Online (and offline!) practice with CTC Math #Review
Math for all ages, at the click of a button! It’s not just a dream, it’s CTC Math. With their unique combination of online math videos and interactive practice, plus optional offline materials, a 12 Month Family Plan could hit the sweet spot for your family.
CTC Math has courses for every level from elementary to high school, and is accessible anywhere you have internet, from any device with a modern HTML5 browser, including iOS and Android tablets and phones.
When a student first logs in, they’re presented with a list of courses and lessons available to them – which is all of them. This can be a little confusing or intimidating for some students, so it’s wise to have an adult nearby to help the first few times a student logs in. After that, it’s likely that most students will be able to complete their work on their own. A couple things to point out – CTC Math does not adapt to the student’s level, nor does it restrict access to levels other than the one the student is working on. It will require the parent to determine and assign activities to students, and ensure that they are completing the intended lessons.
The video lessons are generally short – 5-10 minutes. After the student has watched the video, they’ll complete online practice or (optional) printable worksheets. (When a student has completed a worksheet offline, they’ll need to return to the computer to enter their answers so that it can be scored.) Most lessons have multiple choice answers provided.
When the student has completed lessons, it’s easy for them to see, on one page, how they’ve done on each of the lessons in that section, because colored bars indicate their scores.
Cheyenne has been the primary user of CTC Math this time around, and while she says she’s “all mathed out” at this point, it’s not the fault of the program – it’s the fact that it’s almost summer and she needs a break from math. She’s used CTC before, so she’s familiar with it already. She still feels that it would be far too easy for a student to “cheat”, and I have to agree.
We do like the instruction videos. If my kids were younger, I’d be hesitant due to the lack of control over what skills they’re working on. As it stands, I find CTC math to be a very competent math supplement, but not something that I’d be comfortable recommending as a full curriculum.
There IS one tool that we really, really like – CTC did an excellent job with their “Speed Round”, which is basic math facts, done at high speed. These aren’t limited to just the simplest addition and subtraction, either – there are some levels that are a challenge for me. (And I’m a fast typist, too!) We tend to get a little bit competitive with these… though of course, the real purpose is for the student to complete against their own scores.
(My apologies for the quality of the following pics – they’re from one of the tests, which I found impossible to get a screenshot of on my computer – but I really wanted to share how there is a wide variety of questions to make students apply what they’ve learned.)
The problem we find is that the way the multiple choice answers are set up is both a positive and a negative, and which it will be really depends on the particular child. While each of the multiple choice lists does have a couple of “extra” answers so that there are some totally incorrect ones available, it’s all too easy for a reasonably intelligent student to game the system.
While CTC Math is available in monthly and 6 month plans – plus a free trial – the consistency of know that multiple students can continue working through the program without any interruptions (and at a discount!) make the family plan well worth consideration.