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Playing Games Can Help You Get Better at Math

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There are many different types of math games students can play to help improve their math skills. It can also reduce math anxiety and encourage a positive attitude toward studying math. A study found that students who do math games improve their individual test scores by 15 percent.

Why are math games important? They can encourage self-initiated learning and also teach students to solve problems collectively. Math games help students to explore the practical application of math skills in a format they enjoy. They can learn without feeling the pressure of grades or examinations.

Star Dash Studios: Runner Game
Star Dash Studios offers a free game young adults can use on their smartphones so they can see everyday math in vocational settings. It will help those who struggle to see the relevance of math in their daily lives. The game takes place on a movie set. The player is a runner and has to complete missions set by the crew. These involve using math to rise up the ranks from runner to producer. Players collect coins and help the crew to complete a to-do list.

Calculus problems with solutions
Students getting an education and having to write assignments often have difficulty with college calculus problems. It helps if they can get their hands on as many problems and exercises as they can find so they can practice. They can find calculus problems with solutions on PlainMath that will help them to approach college-level calculus differently and solve integral questions. Anyone can contribute to the platform and share knowledge with other students.

Prodigy: Free video game
Prodigy is a free video game aligned with the math curriculum that reinforces essential math skills. It takes elements from games like Pokemon. Players must compete against in-game characters in math duels. They have to answer sets of questions to win. Teachers can customize questions and adjust content to address the issues of different students. When playing educational video games, students aren't even aware that they are learning.

Legends of Learning: Properties of operation math games
In a series of properties of math games, students learn how to apply properties of operations. Teachers can sign up for an account that allows them free access to games. They can create playlists of games and assignments for students and track their progress. The games are research-driven and curriculum based. There are over 2,000 fun math and definitely science games. They cover more than 350 learning objectives. The games increase engagement, comprehension and test performance.

NASA: Exploring space through math
NASA's math series has activities for geometry, algebra and pre-calculus within the context of space exploration. It exposes students to the options in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields). Students work in teams to accomplish tasks.

Math at Work
In an episode of Math at Work, students can find out more about the key roles that math plays in athletics. Much of sports-related math involves measuring speed, distance, calories, etc. The episode takes place before the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and is hosted by a three-time Olympian in Track and Field. It spotlights three student-athletes who meet Olympians who show them how they use math to do what they do best. HMH also offers various activities, such as Javelin Analysis, where students analyze videos of Javelin throws and graph the relationship between the distance and angle.

Math Riddles
Math Riddles offers free brain games prepared with an IQ test approach. The logical puzzles help users to improve their focus and stretch their minds. Daily puzzles, leaderboards and other competitive features help to keep users engaged.
For adults who enjoy riddles, Reader's Digest offers 16 math riddles that only the smartest people will be able to solve. They are ranked from easy to hard, and the last ones are real head-scratchers. Those who manage to solve these riddles will have to combine logic and creative problem-solving, skills that are in great demand today.

Math Warehouse also offers many math logic games and riddles. You can play the Monty Hall game or run a simulation many times to understand one of the most famous math riddles. There are also free math solvers on the site.

Photomath: Math app
Photomath is an app that allows students to snap a picture of a math problem. It can recognize handwriting and has a camera calculator. Students receive step-by-step explanations that help them to master everything from arithmetic to calculus. They can keep building on their skills. The solutions are vetted by a team of math teachers. It is one of the world's most used math apps today.

Math Goodies: Free math website
Math Goodies offers interactive tasks online. The free website has puzzles, word problems and more. It covers topics such as Circumference and Area of Circles, Median in Math, Symbolic Logic, Percentages and Probability, Geometry and Set Theory. Students can embark on WebQuests, which are online explorations in math. They help to create connections between the real world and math. Teachers can create custom worksheets for different grades.

Game-based learning provides students with the type of learning environment that they prefer to a traditional classroom. It allows them to develop math skills in a stress-free way and shows them the relevance of math in daily life. It also helps to equip them with the skills they need in the workforce today.

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