CNET Editors' review
JXCirrus Maths for Mac is a program that lets you set up sets of exercises for your kids to help them practice their math skills. You can tailor the quizzes to their ability level, and the program keeps track of their time for them, so they can compete against themselves and measure their progress.
This app has an intuitive interface, letting you set up different sets of exercises quickly. When you're adding an exercise, you'll first select either Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, or Division. Then determine how many problems you'd like, which numbers to use, and whether you want the equations to appear in numerical order or randomly. You can also select whether you'd like individual sets of problems to show up for each session, once a day, or once a week. Add as many sets of exercises as you want, and then let your kids test themselves. When they start a session, they can pick the set of problems they want to try, and then a list of equations will show up in a new screen. As they type their answer into the box at the end of the equation, the cursor will automatically move to the next box. The program times how long they take for each equation and for the whole set in total, so they can try and beat their best scores and see how they are improving over time.
There is a full Help document available for this program, although the straightforward interface makes finding most features a snap. This app is free, and it runs smoothly, making it a good choice if you want your kids to have a fun way to practice math problems on a regular basis.
JXCirrus Maths is a maths training application aimed at primary school children. It focuses on basic arithmetic: Times tables, addition, subtraction and division. It will let you set up exercises that are run each day, and then records the best time and lets you race against that. Features: - Set up any number of exercises for your child. - For Times tables and division: Select one or more times tables to practice, choose how many questions will be asked, choose whether they will be run in random order. - For Addition and subtraction: Select a range to add up to or subtract from (i.e. add up to numbers between 15 and 25) and how many questions to be asked. - Schedule exercises to be run once a session, once a day or once a week. - Records the fastest time for an exercise. - Lets you race against your fastest time (which adds that extra bit of interest to maths practice). - Set up the application to display photos from the family album - The photo will change over after each completed exercise. - Set up exercises for any number of children. - Share exercises between computers using Cloud services like Box and Dropbox. - Available on Windows, MacOS and Linux. - Includes a built-in user manual.
What's new in this version:
- Allowed up to 999 questions per exercise (previously only allowed 99).
- Resolved some issues running on older version os MacOS.
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