MathHacked is a completely new way of teaching or re-teaching kids. We’re throwing out centuries-old teaching methods and engaging kids’ minds how they’re already programmed to learn! Here are answers to some of MathHacked’s most common questions!

  • What is MathHacked?
  • What is Mental Flexibility?
  • How does MathHacked save time?
  • What should my child know before starting?
  • What if my child knows most of his/her facts?
  • What will my first day using the MathHacked system look like?
  • What makes MathHacked so unique and successful?
  • How did MathHacked come to be?
  • How will parenting skills improve through MathHacked?
  • Where can I learn more?
What is MathHacked?

A completely new way of teaching times tables and division facts that we call flexible-brain training. Memorization is not the vehicle because it is counterproductive to learning the facts. It also slows the mind down when doing future math lessons. And, more times than not, the facts do not stick with memorization as they do with associations. Our unique process creates a flexible brain so kids can interact flexibly with numbers.

We find that kids love it not because they are entertained, but because they get addicted from Day One to the process.

What is Mental Flexibility?

Flexible-brain training is unique to MathHacked and starts on the very first day. For generations, multiplication has been taught starting with the 1’s and ending with the 12’s through rote memorization. The approach is beyond boring and tedious, and it’s downright difficult to hang on to those facts for any length of time.

Joshua Davis wrote an article entitled “A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses” in 2013 for “Wired’ Business. In it, he states, “The [traditional] system as a whole educates millions and is slow to recognize or adopt successful innovation. It’s a system that was constructed almost two centuries ago to meet the needs of the industrial age. Now that our society and economy have evolved beyond that era, our schools must also be reinvented.”

And to quote Stanford professor, Jo Boaler: “Too much emphasis on rote memorization inhibits students’ abilities to think about numbers creatively, to build them up and break them down.” She cites her own 2009 study, which found that low achieving students tended to memorize methods and were unable to interact with numbers flexibly.

Though kids generally start with optimism, by the threes they are already convinced they aren’t smart at math. Only a small fraction of the kids rise to the top, not because they are smarter, but simply because memorization is their thing. And so the self labeling begins: “Some kids are good at math, but I’m not.” Or worse, the kids get a label from the teacher that can devastate for a lifetime. We can’t tell you how many adults have come to us to express this, and decades after the event, the emotion is still raw, and tears still flow.

This is completely unnecessary and we want this to stop!

With MathHacked, even little tykes put on the “I am Smart” label from Day One. Quickly, they are able to jump between operations in their brains, and by the time they know ALL their times tables–and they know them without having to think- their minds are free to notice that they already know their division facts. Division isn’t a whole new mountain to climb. It just takes a mind that’s free to be flexible. With this solid foundation in place (math facts SOLID, flexible brain and “Dang, I’m smart!”), kids sail through their future math lessons. Just like they know they can figure out electronics, they KNOW they are good at math. This mindset is super powerful.

How does MathHacked save time?

Your investment one on one with your child and MathHacked is the gift that keeps on giving. You’ll save time in at least three ways!

Because kids love the way they feel (brilliant!), when they do the program they will happily engage from the first step to the last – no more wasting time fighting over math.

They’ll learn their multiplication/division facts much quicker and own them for life – no need to re-teach.

Your kids will develop flexible minds not possible with rote memorization, so their *future math lessons will be much easier (and with new-found confidence they will need much less of your time).

BONUS: Don’t be surprised if you only have to teach one child. Our customers report that their kids love to teach siblings.

All this for a pleasant investment of about 15 minutes a day with your child!  (Count on between one to three months depending on age and stage.)

*High level math teachers (Calculus and Trigonometry), report the biggest reason kids don’t do well is because their basic math facts are not solid.

What should my child know before starting?
  • Be able to count by ones
  • Know the names of single digit numbers
  • Know one more or less than any single-digit number
  • Helpful to count by fives (but not necessary)
  • Some 5 year old kids are ready…but we don’t advocate pushing beyond what kids want to do – no pressure allowed!
  • MathHacked taught before addition makes everything easier for the child
What if my child knows most of his/her facts?

How well does your child really know his/her facts? Unless a child knows all the basic facts to the point of “effortless and automatic,” it feels like walking through quicksand to tackle things like Algebra, for instance.

We find that 80% competence gives only 20% confidence. To give you an idea as to why, think of walking on a surface that’s 80% smooth. The remaining 20% of the boards that jut up randomly would change your focus to the boards rather than where you are wanting to go.

