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Kumon vs Smartick: Similarities and Differences

Parents often ask what are the main differences between Smartick and other more traditional, paper-based methods (such as Kumon). The differences are substantial, both in the methodology, learning effectiveness and results.

1. Types of exercises

Smartick does not come with preloaded exercises, nor worksheets with a fixed, preset sequence of exercises that are the same for all students. Smartick generates its exercises in real time, and thus, no two exercises are alike. The variety in the typology of exercises is much more diverse and it continues to grow as we add fresh new content with our monthly updates.

2. Curriculum

At Smartick we want our students to develop reasoning skills and understand why they are doing what they are doing. Smartick covers reasoning and logic extensively, beyond pure training of the basic operations. Current paper based methods are virtually oriented towards mental calculation.

3. Timely adaptability

Smartick is designed to fully adapt to the level of each student. The exercises proposed are generated on the spot and based on a number of variables that the algorithm behind our method measures. Among those variables we find effectiveness (if they have responded correctly or not), the speed of resolution, the number of repetitions presented and more. We match these metrics with their performance history. So depending on the response of a problem, Smartick generates the following one because it has its own “intelligence” that always seeks the highest level of competence of each student. Our program is always backed up and monitored by a team of educators.

4. Effectiveness

The technology developed by Smartick is designed so that the student only works on the areas and over the skills he or she hasn’t mastered yet. Students don’t work repeatedly on concepts they have already mastered. We want children to make the best use of their time and concentration and aim to avoid monotonous repetitions. The technology allows us to identify those needs, something that paper-based methods have extreme difficulty with, leading to the students working on areas they have already conquered and losing their motivation.

5. Structure

The Smartick curriculum is mapped in such a way that allows the student to progress naturally without the need for explanations from a teacher. We are giving them the tools for self-learning. Smartick also offers video tutorials when new concepts are introduced and guided exercises when the student is taking too long to respond. These features are non-existent in traditional, paper-based methods.

6. Automatic correction

Parents don’t need to correct the exercises at the end of the student practice session, Smartick does that for them. And not just that; the feedback they receive is immediate, making the learning process much more effective for the student.

7. Parents receive reports in real time

Parents get the results from their child’s session instantly delivered to their inbox. They may also access the tutor web anytime, or download the app, for detailed metrics on the performance of the student as well as monitoring of the study program. These options are not available in traditional math learning methods.

We encourage you to register and try Smartick for a free trial.


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  • GillianJul 29 2020, 11:03 PM

    Up to what year levels is Smartick aimed and how much does it cost to subscribe?

    • SmartickJul 30 2020, 9:39 AM

      Smartick adapts to each child’s level and learning pace, and we have content up to around 14 years old.
      The price depends on the number of children you subscribe, the duration of the subscription (monthly, quarterly, or yearly), and your local currency.

      You can sign up for our trial at The trial period is free of charge and without any required commitment to continue afterward.
      Once registered, you can access your Parent Page in order to see your personalized pricing options.

      You can contact our Pedagogical Support Team at any time at: [email protected]!

      Thank you!

  • Scott McKissockFeb 22 2020, 9:57 PM

    Our two kids enjoy Smartick, and they seem to be learning a lot – thanks.

    Do you have any recommendations for similar systems that focus on English reading and writing?

    • SmartickFeb 25 2020, 12:25 PM

      Hello Scott,
      Thank you for your kind words. We are thrilled to hear that your children are benefiting from Smartick.
      At this time, we are unaware of another reading and writing method that is as adaptive and personalized as Smartick. However, we would be happy to contact you if we discover one!

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  • Luiz DelicatoOct 18 2019, 10:06 AM

    Do you have any plan to have this method in Portuguese?

    • SmartickOct 21 2019, 5:35 AM

      Hello Luiz,

      Thank you very much for asking.
      We are working on a Portuguese version of our method for learning math, it will be available as soon as we finish with the translation and adaptation.
      Keep an eye on our blog to learn more😉

  • Celina McLeishSep 28 2019, 12:37 PM

    Interested in math for my 8 year old

    • Smartick HelpSep 30 2019, 7:20 AM

      Hi Celina,

      Smartick Method consists of 15-minute daily sessions, in which students work on arithmetic, word problems, logic, and coding exercises, which adapt to each children level. We encourage you to try our free trial and check it out!

