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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Homeschool Review Crew: Our Review of No-Nonsense Algebra

     I don't know about you but some of my children have struggled with high school math classes.  When we were given the opportunity to review No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials, we were more than happy to try it out. 

    This is a physical book but comes with free online classes taught by Richard W. Fisher. What a wonderful combo for such a great price!!! The online classes are short yet very informative. His approach is to teach a step by step process so the student can fully understand how to do the equations in each lesson.  

    There is a section right in front of the book that explains how to use this book. I was impressed with the steps that each lesson follows.  You begin with an Introduction,  this step explains each new topic and important terms that will be used in the lesson.  Next, we have the Helpful Hints section that gives your student tips and shortcuts to use as they complete the lesson.  After reading the hints carefully,  you move onto the Examples. The examples will show you how to efficiently and correctly complete each problem in the lesson. The author suggests that you copy each example onto a piece of paper. This will help you obtain an in depth understanding of the process. Step 4 is to do the Exercises in the lesson. After you complete these, you work on the Review section.  This section will assist you in remembering what you have been taught. Finally, after you are finished with all the exercises and review questions, you will go to the back of the book, find the lesson you are doing, and correct your work.

     It is this series of actions that set this math book apart from others.  My son, who has struggled with math in the past, has a better grasp on the topics being taught.  He is not sitting there with a blank look on his face.  He is able to comprehend what he has wrestled with in the past. 

     The book has 10 Chapters that include:
  • 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
  • Chapter 8- Radical Expressions and Geometry
  • Chapter 9- Quadratic Equations
  • Chapter 10- Algebra Word Problems
     So far we have had no issues.  My son is working on one lesson per day.  The videos run smoothly on our computer and he said he enjoys Mr. Fisher's teaching methods.  I am enjoying the fact that I am not hearing my son complain.  He is actually happy to do his math classes now.  

     If you want to learn more about this resource, I encourage you to visit the Math Essentials website or you can check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/math.essentials/

     There are also some more reviews for you to read over on the Homeschool Review Crew website.  Before buying a new course of study for my children, we always like to see what others are saying.  It's important to research before jumping into anything.  That is why I love reading through the honest reviews on the Homeschoool Review Crew site.  I hope they will be a help to you as you decide if this resource would be a good fit for your family. 

     Have a great day!!



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