Mathematics practice makes perfect students

Sticky star tasks are summative!

Arithmetika's sticky star work plans are post-teaching summative tasks in that they reflect the ability level expected of students at each stage of the curriculum.

Sticky star tasks are formative!

They are also formative in that students usually have to take the tasks several times before they get 100%, and in doing so reveal their understanding and proficiency for you to help with.

Automatically assigned to students, all answers marked and recorded

Nothing for the teacher to do except monitor progress and results, and provide help and encouragement as needed.

Reach for the stars

Sticky star work plans:
  • Mental Agility work plan tasks reflect the mental arithmetic skills (without a calculator) expected of students entering year 7.
  • Number Skills work plan tasks reflect the additional number skills (sometimes with the help of a calculator) that students should be able to handle by the end of Year 7.
  • Australian Curriculum I work plan tasks reflect the curriculum skills that are taught in Year 7 and as such are most suitable for Year 8 students.
  • Australian Curriculum II work plan tasks reflect what curriculum skills are taught in Year 8 and as such are most suitable for Year 9 students.

Gottfried Leibnitz

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a German polymath and philosopher who occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy, having developed differential and integral calculus independently of Isaac Newton.

Students: how quick are you with mental arithmetic?

Hit this button and see if you can get 100% in the time allowed. Each time you start the task it will be different!

Try this randomly selected task from the entry level sticky star work plan, Mental Agility (Number). When you sign up you will be given five tasks like this one. When you have scored 100% in all five tasks you will have earned your first sticky star, and you are automatically assigned the next five tasks - if you are signed up as an Arithmetika user!

Teacher and parent information

Practice makes perfect. Rote learning may have a bad name but there's no substitute for repeated practice until you are, well, perfect. The motto for these Mental Agility tasks is Throw Away the Calculator.

Get your Year 7 or Year 8 students to tackle the Mental Agilty (Number) task they see here and let them have a go. If they don't get 100% you need to ask them to sign up! This is the Arithmetika student experience.

There are sticky star work plans for Mental Agility (Number), Enhanced Number Skills, and one for each of the Australian Curriculum Years 7 to 10A*. Each plan has at least 65 individual tasks.

If you would like to know more about the other work plans, read more here.

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The Arithmetika experience for teachers and parents

Students completing all the Mental Agility tasks are automatically assigned to these Number Skills tasks. These cover topics such as fraction operations, decimals, percentages, negative numbers and some simple number properties (e.g. factors and multiples).

The pocket calculator has its place in some of these tasks, especially where speed is less important than accuracy.

On completion of these Number Skills tasks a student can safely be said to be proficient to tackle the Australian Curriculum years 7 upward.

If you would like to know more about the other work plans, read more here.

Students: How are your number skills!?

Good mental arithmetic? Try one of these extended number skills tasks!

This is a randomly selected task from the second level sticky star work plan, Extended number skills. When you sign up you will be given five tasks like this one. Each time you score 100% in all five tasks you will earn your next sticky star, and you are automatically assigned the next five tasks - if you are signed up as an Arithmetika user!

Students: How are you going with the Australian Curriculum?

Ok with the Number Skills? Try these!

This is a randomly selected task from the Australian Curriculum sticky star work plan. When you sign up you will be given five tasks like this one. Each time you score 100% in all five tasks you will earn your next sticky star, and you are automatically assigned the next five tasks - if you are signed up as an Arithmetika user!

Teachers and parents, prepare students for the curriculum

Arithmetika recognises that many teachers do not have the time to select tasks and assign them individually, let alone mark them, so a range of pre-set 'work plans' have been put together. A work plan is a sequence of batches of tasks with each batch having five tasks. A student is awarded a bronze star for each completed batch (100% in all five tasks). Five bronze stars become one silver star, five silver becomes a gold star, and so on through platinum to diamond.

Arithmetika formative assessment tasks are the ideal way to reinforce the skills you have patiently offered to your students, and to inform you of their progress. The tasks are uncompromisingly as close as it is possible to get to traditional paper- based tasks, without you having to do all the marking.

Every task has all the features that make Arithmetika assessment stand out from the crowd. Every question requires a proper mathematical answer, not just multiple choice selection or questions where half the answer (units, rounding issues, brackets etc. is not checked). Each instance of every task has different numbers in the questions and questions in a different order.

The unique Arithmetika assessment experience.

Imagine a maths quiz, exercise or test that is different every time you look at it! Imagine a quiz where the computer knows the answers to real questions, not just multiple choice and number only questions, and does all the marking whatever the question.

Harry Potter magic? Indeed not. Delivering this experience is the core of the Arithmetika engine.

Arithmetika does this magic not just on number questions but on algebra too! See more example tasks

Arithmetika is all about leveraging computers to create valuable and useful assessment tasks.

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What does Arithmetika do and how does it do it?

Arithmetika uses a range of technological innovations to deliver assessment items for all those uses

  • Automatic generation of endlessly changing questions for assessment
  • Complete maths answers required - units, rounding, significant figures, indices, symbols
  • Automatic marking of all type of answer, not just numbers and multiple choice
  • Hundreds of ready-made tasks and many thousands of questions for building own tasks
  • Assessment items that change difficulty according to user responses
  • Immediate access to every answer given to every Arithmetika task the student submits
  • Maintain your own user data - teachers, classes, students, enrolments
  • Advanced users: write your own tasks by selecting from the extensive question bank
  • All answers given to every question by each student retained for analysis - for ever

Three good reasons for using Arithmetika

There are pedagogical reasons, technical reasons and practical reasons why it's worth giving Arithmetika a good look. Read more about that here

Totally integrated package

Arithmetika delivers a complete record management system, entirely under your control - teachers/tutors, classes, student enrolments, parents and task administration. More

For Teachers (schools)

Arithmetika prides itself on providing the means to enhance all three corners of the classroom experience - teaching, learning and assessment. You teach, assisted by the materials in Arithmetika; your students practise what you have taught using the Adaptive (formative) learning exercises; and you set tasks to measure and monitor student progress (summative assessment).


For Tutors

Assign tasks to your students and monitor their progress between visits! Link up with parents and teachers. Use the Adaptive learning diagnostics to discover very quickly and efficiently your student's strengths and weaknesses - all for you to focus on!


For Parents (families)

In Arithmetika you will find a very novel and profitable way to help your child with the important but difficult subject of mathematics. If your child is at an Arithmetika school you can ask to have your own secure access to the maths work your child is doing. If you start a Family account you can directly manage all your child's mathematical activity!


For Students

A parent, teacher or tutor might have told you about this site, or you may be an independent-minded user self-directed to come here. All the maths for students needing help with year 6 to 10 maths can be reached here.

If your teacher or tutor is an Arithmetika user just ask for your Class Access Code to get started.

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