IOS app to train super basic (pre)algebra skills. Free or freemium
I know those are easy to find on children's education materials, but the keyword here is simple. Anything kiddie, requiring too many clicks or that takes 3 seconds is off the table.
I kinda need to brush up on my super basic reasoning. In part, because a grown man should know the time table by heart, and in part, because I wanna convince myself that I did not get brain damage after being hit by a car (there's really nothing indicating that, I'm just paranoid).
I'm looking for something simple that presents me with the multiplication table and or simple calculations to answer under a time frame. The requirement for iOS is that my computer is broken.
And it really can be super simple, even something I open from a mobile web browser or transfer to my Kindle.
Additionally: there is no need for if to be an app. A huge list of exercises (with answers) would be greatly helpful.
IIRC Khan Academy has a problem generator, and I'm pretty sure it works fine in a mobile browser.
Don't sweat arithmetic too much! But I'm working as a tutor these days and can recommend this run of flashcard/practice apps. They're a little dry but there's several levels for regular drilling. The Pre-algebra and Algebra prep sets are simple but pretty useful, especially if you work through them with a pen+pad.
Insta-edit: oops, this is for android. I guess the iOS range is more limited, I am not sure I have a recommendation for that set. Alternatively, if you might like some help getting oriented with some resources I'd be happy to talk to you, too. I'm gearing up to work with an eighth grader this semester who needs support in this area so it'd be no trouble to let you in on what I'm pulling together.
Thank you very much for your thoughtful advice.
At the same time, as someone with severe ADHD, failing to properly execute arithmetics (while totally understanding the mathematics behind the problems) is at the core of many of my failures in math since a very young age.
I intend to take the Brazilian's equivalent to the SATs (which are way more important here than the SATs are in the US) next year, so I actually will be evaluated on my arithmetic skills.
Awesome! There's actually nothing hard about what I'm studying right now, I just need to persist, you know? I'm also not in the US, so I don't know what 8th grade means in terms of math. I just intend to go through this entire free book, which was praised on Reddit. One of the main reasons I'll use it is that there is a Kindle-friendly version and I don't have a computer right now. It also seems super complete.
AND it is super duper nice to know you're available to help, thank you very much and I will remember that :D
That book looks pretty solid to me (and resembles current US 8th grade curriculum materials) so good luck getting going with that.
My own challenges with ADHD were the root of my interest in working with students -- I totally understand the feeling of arithmetic fundamentals as a stumbling block. In academic settings I would hope for teachers who can withhold the red pen and recognize the understanding behind wrong answers, but testing settings can be pretty ruthless -- my sympathies to you. I don't know anything about the specifics of any Brazilian test environment but it is usually helpful to find ways to use the whole time allotted to you and to practice relaxation techniques to avoid despairing over answers you're not sure of. I might have some resources on test prep too, feel free to drop me a line if you find some friction.