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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Schoolhouse Review Crew: Math Essentials


Algebra. The word may bring back horrible memories of High School and dread about the idea of teaching it. Or maybe you love Algebra but it's like pulling teeth to get your child to do it. No Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials is just what you have been looking for.


 Before I get into how much I love No Nonsense Algebra, I wanted to tell you a little about Math Essentials.  Rick Fisher. the author, has developed a highly functional mathematics teaching system that produces amazing results in only 20 minutes a day.   He has developed books for elementary, middle school, and high school students to bring them to algebra readiness in one year using an easy to follow step by step method.  Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew reviewed a variety of Math Essentials products.  We had the opportunity to use and review No Nonsense Algebra and Mastering Essential Math Skills Geometry.

Now I am simply going to rave about No Nonsense Algebra.  My 15 year old HATES math.  She would rather do just about anything.  Honestly, when I found out that I was reviewing No Nonsense Algebra I thought it would be a great supplement to get her more ready to do Algebra.  But I was wrong.  It is not a supplement.  It is a complete course!

No Nonsense is the perfect name for this course because that is exactly what it is.  Straight to the point without any distractions or busy work.  Lessons are short and concise.  Concepts are taught and easily understandable.  There are many examples and plenty of review built in to ensure mastery.  There are also chapter tests and a final exam.  The best part is not only do you get the book, with purchase of the book you also have access to free step by step online video instruction for each lesson!  

Table of Contents

  Chapter  1            Necessary Tools for  Algebra
  Chapter  2            Solving Equations
  Chapter  3            Graphing and Analyzing Linear Equations
  Chapter  4            Solving and Graphing Inequalities
  Chapter  5            Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
  Chapter  6            Polynomials
  Chapter  7            Rational Expressions (Algebraic Fractions)
  Chapter  8            Radical Expressions and Geometry
  Chapter  9            Quadratic Equations
  Chapter 10          Algebra Word Problems

Also included:
                             *A “How to Use This Book” Section
                                  *Chapter reviews
                                  *Final Exam
                                  *Solutions for all Problems
                                  *Resource Center
There is an unconditional guarantee  ; From the website: 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!"

The cost? $27.95 for the entire program.  Click here to order.


We also have had a chance to review the Mastering Essential Math Skills Geometry book $11.95.  While this book is not a complete course, it is a great supplement or review to get ready for test taking.  From the website"  his book will provide students with all the essential geometry skills. Vocabulary, points, lines, planes, perimeter, area, volume, and the Pythagorean theorem are just some of the topics that are covered. There is plenty of practical, real-life problem solving that shows students the importance of geometry in the real world."

See a sample table of contents here.
Sample pages here.

Math Essentials has changed the way we do math in our house.  There is no more pulling teeth or frustration because of a concept she just couldn't "get."

To see what other crew mates had to say click here.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of No Nonsense Algebra and Mastering Math Skills Geometry for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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