Sep
08

Marinated in Math

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Math is not my favorite dish.  It wasn’t when I was learning it and the feeling wasn’t any different when I started teaching it.  It isn’t a flavor I care for.  That may be about to change though, because of Math Tutor DVD and Jason Gibson.

My children and I recently used The Pre-Algebra Tutor: Vol. 1 and The Texas Instruments TI-83/TI-84 Calculator Tutor.

Pre-Alg. Vol. 1 has 5 hours of run time with sections covering real numbers and the number line; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers; powers and exponents. (I’ve browsed Vol. 2.  It is a 7 hour DVD, beginning with factors and multiples, working through fractions and expressions; ending with single step equations.)  For some of us it was a review and for a couple of my younger ones it was brand new, but we all voted it “sweet”.   Jason, the tutor, has the ability to cut the mathematical processes into bite size pieces, making them easily palatable; nourishing understanding of the concept and adding a side of confidence.  He begins the Pre-Algebra by saying he wants you to go through the DVD, without pencil or paper, first.  Sit through it; marinate in it.  There’s no force feeding here!  Jason’s method of teaching works, and in fact it is “guaranteed to raise grades immediately.  If you are not fully satisfied, simply send the DVD back for a full refund.”

The TI-84/TI-83 tutor teaches you how to use all of the functions of the calculator by actually working example problems, not just handing you a manual.  Simmer through 8 hours of teaching, covering 37 sections and you can’t help but absorb and improve your usage.

These DVD’s are available at MathTutorDVD.com, or you can call: 1-877-628-4383 to place your order.  You pay shipping/handling on the 1st DVD only.  MathTutorDVD.com has Basic Math for elementary and middle school, Algebra (Pre-, 1, 2, and College level), Geometry, Calculus (Pre- and Advanced), Physics and more.  Each course is seasoned with  working examples, multiple servings of problems and step by step solutions.  Jason begins with small morsels of information and builds concept upon concept.

The two courses I reviewed, The Pre-Algebra Tutor: Vol. 1 and The TI-84/TI-83 Calculator Tutor are currently on sale for $26.99 each.  In my opinion, all of the DVD’s are moderately priced for the portion you receive.  $19.95 per month (with the option to cancel at any time) will give you immediate online access to 170 hours of tutorials, download worksheets, participate in discussion forums and generally feast on mathematics, if you choose.

We like the taste of Math Tutor!  I’ve added it to our curriculum menu for this year.  I ordered  Math Help:  1st – 7th Grade Math Tutor and 1st – 7th Grade Math Tutor Companion Worksheet CD (500 pages of worked problems AND solutions.)  Looks like a no-risk, guaranteed, recipe for success!

I’ll keep you updated on our progress and if you order a course yourself, let me know what you think of it.

Blessings,

This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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Comments

  1. Christi says:

    What a great review! I really enjoyed reading how your family used this, we struggled a bit; mostly because my kids already use a video curriculum for math and weren’t excited to help me out too much. Look forward to reading more of your reviews. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jill S. says:

    Thanks for commenting on my blog; wanted to hop over and read your math review–love your food theme (great analogy for those who find math hard to digest :o). I think his tutorials will really help me stay on top of the math my kids are doing.

  3. Buy Links says:

    Interesting layout on your blog. I really enjoyed reading it and also I will be back to read more in the future.

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