# Easy-To-Use DVD-Based Algebra Tutor ~ ScienceandMath.com #Review

Algebra. It’s on almost every homeschool parent’s dread list, because whether we did well in it or not, we have no idea how our children will do until we try it. Finding the right tools to help you teach is extremely important, and there are SO many choices out there… where do you start?

We’ve been trying out a combo of those possibilities in our homeschool recently, two products from ScienceandMath.com: Algebra 1: Volume 1 and the Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheet CD.

Algebra 1: Volume 1 is the first of two courses designed to lead your middle or high school student through the entirety of Algebra 1. There are ten video sessions on the disk, each running around 50 minutes. The material in the videos is presented much like a live algebra class, with the teacher speaking in front of a white board, and the camera zooming in on the examples presented on the board. It has a very similar feel to an in-person class, with the additional benefit that the student can pause, rewind, and review the tutorial as needed.

The Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheet CD is exactly as the title indicates; each PDF file on the CD directly corresponds to a lesson on Algebra 1: Volume 1, and includes both printable worksheets and answer keys. (With the exception of lesson 2, which has three files assigned to it.) These files include between 25-30 pages on average, with approximately 30-50 questions per file.

Both Algebra 1: Volume 1 and Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheet CD may be purchased either as a physical DVD/CD, or as downloadable files. Pricing is as follows:

Product | Physical | Download |

Algebra 1: Volume 1 | $26.99 | $23.99 |

Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheet CD | $24.99 | $21.99 |

While these algebra tutor products do cover the material as described, I’d be hard-pressed to consider them a complete curriculum on their own. Better, in my opinion, to use them in addition to your chosen curriculum, if you’re seeing additional practice, review, or simply a different way of looking at algebra.

While Chris said that yes, the explanations by the instructor were sufficient for him to understand, he also didn’t have anything overwhelmingly positive to say. When he reached the point where he would be passing where he is working in his regular curriculum, he very quickly decided that he’d prefer to return to the other – this was fine for review, but moved at too fast a pace, with too few practice problems, for him to really get the hang of new material.

In short, that summarized my feelings well: a restrained positive: solid for review, but not for initial instruction. I also found myself doing some re-explaining, when he was attempting new material. The worksheets and answer keys came across as minimal, to me – expecting this to be a more complete program, as it’s described as a “course”, not review, I was surprised. Even though I may choose not to use all of the exercises in a product, I generally assume there will be more than enough to get a great deal of practice in.

Products from ScienceandMath.com have received numerous awards, and there are a great many math course products available, ranging from 5th grade math on up through high school and college math. Other reviewers with the Schoolhouse Review Crew received Mastering 5th Grade Math – Volume 1 – Essentials of Fractions and Amazing Science, Volume 1.