San Francisco, April 13, 2005 -- Hotmath, Inc. announced today that its website, www.hotmath.com, received three first place and two second place eSchool News Readers' Choice Awards for most effective math software. Hotmath was ranked first in Prealgebra, Algebra, and Precalculus and second for Geometry and Calculus. Other high-ranking awardees included Destination Math (Riverdeep), Cognitive Tutor (Carnegie Learning), and Geometer's Sketchpad (Key Curriculum Press).
Hotmath.com explains the actual odd-numbered homework problems in popular math textbooks used in middle school math through calculus, so students can complete their nightly assignments with understanding.
"What's important to understand about the Readers' Choice Award is that they represent independent validation by practicing educators," said Gregg W. Downey, publisher of eSchool News. "This recognition is the direct result of voting by educators who know and use these products. That's what gives eSN's Readers' Choice Award such credibility."
Hotmath president, Chuck Grant, said, "We are very excited about these awards. While our scientific research and performance studies are all well and good, when the teachers and administrators recognize our efficacy, that is very meaningful."
The Hotmath step-by-step explanations show hints and explained steps for the actual math homework problems from over 80 leading math textbooks used in the US. The company's approach is based on research showing that students learn best when they are provided with worked-out solutions for about half of their assigned homework problems.
Parents or students may subscribe to the Hotmath.com service for $29 per semester. Schools or colleges may license Hotmath for all of their students for 75 cents per year per student. Hotmath.com attracts students because of the direct relevance to their immediate homework assignment, and this relevance is a critical aspect of Hotmath success. The self-paced Hotmath tutorials engagingly lead the student through an interactive sequence of hints and annotated steps that show how a problem is solved.
Hotmath, Inc. is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and was founded in 2000.