Solve Your Child’s Math Problems with KooBits ProblemSums Singapore Math Online

Understanding math concepts has always been challenging for primary school students because either 1) the teaching method is boring, 2) the concepts aren’t explained in practical ways which leaves them asking “What does all this mean?”, or 3) too many worksheets that kill the joy of learning math.

As we all know, there is no shortcut to success in math except through consistent practice, understanding of concepts thoroughly, and build a strong foundation since young. But that doesn’t mean that you have to spend the entire weekend working on math problems with your child.

Most of us are working parents; I can certainly understand your feelings and frustrations. Weekend is a luxury – no one wants to stay at home to drill math questions. I’ll be honest – I don’t do that too. Very often, we’ve the urge to outsource the problem. Tutors are everywhere in Singapore that most of us can afford. Why make our life so stressful?

But I’m committed to my son’s education. I help him with his school works and daily revisions. I encourage him to learn math and develop interest in the subject. I guide him to independence through self and active learning. And I make use of digital technology to enhance his learning in math.

Five Ways to Solve Your Child’s Math Problems with KooBits ProblemSums

In this post, I’ll share with you FIVE different ways to solve your child’s math problems with KooBits ProblemSums, a Singapore math online learning system for primary school students.

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1. Learn math as a game with fun quizzes, word problems and rewards

Let’s admit it. Traditional assessment books are boring. If they don’t work for your child, it’s time to try something interactive and learn math through games that are layered with incentives.

In KooBits ProblemSums, our child can learn math through various games i.e. Daily Challenge, Sunday Mini Challenge and Peer Challenge. Each of these challenges is layered with an interesting Challenge Points (CPs) reward system that allows the child to earn points. To top it off, the top scorers and lucky winners will get interesting prizes like toys and movie tickets every week.

If you’re worried that your child might become obsessed with the challenges to redeem more prices, rest assured that this will not happen. There is a cap on the number of questions that our child can do every day, and the portal will automatically shut off after 10pm.

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Here’s Edison beaming with pride and excitement for winning a pair of movie tickets from KooBits for the first time.

2. Develop a progress chart and work on the weaknesses, particularly for the slow learners

Every parent does their best to give their child a headstart in education. Some of us may expect our child to come out tops, but neither are we prepared when they end up padding the bottom ranks.

If a child struggles at school, it’s crucial for the parents to remain committed in their child’s education. The child will blossom by learning at his or her own pace, and having extra attention from the parents.

KooBits ProblemSums allows the child to learn at their own pace through a differentiated skills map where all the topics are aligned with the latest MOE syllabus. The progress of the child is captured in the proficiency report; hence parents can help the child to further work on his or her weaknesses.

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(Left) Student Proficiency Report, (Right) Differentiated Skills Map

.Unlike other e-learning programs in the market, KooBits ProblemSums is not a ‘one size fits all’ program. It doesn’t just randomly pick questions from the database, but it also customizes our child’s unique learning profile over time. For instance, if Edison is weak in the topic Fractions, he will get more questions on this topic from the system.

This intelligent system totally wins me over! Need I say more?

3. Reap the benefits of peer learning and motivation

All types of peer learning have been shown to be highly effective in terms of boosting motivation and fun than learning alone. I make use of Peer Challenge in KooBits ProblemSums to further motivate him.

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This morning when we login to KooBits ProblemSums, he received a challenge from his classmate. I told him, “If you accept the challenge, you will win points. After that, you can also send a challenge to your friend.” He immediately jumped into action and took the challenge. Like most kids, winning is a BIG DEAL! He doesn’t want to lose face, so he must accept the challenge.

In Peer Challenge, our child can send a challenge to a friend of the same school or a random opponent (automatically assigned by the system). When our child challenges their friends or respond to challenges from friends, they will earn Challenge Points (CPs).

So, reap the benefits of peer learning and interaction. If you’re already using KooBits ProblemSums, don’t hesitate to ask other parents to join and let our children benefit from peer learning.

4. Learn anywhere and anytime, even if it’s just ten minutes a day

Digital technology gives us access to math questions no matter where we are, as long as we’re connected to the internet. I’m sure most kids will be hungry for an electronic fix when we’re queuing to pay for our groceries, waiting for food to be served, etc. “Mama, can I play with your iPhone?” this question never fails to irritate me.

