Wednesday, September 8, 2010

TOS Product Reviews - The Pre-Algebra Tutor: Volume 1 & The TI-83/TI-84 Calulator Tutor
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Seabrook, TX 77586

I was recently provided with The Pre-Algebra Tutor: Volume 1 and The TI-83/TI-84 Calculator Tutor DVDs to review as a part of the The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Product Review Crew.  Upon viewing the DVDs I can honestly say the information provided is comprehensive and very understandable. 

Both sets of DVDs introduce basic information with many visual examples to build student/user confidence and understanding.  Information is provided in relatively short sections split by topics.  The tutor has a pleasant voice and is very easy to listen to for extended periods of time.  The explanations are provided at an easy pace, in layman's terms, with whiteboard examples in Pre-Algebra Tutor.  In the TI 83/TI-84  DVDs there is a screenshot of the calculator as information is entered as well as a screenshot of what appears on the calculator screen.  Both visual and auditory learners should benefit from these products.

Another plus, every DVD on comes with a Money Back Guarantee!

Here is what is included in each:

The Pre-Algebra Tutor: Volume 1
5 Hour - 2 DVD set - 9 sections
Available on DVD or online subscription model at $19.95/month on web browser
List Price $34.99
DVD Tutor Price $26.99

You Save $8.00 23%

Topics Covered:
 Real Numbers, The Number Line, Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To, Absolute Value and Adding Integers, Subtracting Integers, Multiplying Integers, Dividing Integers, Powers and Exponents and Order of Operations

TI-83/TI84 Calculator Tutor
8 Hour - 3 DVD set - 37 sections
Available on DVD or online subscription model at $19.95/month on web browser
List Price $31.99
DVD Tutor Price $26.99
You Save $5.00 16%

Topics Covered:
Overview of the Calculator, The Mode Menu, Basic Arithmetic and Exponents, Logarithms and Square Roots, Sin, Cos, Tan, Scientific Notation and Storing Variables, The Math Menu and Catalog Menu, Convert between Fractions and Decimals, Finding the Min and Max of a Function, Calculating Derivatives and Integrals, Absolute Value, Rounding, and Integers, Converting between Degrees and Radians, Working with Complex Numbers, Using the Equation Solver, Graphing and Tracing Functions, Using Tables and Split Screen Modes, Find the Exact Value of a Function Using Graphing, Finding the Zeros of a Function using Graphing, Finding the Max and Min of a Function using Graphing, Finding Intersections of Function using Graphing, Finding the Derivative of a Function by Graphing, Calculating the Definite Integral by Graphing, Drawing on a Graph, Graphing and Tracing Sequences, Graphing and Tracing Parametric Equations, Converting between Rectangular and Polar Coordinates, Graphing and Tracing Polar Equations, Permutations, Combinations, and Factorial, Working with Histograms and Box Plots, Graphing Statistical Scatter Plots, Calculating Mean, Median, Standard Deviation, and more, Performing Statistical Regression, Calculating with Matrices, Solving Systems of Equations with Matrices, Calculating Interest Rates, Calculating Mortgages and Loans, Calculating Savings and Investments

This set walks through all the functions needed to accomplish learning Trigonometry, Calculus, Physics and Probabilities.

In addition to these separate products there are a number of DVD bundles that can be purchased at relatively reasonable prices.  You can also customize your own bundle if you prefer. 

The prices for these DVDs are fairly reasonable if you consider that more than one child can view these, at varying levels and topics.  After pricing several mathematics textbooks and manipulatives, I think these products are a pretty good deal.  As an example, one basic bundle that will carry you from addition through algebra is the following:

Math DVD Bundle #1 -- Save 10% -- Basic Math Through Matrix Algebra

List Price $502.45
Our Price $343.00
You Save $159.45 32%

This bundle saves you 10% and you receive the first 14 Products in the sequence:

1) The 1st - 7th Grade Math Tutor - 2 DVD Set - 7 Hour Course
2) 1st - 7th Grade Math Tutor Companion Worksheet CD
3) The Basic Math Word Problem Tutor - 2 DVD Set - 8 Hour Course
4) The Pre-Algebra Tutor: Volume 1 (2 DVDs)
5) The Pre-Algebra Tutor: Volume 2 (3 DVDs)
6) The Math Video Tutor - Fractions Thru Algebra - 2 DVD Set - 10 Hour Course
7) Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheet CD - 600 Pages
8) The Algebra 2 Tutor - 2 DVD Set - 6 Hour Course
9) Algebra 2 Tutor Companion Worksheet CD - 320 pages
10) The Algebra Word Problem Tutor - 2 DVD Set - 6 Hour Course
11) The Advanced Algebra Tutor - 2 DVD set - 7 Hour Course
12) The Matrix Algebra Tutor - 2 DVD Set - 7 Hour Course
13) The Geometry Tutor - 2 DVD Set - 9 Hour Course
14) The Texas Instruments TI-83/TI-83 Calculator Tutor (3 DVDs)

You receive a total 24 DVD disks with this bundle!

Another great thing about ordering through Math Tutor is that you only pay Shipping & Handling on the 1st DVD.  All additional DVDs in the same order ship for free, whether you purchase 1 DVD or 10 DVDs!
We are planning to use the Pre-Algebra Tutor as we start our school year. I am really looking forward to seeing how much my daughter's understanding improves this year.  I wish I'd found these products while we were working on the basics!  I'm seriously considering investing in the 24 DVD bundle to carry my daughter through Algebra and get my son firmly rooted from the beginning.

By the way, speaking of basics, for those of you with younger children there are DVDs to start ahead of the game.  Math Tutor also has Young Minds DVDs for young children to interest them in Math at an early age.  These DVDs include photography, video, and animation, and are set to classical music selections from the great composers such as J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi. These DVDs teach number recognition from 1-10 and teach names and sounds of everyday animals.  The content includes the following:
Learning to recognize the numbers 1-10, associating the number with physical objects, counting from 1-10, animal names and sounds, fruits and vegetables, names of colors and names of machines such as cars, airplanes, etc.  In addition, the following features are available: Repeat play, picture puzzles, connect the dots and name the animal.  List Price $21.99  Math Tutor Price $12.99  You Save $9.00 41%

This product was provided free of cost to me for use to provide a product review.  No other compensation was received.  The opinions stated are my own. 

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