Nonsense is defined as words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas; things of no importance or value, trifles.  On one hand, I enjoy nonsense, in its rightful place.  The quite important, intelligent babble of an excited toddler makes me smile, but it does often sound like nonsense.  I delight in the nonsensical games that children create to play.  My husband thinks I’m beautiful, and that is utter nonsense, but it warms my heart just the same.

On the other hand, I appreciate that “America’s Math Teacher,” Richard Fisher, believes Algebra should be clear and concise.  He has added No-Nonsense Algebra to his Mastering Essential Math Skills Series, published by Math Essentials.



No-Nonsense Algebra is an over-size, soft bound book, with no-frills-black on white printed pages, plus free access to corresponding online video lessons.  Each lesson is self-contained, and covered in two pages – Introduction, Examples, Exercises, and Review.  There are many examples with fully explained step-by-step solutions.  You glean important and necessary instruction without the distracting trifles.  Rick Fisher’s teaching style is conversational and interesting.  He explains each topic in a way that can be easily understood.


There are 10 Chapters; nearly 200 pages, covering:

Necessary Tools for Algebra

Solving Equations

Graphing and Analyzing Linear Equations

Solving and Graphing Inequalities

Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities


Rational Expressions (Algebraic Fractions)

Radical Expressions and Geometry

Quadratic Equations

and Algebra Word Problems

You’ll also find Useful Resources in the back of the book.  A Glossary of Terms, Algebraic and Geometric Formulas, and Important Symbols.  There is a Multiplication Table, Commonly Used Prime Numbers, Squares and Square Roots, Fraction/Decimal Equivalents, and Solutions to the student exercises.

Having used No-Nonsense Algebra I can confidently say we have clearly seen improved comprehension of formulas and equations, and better test scores.  At just $27.95, an award-winning math teacher is personally tutoring my students, for less than a dollar a week, since Rick supplies whole-family video access with the purchase of the book!  It doesn’t take a math whiz to see that this is no-nonsense!

Mastering Essential Math Skills workbook series is a highly successful mathematics teaching system, that prepares any student for Algebra.  Each workbook uses Review Skills, Lesson Hints, and Problem Solving for reinforcement and mastery of a concept.  Individual books in the series are:  Decimals and Percents, Fractions, Geometry, Pre-Algebra Concepts, Problem Solving, and Whole Numbers and Integers.  These workbooks are geared to compliment any math curriculum, and although we did not have the time to thoroughly use the Essential Math – Geometry, yet, I’m looking forward to adding it to our schedule in the Fall.  There is also Book One, for grades 4/5, and Book Two, for Middle Grades/High School, with companion tutorial DVD’s available, that create a complete mathematics program.

Mr. Fisher is so confident that his Essential Math Skills will positively affect your student that he offers an Unconditional – No Risk – Guarantee.  If you use the materials for 20 minutes a day, as directed, and you don’t see improved math test scores, send Rick Fisher a note saying so.  You’ll receive a complete refund.


My Crew mates had the opportunity to review No-Nonsense Algebra, and several of the other Math Essentials products.  I’m especially interested in reading their opinions of Mastering Essential Math Skills – Book One.  This is a book and tutorial DVD set, for $33.95.  You, too, can read each of their reviews when you click on the banner below and follow the link.




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Math Essentials
P.O. Box 1723
Los Gatos, CA 95031

Email –  math.essentials@verizon.net


  Call – 866.444.MATH





Disclaimer*   A copy of No-Nonsense Algebra, access to Online Video Lessons, and the Math Essentials – Geometry book was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.


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