Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Math Tutor DVD's Review-TOS Homeschool review crew

As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received a pair of Math Tutor videos.  When we started our homeschool adventure 5 years ago, math was never something I worried about teaching.  I personally always really excelled at math and genuinely enjoyed it.  The problems arose when we reached Pre-Algebra and above, turns out most of what I knew, I've forgotten and the rest I did so intuitively that I don't know how to share the knowledge with my children.  Enter Math Tutor, stage left.   

Before we received these the boys had already begun Geometry, so Pre-Algebra was more of a review of concepts for them.  The older two boys (13 and 15) watched the DVD's and while they thought the delivery was a little dry, they both agreed that it was very informative and helpful.  The DVD's (2) contain 9 lessons, spanning a wide range of topics from Real numbers to Order of operations and everything in between.  The lessons are clear, precise and easy to understand.

I personally watched the TI-83/TI-84 DVD's.  I remember sitting in Calculus and looking at the calculator that the boy next to me had.  Boy was I envious, I always wanted one of those fancy dancy calculators; but I knew that I would never be able to figure it out.  While I had a math mind, I was technologically challenged.  The idea that I could have my own tutor without paying the tutor prices, sold me on these videos.  He explains the calculator in detail within the 37 sections that are on the DVD's (3).  The way that the screen is displayed for the lessons is also very helpful, it is actually a split screen picture of the calculator that he navigates with a cursor.  It is easy to understand and very informative.

Now let's talk dollars and cents.  Both Math Tutor tutorials contain multiple discs and are entirely reusable, making the $26.99 price very affordable.  You can use the tutorials with multiple students and if you're like me that makes it an excellent purchase, I just hate buying something I can only use once.  The other great feature that sets Math Tutor apart from so many math products is that it also has an online version.  For just $19.95 a month you can access just about everything on their site, if you have a large family on many levels; this might be perfect for you.  You would get unlimited access to tutorials of all levels from Basic Math to Trigonometry, it also includes many levels of Physics.

All in all, we would highly recommend these tutorials.  We are ready to rush out and buy the calculator just so we can learn to use it, I would say that's a good sign.  Head on over to the Homeschool Crew site to see what others thought of the Math Tutor tutorials.

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{Disclaimer: I received this product free as part of TOS Homeschool Crew to review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.}


Penny said...

Hey Christi, I'm part of Karla's mini crew, with YOU! I reviewed Math Tutor, too and it worked so well for some of mine that I ordered the Basic Math for a couple of my younger ones.

I especially like your "Wordless Wednesday" and look forward to following your blog now.


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