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Publisher: Moca Educational Products

List Price: $9.95

Ages: All Ages

Reviewed By: Robin McDonald

ArithHelper is a fairly simple software program that works on a PC and offers various mathematical problems to students, prompting them to solve the equations. Once it is installed, a student can begin work on the program instantly.

ArithHelper includes three programs:

Arithmetic Drill Sergeant - generates a problem in your choice of mathematical operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division)
Homework Helper - allows a student to specify a math operation, and actually enter the amounts for a particular problem, in order to work through the problem (this works well in conjunction with an actual math worksheet or just to help a student work through a particularly difficult problem)
Time Teller - displays an analog clock with a face, allowing a student to enter the time in digital format. Choices include hourly, half hourly, quarterly, and minutes.

This program works by offering empty boxes in the sum area, into which students type a number. If there is carrying or borrowing, a box also appears in the correct location (for example, in the tens spot), and the number the child enters moves into the correct spot.

Four different backgrounds can be chosen by the student or parent, including gradient, geometric, marble, or plain white background designs. Additionally, colors for the boxes and numbers can also be changed. These options may be of particular interest to some parents whose children have visual problems or dyslexia.

Students and parents can select several sounds to go along with a correct answer (chime) and the end of the session (which, by default, is set for Beethoven's Fifth Symphony). I did notice there was no way to select a new sound for the incorrect answer, however.

Other options include:

Password - the ability to include a password
Number Difficulty - you can choose between single, double, and triple digits, or multiple numbers)
Parental Parameter Settings - for timed and untimed scores, problems per session, and sessions to track
Initialize Scores - the ability to reset scores
Help - a simple help file

Minimum system requirements include:

Pentium II 233 processor
64Mb RAM
CD-ROM drive
10 MB free hard disk space
Microsoft Windows 95 Service Release 2, Windows 98, or Windows XP
VGA able to display at least 256 colors at a resolution of 800x600
Windows-compatible sound card
More Information
Available From: Moca Educational Products
Address: P.O.Box 117, Middletown, NJ 07748
Other Notes: CD-ROM

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Robin McDonald
Robin McDonald is a mom who actually does Windows, since she used to work at Microsoft! Robin resigned from her full-time writing job to homeschool her children. She freelances, and teaches art and writing classes.
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