Math Essentials has been providing quality Math workbooks for a while now. We were blessed to review No-Nonsense Algebra in the past for them. This time we were asked to review Math Refresher for Adults.
I don’t know about you but Math is not my strong suit. It’s probably my least favorite subject educationally. I’m just not great at Math.
(Surprisingly, I was a Mathelete in Middle School though. Go figure!)
Math is just hard for me. It’s not a subject that comes naturally, like English and reading do. I need extra help in learning. I need a review of work. I need someone checking behind me and guiding me with the work. Seriously, it’s that bad.
Math Refresher for Adults gives you that extra support that you need. It’s a full text book (work book) that reviews Math concepts as you work through it. The book gives you a few pointers and then jumps right in to the Math. You begin with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division review.
(Did you know I could divide before I could multiple? Weird fact.)
This book covers it all: decimals, fractions, basic math, algebra and more. It’s designed to be a reminder and refresher of the math that you’ve been taught in the past. The lessons are short and easy to understand.
Best of all, there are video lessons that go along with each lesson to help you figure out what you’re working on if you’re just all-together lost. You do need internet to access these lessons online but they are a great bonus when you’re stuck and just can’t figure out what this math is! Such a wonderful bonus!
The back of the book contains a Math Glossary and a resource center for you to use as well. Math terms that you may find confusing, math tables that maybe you need a refresher of, and a list of important symbols can be found there. These are also great for review for you or to share with your students.
I did some work from this book and I really enjoyed the lessons. But then I passed it on to my Mother. She was the one who benefited the most from the book. Math is also not her strong suit.
My Mother dropped out of school in the 9th grade because it was extremely challenging for her. She was a military brat and her parents traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast, to the Mid-West and back again. Her life was spent moving from school to school and because of this, she struggled to keep up with the educational differences until it became too much for her. She was either ahead or behind and school just became confusing and stressful. Homeschooling wasn’t an option in those days so she dropped out and went to work. In 2000, she went back to school, got her GED and graduated. It’s one of her proudest moments.
But even with graduating, Math has still been a struggle for her. It doesn’t click mentally and is challenging for her. A few weeks before this review came up, I gave her No Nonsense Algebra to take a look at. She read a little and said that it helped her understand the Math better than she’d ever been able to in the past. So when we received this review, I knew I wanted her to look over it as well.
Math Refresher for Adults has been perfect for my Mother. She’s gleaned so much from the course in just a few weeks. She picks the book up as she has time and works on a few pages each day. Mornings are often best because the distractions are less and she can really concentrate on the work she does. It’s helped her to better under the things she couldn’t about Math before using this course. She has not used the videos but she’s able to work through the problems in the book with ease. She is also able to check her answers and correct them with the answers in the back of the book for her to review.
My Mom is 67 years old and thanks to Math Essentials and Math Refresher for Adults, she’s finally able to understand a subject that has frustrated her for years. It’s been such a blessing to our family. It’s encouraging to my children as well, to see that anyone can learn at any age if they have the right materials to do so!
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