I have been eyeing Demme Learning's Math-U-See program for many years. I've never taken the plunge to get it because I just didn't understand it, and was never sure if it would work for us. When the opportunity to review their digital packs came up I was super excited to finally give it a try, and now I'm wishing I had tried it a long time ago!
Since we have never used Math-U-See before, we received both of the Algebra 1 physical books and the Algebra 1 digital pack. For this review I will focus mostly on the digital packs and the features we found there, but I will also touch a little on the program overall and how we like it.
I was able to print up extra practice pages, and even a record keeping chart to help me keep track of scores for lessons and tests from the digital packs.
The nice thing about the digital streaming videos is that you can access them from any internet connected computer or device. No DVD's to worry about chasing around. The streaming played back nicely, and you can easily stop and go back if you need to hear something again.
How did we use this program? My daughter would watch the video instruction either online or with the DVD if she didn't have access to online, and then she would complete the sections for each lesson throughout the week. Usually 1 section per day. We might double up eventually, but she is still getting used to this program, so it has been a little tougher completing all the problems in a timely manner. I also watch each video for each lesson so I can refresh my memory and be able to help her. I have found the instructions very helpful in the videos.
At the end of each lesson there is a test. I love how these tests are multiple choice. I am not sure if it is that way with all the levels, but it is for Algebra 1. It is great practice for a high schooler to test in this way, and it encourages her to check her answers immediately if she doesn't get any of the choices given. The unit tests are not multiple choice though. She hasn't made it to a unit test yet, so we'll see how she does with that when she gets there.
|These are the first 2 tests from for lesson 1 and lesson 2|
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