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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Math Refresher for Adults Review #hsreviews #MathEssentals #Math

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One thing I realized when we started homeschooling is that there were things I had either forgotten or didn't learn when I was in school. When my kids started high school there was so much I needed to brush up on and math was the main one. I recently received Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials and it would have been nice to have this when my older kids started high school.


Math Refresher for Adults
Math Refresher for Adults is a 270-page softcover workbook written by Richard W. Fisher. It teaches general math, geometry, problem solving, pre-algebra, and algebra. Starting with addition and subtraction it covers fractions, decimals, percents, geometry, integers, charts & graphs, word problems and ends with pre-algebra and algebra. It also comes with an access code to watch video tutorials for each lesson as well as advanced algebra tutorials.

This book is not intended to be used straight through unless you need to be refreshed on every math topic. The table of contents is very detailed making it very easy to find what math concept you need to work on. Each section is set up the same way. There are lesson pages, with a review page covering all the topics at the end. The layout of each page is exactly the same. There are review exercises, helpful hints, additional problems, and a blank space for note taking. Most pages also include a problem solving question in word problem format. In the back of the book there is a glossary, answer key, and charts that include important symbols, multiplication table, prime numbers, squares & square roots, and a fraction/decimal equivalent chart.

Although this is a workbook Richard suggests writing the problems on a blank sheet of paper. He thinks this helps with accuracy and understanding. He also suggests that you should get an 80% before moving on. In each set of problems there are two Sample Problems. These two problems should be worked and checked for accuracy before completing the rest of the problems. This way you know if you understand the concept.

The video tutorials are taught by Richard W. Fisher. They vary in length but all the ones I have watched are short and get right to the point. Richard walks us through the topic as we see the problems on the white screen. He is great at making each topic very understandable, but if you miss anything you can pause or rewatch the tutorial.

I have been using this book myself. I started with the pre-algebra and algebra section because this is where my kids usually start having trouble. Delaney will be doing algebra this year and I know she will need some help so I thought I should refresh my memory so I can help her instead of her having to call her older brother. The lessons just like the video tutorials are very concise and get right to the point. There is no droning on and on about something so that you are lost by the time you get to the problems. Plus the helpful hints get right to the point and it is very easy to look back and see a hint I may need to read again. I didn't feel like I had to wade through a bunch of text to find what I needed. I also love the two Sample Problems. This is a great idea & lets me know if I am ready to complete the problems before spending time doing them and missing several or becoming frustrated.


I think this is a great resource to have on hand. Even if you don't need to refresh yourself before helping you kids, they may need it for review of topics before taking the SAT/PSAT or any other test they may need to take. Or even if you want to practice your math skills before re-entering the workforce or going back to college after you are finished homeschooling your kids.

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