The opening chapter is really helpful in that regard. It's titled Necessary Tools for Algebra and it has 22 lessons just to make sure your student is ready for the rest of the course. Because everyone may be coming from a different curriculum with a different scope and sequence, I appreciated this chapter to fill in all the gaps (for example, we'd never covered scientific notation). Other lessons were just helpful reminders, like the correct order of operations--solving within parentheses first, then multiplying, and adding last.
The ten chapters (with multiple lessons in each) are:
- Necessary Tools for Algebra
- Solving Equations
- Graphing and Analyzing Linear Equations
- Solving and Graphing Inequalities
- Systems of Linear Equations & Inequalities
- Rational Expressions (Algebraic Fractions)
- Radical Expressions and Geometry
- Quadratic Equations
- Algebra Word Problems
Each lesson is contained on a two-page spread. You'll find an introduction to the topic, some example problems, exercises for the student, and some cumulative review problems. There's not room in the book to work out the problems so the student will need to copy them to another sheet of paper. The author suggests writing out the example problems and the steps for solving them as well. He suggests that it makes the learning process more effective.
The key to this program is the online video lessons. The back of the book provides the website and access code. For those with several kids, permission is given for each new user of the book to log in with the same access code at no charge. These videos are presented as a virtual white board and you can hear and see the instructor work through the example problems in the book.
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No-Nonsense Algebra is published by Math Essentials for $27.95. This price includes free online video lessons. Math Essentials offers a no risk guarantee. If you try No_Nonsense Algebra for 20 minutes a day as directed and don't see dramatic improvements in math skills they will refund your money no questions asked.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of No-Nonsense Algebra for the purpose of completing this review. There was no other compensation for my honest opinion.