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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Algebra 1 Tutor Volume 1 Schoolhouse Review Review offers video courses that give step-by-step instructions in math and science. When it comes to math we definitely need step-by-step instructions. Amber has been using The Algebra 1 Tutor Volume 1 along with Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheet CD and was surprised at how easy it has been. Review
The Algebra 1 Tutor is divided into 2 Volumes, and is recommended for grade 7 and up. We received Volume 1 and it is divided into 10 sections for 7 hours of video instruction on 3 DVDs. This course is available on DVD for $26.99 or the download is available for $23.99.  
  • Disc 1
  • Disc 2
    • Section 4: Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers
    • Section 5: Multiplying and Dividing Real Numbers
    • Section 6: Algebraic Expressions
  • Disc 3
    • Section 7: Properties of Real Numbers
    • Section 8: Introduction to Equations
    • Section 9: Solving More Equations
    • Section 10: Simplifying Expressions to Solve Equations. 
The Algebra Tutor assumes the child knows nothing about Algebra and actually starts with things the child should already know. There is a lot of time spent on fractions and negative numbers to make sure the child has a good grasp of them before they actually get into algebra concepts. After completing both volumes of  The Algebra Tutor your child should be ready to move on to Algebra 2. 

The Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheets contains worksheets for both Volume 1 & 2. It is available as a CD for $24.99 or as a download for $21.99. There are any where from 19-96 pages for each section of The Algebra Tutor. The first 25 pages can be seen on the CD page. The problems and the solutions are contained within each section on the CD. The problems are on the first several pages and then the solutions for all the problems are after them. The solution pages show you the question worked out step-by-step with the instructions for each step next to it. 

Amber is almost 13 and before receiving The Algebra Tutor she was working on preAlgebra. She started with Section 1 and found most of the beginning very easy. She doesn't like math, but she does love and understand fractions, so that section was fun for her (maybe that's why she hasn't been complaining about math lately). We watched the DVD together and then she would work through her problems. After I checked her work I would let her look at the answer sheet so that she could see the solution to her problem. The way the solutions are printed made it easy for Amber to see exactly what she did wrong. 

We both love the way this program is set up, it is so easy to use. The solutions in the back of each section makes it very easy to explain a problem that Amber didn't understand or that she missed. Amber thought some of the DVD sections were a little long, but the teaching is very thorough and easy to follow. Review offers Math courses starting at forth grade and goes to college level, and there are two volumes in the Amazing Science Series. Members of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew were offered Amazing Science Volume 1, Mastering 5th Grade Math-Volume 1- Essentials of Fractions, and Algebra 1 Tutor Volume 1 with The Fractions Thru Algebra Worksheets

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