An innovative way to make Maths lovable – Smartick Method

Smartick helps the child to understand concepts, improve calculation skills, concentration and mental agility.

How many of you dreaded Maths in school? I know I did! I found it extremely boring and unimaginative. The whole tables, and equations and BODMAS etc. etc. made my head hurt and I always looked at ways to not do Mathematics.

I don’t think it was to do with the understanding level of the subject, but the whole boring and insipid approach made all the difference in my outlook towards the subject. I can say this confidently today, because I have experienced the transformation.

Today, I am going to talk about a new concept that is revolutionizing the way Mathematics is learned! I came across Smartick Method, when I got a mail from them to try and review it. The moment I went to their website, I knew this was going to be different and I instantly agreed.

What is Smartick Method?

Smartick is a unique online learning platform that lets a child learn at his own pace. It focuses on self-learning; thereby helping the child to understand concepts, improve calculation skills, concentration and mental agility.

What methodology do they follow?

Smartick goal is to make maths fun. They have created a healthy mix of traditional and new approaches towards learning maths. They use best traditional learning methods inspired from Japan and Singapore combined with studies from top research centers and universities like Harvard and the University of Chicago.

How does it work?

Smartick Method is designed in such a way that the child needs to spare only 15min a day! Isn’t that cool? Before smartick, making my daughter to sit for studies was a task, but now she is the one who reminds me about her daily smartick session!

Once the login is created, the child can start accessing the modules. Initially smartick offers random questions to understand your child’s level. Based on the results of the first 3-4 days, smartick daily sessions are updated. So you don’t have to worry, if x,y,z has been taught to your child or not.

My Review

My daughter is in love with Smartick! She is eager to do her daily sessions and understand her mistakes and improve. I have seen an increase in her concentration levels. As I get daily updates about her performance, I am attuned to her progress.

There is something called as smartick Brain games which is motivating and interesting. My daughter not just finishes her 15 min session, but also enjoys doing the Brain Games and virtual world access after the session.

As all the details are captured in a separate parent login, I can access it and view it anytime I want and help my child understand where she needs to improve.

This is completely self-learning based and hence I never have to sit and explain her questions or concepts. She watches the tutorials and works on her pace.

The report not just focuses on the number of correct answers but also takes into consideration her speed at solving them and her logic and reasoning.

Best Things that I liked

  • It’s just 15 min in a day, something that a child can easily do
  • It is designed for children from 4-14 year old.
  • This is an online platform, and they do not follow a school or state syllabus. The focus is on improving the child’s concepts, speed and accuracy.
  • It is accessible only on screens bigger than 7 inches.
  • Smartick complements the school curriculum and is aligned with the Common Core Standards and NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) standards.
  • Smartick is powered by the latest Artificial Intelligence technology: ability based, your child progresses at his or her own pace, building self-confidence, avoiding frustration, and developing a positive attitude to math.
  • The child works on mental calculationand algebra while also developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Smartick includes logic exercises that help children improve both in logical reasoning and reading comprehension.
  • Gamification elements help children be engaged and improve their concentration levels. All games in Smartick are scientifically designed to reinforce cognitive skills: perception, attention, memory and logical reasoning.
  • Referral program: Tutors/parents can benefit from a 27 dollars discount if they recommend a friend. And the new friend that subscribes will receive a 25% off the first subscription they buy.

Smartick is powered by the latest Artificial Intelligence technology: ability based, your child progresses at his or her own pace,

My suggestion

This is a paid subscription, however if I go on a vacation or do not have access to a computer for some time, there is no way I can pause the subscription. They should introduce that feature. Apart from this I can’t think of anything!

Verdict

If you are thinking about giving a gift to your child this Christmas or New Year, gift them knowledge and world-class education with Smartick Method. As a mom who has seen her child enjoy Smartick Method, I would highly recommend it. Right now, Smartick has a gift for children registering in New Year week, do check it out!

