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As we move into higher math and science with our daughter I've contemplated what to do about those topics that are not quite so fresh in my mind. Here's an option for 7-12 grade topics that I recently checked out.
Virtual Nerd, founded in 2008, is a website with hundreds of interactive video tutorials created by an expert tutor and a designer. The videos are done on a white-board in a step-by-step fashion. They are easy to follow and very understandable. In addition, the information is typed out on the side for easy review. Although this site is not specifically geared to homeschooling, it could definitely help when additional information is required. The site is actually geared to the school setting to be used with a class to match up with the information in a number of the student textbooks. Ideally the teachers and parents use Virtual Nerd as a supplemental learning tool by having confused students review related tutorials. There are also reporting features for parents and teachers to monitor student progress.
Virtual Nerd currently has tutorials in Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Intro Physics. The company is expecting to add tutorials in Physics, as well as Chemistry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus in time for the 2011-2012. The site does not provide answers to homework problems, just instruction. Practice problems are not available at this time. There is an introductory video available for review at the website. Click here for more information.
If you can view YouTube videos on your computer it probably meets the requirements to use all of the site features. While Mozilla Firefox allowed me to get to the site, our slow dial-up didn't allow for easy viewing. However, when I went to a high-speed computer the site and the tutorials came up and ran quite quickly and easily. Although the various sections do not take long to view, they are very thorough. My daughter wasn't quite up to using the information, but she felt that the videos were pretty easy to understand.
The prices to use the site are reasonable, especially if you're currently checking out personal tutor rates. If you're an educator (in a public/private school setting), it's free. If not, the standard subscription rate for the Premium Plan is $49 per month. The site also offers a 2-hour unlimited trial, which provides access to *everything* on the site as well as low-cost short-term subscriptions (as little as $5 for 24 hours).
All in all, this is a pretty good supplemental option for higher math and science. We just might have to check into this one a bit more in the next couple of years.
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