Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Review of Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials

I admit it!  I am a math nerd.  Equations and formulas make me happy.  Story problems make me squeal.  I just love math.  I even love to help others with math.  This is why I want to keep my skills fresh and sharp.  I was super excited to receive Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials to review.  It never hurts to work on your math skills and this product made my inner math nerd very happy.
Math Refresher for Adults, A Glimpse of Normal
Math Refresher for Adults by Richard W. Fisher is a textbook style book that is designed to help adults refresh their math skills so that they can in turn help their students.  It is practical and easy to use.  It explains topics that are covered in math from fourth grade up through algebra.  It features a detailed Table of Contents to easily find topics to work on, over 200 pages of exercises to work on, solutions to every problem, a glossary, a table of important math symbols, a multiplication table, a table of commonly used prime numbers, a table of squares and square roots, and a table of fraction/decimal equivalents.  The book is broken into 2 major sections: General Math and Pre-Algebra and Algebra.  There are 9 concepts that are refreshed in this book and they are:
  • Whole Numbers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percents
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Word Problems
  • Pre-Algebra and Algebra
Each lesson in this book starts with review exercises to get your brain warmed-up and ready to work. Then there are helpful hints which give tips for working on the content of the lesson.  This area is where you will find those math rules that you may have forgotten and the why of the math operations.  These hints are clear, precise, and easy to follow.  Many of them include examples too so that you can see what is expected.  Then you get your chance to practice and refresh your skills with the practice problems.  Each lesson has 2 sample problems and 10 practice problems for you to solve.  The solutions can be found in the back of the book so that you can check your work.  There are also problem solving questions at the end of many of the review exercises for extra practice.  At the end of each chapter of the book there is a review section to review all of the lessons for each chapter.  At the end of each section there is a final review of the entire section.

When you purchase this book for $28.95 you also get access to free online video lessons.  They have a video for every lesson in the book which you can access with a special code included in the book.  The videos are clear, concise, and helpful.  You can use the videos to help refresh your memory, watch them with a student who is struggling with a concept, or to see the problems worked out step by step.  The videos that go with this book are listed for their original book that they appear in so they might take a minute to sort through to find the right one, but it is worth it.

I wanted to review this book because I have 2 math students in our own homeschool and I help many of our youth group kids with their math.  Because of this, I want to and need to keep my math skills fresh at all times.  This book is perfect for that.  I started with the very first lesson when I got this book just so I could get a feel for how the lessons worked and then I skipped around.  I wanted to cover a variety of the lessons in the book.  I worked on some lessons in the whole numbers concept area, some in the percent concept area, and some in the pre-algebra and algebra section.  I feel like each lesson that I work on refreshes a set of skills that I can use with my students and the students from youth group that I help.  I worked on the lessons just like they were laid out and each lesson I did took me 15-20 minutes.  I wrote out my answers on a separate piece of paper like the book suggested.  This gave me plenty of room to work out my solutions and I can also revisit lessons over and over if I want to/need to.  I had fun sitting down each day and completing a few lessons.  When I was done with my lessons I could quickly check the answers in the back of the book to make sure I got them right.  I also went through some of the videos and watched them for a refresher for the lessons I have not had a chance to work through yet.  I wanted a quick visual reminder of what I will be doing when I get to them.  The videos are very thorough and great for visual learners.  I spent some time watching the videos on probability because this topic is probably one of my least favorites when it comes to math.
I highly recommend Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials for any adult that teaches or helps with any kind of math.  It is also great if you are going back to school yourself or if you just want to refresh your math memory.  There are tons of applications for this book and it can be used in so many ways.  I will definitely keep working through the rest of these lessons and I will keep my book on hand for reference in the future because it is so thorough.  You can learn more about the Math Refresher for Adults book I used by clicking here.  You can also learn more about Math Essentials and all the math books they offer by checking out their website.  You can also find Math Essentials on Facebook. I am sure that my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew checked out other lessons in this book that I haven't got to yet, so click on the banner below to find out how they used the lessons in this book.
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