There’s a reason that I became a writing teacher and not a math teacher: algebra.
If I could think about math in small, systematic bites like I can with the writing process, I’d be the perfect homeschooling mother. Thankfully, Richard Fisher’s No-Nonsense Algebra will bring any math-challenged mother of 8th graders and older into the realm of near perfection.
No-Nonsense Algebra is part of the award winning Math Essentials program designed by Richard Fisher. The algebra program includes a 300 page soft cover text/workbook and a personal code for accessing online videos for each lesson.
There are 10 chapters in No-Nonsense Algebra, plus a 157-question final exam, a solid glossary, an answer key, and quite a bit more.
My 16 year old worked through a variety of lessons in the following recommended fashion:
- Watch the lesson video.
- Work along with Mr. Fisher, copying and working through the examples on paper.
- Read the lesson Introduction and Helpful Hints section.
- Complete the exercises by writing out each step of the equation on paper.
- Complete the review exercises, writing out each step on paper.
- Check the answers in the solutions key.
- Rework any exercises and/or review the video where needed.
My daughter is a diligent self-starter and eager independent learner, and the program worked well for her.
Here are her remarks:
- It’s straightforward math.
- No stories, no bunny trails.
- Just examples and practice.
- Short and sweet lessons.
- Mr. Fisher’s voice on the videos is pleasant.
- The whiteboard/screen gives clear examples.
- Mr. Fisher explains things well.
- I liked using pretty colors for the graphs.
When I pressed her for any dislikes, all she could say was, “If I hadn’t already bonded with the other math program that I’m already doing, I would do this one.”
My only regret is that we didn’t know about No-Nonsense Algebra before I spent what I did to find a program for her to bond with! HA!
No-Nonsense Algebra is the most affordable and effective algebra program I have ever seen. Math Essentials sells No-Nonsense Algebra for $27.95, and that INCLUDES access to all the online videos! I must say I like the idea of videos that are conveniently stored online – no media discs to keep track of!
Even if your student is not necessarily an eager self-starter, No-Nonsense Algebra would work well with parental oversight. The lessons take only about 20 minutes to complete. A parent would check that the student is diligently writing out all the steps to each practice question. Mr. Fisher emphasizes the importance of this step repeatedly throughout the program.
Along with No-Nonsense Algebra, I had the opportunity to look through Mastering Essential Math Skills: Geometry, a supplemental text in a series of others such as Fractions, Decimals and Percents, Integers, and more. Although much shorter (80 pages), this book is laid out well like the algebra book. Each practice page is also designed to take about 20 minutes to work through. However, there are no companion video lessons, so a parent/teacher must read through and discuss the lesson with the student as he writes out the work on paper.
You can find sample pages of Geometry and other Math Essential books here.
My daughter and I truly enjoyed working with and reviewing Math Essentials’ No-Nonsense Algebra. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a solid algebra program. Math Essentials offers an unconditional guarantee with their products. You really can’t go wrong with this one.
Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine alone.