A new maths app makes mental arithmetic easy using brain training exercises.
It works by stimulating interest in numeracy and helping users understand the basic principles behind maths.
The fun, new app called cZeus Maths Challenger is the brain child of Shohreh Blank – a finance professional who was concerned that her own arithmetic ability was fading.
Shohreh felt that computer shortcuts and calculators were stunting her natural ability for arithmetic.
And combined with the current crisis in the UK where school-kids are so spoilt with shortcuts that their maths is taking a hit – as reflected in poor GCSE maths results – Dr.Blank was motivated to find a solution.
She said: ““I’m really concerned at the levels of ability and interest in maths. It seems like we have allowed it to become something that is tough to learn, and even harder to find any enjoyment through
“We desperately need to change attitudes and culture so that maths becomes trendy.
“It is a huge shame that people feel discouraged and not motivated.”
She went on to explain how it works: “This app is based on a unique concept – players pick up the skills without realising it because they are having so much fun with the game which has animated figures from mythology and takes players through levels up to Olympian and Titan.”
The game, which has a multi-player function and in-game advertising to generate revenue, has been tested on students at Imperial College London who gave it a positive feedback.
And now the game – which is aimed at players ranging from 9 to 99-years-old – is available to download on Apple and Android.
It’s even been endorsed by Theoretical Computer Science Emeritus Professor Ray Turner of the University of Essex who said cZeus is “more powerful than other brain training games as it teaches a real-life skill.”
Dr.Blank noted a “fear of maths” as a reason for why this disconnect with mathematics exists.
She said: “Sadly, a lot of people are put off by maths at school and it remains something they never go back to, even though it is so important in life. That fear of maths can also be passed through generations, so it is important to break that cycle.”
This is reflected in recent research which shows declining standards in maths at school and less students opting to study it further at A-Level.
And it’s not just the school system that’s being affected – but our economy too.
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Shockingly, the UK economy loses as much as £20 billion a year from basic mathematical errors.
Dr.Blank blames the shortcuts available to our tech-savvy generation for this mathematical laziness:
“Nowadays with smart devices around, it is very easy to be lazy and not to practice mental arithmetic. We then eventually lose the ability. ”
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