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Using MATHhelp.com for High School Algebra II
Riley and I are using MATHhelp.com for high school Algebra II this year. MATHhelp.com is one of the math programs recommended by Heart of Dakota. We are both really enjoying it! Riley likes the teacher in the video lessons. He says the lessons are clear with sequential steps that are easy to follow. I would agree! The teacher is just so earnest and likable as well. He stands at the whiteboard and talks through each step, writing as he talks. The charts he uses to plug in information for formulas are quite innovative! He finds ways to make difficult formulas seem easy to use. Riley always did fine with math, but just never really enjoyed it. Well, with MATHhelp.com, he is truly enjoying his math! I am too!
How to Find Out More About MATHhelp.com
On the MATHhelp.com website, you can watch sample videos and view sample lessons. You can also go through their ‘guided tour’ and ‘homeschool user guide’ for a quick overview. These samples give good information about MATHhelp.com. By watching the videos, looking at the lessons, and listening to the guided tour, you will more than likely be able to tell quite quickly if MATHhelp.com will be a good fit for you and your student. Much like the actual videos and daily work we do, these initial ‘helps’ given are efficient and time conscious. They won’t take long for you to go through, and they will make it clear if MATHhelp.com will work for you and your student.
Steps for Using MATHhelp.com Each Day
The steps are fairly easy for using MATHhelp.com. First, we print the course notes. These are short and contain any formulas or special notes needed. Second, we watch the Instruction video. We don’t take any additional notes as we watch. Third, we work through the Practice problems on paper while looking at them on the computer. If we get stuck, we click to see the problem fully worked out on the computer. Fourth, on the computer we look over the Worksheet problems with their fully worked solutions. We don’t actually work through these problems, but rather look for the unique, one-off kind of problems and how they are solved. Fifth, Riley does the Test. On harder lessons, I sometimes do the test too, and we compare answers. These are multiple choice and graded by the computer. Done!
P.S. Keep in mind you can easily modify these steps if you prefer! For example, your student can print and complete the Worksheet problems each day. Or, you can assign the reviews if you’d like! This is all very flexible! I’ve just shared one possible way to approach this that we are enjoying!