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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Math Tutor

I loved math growing up. Loved it. But the thought of teaching my kids anything beyond simple addition and subtraction scares me to death. I know that I am able to figure it out and work through problems, but there are some things that are just difficult to explain without additional help.

Math Tutor sent me two instructional DVDs to review: The Basic Math Word Problem Tutor (8 hours) and The Algebra 2 Tutor (6 hours). Math Tutor offers 19 instructional DVDs on their site including basic math, algebra, geometry, calculus, and physics and most of the Math Tutor DVDs are priced under $30.

The DVDs are very simple in their design - no fancy props or over-the-top acting/examples. Just a simple whiteboard and the instructor, Jason Gibbs, who walks you through the problems step-by-step. While I wasn't too thrilled initially that he uses his fingers for counting at times, I have to admit that I realized this week that I am guilty of the same when teaching our kids. *grins*

I first thought the DVD was a little dry (for my 35-year-old taste), but the problems are explained very well and it definitely grew on me the more we watched it. The DVD is broken up into various teaching segments, making it is easy to skip to the exact area you need to cover. As an added bonus - it isn't me trying to show something to my kids, so they listen and pay attention!

These are the areas that the Basic Math Word Problem Tutor covers:

Disc 1
Section 1: Adding Whole Numbers
Section 2: Subtracting Whole Numbers
Section 3: Multiplying Whole Numbers
Section 4: Dividing Whole Numbers
Section 5: Adding Decimals
Section 6: Subtracting Decimals
Section 7: Multiplying Decimals
Section 8: Dividing Decimals

Disc 2
Section 9: Adding Fractions
Section 10: Subtracting Fractions
Section 11: Multiplying Fractions
Section 12: Dividing Fractions
Section 13: Percents, Part 1
Section 14: Percents, Part 2
Section 15: Ratio and Proportion

The Math Tutor website has sample videos that you can check out and they have a great guarantee: All DVD courses Guaranteed to raise grades or your money back! Math Tutor also offers DVD bundles to help you save a little money and their shipping is great - you only pay S&H on the 1st DVD. All additional DVDs in the same order ship for FREE. You pay the same S&H price whether you purchase 1 DVD or 10 DVDs!

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  • I'd be interested in this. I took to algebra too well - it was kind of intuitive to me (unfortunately, not true of trig, calculus, or linear algebra), and I've had a hard time explaining it to my 6th grader. My wife does 99.9% of the teaching, but this is one area where I feel like he could use a hand.

    By Blogger Unknown, At February 22, 2009 at 6:21 PM  

  • we'd love this resource too! math scares me!! i loved learning it, but teaching it makes me quite nervous!! thanks for the great opportunity to win! ali

    By Blogger McNabb Clan, At February 22, 2009 at 8:59 PM  

  • I'm in! My oldest could use this for sure. His mama is not the best algebra teacher. ;)

    By Blogger Crystal, At February 23, 2009 at 9:59 AM  

  • Oh wow! This would be great!

    By Blogger Heidi, At February 23, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

  • yup, if you're giving it, I'd take it!

    By Blogger pyrotechny, At February 23, 2009 at 3:43 PM  

  • Thanks for this chance to win! If there is one thing I have learned about the homeschooling community, is that it is a very generous and giving community. I thank you for this. Math Tutor looks like a great company, and something that I will continue to look into as I am always looking at homeschooling resources!

    By Blogger sallyanne03, At February 26, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

  • Oh, ok. My first thought was, that is forever away at the pace we are going in math, but my son is almost 13 and we will get there sooner than I think! If I like it, I may consider the basic math- I think we would get lots of use out of that one right now. Thanks for offering the cd!:-)

    By Blogger Michelle Gibson, At February 27, 2009 at 3:41 PM  

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