Instead of allowing him to break into games, I dish out my tablet and tell him to complete his Daily Challenge on KooBits ProblemSums first. This math portal supports login from PC, MAC, iPad, Android or other tablets. Now, our kids can get their hands on math questions wherever they go.

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Ten minutes a day adds up to a little more than an hour a week. So, make use of these free times to learn math. You’ll be surprised at how these daily bite-sized learning can benefit your child, especially for short attention span children.

5. Cultivate self-learning and independence since young

If you ask me what impresses me most about KooBits ProblemSums, I would say the MASSIVE collections of challenging math word problems and video lessons. The math portal features more than 700 mathematical skills and 10,000+ problem sum questions. Seriously, I don’t need a paper-based assessment book anymore.

To top everything off, all questions come with an immediate feedback mechanism to guide students, as well as detailed step-by-step solutions with problem-solving strategies, models and diagrams. Let’s watch one sample question and solution here:

KooBits ProblemSums goes beyond the traditional MCQ and fill-in-the-blank questions as the questions require students to enter workings for reflective review. The math portal also has a pictorial model function that allows students to draw model diagrams effortlessly.

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Don’t worry if you do not have time to do the marking for your child. This brilliant portal comes with auto-marking features, which is a huge relief for many parents.

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Technology drives innovation in teaching and learning. With a fantastic math portal like KooBits ProblemSums, we can cultivate self-learning ability of our child since young.

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Using KooBits ProblemSums is one of the best educational decisions I’ve ever made for Edison. The benefits of it far exceed the traditional paper-based assessment books and teaching method. And I truly believe that it will help Edison to excel in math.

During the product demonstration with KooBits, I was told that the annual subscription fee for this math portal will be kept below $30. This is really a steal! I spend more than $30 on math assessment books every year.

As of now, ProblemSums is only available for school purchase. KooBits has a plan to open the subscription to all parents in future so that more children can benefit from it. And the good news is – KooBits has extended a 6-month FREE TRIAL to my blog readers. (Thank you so much, KooBits!)

So, get your free trial today by clicking on the button below. There’s absolutely no string attached, and no credit card information needed to register! Grab this opportunity to make tutoring math more fun and less stressful for you and your child as well.

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For more information on KooBits ProblemSums, please visit their website HERE. You can also read my previous post about the detailed product features.

If you have other useful tips for making math fun for kids, do share them in the comment section below. I love to hear from you too!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nuffnang. All opinions are honest and are my own. We strongly recommend KooBits based on its benefits and uniqueness.

10 Things You Need to Know About KooBits – Singapore Math Portal (Plus Free 6-Month Trial)

Let me start this post with a question. What are the challenges that you and your kids face in primary school Mathematics? I listed a few here:

  1. The method of teaching is very different from how we were taught last time.
  2. They can’t understand concepts.
  3. They feel bored doing too many uninteresting worksheets over and over again.
  4. They lack motivation.
  5. Too many assessment books in the market, you do not know which one to buy.

As a mom of a Primary 2 boy, all these struggles and challenges are no strangers to me. I admit I was a little overwhelmed with Singapore Mathematics syllabus. Our kids need to have a strong understanding of mathematical concepts, as well as applying the concepts in problem solving, reasoning and higher order thinking.

So, we need to expose them to a wide variety of questions. Through consistent practise, they will find the concepts familiar and spontaneous. However, too many worksheets will kill the joy of learning the subject. Thus, we often wonder what is the most effective and inspiring method to teach our kids math.

In short, I want an effective learning system that needs minimum efforts but produces BIG results. Ideally, it should be engaging and motivating too. Does such learning system exist? You may wonder.

KooBits Math Portal

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Recently, I was introduced to KooBits Math Portal, an online math learning system for primary students. Some of you may have already using it because over 30 primary schools in Singapore have adopted this e-learning system. They are Nan Hua Primary School, Xinmin Primary School, Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School, St Hilda’s Primary School, and North Vista Primary School, just to name a few.

Here are TEN things you need to know about KooBits in terms of its features and benefits:

1. Largest collection of challenging math word problems and video lessons

KooBits ProblemSums has one of the largest collections of challenging math word problems and video lessons, featuring more than 700 mathematical skills and 10,000+ problem sum questions for our kids to master.