You would not be able to walk with confidence–especially while carrying something heavy. Math is like that. If your child is learning something challenging, these pesky math facts are the straw that breaks the camel’s back, and make the child think they hate math and can’t do it.

Taking the time and care to smooth out every one of those “rough spots” will make a world of difference for your child in doing math down the road.

If your child doesn’t love math, without a doubt the fastest way forward is to go back and get those facts solid. Just as important, they need a brain that is flexible and can play with those numbers to make math fun.

Additionally, while a person may do well in one category of thinking, it’s a different thing altogether to be able to jump back and forth at will between different categories. You’ll see more what we mean when you get inside the training. This skill is something we like to call “mental gymnastics” and is likely something your child has never really tried doing. This ability, too, is well worth stopping all other math studies for a time, to acquire and solidify.

What will my first day using the MathHacked system look like?

With your purchase, you will have instant, lifetime access to your MathHacked system through a sign-up link we will send you. Twenty minutes of videos give you the foundation to start off on the right foot and not unwittingly get in your child’s way. (You’ll find these principles will transform and elevate how you interact with and guide your children in general.)

While you wait for your cards to arrive in the mail, you can do “Step Zero” with your child online. You’ll first watch the “Teacher Essentials” video, then mimic the process with your child. This experience will give even the most reluctant child a big shot of confidence and positivity, making them excited for what’s next.

When the card decks arrive, you will go step by easy step through the decks, watching the Teacher Essential video first (these are an average of 7 minutes long), and mimicking the process with your child. You can optionally watch the creator, Heather Linchenko, teaching the decks to a child. Plan to practice with your child for around 15 minutes a day. This will be very pleasant and fun one-on-one time with your child! When answers pop automatically and effortlessly, you’ll know it’s time to move on to the next deck.

Deck Eight (the speed deck) will become your children’s prize possession as they shoot for faster and faster speed on their own.

Inside Out & Backwards, an online deck, will then show your kids in the blink of an eye that they already know their division facts because of our flexible-brain training.

Two more bonus online decks are a fun extra challenge for kids (created for kids who begged for the process to continue) and will make them more comfortable with larger numbers. They love the challenge!

You may complete the system together in a month, or it may take up to three months depending on the age and stage of your child, and your consistency! But be assured that all children like this because it makes them realize they really are smart after all. This is why we’ve had 100% success with homeschool and public school kids.

Simple. Manageable. Pleasant. One easy step at a time for a math foundation that can’t be beat!

What makes MathHacked so unique and successful?

This system is based on isolating patterns so that kids can pull up the answers on their own. We use “tricks” or non-numerical associations that create a pathway in the brain between the equation and its answer. This method makes them feel strong and empowered because they don’t have to look to some “smarter” adult for the answers they lack, nor do they have to painstakingly memorize and then try to remember. Rather, they’re given a way to figure the answers out themselves. This new skill of “mental gymnastics” is exciting and empowering because they discover they really ARE smart. (Remember, this has been tested on kids who formerly hated math or were even in remedial math. Your child can do it!)

You will see body language brighten and lift. Your kids will get addicted to feeling they’re brilliant, which naturally gets their enthusiastic cooperation.

How did MathHacked come to be?

Heather Linchenko, the creator of MathHacked, struggled in her homeschool with a daughter who hated math, and had diminishing confidence in the struggle to learn it. After telling her daughter enough times that “sometimes you just have to do hard things,” it finally dawned on Heather that this was an all too familiar theme. Not only was a negative attitude toward math the prevailing attitude with her own classmates, this daughter was the fourth child she had to give these sorts of pep talks to in her homeschooling career.

(Another thing: many brilliant adults still believe they are “not smart” because they didn’t do well with how math was taught when they were kids. Are you one of them? This “not smart” label, once internalized, is STICKY!)

Heather finally said, “NO MORE MATH UNTIL I FIGURE THIS OUT”.

She reflected on two principal things and these spurred her on: a) the feeling of failure and incompetence in a French class in college–she now understood acutely what “feeling dumb and like quitting” was like and wanted better for her child, and, b) a quote she had heard many times from her former boss and friend, Stephen R. Covey: “Student inability is usually nothing more than teacher inflexibility.”

Time to get flexible!!!

She “stepped into her daughter’s shoes” asking her question after question, and ultimately figured out that the sticking point for her in math was multiplication facts. Strange, because she thought her daughter knew those pretty well.

