Do your kids struggle with memorizing math facts? At our house it is something we practice over and over. For some it is a breeze, for others...ah, not so much. I try and use different methods to get those facts to sink in. We recently had the opportunity to review CapJaxMathFax (I know a mouthful right! I just shortened it to JaxFax)
What is it?
CapJaxMathFax is a downloadable math facts program
CapJaxMathFax™ system has controls that allow small-step goal-setting so progress is evident and guaranteed. (from the website)
- Uses a computer to provide drill and practice so that practice time is not limited by teacher availability.
- Automatically generates exercises. Teachers don't prepare quizzes. They merely provide the parameters for them.
- Builds exercises for any of the four math tables (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) or any combination of tables.
- Guarantees student success by taking small steps through levels of difficulty.
- Can focus practice at a single level of difficulty or may review earlier levels.
- Randomly generates problems without repetition.
- Allows variable numbers of problems in an exercise.
- Reduces learner stress by timing facts individually.
- Provides immediate positive feedback for correct answers.
- Provides extra reinforcement for fast, correct answers.
- Displays an overall performance report at the conclusion of each exercise.
- Prints reports for teacher review and for use as certificates of achievement.
- Displays and prints item diagnostic details.
- Uses a rating system that allows students to keep personal scores and set goals.
- Charts student rating progress graphically.
- Maintains a database of student activity over time.
If you are looking for a program with bells and whistles, high resolution animation and game-like features, this is not the program. This is not a bad thing - it focuses on the math facts. I found the screen to be a little crowded and busy but this didn't seem to bother Eli who was the child I used this program with. It was simple to download and to use for both teacher and student. Once I showed him how to use it he was able to work through a session on his own. He could choose to practice, or to play for a rating where he tried to improve on his current score and reach different levels.
The per fact timing is preset at 3 seconds but this can be adjusted in practice mode for up to 10 seconds. This will help build confidence in a child who may not be very quick to start. The play for ratings mode is set at 3 seconds and the child is provided with immediate feedback with "super" popping on to the screen when they type in a fact in less than 3 seconds and "right" for a correct answer in more than 3 seconds.
Eli wasn't overly excited about CapJaxMAthFax but he didn't dislike it. He does not have a very competitive nature so the level achievements were not a big motivator for him. He did like to see "SUPER" pop up on the screen so that kept him going through the drill. I have access to this for a few more months so it will be something we will continue to use as we try and get those facts to stick!
The program is compatible with PC and Mac and is currently available for $29.95 and there is also a free trial available.
Check out their site for more information or click here to see what my other crew members thought of this product.
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS crew, I was give free access to this program in exchange for an honest (favourable or otherwise) review.