Review of No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials

Algebra is made easier through No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials. This curriculum includes online video lessons taught by Richard W. Fisher.

For this review, my son received a complementary copy of No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials.

What is No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials?

If you are like me, homeschool math at the high school level can be intimidating. So let me introduce you to No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials.

No-Nonsense Algebra is a flexible curriculum that gives students a strong understanding of essential math skills! It can be used as a full math curriculum, as a supplemental resource, or as a review. It can be tweaked to fit your family’s needs. I love this flexibility!

Each lesson contains short and concise directions that maximize a student’s learning in a short amount of time. No fluff or distractions that other curriculums have. Success can be measured and seen, which develops self-esteem in students. Reviews are built into each lesson as each one builds on the lessons before.

What is included in No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials?

The non-consumable textbook and online videos together provided the instruction we needed.

Rick Fisher teaches students to learn and master essential math skills using clear instruction techniques on the videos. He is an award-winning math instructor with over 31 years experience.

Let’s spend some time on the videos. Mr. Fisher presents his information as if students were looking at a white board. The problems are written out in black marker, then Mr. Fisher teaches and demonstrates with a blue marker. He shows how to solve an example, and then reviews the steps. This pattern repeats several times as Mr. Fisher works through several examples, each one increasing in difficulty.

How did our family use No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials?

Josh, my 8th grader, is using No-Nonsense Algebra as his main math curriculum for Algebra I.

He used No-Nonsense Algebra about three days each week. In the review period, he completed the first two chapters and is solidly into the third. Since he has already completed pre-algebra, he was able to often complete more than one lesson in a sitting.

What does a lesson in No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials look like?

Josh began each lesson by reading through the introduction in the textbook. I appreciated that Mr. Fisher gives his goal for the lesson as well as Helpful Hints to remember throughout the lesson.

Josh then watches the online video of Mr. Fisher’s instruction. We started a math journal for Josh because he takes notes from the videos and writes the examples down. He solves them along with Mr. Fisher.

Next, back for more examples in the textbook. These go over the steps to solve the problem again. This benefits both auditory and visual learners. Taking notes keep the kinestic learner engaged.

Josh then copies out the exercises into his math notebook and completes them there. There are not too many problems for him to complete. This encourages him to finish each one carefully. Currently he is studying the point-slope forms to write out the equation of a line.

The results are great! Josh is learning his Algebra well and mastering the concepts. He is completing a review each lesson, which keeps him fresh about previous material covered. We are not spending hours and hours on math. Mr. Fisher’s instructions are clear and to the point. No-Nonsense Algebra is a great math curriculum!

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I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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