Have you been struggling in math? Has your child been struggling in math? Do you feel like you lack the skills necessary to teach someone else mathematics? Maybe you have just had a bad experience in math overall and the thought of a higher level of mathematics makes you squirm?
Recently, my family was given the opportunity to review The Pre-Algebra Tutor Volume 1 and The Texas Instruments TI-83 / TI-84 Calculator Tutor DVDs from Math Tutor DVD.
Now before I go any further with my review of these products I would like to mention that Jason Gibson the owner of MathTutorDVD.com is so confident in his product that he guarantees these DVDs will raise grades or the purchaser of the DVDs will get their money back. Let me just say I was pretty impressed, before I ever opened a DVD case and put it into the DVD player, by this statement alone.
As I stated, we were given the opportunity to review two DVDs. I will be focusing on The Pre-Algebra Tutor Volume 1 DVD first and then I will redirect my focus onto The Texas Instruments TI-83 / TI-84 Calculator Tutor DVD.
The Pre-Algebra Tutor Volume 1 contains 5 hours worth of instruction yes that’s right, 5 hours worth of instruction. The topics covered are real numbers, the number line, greater than, less than, equal to, absolute value, adding integers, subtracting integers, multiplying integers, dividing integers, powers, exponents, and order of operations.
I will say this DVD was a bit below what my oldest son of 14 has been studying in math. He found the DVD to be nostalgic if you will, only because the information being presented was something he covered two years ago. He stated that the DVD would have been awesome two years ago but since he already knew the materials they were not much use to him.
Seeing how the material was below my oldest son, I called in my middle son who is 11 years old, to help with this review. He has started pre-algebra this school year and was a more than willing candidate. My middle son found this DVD to be helpful for him but some topics were confusing for him because he had not yet covered them in his own math endeavors. He said he is really glad we got this DVD and that he will be using it throughout the year.
I find that the price of this DVD is just right at $26.99. This is a product that our homeschooling family can afford and it can be kept for use later with another child. I am very impressed with this product and so are my children.
The next DVD we reviewed was The Texas Instruments TI-83 / TI-84 Calculator Tutor in which we received 8 hours worth of instruction.
Now I must be honest here and tell you that we do not own either one of these calculators. We had planned on purchasing the TI-84 calculator but not until the spring. We had not budgeted for it at this time but we do own a scientific calculator that we were able to use in its place. The scientific calculator only did so many things and we were not able to use it for everything because let’s face it, the DVD is meant for only two calculators as stated.
My oldest son was in heaven with the instruction he received from this DVD. He really wanted to go out and get the TI-84 calculator so that he could do all of those things he has learned from watching the DVD.
On a side note my oldest son doesn’t like to buy anything. He is the frugal type and he has to really want something in order to go out and purchase it.
There are so many topics that are covered on this DVD that it is broken down into 37 sections. I found the DVD more than adequate for learning how to use these TI calculators. As a young math student I felt very frustrated and confused by these calculators. I ended up hating those calculators because I didn’t understand them. I have since changed my opinion. I feel that everyone who purchases one of these TI calculators should also plan on purchasing this DVD to go with it. It really helps to have the instruction right in front of you and to be able to go back to the instruction over and over again.
I don’t think spring will come soon enough for my oldest son who gives this product his biggest two thumbs up and then some.
This DVD is also reasonably priced at $26.99. I feel like that price pays for itself within the first few lessons. This DVD will be a well used product within the walls of our home for years to come and will serve as a great refresher course for many years after. A great product to have in the homeschooling tool kit.
Maybe you have several different ages in your home and neither of these products are a great fit for your family. Well recently MathTutorDVD.com has added an online subscription model to its line of products.
The online subscription model allows families to pay a flat fee of $19.95 per month so that the whole family has access to ALL the courses right there in the web browser. This is a great product for homeschooling families who have several different aged children who are at different mathematical levels. One low price will provide mathematical instruction to the whole family.
For more products from Math Tutor DVD or to see what is new from Jason Gibson visit MathTutorDVD.com. You will not be disappointed and if it doesn’t raise the grade levels in your home then you have the money back guarantee.
To see more opinions on this product please visit The Old Schoolhouse Blog where you will find my crew mates who were also given the opportunity to review these two products.
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