Back to Basics Education Company is So Confident in the Basics That They Guarantee an Increase in Student Math Grades

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Noventa Learning is launching a new "Back To Basics" math app that guarantees an increase in the math grade of users - as long as the program is followed for at least 15 minutes a day. Focused exclusively on the basics, Noventa guarantees that math grades will improve up to 10%, simply from mastering the fundamentals.

100 student exams and quizzes were analyzed, and the difference between a 60s student and an 80s student was basics, basics, basics.

For a limited time - until the end of June, users who pre-register for Noventa Learning's upcoming Back to Basics math app will get a 100% guarantee that their math grades will improve. The only catch? The guarantee only applies if the student using it does "off season training" - that is, doing about 15 minutes of daily practice over the summer break.

Co-founder and CEO Jon Lam explains: "Research has shown that the summer break results in a significant loss of math skill. This, combined with our own research into traditional math fundamentals, makes us confident that the average student will see a 5-10% jump in their math grade simply by using our app for 15 minutes a day."

Back to Basics is purely focused on drilling arithmetic and algebra. The focus is to get students to fully master these concepts - meaning that they have 90% plus accuracy under time pressure.

Drills? But doesn't that fly in the face of the new education paradigms like Common Core?

"We like to apply a common-sense sports-like methodology to our apps. If I was coaching soccer, I’d rather have a kid practice one type of shot until they can execute it under pressure. Then I’d move on to a different kind of shot,” said co-founder Tiffany Lee. “A lot of what we’re seeing today is that kids are taught 10 different ways to 'shoot the ball' so to speak, and yet, they aren’t practicing any one of those enough to master the technique.”

"That really creates problems once they get to higher levels - how can you learn high school trigonometry if you’re not sure about your middle school algebra, or elementary multiplication?" added Lam.

The Back to Basics app is, in contrast, a return to what school systems have done for decades, and what the top performing countries in math continue to do - ensure that students master the fundamentals of math through focused repetition. The idea being that there aren’t shortcuts to making a better soccer player, violinist, or math student. One has to put in the work if they want to be proficient.

To learn more about Noventa Learning and the Back to Basics app, visit

About Noventa Learning

Noventa Learning develops mobile educational games designed to help learners from toddlers and beyond master the fundamentals. Just as Crossfit turned fitness into a sport by developing community and allowing people to compete against others in common challenges, Noventa seeks to turn core learning objectives around arithmetic, memory, and grammar into a competitive, community-driven endeavor.

The team is well-versed in video game production, with one of their previous non- educational titles hitting #2 on the casual game chart, being played by 4 million people. The team has also released 2 pre-school apps, Piano Pals and Puzzle Pals, which have been downloaded over 500,000 times.

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