Sunday, July 15, 2012

Math Essentials No-Nonsense Algebra

No-Nonsense Algebra
My 9th grader is still working through the Algebra curriculum she started in the beginning of the school year.  Some Algebra topics were tough so we added supplemental resources to help learn the material.  I wish I had known about No-Nonsense Algebra by Math Essentials as it would have really helped with some of the topics we had difficulty with.  Unlike the primary Algebra curriculum we use, No-Nonsense Algebra is very concise and introduces concepts in a straightforward manner.  We started in Chapter 6, Polynomials, as a way to review material my daughter had just finished in her main text.  She found it easy to get through as there are approximately 20 problems in each lesson.  She completed a lesson daily.  

I will begin to assign lessons in No-Nonsense Algebra that cover topics she hasn't yet learned.  Then I will use our main text as review material.  I will definitely keep this resource around for my other children, one who will tackle Algebra in two years.  I’m not sure if I would use it as a main text as there just aren’t enough supplemental problems to work through to really flush out the concept.  However, there are final review problems included in the book but no tests.  The Algebra also includes free online access to video lessons.  We did not need these but may as we approach new material.  

Math Essentials produces many other books that cover other math topics - Fractions, Decimals & Percents, Geometry, Problem Solving, Whole Numbers and Integers. 

The website also touts an unconditional money back guarantee  It states to "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 us a note saying so. You'll receive a prompt, complete refund - no questions asked!"  With a guarantee like that, you really have nothing to lose if you use their products.

This from their website:
Free Online Access to Video Lessons!
1-10 copies $27.95 (Book and Online Videos)
11 or more copies $25.95

Prices for their other products can be found here.

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Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are mine.

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