|Middle School and High School Math Resources
We take a look at supplemental programs, in the form of web sites and software, for helping
high school-age kids improve their math skills.
Software programs available for math tutorial help at the middle
school and high school level are rather dry, but serious students
(and those pushed to use the programs by their parents) will
benefit if they use the programs.
The Math Advantage series remains essentially the same
year to year, and includes separate CD-ROMs for the following
subjects: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry,
Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, Business Math,
and Real World Math.
The CDs in Math Advantage 2005 by Encore Software feature tutorials that
include instructions and examples on a variety of topics,
interactive demonstrations, exams, and games. Games can be played
only once users achieve "good" results in the
examination for that particular subject. In the Pre-Algebra
CD-ROM, for example, kids select a topic (such as fractions or
decimal fractions) from a large list, and then work through
explanations and examples in the sub-topics (such as
"simplifying fractions"). The exam questions are
automatically graded, and timed if desired. Kids can go back to
questions with incorrect answers to see the correct results. A
bonus CD is included, which offers kids tutorials on how to
use Microsoft Excel. For more information or to buy: Math Advantage 2005
It is important to note that Middle & High School Math
(Grades 7-12) by Topics Entertainment features the same
core titles as those in Math Advantage, except without
the Statistics, Business Math, and Real World Math. In other
words, this package offers Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry,
Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus, and these CD-ROMs were
originally made by the same company, offering the same format and
content. The price for this one is a little lower, and if it comes
down to a choice between the two packages, some families might
prefer this title if they don't have a need for the other CDs. For
more information or to buy: Middle & High School Math Excelerator
We have found that www.math.com
offers a surprisingly vast variety of math tools, games, and
tutorials for free, and families might want to peruse that site
before considering paying for the software programs above. Extra help and practice in math conceptsfrom
fractions to square rootsis offered at this math site.
Children can learn math concepts, test themselves, and play
skill-building games. Exercises are automatically graded.
Tables and formulas are offered as well. The site is quite comprehensive.
We don't like the pop-ups, but the site is worth it nevertheless.
top-notch math site that we recommend is Ask
Dr. Math, which includes answers to math problems ready to
browse. Essentially, the site is a question and answer service, but
the answers to past questions are extensive, and its searchable
archive is extremely useful and well-organized.
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