Frequently Asked Questions
Enrollment, Sign-up and Sign-in
Most students get pretty good at typing numbers after only a few sessions of XtraMath. If you're concerned that typing speed is a problem then you could have your child practice number typing prior to using XtraMath. A Google search will turn up many number typing games. For students with fine-motor difficulties it is okay for an adult to type in numbers on behalf of the child.
For maximum effectiveness XtraMath adjusts to each student and has them practice near the limit of their abilities. This might be uncomfortable for some students. If students do not get the correct answer within the three second threshold they should not perceive it as a personal failure but as a normal challenge of the XtraMath "game".
- XtraMath takes only a few minutes each day, but it requires your undivided attention during that time. Stay focused on the problems and do your best every time.
- Do not feel hurried by the clock. Accuracy is more important than speed, but once you have the answer you should type it in promptly.
- Do not worry about the occasional typo or mistake. You will have many more chances to answer that same problem in the future.
- Do not guess. Try to remember the answer first, and if you cannot remember it then calculate it.
- Whenever "Mr. C" shows you the correct answer take a second to repeat the problem and answer to yourself. This will help you remember it in the future.
- Never, ever enter wrong answers on purpose. If you do your score will drop significantly and it will take you several sessions to prove what you already know and get back where you should be.
- It can take two months or more of regular practice to master an operation so be patient and be persistent.
- Do XtraMath as regularly as possible while following this advice and you will make good progress.
XtraMath takes only a few minutes and it is best if the student can complete it in one sitting. Students should not start XtraMath if they will have less than ten minutes or so at the computer. If a student does need to leave in the middle of an XtraMath session they can click on the XtraMath logo to sign out, and they can sign in again later at any computer to resume their session.
XtraMath sessions are divided into two-minute activities. If the student signs out in the middle of an activity then they will have to repeat that activity. If the student can finish their current activity and continue on to the beginning screen of the next activity before signing out then they will not have to repeat anything.
For students that find the number typing difficult it is perfectly acceptable to have the child say the answers and a parent or sibling type them in.
Parent and Teacher Reports
You don't. Just follow the checklist for your new class, adding all students as new, and sending home parent flyers. When parents follow the instructions their child's previous accounts will be merged into your new class. XtraMath is designed to make it as easy as possible for teachers -- this process prevents you from having to collect and enter XtraMath account information from your students.
The only exception is if you are "looping" -- keeping the same class from one year to the next. In that case you can simply extend the expiration date of the class by a year. To change the expiration, click "Edit class info" in the left column of the class report. If your class has already expired and no longer appears in your teacher account contact us and we will restore the archived class.
Please see our article, "Computer Lab Setup for XtraMath".
In your teacher account click on "Share this class" on the left side of the screen. You will then be able to enter in the email address of another teacher that has an XtraMath account. We will send them an email containing a link they can use to add this class to their account.
If you want to share only one or a few students then see the question immediately below.
A single student can be shared between teachers. The second teacher can add the students needed by signing in to their teacher account and then clicking "add student". In the add student box, pick "transfer student" and enter in the student's name, PIN and email address of the teacher who is already linked. It will not remove the student account from the original teacher.
If you want to share an entire class with another teacher see the question immediately above.
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The IP addresses for these domains are controlled by Amazon Web Services and are subject to change. We do not have control over when or how these addresses may change.
IP addresses can be resolved with a service such as the KLOTH.NET DIG tool. To use the tool, enter the domain you wish to resolve(e.g. xtramath.org), then click "Look it up". The IP addresses corresponding to the domain will be listed in the answer section of the output.