Math struggles aren't fun, for students or parents. TabletClass online math courses, ended my (now graduated) daughter's homeschool math mayhem when she was in high school; she shares her experience below.
Although she was a motivated student and independent learner, she did better in math when she was taught the lesson (usually by me), instead of just reading it on her own. Prior to that year, our children did most of their work through unit studies or workbook-type curriculum.
I really wanted her to finish of the year using the Algebra 1 curriculum I had purchased for her, however, even though I hate wasting money, we switched. The school year was only half over, and I wanted to end her Algebra struggles.
I really didn't want to scrap what we were doing; I wanted her to finish the Algebra 1 course I had purchased for the year, only because I hate wasted money. However, the year was only half over, and I knew she needed something different. I wanted to end her Algebra struggles.
Around the same time, John Zimmerman, president of TabletClass Math contacted me; he asked me to take a look at his new online homeschool classes to see if I thought they were a good fit for homeschoolers.
I agreed to take a look, hoping that maybe this would be a solution to my daughter's struggles.
A Perfect Fit!
After looking around the site a bit, I noticed a free trial offer. I signed up so my daughter and I could look at the Algebra I course together; we were looking for a program that she could complete independently with clear, easy-to-follow lessons.
I also wanted curriculum that didn't require her to necessarily start all over again. She had already gone through the beginning of her Algebra I text a couple times; something just wasn't clicking for her.
We looked at the chapters together and found a good place for her to start; the rest is history. We ended up using TabletClass for both her Algebra and Geometry classes.
Since you may also have students who struggle with math, I've asked my daughter to share her personal experience using TabletClass Math online math courses with you. Here's her story...
For a while, I've been struggling with getting Algebra I. I kind of understood it, but I never got it. I've always used Saxon math, a program I've grown up with and loved, but for Algebra I, it just wasn't cutting it.
I was struggling with algebraic systems, and no matter how many times I reviewed them, I just couldn't keep focused. While using the TabletClass online math program, I had what I like to call an "AHA!" moment. By just going through one video lesson, all of my previous Algebra escapades connected and clicked in my head.
The way the lessons are constructed and displayed make understanding quicker and easier. The actual material isn’t easier; instead the way the material is approached made the content less intimidating and daunting.
The course layout is easy to catch onto as well; inside the main chapters, are "subchapters", containing one lesson video and anywhere from one to five or six additional practice problem videos called "worksheets". At the end of each main chapter are additional printout sheets (like extra practice worksheets), chapter review notes, the chapter test, and the answer key.
I really like the mobility of this program; I can do lessons anywhere and anytime I want. One time my mom peeked in my room at midnight and there I was doing my algebra lessons on my iPod. Although she was pleasantly surprised, she told me it was time for bed, so I reluctantly put my binder away and returned my iPod to its charging dock.
There are a couple negatives with the math program, however. Although all the video lessons can be downloaded to your computer, iPod or mp3 player, the extra video worksheets cannot be, so your student needs to be very self-governed on the internet and computer. The computer has many distractions, indeed many things more exciting and engaging than math, so concentration is a must.
Overall, the course was a new experience that has helped me immensely in my understanding of math. The approach is unintimidating, and the material is comprehensible. I look forward to finishing the course, and getting that "A" that is now achievable for me. (:
TabletClass now offers a downloadable workbook with all the practice problems and tests for each course... a welcome addition for busy, homeschooling families.
Review Disclaimer: I love to help you find the perfect products for your children. Sometimes businesses contact me to review their products; while other times, I review and share about products I have purchased myself, and use in our family's home school. In either circumstance, I, and/or my children, honestly share our thoughts, experiences, and opinions - we want to help you learn more about the product and what we like and/or dislike about it, to help you decide if it's a perfect fit for your family. As for TabletClass Math, I was given a free copy of Algebra 1 for review purposes.
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