Math Essentials founder Richard W. Fisher (also known as Rick) was a math instructor for the Oak Grove School District in San Jose, CA, for over 31 years. He is known as America’s Math teacher. Rick has devoted his time to teaching and developing “unique award-winning, highly functional, easy-to-use, and, most importantly, easy-to-understand mathematics teaching system that produces amazing/dramatic results for students”. All of Rick’s “math learning materials can be used successfully with students who are struggling with math or have limited English skills”.
I received Math Refresher for Adults for review purposes. It is a 270 page paperback and “explains all math topics from grade 4 through algebra”. The cost is $28.95. It is designed for you the adult/parent to master the foundational math skills we all need. Math Refresher for Adults is beneficial for lots of different reasons. Being a “refresher” it was “written to ensure that the most amount of learning takes place in the shortest amount of time”. This book is great for homeschooling parents to be able to help their own kids with math.
In the beginning pages of Math Refresher for Adults you will find “Tips on How to Use the Book”, and learn about the video tutorials on the website that correspond with the lessons. These are password protected so you must note the access code instructions on page 4. There are even advanced Algebra video tutorials (the access code is right there on page 4). Next, you will see a detailed “Table of Contents”. It is set up in a way that makes it easier to find the exact topic you want to work on. This is a time saver because you don’t have to start at the beginning lessons of this book if you don’t need to. Just start anywhere on any lesson you need to brush up on. The topics covered are:
General Math- Whole Number Operations, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Geometry, Integers, Charts and Graphs, Word Problems
Pre-Algebra and Algebra- Sets, Positive and Negative Fractions/Decimals, Exponents, Square Roots, Order of Operations, Ratios and Proportions, Slope, etc.…..
In the back of the book are the problem Solutions, a Glossary of math Terms, Important math Symbols and Tables. Each chapter has short, easy-to-understand lessons that are explained in simple language. Each page of the lessons has a Copyright and note on the bottom about it being illegal to photocopy the pages. On page 5 it does say “you can copy the problems on to a piece of paper to work out”. In the next photo, you will see that is exactly what I chose to do.
I used Math Refresher for Adults like a textbook instead of a workbook. I found it easier for me to copy all the problems onto a separate piece of paper so I would have room to work them out (see full pic below). If you can tell from the photo, the problems from the book (on the left) are all on 1 page. Flipping through the book I found that to be the case for most of the lessons. The page set up is like this…..
First, there is a small section for taking notes.
Next are the Review Exercises which have 4 problems (may be up to 6 in the Pre-Algebra and Algebra sections). “Consistent review is built into each lesson”.
Then there are the Helpful Hints to ensure you understand each new topic being introduced (If you still don’t understand how to work the problems out, this is where the video tutorials come in handy).
Following that is 2 sample problems marked ‘S’ to get you going.
After that, you have 10 problems to work out with a scoring section next to it (anything at least 80% is considered passing).
Last is 1 word problem to solve.
The beginning lessons focused on math concepts that were not areas I struggle in. Instead, I went straight for the lessons on Fractions because that is where I was weakest. I was able to remember some concepts but had to turn to the video tutorials when I got stuck. At first, I was lost trying to find the videos for this particular book on the website. After some digging, I came to discover the lessons were within other math books they sell. It would have been nice to have the lessons also labeled for Math Refresher for Adults so that they are easier to find. In the videos, I like that he explains while he works the problems out a few times so that you see how they are done.
For the past month, I have worked on a couple of lessons daily to refresh the areas where I need to strengthen my math skills. It is recommended that you “spend no more than an hour doing math”. I agree because my brain and eyes needed a rest and I wanted the concept I just worked on to sink in. I have not reached any of the Pre-Algebra or Algebra lessons yet, but I’m in no hurry. I’m glad I have this resource handy to help me keep up on my math skills.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review. If you have a math phobia or are a homeschool mom that’s intimidated by teaching math to your children, I highly recommend you consider this math refresher. Other Crew members reviewed Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials. Click on the banner below to read their thoughts.
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