*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*

*Polynomials*

*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.

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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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Blessings,

*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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