A Mosaic in the Making

    Math Tutor DVD Series

    Nicki Black  September 8 2010 07:03:34 PM
    © 2010 Math Tutor DVD

    PO Box 1165

    Seabrook, TX, 77586

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    Founder and Instructor: Jason Gibson

    Item: The Pre-Algebra Tutor, Volume 1 (A 5-Hour Video Tutorial)
    Cost: $26.99 USD

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    Item: The Texas Instruments TI-83 / TI-84 Calculator Tutor (A 8-Hour Tutorial)
    Cost: $26.99 USD

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    Age Range of DVDs - Aimed at skill level

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    *hands up*
    I give.

    Ok, I'll come clean. I can't teach all my daughter's subjects even though I wish I was Super Teacher Mom. I enjoy delving into all of them except math, which I dislike immensely. I'm sad to say that the bitter taste remained in my mouth from having to endure elementary, middle, and even high school teachers that made learning math really hard, inflexible, very tightly inside the box, and unapproachable. The older I became in the school ranks, the more I felt like a failure in this subject. I didn't have the luxury of tutors or after school help. Finally somewhere in my sophomore year I remember giving up pretty much entirely, and resigned myself to "just getting by" versus really understanding what I was doing to make the concepts take root. So here in our own homeschool environment I've leveraged my husband's willingness and outsourced all of our math instruction past about the 4th grade to him. I'd been practically math-free since. Yahoo!

    And then suddenly ... *cue Jaws Theme* music* ... these 2 DVD's came in the mail all bright and shiny and ready to make my acquaintance. I was seriously dubious I would (1) be able to convince my daughter that this would be a good *feeble smile* time, and (2), be able to sit through them without beads of sweat lurching from my own brow. But holy cow, could it be? I was IMPRESSED! Within the first 5 minutes of watching The Pre-Algebra Tutor DVD, I actually learned a common math concept I had not truly learned back when I was kid. I totally got it. It clicked! And it was easy, straightforward, and without tears. Without tears from my daughter, either, heh heh. ;-0

    Math Tutor founder and instructor Jason Gibson really gets my kudos for making his DVDs very easy to follow and actually great to watch. They are extremely relatable and professional, and his teaching style is more like he were tutoring you over a cup of coffee and a white board versus a cold and formal environment. He is not intimidating as a teacher despite his advanced qualifications, nor does he make math intimidating as a subject. He speaks in normal everyday language, and most important of all, he made my daughter (who also hates math) and me relax especially when he made this statement within his Pre-Algebra DVD: "It's a very simple concept, if explained in the right way". Seriously - I had never heard a teacher make that statement before and I left like a load was lifted off of my back that it wasn't me who was incapable of learning math all those years, but that I never heard most math concepts explained to me in a way that I understood. I had a revelation that I could quite possibly learn math now like I was supposed to learn math back then. I think I was more excited for me at that moment, than for my daughter! LOL! And, might I add, Math Tutor DVDs are MUCH cheaper than hiring a tutor in person.

    The DVDs are extremely easy to use, and if you have a child who likes to self-direct like we do, then it's just a matter of popping the DVD into the computer and letting it play from there. We had our daughter jot notes and examples down as she went along with it. Later my husband quizzed her about what she had learned. And I kid you not, her scores improved an entire letter grade just in these few short weeks. I can attribute this to the Math Tutor DVDs, and the fantastic job Jason Gibson does in making math accessible to all skill and motivation levels.

    The Pre-Algebra Tutor DVD, Volume I, contained the following:

    Disk 1

    Sect 1 - Real Numbers

    Sect 2 - The Number Line

    Sect 3 - Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To

    Sect 4 - Absolute Value and Adding Integers

    Sect 5 - Subtracting Integers

    Disk 2

    Sect 6 - Multiplying Integers

    Sect 7 - Dividing Integers

    Sect 8 - Powers and Exponents

    Sect 9 - Order of Operations

    The Texas Instruments TI-83 / TI-84 Calculator Tutor DVD contained the following:

    Disk 1

    Section 1: Overview of the Calculator

    Section 2: The Mode Menu

    Section 3: Basic Arithmetic and Exponents

    Section 4: Logarithms and Square Roots

    Section 5: Sin, Cos, Tan

    Section 6: Scientific Notation and Storing Variables

    Section 7: The Math Menu and Catalog Menu

    Section 8: Convert between Fractions and Decimals

    Section 9: Finding the Min and Max of a Function

    Section 10: Calculating Derivatives and Integrals

    Section 11: Absolute Value, Rounding, and Integers

    Section 12: Converting between Degrees and Radians

    Section 13: Working with Complex Numbers

    Disk 2

    Section 14: Using the Equation Solver

    Section 15: Graphing and Tracing Functions

    Section 16: Using Tables and Split Screen Modes

    Section 17: Find the Exact Value of a Function Using Graphing

    Section 18: Finding the Zeros of a Function using Graphing

    Section 19: Finding the Max and Min of a Function using Graphing

    Section 20: Finding Intersections of Functions using Graphing

    Section 21: Finding the Derivative of a Function by Graphing

    Section 22: Calculating the Definite Integral by Graphing

    Section 23: Drawing on a Graph

    Section 24: Graphing and Tracing Sequences

    Disk 3

    Section 25: Graphing and Tracing Parametric Equations

    Section 26: Converting between Rectangular and Polar Coordinates

    Section 27: Graphing and Tracing Polar Equations

    Section 28: Permutations, Combinations, and Factorial

    Section 29: Working with Histograms and Box Plots

    Section 30: Graphing Statistical Scatter Plots

    Section 31: Calculating Mean, Median, Standard Deviation, and more

    Section 32: Performing Statistical Regression

    Section 33: Calculating with Matrices

    Section 34: Solving Systems of Equations with Matrices

    Section 35: Calculating Interest Rates

    Section 36: Calculating Mortgages and Loans

    Section 37: Calculating Savings and Investments

    The DVDs do not have to be done all in one sitting, as they can be broken down into smaller bites and applied as an added resource on top of the textbook curriculum you may already be using. The collection of titles at Math Tutor run the gamut from early algebra up through the more complex, and include subjects such as mental math, calculus, differential equations, physics, probability/statistics, geometry, and more. Also found at the Math Tutor website are numerous FREE tutorials, references, math-related articles, a host of online calculators, and even a discussion forum. Even if you opt not to purchase any of the DVDs (but I seriously recommend that you do), you will find the resources equally valuable in your classroom.

    Jason Gibson makes this bold promise, "Our DVDs will immediately improve your understanding of Math or we refund your money. That is our Guarantee to you!" I do believe that I can honestly say that our understanding of math was in fact, immediately improved after watching. We will definitely be returning to Math Tutor to enhance our existing curriculum now, and as our curriculum grows with our children.

    Happy Homeschooling!

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    I have been given this free product in order to write this review. I used this product in my home, and the comments and thoughts shared herein are solely my own, based on my personal experience. Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest and genuine review of those products, and how we used the products within our family. I receive no other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.

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