Yes, it’s massive! You’ll never need to shop for assessment books again. Developed by a group of innovative MOE educators, technologists and researchers over years, it’s also aligned with the latest MOE math syllabus.

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The learning activities are divided into 3 main sections – Self Practise, Homework and Challenge. The Challenge section is further divided into Daily Challenge, Sunday Mini Challenge and Peer Challenge. There is an interesting Challenge Points (CP) reward system that allows the kids to earn points when they use this e-learning system.

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  • Daily Challenge is available every day except Sunday. There are 10 questions with varied level of difficulties for our kids to solve daily.
  • Sunday Mini Challenge, as its name says, is only available on Sunday.
  • Peer Challenge allows our kids to challenge their peers (random or from the same school).

2. Customized based on the child’s learning profile

Unlike other e-learning programs in the market, KooBits ProblemSums is not a ‘one size fits all’ program. It’s customized based on our kid’s learning profile over time.

By doing 10 questions each day in the Daily Challenge, our kids get to try 240 questions a month. That’s where daily bite-sized exercise makes more sense than last-minute studying for exam. The results from the challenges, self practise and homework are recorded in the system to develop our kid’s learning profile. So, our kids get a customized set of questions every day to further work on their weaknesses.

I do not know how the system can do such complex customization, but it totally wins me over.

3. Promotes self-learning and independence

All questions come with an immediate feedback mechanism to guide students, as well as detailed step-by-step solutions with necessary models and diagrams. Thus, it promotes self-learning and independence. Double bonus points for busy parents like us!

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4. A differentiated skills map

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The system recognizes that every child is unique, and they learn at different speed. Thus, a differentiated skills map like this is very useful. It allows our kids to learn at their own pace, and thus ease their tension. The progress is also captured in the system, and the topics are aligned with the latest MOE syllabus.

5. A smart proficiency report for parents

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Another important feature of this system is the proficiency report. From this report, parents get to know the number of questions practised by their kids and their proficiency in each topic.

I’m pretty sure no one else can do this. Even your kid’s Math teacher at school won’t be able to tell you which specific topic your kids are weak at. With this report, we can help our kids leverage their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.

6. Daily and weekly homework assignments with printable worksheets

For schools who have adopted this e-learning system, the teachers can assign homework to their students via this portal. Parents can also create homework for the kids based on the schedule of MOE curriculum or randomly selecting certain skills and topics. There is another set of homework automatically created by KooBits portal. You can also print these homework assignments into printable worksheets.

7. The official Math Olympiad questions

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The past 19 years of official Math Olympiad questions are also available on KooBits portal. Good news for the advance students (and kiasu parents too!). They can now stretch their thinking and deepen their understanding with these non-routine high ability questions.

8. Join competition to win prizes

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KooBits has a very interesting reward system that motivates our kids in the form of Challenge Points (CP), badges and virtual credits. They can also win attractive prizes from the weekly online competitions. I’m sure this will motivate the kids to continue learning from the system, and achieve even better results.

9. Develop effective learning habits

As I’ve mentioned in point # 2, daily bite-sized exercise is far better than last minute exam preparation. By doing exercises every day, we instil consistency and develop effective learning habits in our kids since young, which they can carry on into secondary school and beyond.

10. Accessible everywhere

KooBits Math Portal can be accessed from anywhere as long as you’re connected with the internet. It also supports login from PC, MAC, iPad, Android or other tablets. Instead of playing games on the iPad, our kids can get their hands on math questions wherever they go.

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Edison doing his Sunday Mini Challenge while waiting for his lunch to be served at Pizza Hut
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Free 6-Month Trial!

Last but not least, I’ve good news for all of you. You can sign-up for a 6-month free trial with no credit card required. Simply click on the link below to gain access to your FREE TRIAL.

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The benefits of KooBits far exceed the regular paper-based assessment books and teaching method. It’s interactive, engaging and effective. Quoted from Edison, “KooBits is very fun and I like it. I want to keep practising to become the top scorer.”

Get your free trial today, and transform your kid’s perception of math from hate to LOVE!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nuffnang. All opinions are honest and are my own. We strongly recommend KooBits based on its benefits and uniqueness.