      Our Customer Support team will get in touch with you soon. Nevertheless, if you have any question feel free to contact our Customer Support team directly at [email protected]


  • michelle saundersAug 08 2019, 10:30 AM

    thank you

  • Adams Melanie BelindaApr 05 2019, 3:55 AM


    • SmartickApr 05 2019, 7:59 AM

      Thank you very much, Melanie!
      Our Customer Support team will get in touch with you soon.
      Feel free to contact us any time at [email protected]

  • daniNov 14 2018, 9:05 AM

    Is the program personalised by the child age or by their school grade? How does the program know it?

    • SmartickNov 14 2018, 11:59 AM

      Great question, Dani!

      Smartick does not follow any set or standard curriculum but has instead taken the best elements from different methods to provide a unique, dynamic, and well-rounded curriculum of our own to offer students. Our objective is to keep each student progressing according to their respective abilities, regardless of age or grade.

      All Smartick students must undergo an initial level assessment upon joining the program. Our artificial intelligence then allows us to assess their individual math needs and learning pace as well as to develop personalized study plans for them, which continuously adapt to real-time performance as they work through their sessions.

      If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Care team at [email protected]

      We’d be happy to help. :-)”

  • EstelaApr 16 2018, 11:56 AM

    Great post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.

    • SmartickApr 25 2018, 3:24 AM

      Hi Estela, thank you for your comment! If you haven´t already, I recommend subscribing to our blog to receive new posts – we are always publishing content! However, if you want to know more about this topic, please email our Customer Care Team at [email protected]. They will be more than happy to provide you with further information.

  • MireyaMar 10 2018, 11:08 AM

    Asking questions are in fact nice thing if you are
    not understanding something totally, however this post offers pleasant understanding yet.

  • AnaNov 15 2017, 8:59 PM

    Is it only math or does it have reading too?

    • SmartickNov 20 2017, 1:14 PM

      Our students work on mental calculus and algebra, while developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
      Smartick is a method for learning math, however, as students work through their logic and word problems, we have seen a great improvement in their reading comprehension.
      In respect to a method for learning math, Smartick is unique as we incorporate arithmetic, basic numerical skills, logic and spacial reasoning, on top of word problems and logic exercises. Our well-rounded curriculum indirectly improves students reading skills.

  • Karlene MyersNov 13 2017, 12:31 PM

    Is smartick relevant to Canada? Or is it just US related?

    • SmartickNov 14 2017, 3:54 AM

      Hi Karlene,

      Smartick is relevant world wide, we have students in more than 100 countries, including Canada of course!

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  • PreciousSep 16 2017, 11:11 AM

    Hi everyone how can I register all my kids here? they really need this and it will help them to improve at school

    • SmartickSep 18 2017, 9:41 AM

      You can start your free Smartick trial by registering through these following steps:
      1. Go to our webpage and click on Try it free!
      2. Fill in your details (email and password)
      3. Continue with the registration process (as a tutor, you will have access to all the data and progress information concerning your associated students.)
      4. Register your student (username, age, and reading ability)
      5. Click “Add another student” to register more students.
      Just to clarify, the Smartick app is not optimized to be used through mobile phones. However, if you prefer to use a tablet, you can download the Smartick app for iPad from the Apple Store. For Android tablets, you can search the Play Store.
      We recommend that your children work on their sessions daily, focused and unaided. We want them to work on their math skills and get a better scope of Smartick and its true value.

  • Martha DenisAug 18 2017, 12:21 AM

    This was so great to read. We have tried Kumon but this is going to be much more convenient for my family. In fact, we wrere wondering how was it possible that nobody had come with the idea of a kind of Kumon on line but, after the free trial, we also found that this is much better. More content, more fun, easier for the children to get engaged but, at the same time, serious Math.

    • SmartickAug 18 2017, 10:09 AM

      Thank you very much Martha for your kind comment!
      We are very happy to hear your positive feed back.

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