Cellphone maths revision

2010-10-26 16:01

Cape Town - As the matric final exams begin, learners have the option of revising mathematics with their cellphones.

"I gathered a team together and gave them some inspiration," Judy McDougall of Quizmax told News24.

The company debuted physical science education on cellphones recently and is in discussions with the Shuttleworth Foundation to assist in maths and science education.

McDougall said that users of the mobile service were growing, especially as the maths exam neared.

"We have over 1 600 users on the site and it's really stepping up now with them writing maths on Friday. The statistics on the site makes interesting reading: They do a lot of work on Sunday; it's very poor on Friday and Mondays it's up again."


The company offers its subscription service free for learners in Grade 12 and after registering on, they can revise the subject with instant feedback on what they answered incorrectly, along with the answer and reasoning.

Learners using the service will pay for data, not subscription. But McDougall said that in order to contain costs, they needed a sponsor to come on board.

"Our real vision is to make it free of charge, but we would need a sponsor. We have a couple of sponsors in the wings," she said.

McDougall said that the maths questions were of a high standard, but learners have fundamental problems in their education that indicates a need for teacher training. Quizmax plans to increase the scope of the questions to cover the Grade 10 and 11 curriculum.

"I'm passionate about teacher training because the kids can't bring their maths into their science. What we intend to do is depth rather than breadth," she said.

Quizmax has also begun a life science revision programme.

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