It can be hard to remember how you learned to work out Math problems if you haven't used those skills in a long time. If you need to brush up on your Math skills, I recommend checking out Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials.
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Math Refresher For Adults Review
Math Refresher for Adults is a physical, consumable book designed to help adults practice Math. It offers easy to understand lessons, a handy math resource center and free access to video tutorials with the author, Richard W. Fisher as the instructor for your lessons. I was concerned that it may not cover the basics, but I was wrong. It does cover General Math, Problem Solving, Algebra, Geometry and more.
How I Used It
As this review occurred in our summer season here in Wisconsin, USA, I would sit outside in the lawn chair and watch the kids play in our big backyard while doing the problems. I decided to use the book pages to write out how I solved the problems and my answers, so all I needed when I went out the door was a sunhat, pencil and my Math book. On the rainy days, I would recline in my comfy rocking chair to complete my work.
I decided to start at the beginning of the book and work my way through it as I intend to finish the entire book, hopefully before our new homeschool year starts in September. Then I will have a student in high school Geometry, Grade 7 Math, Grade 2 Math, and Grade K.
When I completed my work, my 10th grade daughter, Mercedes would correct it for me. I would often try to work on it quickly, maybe a little too quickly, because I would get some marked wrong. I found that my problem was that I would mix up the “+” symbol with the “x” symbol. Or it could be that my 44 year old eyes should have been wearing “cheater” glasses to see better?
I am a visual learner, so I was pleased to see that this program offers some videos to watch.
Fractions covers pages 30 to 51 in the book, for example, and there is a video that I watched (below) that covers some information about it. It does advertise another one of the books that they sell, but still helps me to understand the concepts to use when working out problems in this Math Refresher book. Mr. Fisher does a great job teaching and using words that don't go “over my head”.
What I really like about the book is that it allows you to have enough room to work out the problems in the book, if you would like.
I do think that the right lower side of the book that has the numbers and says “Score” is unnecessary. The book has a total of 270 pages and I looked and looked, but could not find where it tells how to use that thing. I am thinking they either a) want you to write the answer to each problem there, mark if it is wrong, then you get a score at the bottom for how many you got right or b) you write how many points you get on each line and if you get it wrong, it is zero and then total the score at the bottom. I decided not to use it. It is easy enough to just mark if something is incorrect with a check mark and to figure the score without having to write additional marks.
I really enjoyed the “helpful hints” sections of the book and I thought they did a nice job of describing how to do the problems.
Peeking into the back of the book, there are many useful tables like a multiplication table, prime numbers, square roots, commonly used symbols and fraction/decimal equivalents.
I plan to keep this book around for a long time after I use it up just to have these handy charts available!
I feel that this book does what it is intended to do and is definitely giving me a refresher, which will be helpful for my upcoming homeschool teaching season. Adults who may be considering going back to college or are about to take a placement exam with Math should use this book before taking the test as I do feel it would be a benefit.
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