Math Tutor: Pre-Algebra & Calculator Tutor


“Math Tutor” sent us two DVD’s to review through the “TOS Crew”. 

They were “The Pre-Algebra Tutor- Volume One” and the “Texas Instruments TI-83/TI-84 Calculator Tutor.

The Pre-Algebra Tutor Vol. 1 covers topics including:

Disk 1
Sect 1 – Real Numbers
Sect 2 – The Number Line
Sect 3 – Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To
Sect 4 – Absolute Value and Adding Integers
Sect 5 – Subtracting Integers

Disk 2
Sect 6 – Multiplying Integers
Sect 7 – Dividing Integers
Sect 8 – Powers and Exponents
Sect 9 – Order of Operations

The goal of these DVD’s is to give your student a firm foundation for Algebra 1. The DVD”s are part of a great series that has been created by Jason Gibson. I thought that the material was presented in a really thorough way and yet in a relatively short amount of time. This allowed us plenty of time to practice the concepts each section taught and not have to deal with students who are overwhelmed and frustrated.  The concepts were explained clearly and prior knowledge was not “assumed”. 

In most cases, the teacher briefly reviewed information that had been given previously, as he was working a problem. I found that to be very helpful with my “somewhat-forgetful-after-a-Summer-break”  kids!   Mr. Gibson seems to have a good grasp of how young people learn (by doing!) We especially enjoyed his teaching style and calm “can do” attitude!  

We also have invested in the $19.99 per month, Membership Plan at the Math Tutor Website, so I was able to use the worksheets at the website for practice. They compliment  the DVD’s very nicely, by the way.

We also were able to use and review the Calculator Tutor DVD for our TI-84 Plus Calculator. This was a fabulous tool that I recommend to you if you have one of these, or if you are planning to purchase one of these terrific calculators. The 8 hour/ 3 Disc set contains 37 Sections which cover all the functions and modes as well as how to use them for correct calculations. The video uses a screen shot of the actual calculator in order to show the many uses in a very specific and visual way. He includes information that will help students save time on tests!  The DVD’s will definitely help you to use your calculator wisely!  

We just purchased the TI-84 this year to help my 10th Grader practice for the SAT/ ACT tests. Up until last year, my children were actually very calculator illiterate, since I never allowed them to use one. In our State, we are required to test every year and this year we used the same test, but did “group” testing with our Homeschool Support Group. My kids were very surprised to find out that they were allowed to use a calculator in some areas of the test, and that the testing company even recommended calculator use for the portions of the test where it was allowed. Not only that, they were quite upset to learn that the other kids has all been using calculators on their tests for years! Their shock reminded me of the day that they discovered from their friends that there were actually computer games that were NOT educational :)

The Math Tutor Pre-Algebra DVD Volume 1 is available at the Math Tutor Website for $26.99

and the Texas Instruments TI-83/TI-84 Calculator Tutor is also available for just $26.99 as well:

Even if you are not sure you need one of these DVD’s just yet, I would encourage you to check out the Math Tutor website. They have materials to teach Math from Pre-school through College! These DVD lessons are a great way to help supplement your regular Homeschool curriculum or your child’s public school lessons.  Mr. Gibson also provides free articles on teaching Math, free samples of his video lessons so that you can try before you buy and as I mentioned, the Monthly Membership which includes access to all the Math lessons as well as printable worksheets for practice, further examples and a discussion forum.

Right now, they are offering a deal on shipping so that you pay the same shipping costs on one or multiple DVD’s.  The Math Tutor products come with a money back guarantee so that you can be assured of their usefulness and quality.  

If you would like to take a look at what some other Homeschoolers who have used these materials thought about them, then check out this link to the TOS Crew Blog and click the links for other crew members’ opinions:

I learned about the Math Tutor DVD’s last year, through the reviews I have been privileged to do for the Old Schoolhouse Review “Crew”. I recently received the above two DVD’s free of cost in order to use, review and blog about them so that you can have an honest opinion about the products from me. No other compensation has been received. 

Math Tutor helps me to be able to say ~ Mission Algebra ~ Accomplished!

Owner of Creative Solutions: Virtual Assistant and Social Media Services. Editor for The Homeschool Journal, and the online news outlet, Homeschool-ology. I am a former classroom teacher turned Home Educator. I serve as President of Friends of the Davie County Public Library, 501 c.3 , and I am the adult adviser for several youth led organizations. My family's lifestyle includes lots of creativity. We enjoy natural and simple living, organic gardening, reading, art, all kinds of music, and french foil fencing.

Posted in College Prep, Curriculum Reviews, Middle School, Test Prep
One comment on “Math Tutor: Pre-Algebra & Calculator Tutor
  1. terri says:

    I enjoyed your review. I second the calculator DVD, It was excellent. My son is excited about his math now. He too was calculator-less all of these years.


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