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Arithmetic and Mental Calculation
Cognitive training

Mental calculation training program: The Arithmetic program aims to stimulate the client’s ability to quickly complete simple mathematical operations. More specifically, the first objective is learning basic arithmetic, such as adding with or without carrying, subtracting with or without borrowing, multiplication tables 1 to 12, etc. The second objective is to increase the speed with which the mathematical operations are executed, i.e. automatization of calculating. This automatization requires learning based on repetition.

Target Clientele

Children and adults (6 years and older) who:

NOTE: May be used by anyone as a simple cognitive training activity.

Target Skills

Mode: Visual
Principal skill(s) targeted: Basic mathematics (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing)

The Arithmetic program aims to stimulate the client’s ability to quickly complete simple mathematical operations. More specifically, the first objective is learning basic arithmetic, such as adding with or without carrying, subtracting with or without borrowing, multiplication tables 1 to 12, etc. The second objective is to increase the speed with which the mathematical operations are executed, i.e. automatization of calculating. This automatization requires learning based on repetition.

Exercises

    Levels
Stimuli Classes: Sole 114

Scenario and task: The client has to help a parachutist open up his parachute by completing mathematical operations within a given time before the parachutist falls into the water. The exercises consist of mentally solving arithmetical operations, i.e. without the help of a calculator or pencil and paper. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are all represented. The client is given a certain amount of time to complete the operation. The answer is entered from left to right. The time passing is indicated visually by a parachutist who is falling.

In these exercises, the client may choose whether or not to have a demonstration of the problems that were unsuccessfully solved by activating the «Help» option in the menu.

Response mode(s): number keys on keyboard.

Feedback:

Well Done! Correct response provided in time (parachute opens and parachutist is safe)
Oops… Incorrect response
Oops… Response not provided in time (parachutist falls into the water)

Difficulty Level Variables

Level Completion Criterion: Number of consecutive correct responses needed varies However, the multiplication and division tables must be mastered before the level increases.

The exam

The exam is comprised of 20 items representative of the exercises proposed in all 114 levels. The four basic operations are represented. The time allowed to provide a response corresponds to the mean duration proposed in the exercises.

Background

Instructions

« You will be doing arithmetic in your head (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). Enter your answer as quickly as possible, from left to right, using the keyboard. To correct a mistake, press the backspace key. Once you have typed your answer, press the RETURN key.

Note that the “Demo” option from the “Session” menu will demonstrate calculations that were incorrect. »