Heather stepped out of the centuries-old box and looked at the process with new eyes, utilizing many of the philosophies she had learned from Covey and other thought leaders she had studied over decades. With the completely different approach discovered, her daughter soared in math–and math became her favorite subject, even in high school, long after this program was completed.

Several years later, when working as a teacher’s aide in a private school setting, Heather had the opportunity of trying out her system with a large class of 1st to 3rd graders. She saw them coming to math with that familiar negative body language and dread and asked if she could implement this program. WOW. The success she had with 100% of the class–even the goof offs and those shut down to their education–“blew her socks across the room”. The children lined up daily to work on their math and were actually sad when they completed the system because of how it made them feel.

Additionally, the teacher of the class, after seeing Heather teach not just math, but many subjects in new and fresh ways, and watching her class continually excited at learning, said, “Where did you learn to teach this way? I have a master’s degree and I’ve never seen anyone teach this way.”

Parents started coming to her class wondering what “secrets” she had in motivating their children and opening up their personalities. They had seen such big changes in their own kids. She then realized that the uniqueness and power of her system and methods went way beyond her little home school. Since this time, she has been badgered by many to make this available to others.

Seeing and hearing of the math plight of the majority of parents out there…and knowing she had solutions…drove Heather to make this MathHacked Deluxe Training System available to everyone, including you!

How will parenting skills improve through MathHacked?

Heather here. I love this question.

In trainings and podcasts I have done, and especially to close friends when trying to explain just what MathHacked is (not an easy task to do quickly, by the way, as there is so much more to it than a surface view would have you believe), at some point I will invariably jump from talking about math to talking about parenting.

I hear my passion strengthen as I talk of helping parents get to richer relationships with their children, to a place of less stress in these relationships and more joy, to less time spent on controlling or avoiding and more time spent simply enjoying each other’s unique presence and basking in the unparalleled opportunity it is to be together.

So easy to forget how utterly COOL that is when things get crazy, huh?!

I have discovered that I (along with most well-meaning parents out there) have been guilty of giving kids far too little credit, of underestimating them, and of accidentally “getting in their way,” making it more difficult for them to awaken their untapped potential. Boy, have I ever done this!

This is TIME CONSUMING and ENERGY DRAINING, I can tell you!!! But there is a better way; it’s the MathHacked way.

Surprisingly, not only does MathHacked create the best possible foundation for your child’s math career (this aspect is awesome in and of itself) it is a fantastic vehicle for heading toward all those things that give your family life more joy, those things that add LIFE to your life.

How can MathHacked help with such a thing as this, you say? Because without having to…

  • understand and assimilate the many philosophies behind the system,
  • without having to go through the time and hard work of mining them,
  • and testing them,
  • and personally changing your mindset to match them,
  • without all the trial and error
  • and sheer number of MISTAKES and FAILURES that I had to go through
  • to get to the knowledge contained within the MathHacked Training System that has drastically improved my life and relationships…

…you can simply watch and mimic these MathHacked paradigms at play, just 15 or so minutes a day with your child, in a simple math setting.

If you do our system as we explain it, you will see and experience how much of a difference a “new way of being” and a “new way of thinking” with your child can make, how much more effective and fun your time together can be, and get a better idea of the increased influence you can have. VISION is created…and along with that, a DESIRE to carry it forward into other areas of education and life.

You know, Vision is a powerful thing.

When you catch and hold Vision, your aim shifts from trying to get through life and trying to survive your kids, to trying to accomplish something specific or even many specific things.

It changes what you think about in the shower and as you fix your hair, from worrying about your kids and fearing you’re not “enough” as a mother [NEWS FLASH: You are.]…to Envisioning and Dreaming and taking care to reframe your thoughts to more useful ones.

Additionally, MathHacked offers you a very comfortable setting to try these paradigms on for size with your child. It provides you with a non-threatening opportunity to tweak your parenting and to adopt ways and ideas found within the training that will ultimately lead your child to take the reins of his or her own education and life, and for you and your child to enjoy the “tightest” of relationships with each other.

Tight relationships unlock learning potential and free inner genius. Tight relationships hold the finest of joys this life has to offer.

“To be happy at home is the result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.” ~Samuel Johnson

Yep, that’s it. You got it, Samuel. It’s pretty intense but it’s true: our endgame goals with MathHacked go well beyond math. #relationshipispower

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Where can I learn more?

A great place to start is Heather Linchenko’s podcasts! You can also direct any of your questions to thegals@mathhacked.com

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