Wednesday, July 25, 2012

No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials

A description from their website:

 Each Easy-To-Understand Lesson Includes:
  • Each topic is clearly explained in a way that the student can easily understand.
  • A Helpful Hints section
  • Examples with simple step-by-step solutions
  • Written exercises
  • A short Review section that ensures that the student will remember what has been learned
        Includes free online access to video instruction! Each lesson in the book has a corresponding video lesson taught by America’s Math Teacher, Richard W. Fisher
  • No Fluff!
  • No Distractions!
  • Short, concise self-contained lessons
  • Each topic is explained in way that the student can easily understand
  • Lots of examples with fully explained step-by step solutions
  • Review built into each lesson to ensure mastery
  • Chapter tests and a final exam allow students to measure progress
  • Dramatically Improves Test Scores!
Use Rick Fisher's Mastering Essential Math Skills for 20 minutes a day as directed. If you don't see what you feel are dramatically improved math test scores, send them a note saying so. You'll receive a prompt, complete refund - no questions asked!

Here's a statistic you do NOT want to become..."Only 4 out of every 10 eighth graders are proficient in Math, and by grade twelve only 2 out of 10!"

The Bentz Test Laboratory is the perfect envirnoment for math curriculum testing!  We have the proficient, potentially proficient, and probably never-going-to-get-it math learners (opps, forgot - that's me that's never going to get math!)

My Testers were VERY impressed with No-Nonsense Algebra.  My oldest tester is considered the "math tutor" of the family... so, I started with his expert insight. 

The workbook begins with a clear introduction and explanation of each topic.  Helpful hints are included with tips and shortcuts.  Examples contain step-by-step solutions. The written exercises contain just enough in each lesson to master the topic - but not drown them in repetition.  This was my tester's favorite part of the program - short and to the point (only 20 minutes per day!).  Simple and straitforward, no dancing animals, or gimmicy games - just pure, simple algebra. (I guess that's how people with "math brains" think, I like any distraction when attempting math - but, maybe that explains alot...)Two thumbs up!

Each lesson includes review questions.  Chapter reviews and Final Exam are also included.  All answers are included at the back of the book.

My next tester really, really liked the video instruction.  He's the type who needs to see the problem being worked out, with clear explanation (not my strong suit..).  The videos are to the point, simple step-by-steo, and easy to understand.  No-Nonsense Algebra gets another two thumbs up!

I am quite impressed with this program, and did I metion it is a HUGE BARGAIN!!  I have paid much more than $27.95 for quality, algebra intruction - especially if it included a 24/7 expert math tutor!!

The Bentz Test Laboratory was also priviledged to take a peek at Mastering Essential Math Skills - GeometryJust $11.95 (see a sample here)

This book is another BARGAIN!  It has 29 review exercises (no video instruction), along with a Final Test.  Vocabulary, points, lines, planes, perimeter, area, volume, and the Pythagorean theorem are just some of the topics that are covered.  My testers are just beginning geomtery instruction, and they were able to jump right in and begin. I think this book would be a great tool for brushing up on the geometery topics, expecially before standardized testing or for summer practice. 

You will want to check out what the other member of the TOS Review Crew thought here.

I was sent a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.


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