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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CTC Math Online Math Tutor Review

CTC Math Review

I've had the opportunity to receive a 12 month Family Plan of CTC Math  
as a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

CTC Math Review

I used this program with my 12 year old son and I also set up an account to try for myself. 

What is CTC Math?

Looking for a program to help your struggling student/child? A great supplement for your current math curriculum, this online math tutor will allow you to work at your own pace, start wherever you like, available to you 24/7 while giving you the opportunity to start and stop the videos, and rewind to hear again until you achieve the goal of that lesson.

While using the program, my son started with the 6th grade math program. Each grade level which is called a COURSE has several parts or STREAMS. Within each part, has TOPICS to go through. Each part has a different amount of topics. Each part contains two tests to find out where they are at academically. A Standard Test and a Comprehensive Test. It isn't mandatory to take the test and you can start on any lesson you'd like in each section.

In each part topic, you will have a video tutorial to watch with a really cool Australian accented gentleman, and then after the video a series of questions that reinforce the lesson taught, ranging around 10-20 total questions. While going through the lesson questions, it lets you know if the answer is correct by showing you a green check mark and if you got it wrong you will see a red X with the correct answer showing below. When you complete the lesson you are brought to a pop up screen that shows you the percentage score for that lesson along with each question w/ answers. 

This gives your student a way to see what they did and if they are incorrect, the correct answer is visible to see where they went wrong to fix in the future. Each lesson allows you to go over the questions again and again for further reinforcing of the lesson and will average out all lessons together to give you a percentage total.

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Here above you can see the screen for the Basic Math and Pre-Algebra Course of Study. After my son took the Comprehensive Test in the 6th grade math course, we found that he already has mastered all that was asked of him in that level so we moved him up to the next level. Since you can start and stop anywhere in the program, I found this a wonderful tool for my son because we found the 6th grade level in this program was something he has already mastered and was able to move on to the next level without having to purchase anything else.

As you can also see above, this level contains four parts.

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You can see above, the first part is clicked and this is what you see in that section titled Topic under Part 1. Here is 12 lessons for your student to master. As you work through each lesson the white rectangle will fill up with the percentage the student received in each lesson. If you work on one lesson more than once it will average the students score. Once you make it to the bottom of this lesson, completing all 12 lessons the child earns an award. My son worked towards earning the Silver Award keeping his grades above 90%. He hasn't yet earned the award so we are unsure what it will produce once he reaches it so we are excited to find out soon. My son is working at his own pace through the lessons and some lessons he has gone back over again to get a better understanding of the concept being taught.

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Here is another sample of Part 2 of the Basic Math and Pre-Algebra Course of Study. This section has 16 topics to master. As my son worked through the lessons in the course, he came to me and expressed how the videos were easy to understand and gave him a new perspective on some of the formulas used in algebra making it easier for him to grasp and understand. He also mentioned that using this alongside his current math curriculum, he's able to make more sense of his daily lessons.

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 One section outside the grade levels is SPEED SKILLS. I found this section a great value to use. There is four levels to choose from. Level 1 is what you see above. It contains Addition and Subtraction. You click on the section you'd like to master. You have a fixed amount of time to answer as many questions as possible pertaining to that subject. Addition or Subtraction. Then you will be given a score which is how many right answers you were able to get before the time ran out. You can see above that 50 and 45 were the top scores at the time of my post. You can play over and over showing you the best score. I noticed a little competitive streak in my son as he worked through the addition and subtraction drills over and over to beat his previous score, even if it was just by one.

Level 2 gives you harder adding and subtracting as well as multiplying.
Levels 3 and 4 get harder in problems with larger numbers to work with and are for higher grade levels.

CTC Math contains over 1400 video tutorials which range from 3-9 minutes in length. Following each lesson includes interactive questions with an option to print out for hands on worksheets. The summary at the end of each lesson is printable for those who would like to keep a record of your child's progress. Each week, CTC Math sends an email containing all your child has worked on throughout the previous week, giving you a breakdown of how often they were on the website and what lessons they worked on.

As a parent/teacher, you have access to the parent section of the website as part of your membership. This allows you to check on your child's progress anytime of the day/week. The lessons are short, easy to comprehend and absorb, which is nice for those who don't like to sit for long periods of time. Since math is not my strong subject this is a great addition to the curriculum we are using and look forward to gleaning more knowledge through this program.

The cost of the 12 month family plan that I received is $118.80 for 2 + students for 12 months. You can check out other plans that are available on the CTC Math website. With your membership, you get unlimited access to all lessons and all grade levels from Kindergarten to Trigonometry.

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  1. Thanks for writing this very useful information you have provided for me cheers!

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