Is Umath the best mobile app for IB math? Any other suggestions?

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I've long been looking for online learning resources for IB math AA HL. So far I've been using the class notes and the textbook and I was doing fine, but when attempting exam-style questions, I started doing pretty bad. I realised my understanding of the concepts is not deep enough. I need to get a minimum of 6, so I'm looking for good online learning and I'm ready to put in lots of work in the coming months.

I've been strongly advised to use the Umath app. They have just launched and seems like so many people already love it. I've downloaded it, but haven't managed to do much learning yet. Seems to be very effective so far though. Have you already managed to use Umath? Do you have any other suggestions?
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As a math graduate, I can claim the Umath app is the best without any doubt. The learning is very effective and the app focuses on your weak sides. It's also fully question based, so it's very practical and doesn't bore you. Unfortunately they are missing some of the topics, but they are adding more and more topics over time. Btw, they've started a Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCna...-ZkbjrLJ1tFfKw Feel free to check it out, they have some short & nice video lectures there.

On the other hand, if you prefer a heavily video-based learning, Khan Academy is the best choice for sure.
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As a math graduate, I can claim the Umath app is the best without any doubt. The learning is very effective and the app focuses on your weak sides. It's also fully question based, so it's very practical and doesn't bore you. Unfortunately they are missing some of the topics, but they are adding more and more topics over time. Btw, they've started a Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCna...-ZkbjrLJ1tFfKw Feel free to check it out, they have some short & nice video lectures there.

On the other hand, if you prefer a heavily video-based learning, Khan Academy is the best choice for sure.
Thanks so much for the recommendation! I started with the Polynomials. It feels extremely satisfying after completing the skills and what I mostly like is the way the skills are divided within a topic. I agree it doesn't bore at all, it has actually been very motivating so far.
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I've long been looking for online learning resources for IB math AA HL. So far I've been using the class notes and the textbook and I was doing fine, but when attempting exam-style questions, I started doing pretty bad. I realised my understanding of the concepts is not deep enough. I need to get a minimum of 6, so I'm looking for good online learning and I'm ready to put in lots of work in the coming months.

I've been strongly advised to use the Umath app. They have just launched and seems like so many people already love it. I've downloaded it, but haven't managed to do much learning yet. Seems to be very effective so far though. Have you already managed to use Umath? Do you have any other suggestions?
I'd suggest revision village if you want to and can afford it, or at least the unpaid verson for some of the topics
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I'd suggest revision village if you want to and can afford it, or at least the unpaid verson for some of the topics
Thanks so much for the suggestion! I did come across revision village, but that seems to be very exam-focused, no?

For now I want to learn the maths and understand the concepts well enough to move to the exam preparation.
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Revision Village was far and away the best resource for me. If you can afford it, the full version is certainly worth it and I would not have got my final mark without it!
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Revision Village was far and away the best resource for me. If you can afford it, the full version is certainly worth it and I would not have got my final mark without it!
Thanks a lot for your suggestion! To be clear, my priority for now is to learn the maths and the concepts and I'm not yet good enough to start the exam prep.

Do you think revision village can still be helpful? I checked out their website and it seems they are preparing for exams only, but I really want to do the proper learning and understand the concepts.

So what I'm seeking is more like online learning of the textbook, if that makes sense I found the Umath mobile app to do that and so far it's very motivating and I can feel how I'm building up the knowledge, although I only managed to do a few skills. It seems they are running some algorithms in the background and whenever I'm doing mistakes in a certain skill, they start giving me similar questions of varying difficulties or video lectures and I'm fully learning the skill without having any prior knowledge or using the textbook. This is a fascinating experience so far - it's the first time I see this kind of thing.

I've also come across a couple of other platforms (some of them IB-specialised), but they didn't have what I expected.. too much focus on the exam and the grades while I first need to learn the topics and gain the understanding to start the preparation for the exam. What do you think? What's your experience? Do you think I'm taking the right direction?
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Thanks a lot for your suggestion! To be clear, my priority for now is to learn the maths and the concepts and I'm not yet good enough to start the exam prep.

Do you think revision village can still be helpful? I checked out their website and it seems they are preparing for exams only, but I really want to do the proper learning and understand the concepts.

So what I'm seeking is more like online learning of the textbook, if that makes sense I found the Umath mobile app to do that and so far it's very motivating and I can feel how I'm building up the knowledge, although I only managed to do a few skills. It seems they are running some algorithms in the background and whenever I'm doing mistakes in a certain skill, they start giving me similar questions of varying difficulties or video lectures and I'm fully learning the skill without having any prior knowledge or using the textbook. This is a fascinating experience so far - it's the first time I see this kind of thing.

I've also come across a couple of other platforms (some of them IB-specialised), but they didn't have what I expected.. too much focus on the exam and the grades while I first need to learn the topics and gain the understanding to start the preparation for the exam. What do you think? What's your experience? Do you think I'm taking the right direction?
I think it sounds as though you have a clear idea of what works best for you. Remember that different things work for different people, and while others can make recommendations, only you can decide what would be the most effective strategy. Your reasoning is sound as the IBO like to give questions where you have to apply your knowledge in unfamiliar contexts, so it is important to understand what you are doing and not just apply it. I only started using Revision Village when I was already familiar with the content, and used their videos as refreshers. They are quite exam-focused though, so while I have never used umath, it does sound sensible to learn the background info first and then shift to Revision Village. It is worth going to Revision Village at some point before the exam though, as their questions are extremely similar to those in the actual exams.
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I think it sounds as though you have a clear idea of what works best for you. Remember that different things work for different people, and while others can make recommendations, only you can decide what would be the most effective strategy. Your reasoning is sound as the IBO like to give questions where you have to apply your knowledge in unfamiliar contexts, so it is important to understand what you are doing and not just apply it. I only started using Revision Village when I was already familiar with the content, and used their videos as refreshers. They are quite exam-focused though, so while I have never used umath, it does sound sensible to learn the background info first and then shift to Revision Village. It is worth going to Revision Village at some point before the exam though, as their questions are extremely similar to those in the actual exams.
Thanks so much!! This is really motivating. And this is exactly what I had in mind. I'll follow your advice.. I'll first fully focus on Umath as well as class notes and textbook to make sure I properly learn and grasp the concepts, and will then intensively use revision village and the past papers starting from ~ the last month before the exam.

Did you find the Revision Village videos to be effective? I didn't like them that much.. I would much rather use Khan Academy videos. I also very much liked the Umath videos especially because they are very short and on-point.
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Thanks so much!! This is really motivating. And this is exactly what I had in mind. I'll follow your advice.. I'll first fully focus on Umath as well as class notes and textbook to make sure I properly learn and grasp the concepts, and will then intensively use revision village and the past papers starting from ~ the last month before the exam.

Did you find the Revision Village videos to be effective? I didn't like them that much.. I would much rather use Khan Academy videos. I also very much liked the Umath videos especially because they are very short and on-point.
Yay! It sounds like you've got it all worked out.

I did personally, but already had a fair grasp of the concepts before watching them if that makes sense. I did the old SL course in a year, so there were only two of us in my maths class that meant I got a lot of teacher attention, and only watched the videos as revision instead of how to answer the questions in the first place. Umath sounds really good, so if that works for you then use that
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Yay! It sounds like you've got it all worked out.

I did personally, but already had a fair grasp of the concepts before watching them if that makes sense. I did the old SL course in a year, so there were only two of us in my maths class that meant I got a lot of teacher attention, and only watched the videos as revision instead of how to answer the questions in the first place. Umath sounds really good, so if that works for you then use that
Thanks a lot for all the advice!!!
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