Is RO water purifier really necessary for your family?

Clean water which should be a basic right, is something that we are struggling to provide our families today. The ever increasing pollution, stress on natural resources and meaningless wastage is adding to the woes. According to a report, published in hindustan times 63 million Indians do not have access to clean drinking water. But this is just scratching the surface, as this data is related only to rural India.

Have you ever given a thought to consider if urban population is receiving clean water? The cities are ever expanding, thus putting immense pressure on the meager resources. The water bodies that are present in the cities are being polluted, then how can we assure clean water to our future generation?

Quality drinking water is one of the key concerns in the modern era. Pollution is on a gradual rise, which makes it necessary to ensure proper purification standards to safeguard health of our family members. Gone are the days when simple filter was enough to clean the water. The old filtration methods cannot tackle impurities like pesticides, heavy metals and THM hence the need for an RO water purifier.

What is RO Water Filtration?

RO (Reverse Osmosis) is a water filtration process that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove molecules and other particles from the water. In this process dissolved inorganic salts and other solids are removed by passing the water at high pressures from a semipermeable membrane. This process can remove impurities like fluoride, chlorine, detergents, lead, pesticides etc.

Why is RO purification necessary today?

As the cities expand, the fringes rely on tanker or bore wells for water supply. This water is not necessarily fit for drinking. Having an RO purifier at home, helps you keep a check on the quality of water that your family is consuming.

Investing in clean and healthy water is the need of the hour. But what kind of filter should you look for? Here are a few things that you should look for in an RO filter, before making your purchase decision.

  

An RO filter should offer atleast three stages of purification

Sediment Filtration

RO Membrane

UF and UV filtration

If a filter offers Mineralizer and anti-scalant cartridge then that’s the best RO water purifier to have as anti- scalant increases the life of RO membrane by softening the water and mineralizer adds minerals and manages the pH value of the water, which not only improves the taste of the water but also makes it healthy. Do check if the company offers replacement of the RO membrane within the warranty period as that is a major contributor in the cleaning process.

Livpure’s RO purifier is equipped with an extensive purification process that filters all-possible impurities from the water and offers replacement of membrane within the warranty period.

Source of the report

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/6-3-crore-indians-do-not-have-access-to-clean-drinking-water/story-dWIEyP962FnM8Mturbc52N.html

Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post, however the views here expressed are my own. I have done the necessary read-up and the information provided is true to my knowledge.

 

Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis

 

I know this is not a new novel, however I laid my hands on it recently and hence my review. The novel was originally published in 2014. This is the first time I was reading a James Patterson novel and it was a different approach to a thriller. The thrillers that I have read are usually very racy, travel around the globe or are set in some exotic location. This novel offers none of the above. It does not give you pulsating moments where you actually feel you are in a far off location, taking in the views and sounds, racing against time for finding a well-connected powerful villain.

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This novel is an anti-climax to such novels. The villain is invisible. His strength lies in the fact that he hides in plain sight. Most of the crime solving happens on a computer, based on data mining. So is it boring? Absolutely not! It has all the ingredients of a good thriller – a well thought of plot, an insanely brilliant villain, great character build up, and a perfectly routine set-up. The beauty of the novel lies in its simple narration and absolutely plain locals. The hero is the story, the thought put in it and that’s what shines. It shows you that not all crime solving is racy and glamorous like James Bond, or Bourne Identity. A large chunk of it happens on desks- thinking through, mining through data.

It’s a story about Emmy Dockery, a data analyst at FBI who is trying to prove to the world that there is a serial killer at work. The problem is that the killer is so brilliant that his crime scenes are usually reported as accidental fires. Nobody even thinks that it could be arson! She has single handedly uncovered more than 50 such murders and now she need to convince the FBI to take the killer seriously and stop him. She will not stop at anything before she uncovers the killer. But will she be able to convince the world about a serial killer who is invisible or will she be ignored as someone who’s gone crazy after her sister died in an accidental fire?