Anyone who knows me knows that math is not my favorite subject! Any math questions from high school definitely get directed to my math-loving husband. I feel more like Mr. Incredible in the new movie...I need to stay up late at night to study. If you are like me and need to brush up on your math skills you need to check out Math Essentials for Adults by Math Essentials. Even if you didn't homeschool your kids there would be lots of reasons to brush up on your math skills!
For the last few weeks, I have been using this math refresher book. It covers general math, geometry, problem-solving, pre-algebra, and algebra. The book is laid out in chapters. I haven't been working in a traditional way through this book. I didn't want to start with addition and work through math in a traditional way. I like that the contents are separated into topics rather than chapters.
Charts and Graphs
Pre-Algebra and Algebra
There is also solutions, a glossary, and symbols and tables.
When you open this book it looks like a consumable product. However, in the introduction, it does recommend using a notebook to write down all your answers and work. It is a violation of copyright to photocopy the pages. The header of each page has the topic written for example Whole Numbers - Addition. If you wanted to use this book as a consumable resource there is a small area on each page to write notes. There are helpful hints and a lot of word problem examples on the pages of relevant topics. Each page also has a small chart where you can write your score for the page, at the bottom is a place for the score.
I like that the topics covered start very simply. The very first practice page, for example, is a very simple whole number addition. There are video accessible online to help with each topic. I have used online video lessons before and I would have liked to see these a little easier to find. When you go to the link to view the videos, the book is not there as an option. However, if you look through the other books and video topics shown you can find them. I would have liked to have seen this book as one of the clickable options with the correlating video topics. This would have been a lot easier to access. However, since this book with the video links were designed for adults I guess it's okay that it's not the easiest to navigate.
On the whole, I liked this book. I feel that it is useful for a parent to use as a refresher, especially if they have high school students!
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