Algebra Complete Online Course
This course is PC, MAC, iPad, and iPhone compatible.
The reason that we named our program Algebra: A Complete Course, is that we believe the best way to learn Algebra is to start at the beginning and end at the end! In this program you will find a complete study of the essential material covered in a traditional Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 course.
However, we need to continue a little further with this answer because Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 are terms that refer mostly to the traditional way that Algebra has been taught. Traditional Algebra 1 classes attempt to cover most of Algebra in the first year, but the methods that are used, and the speed with which the material is covered, hinders student understanding of the material. Instead, the student is just exposed to memorizing rules, formulas, tricks, and shortcuts. By the time they get to what is called an Algebra 2 course, (sometimes after they take a Geometry course), they have forgotten almost all of the Algebra that they memorized. So, that Algebra 2 course (which is by definition, a rehash of whatever has been called Algebra 1), must repeat practically all of the Algebra 1 course. In fact, it usually repeats a lot of the Pre-Algebra material as well. This is usually referred to as the spiral method of learning, and it is not very effective in helping students to excel, especially at this level of mathematics.
We think that this huge overlap is generally unproductive, and largely unnecessary if the concepts are taught analytically. Therefore we call our program Algebra: A Complete Course, because we employ a mastery-learning approach, sometimes moving at a slower pace, but without the overlap. As a result, students often complete the course even more quickly.
(VideoText Online comes with no physical books or DVDs, but instead offers access to these materials via the VideoText Online website. $299 pricing reflects licensing for first two students. Add additional students in your familys household for $49 each. Each student license will last three years from the date it is activated for each individual student (we gladly grant extensions, if necessary), and instructor accounts may also be turned on for a short period by request for SAT/CLEP prep after a student license has expired. Students do not have to be consecutive and the wait time between each activation is unlimited. Online Programs have a full 30-day money back guarantee. Please click here for more information on the online course. )
An Online version of Algebra is now available. Online versions are complete, so you get all modules in one online bundle. These bundles include a lifetime online access to the videos and a PDF of the "Desk Reference Set" containing the complete worktext, course notes, and solution manual. The Desk Reference set is also available in print either separately or in a package with the online version (#VTALGB).
After purchase of an online course or the online bundle with print Desk Reference Set, you will receive an email with activation information in 1-2 business days.
This instructional system is the best I've seen for students to learn and grasp algebra and geometry. The computer-generated graphics and animation on the DVDs visually bring home the concepts presented in a way that won't soon be forgotten. It would be difficult for any child to fail using this system. It is systematic, incremental, and reinforced with course notes, exercises, quizzes and tests. The emphasis is on conceptual learning so students will be able to apply their knowledge regardless of problem presentation. Although it is meant to be used along with an instructor, if I had to choose a math curriculum to be used by an independent learner, this would be it, hands-down.
The cornerstone of the program is the video instruction. These presentations are very professionally done. Instruction is clear and audio is excellent. Every presenter speaks distinctly and at a moderate pace. One of the instructors and the author of the program is Tom Clark, a math teacher with 30+ years of experience in the classroom and as a district math supervisor. His expertise at reaching and teaching children really comes through in the presentations. Animated graphics complement the audio, showing step-by-step explanation. It would be very difficult to duplicate this quality on a board with a live presenter, especially in the case of 3-D graphics like conic sections and x, y, z axes. Relationships are arranged, rearranged and moved to a coordinate plane with ease, bringing home the thought process and solution steps in a way that would be difficult to achieve without this technology.
For students who aren't math-oriented, the bite-sized increments of instruction make the learning process easy to digest. In school site trial tests, students in classrooms using the VideoText program easily outscored students using conventional textbook and instructor methods. Another plus is the ability for students to play back previous instruction for review. This eliminates the potential for mistakes made due to misunderstandings or faulty memory. It also saves you, the math teacher, from repeating instruction over and over if a child is having a difficult time assimilating it. Even if you are very math oriented, if you have a student who is not, your teaching may not be reaching your child at a level basic enough for them to comprehend. These courses are great at thoroughly laying a foundation then building carefully upon it.
In this system, students first watch the video (without taking notes - those are provided). While the instructions suggest repeatedly pausing the video to discuss and answer posed questions, I did not find this applicable to many of the lessons I watched. You will probably want to watch the first several presentations along with your student to determine whether this will be a necessary step in your lessons. Videos are 5-10 minutes in length. After watching the video, students review the course notes that summarize and recap the concepts and terminology presented. They then work the exercises in the student worktext. Rather unique to this program is the checking of this work by the student, using the provided solution manual. In this way, the child realizes and corrects his own mistakes, learning the correct procedure to follow. Solutions are shown in detail. If needed, he can review the video also. You gauge the student's performance via quizzes taken at the end of each lesson. An "A" and "B" quiz are provided so that you can review and retest if necessary. Tests (again "A" and "B" forms) are provided for each Unit as well. The instructor's guide contains solutions to all quizzes and tests.
The Algebra course is a complete course containing pre-Algebra instruction and the equivalent of both Algebra 1 and 2; two years of instruction. In fact, Dr. Clark recommends students take a CLEP or college entrance exam upon completing the Algebra course to place out of a college algebra refresher course. The Geometry course includes a significant amount of Trigonometry instruction and may serve as both Geometry and Pre-Calculus courses.
The complete courses consist of 6 modules, A thru F (Geometry Level F is not available separately in DVD format). Each Module consists of one or more Units of instruction, containing various numbers of lessons (about three months worth of course work per module). Modules are contained in separate boxes which contain video lessons on DVD, course notes, student WorkTexts, Solution Manuals, Progress Tests and Instructor's Guides. Additional student materials are also available below for each module or in complete packs. An online option with a lifetime access to the videos is also available for both algebra and geometry.