At Mathletics everything we do is focused on helping students improve their maths.

We have analysed over 1.1 billion answers from students who have completed three or more curriculum activities (a curriculum activity consists of a set of 10 questions). There are over 1200 curriculum activities ranging from Adding to 10  in Kindergarten to Integration of Trigonometric Functions in Year 12.

Typically a curriculum activity takes a student about 6.5 minutes to complete and there is no possibility students can simply memorise answers as the questions are randomly generated from a very large question bank and are adaptive to students’ numeracy level.

Our analysis determined that the group average mark after three activities were completed rose by 21.1% from 78.4% to 94.9% – an astounding improvement.

The recent independent study conducted by Dr Tony Stokes of the Australian Catholic University further exemplifies the importance of repeating activities.

Dr Stokes’ research found that the more Mathletics activities students complete, the better the standardised test performance of a school tends to be.

 What is also interesting to note from the research is that by completing just 2-3 activities per week schools can gain up to a 9% numeracy advantage.


Why practising a concept three times helps?

The aim of practising a particular concept is for long-term knowledge retention. By only completing a concept once, a student will not have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the new information and apply the concepts to a variety of situations. Without extended processing, knowledge that students initially understand might fade and be lost over time.