Math Essentials Math Refresher For Adults (A Review)

Math Essentials

Math Refresher For Adults 

Today I will be reviewing Math Refresher For Adults from  Math Essentials. The title explains it all! It is a refresher to help us educate our young budding mathematicians.  This is the essential tool for me, as I remembered virtually NOTHING that I learned in High School.  The closer Kira came to entering High School, the more my anxiety built up. When I received   Math Refresher For Adults from  Math Essentials, my anxiety eased tremendously.  I quickly browsed the pages. Now, I realize that we have Google.  It is very easy to simply look things up; however, they rarely are worded in a way  I, as a parent, can comprehend.   Math Refresher For Adults from  Math Essentials is something I could comprehend fully.  It is clear, concise, and written intelligently to serve as an essential tool in refreshing your math skills.  I found the tips on page 5 exceptionally helpful, and followed their suggestions, which helped tremendously. For me, this book is a God send.

I found that the corresponding video tutorial for each lesson was also incredibly helpful. It is wonderful that they are included with the book, taught by Richard W. Fisher, winner of the  Intel Innovations in Teaching Award!

The table of contents became essential, as I wanted to focus on what I had completely forgotten, as well as what Kira is presently learning.  From Addition to Algebra, everything is included. I found myself enjoying Math more than I remembered previously.  As a matter of fact, I believe I couldn’t stand Math as a child. Perhaps that was because of how I was taught in school.  What ever the reason may be, it brought me to a point where I needed this book!

I have enjoyed refamiliarizing myself with Math.  I also believe I have learned things that I somehow missed in my former education! This has provided me with the confidence I need to ensure I am providing Kira with the best education possible. It will also help to avoid the frustrations which inevitably would lead to teenage angst and arguments! I never thought I would say this, but I actually like Math now.  After all, Math is in every single thing we do, each and every day.  Understanding Math better is like being in on a big secret!

It seems my excitement about Math has become infectious! Now, Kira is more excited about it as well.  And, here is the biggest surprise of all, my husband! I caught him browsing through Math Refresher For Adults from  Math Essentials! This may not sound like a big deal to some people.  However, those of you who know my husband, know he simply NEVER reads!  I am extremely grateful to  Math Refresher For Adults from  Math Essentials.  This valuable tool has enabled me to have the confidence I need to focus on my daughter’s education fully, sans anxiety and fears.

Written by Richard W. Fisher, winner of the  Intel Innovations in Teaching Award,  Math Refresher For Adults from  Math Essentials, is a valuable resource.  Whether you are like me, a home schooling parent, or you are preparing for a test that includes math, I highly recommend Math Refresher For Adults from  Math Essentials.

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No-Nonsense Algebra From Math Essentials (A Review)

No-Nonsense Algebra


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Today, I am reviewing No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials.

Kira has always been a bit behind when it came to math.  Much like me, Kira tends to excel in English/Creative Writing, and math seems to always be a little bit harder.  This year, starting 8th grade, has changed that.  We were excited to receive No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials. It was wonderful to know it included video lessons taught by Richard W. Fisher.

With the curriculum I have set in place for Kira’s 8th grade lesson plan, we had Pre-Algebra set as the level Kira was ready to move forward with.  She also has been using online aides, and is well past pre-Algebra, and is amidst Algebra I. I knew that  No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials would be the perfect supplement to help affirm her lesson plans, and only strengthen Kira’s math skills.

The minute No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials arrived, Kira began to read it.  Mind you, this was after her school day had finished,  (Her father brings the mail in each day when he comes home) when she is normally reading for fun or, most likely, drawing. At first glance, Kira was EXTREMELY nervous. Kira expressed that these were all similar to the previous math problems that she was struggling with.  Nonetheless, Kira was excited for the opportunity to unlock the mystery that was Algebra!

We scheduled No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials into our daily lesson plan, as a supplement to the Pre-Algebra, as well as Kira’s online math lessons.

Each day, without fail, Kira went for the No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials first. This is always a good sign.  Kira set a personal goal of two lessons per day.  Mind you, I have a very lax homeschool style.  I do not force more than what is required legally, but Kira, however, sets personal goals. Providing they are never unrealistic, we allow her to do so.  It was wonderful to also know that it included video lessons taught by Richard W. Fisher.  However, Kira never needed to use them!

As of right now, Kira is up to lesson four of chapter four within  No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials.  Kira has expressed how excited she was to finally take end of chapter reviews and actually get all of the answers correct.  Compared to previously, this was quite an accomplishment and had helped build Kira’s own confidence in math!

The simple fact that  No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials  along with the video lessons taught by Richard W. Fisher, iterating that the student should work through each example on their own, is what made the difference for Kira.  Never before had any of our lesson plans suggested this.  I personally had never even thought of it myself.

Now, Kira says that math is fun, and getting easier for her! Her improved test scores throughout her regularly scheduled lesson plans serve as proof that No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials was the perfect supplement!


Kira and I both highly recommend No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials to any child struggling with math!






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