to ‘write’ with your finger, lol I guess kids could do it better than me tho :)

  84. Tanya White on January 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm said:

    Both my son and daughter could benefit from this, It looks like it would be fun too.

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