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Quick start guide for teachers and parents

Finding and selecting work

Work can be found by pupils in 5 ways.

  1. By clicking the large coloured buttons for the topic. For early stages this brings up a mostly visual menu of work. For later stages it is text based. Within the text menu the buttons have a black border if the skill is essential, rather than a topic necessary to help engender understanding of another skill. In the visual menus, a bike shows key topics, the bike has training wheels on questions designed to help with key topics and a unicycle shows the challenge topics.
  2. By searching for a topic (ie typing 'addition' into the search box)
  3. By saying a topic out loud. In most modern browsers clicking the (bottom right) speech bubble and saying 'addition' into the microphone will bring up the 'best' hit for addition.
  4. Weaknesses - questions answered consistently slowly, with errors, or with help are remembered and suggested to pupils at their next visit.
  5. If the work to be tackled is the same as the last session, the yellow 'last time' button can be used to take pupils directly to it.

Alternatively, pupils can click the Test me or Lucky dip buttons to allow 0maths to ask questions across the current year's work. Lucky dip is slightly more than lucky; the first topic is chosen at random but if they then press lucky dip again without answering any questions it will usually be assumed the student baulked at the first question and they will be shown prerequisite topics.

Once they have started to answer questions, 0maths will begin to discover which topics they have not mastered. It is important that pupils spend time eradicating their weaknesses as later topics will draw on these (eg calculating areas draws on multiplication knowledge).

If pupils are logged on, their weaknesses are remembered for their next visit. They can build ability gradually by making these tasks easier or explore prequisite topics. A topic by topic assessment is also available from the text topic menu under "check my..?", broken down into broad curriculum areas (ie number, addition & subtraction, multiplication & division, fractions and decimals, money, time and measurement, geometry, algebra, and statistics)

Assigning work

Work can be assigned by:

  1. Short cut codes. View the text topics by clicking the large coloured buttons (and then for the first 4 years, clicking the top right icon). You'll see a menu like the one on the right. To the left of a topic is a one or two letter code (P in the case of the example at right), or in the case of a specific question, a number. Students can enter these (case insensitive) codes or numbers into the search box to take them directly to the right topic(s)
  2. If you select topics and press go, just above the first question you will see a faded out box with a url in it. Selecting this copies it to your clipboard and you can then paste it to students as a link.
  3. Select 'show QR code' in settings. When you then select question types and press go, a QR code can be found by the URL (described in 2). Pupils can scan this with an appropriate device.
  4. Create a log in, add students and set an assignment. This will allow you to assign work to individual pupils, groups, or the whole class. Unlike the other methods, teachers will have access to answers, workings, and a vast array of statistics.
  5. Directing them to find topics for themselves as described above.

Monitoring progress

Creating a log in allows you to see a comprehensive range of pupil progress data.

You can see at a glance which questions they've been working on. If you click one of these question types, you can see how their times in answering questions compare to other students and target times.

Once enough (by default, normally 3) questions of a type have been answered without recourse to show me how, a wedge (quarter circle) may be awarded for that question type as follows


Overall progress is shown to pupils in a bronze, silver and gold pie chart by the topic heading. The blank portion of the pie chart illustrates the questions in the topic that have not been answered in large enough numbers, or have been answered with recourse to the show me how button. For the pie chart to cover the full 360 degrees, the pupil would need to have won 4 wedges (of any colour) for every question type in the topic.

Progress is associated with a year, so wedges will disappear when a pupil goes up a year.

Individual strengths and weaknesses are recorded with the student winning awards for their strengths, their weaknesses are available as learning opportunities. Teachers can see these strengths and weaknesses and which areas the entire group are struggling with, and whether that's because they need more practice time or need a little bit of guidance.

Adaptive Learning

To allow pupils to build confidence, by default, questions do not get harder with correct answers. You (or pupils) can change this by clicking settings (bottom of page) and checking the 'getting trickier with correct answers' check box.

However pupils can click easier or harder to adapt the difficulty level to their confidence and ability. Additionally, they can view follow on topics to see how their skill in a topic can be taken further. They can also choose to answer prerequisite (first know) topics to fill in any gaps in their learning.

Optionally, if show me is clicked twice on a question type, or three questions have been answered with corrections or at a speed three times longer than the target time, the difficulty level will be reduced. If they are already on the easiest difficulty level, they will be taken to the prerequisite topics, as if they'd clicked first know.

Questions can optionally be removed (through the fall back to 'first know' if struggling option) if a pupil has not managed to answer a prerequisite question type (this is the default for "what do I know?").

Less practice in topics where there's been most progress is also an option. If for example a pupil is doing all times tables and they've got 2 wedges for the 5 ×, and 4 for the 10 × table, they would be asked one 10 × question and only two 5 × questions for every 5 questions in tables with no recorded progress.

However, if learners are doing a set assignment through a log on, the teacher has control over whether easier / harder and first know / follow on buttons are shown. There is also a skills assessment mode, in which worked solutions are not shown but questons are merely skipped if the pupil can't answer them.

Maths anxiety

0Maths has broad appeal but is specifically designed around maths anxiety:

Additionally, pupils have fine control over the difficulty level, and can easily link to pre-requisite topics. This is important to keep them in their growth zone: Growth zone model of maths anxiety

Once a pupil has tipped into the panic zone, their brain is flooded with adrenaline and they can not do tasks requiring logical thinking. For this reason, most tasks start off at the easiest level (ie in the comfort zone) by default and pupils should increase the difficulty level until it suits them. There is a checkbox in settings to align the difficulty level with the target difficulty level.

In the growth zone diagram above, the pupil with the smaller growth zone is labelled mildly anxious. In severe cases of anxiety, the growth zone may be effectively non-existant. All that can be done is to expand the comfort zone by working within it.

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