Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Review - Math Tutor

TOS Crew Review

Product:  Pre-Algebra Tutor, Volume 1 and Texas Instruments TI-84 Calculator Tutor.

Company: Math Tutor DVD

Price: $26.99 each.

Math Tutor is an outstanding company which provides teaching DVDs on a variety of math subjects.  They even guarantee results!  I received 2 different DVDs and watched them with Amy (15) and John (13):

1. Texas Instruments TI - 84 Graphing Calculator.

I had a new calculator and had no idea what to do with it! John and I sat down to watch this instructional DVD. There was a calculator image onscreen to show us what to do. The teacher has a pleasant tone of voice which made it easy to learn. Everything was presented step-by-step and I learned a lot very quickly. It was like I had a new toy!! Yes, a graphing calculator can be fun!

On another day, I had John watch part of the DVD alone and gave him the calculator. He kept smiling and calling me back in the room to tell me what he learned! He had a great time!

The DVD is very long - it lasts 8 hours! I would just slowly take my time with this. Perhaps a few sections a week so that learning can be retained.

2. Pre-Algebra Tutor Volume 1-

This is a to-the-point, won't waste your time on fluff, excellent DVD! John and I sat down to watch this and were captivated.  Suddenly, "greater than, and less than" made sense to John! We understood negative numbers and number lines. Subtracting Integers was no longer a foreign language!

Amy walked into the room to see what we were doing. She sat down and started watching along with us. "Wow! That makes so much sense!" She said. When we finally shut off the DVD, Amy mentioned that we should watch the DVDs on a regular basis. She was being sincere!!

Overall, I am thrilled with Math Tutor DVDs. They would be a great supplement to any math curriculum. My suggestions:

1. If your student  is new to these concepts, use the DVDs as part of your introductory teaching methods.

2. If your children struggle with new math concepts, have them use the DVDs for ongoing support and tutoring.

3. If you are intimidated by teaching math, let Math Tutor help you! It will make your teaching life so much easier!

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*I received this product from Math Tutor, for review purposes through The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew*

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Cindy said...

Out of all the math curriculum I've tried, this is not one of them. Sounds like something I need to look into.

Penny said...

I'm with the TOS Crew and I'm following your blog now. I am so, totally new to all of this that your blog is especially inspiring. I have so much to learn! =)