Monday, February 1, 2010

I Hope you Like Math-A Mathscore Review

because over the next week I have several math reviews to post!

Product: Mathscore
Company: Accurate Learning Systems Corporation
Price: Various pricing options that will be explained in further detail below (starting at $14.95US monthly for the first child, though there are some other options and it gets significantly cheaper per student after the first child).

Mathscore in an online math drill program developed by MIT graduates who wanted to develop a math drill program that adapted to the student's level and progressed according to the student's results. They found success with Mathscore which has been proven to increase math scores. Developed for students from grade 1 through to Algebra 1, covering a wide range of topics, there is something for most students whether they want to brush up on their skills or advance to the next level. Students choose a topic and progress through timed worksheets until they have reached a rating of 100 but unlike other math programs they are not locked into that topic until they acheive their rating of 100 and can work on another topic and come back to the previous topic at anytime. The worksheets progress according to the child's skill level/results so that child isn't suddenly shocked by a huge increase in difficulty. In addition to worksheets each topic also includes mini-lessons and sample questions so theoretically, this program could be used a complete math curriculum (especially for the younger years).

We've had the opportunity to review several online math drill programs this year, and my son has favored the "no-frills" worksheets of Mathscore. There isn't anything (graphics, huge acknowledgment of PERFECT scores, games) to distract him from the worksheets. He loved the scoring method used with Mathscore and was very excited to progress in levels with this program despite nothing more than a sentence telling him that he's advanced to the next level. Both he and I appreciated that more than enough time (for my son) was given for each worksheet so that Liam didn't end up panicky about not finishing "in time". Liam's confidence in math (especially keyboarding skills) has increased phenomenally since he no longer feels pressured to answer (type) questions faster than he is able. It is such a joy for me because it was hard for me to see that he felt "stupid" because he could not type fast enough to progress in other programs we've tried. As a result, his keyboarding skills have also improved because he knows that he CAN indeed do it! THANK YOU!

There are several payment options for this program.

  • First child: $14.95/month
    Second child: $5/month
    Each addition: $3.95/month

First 2 months the first child only costs $9.95/month

  • You can purchase (prepaid) a 9 month subscription lowering the cost for the first child to $9.95/month (which will be locked in for each additional month purchased after that point).

  • You can make a lump sum payment.  If you prepay $50, you can get $60 account credit (20% bonus credit).  If you prepay $100, you get $140 account credit (40% bonus credit).

It is also noteworthy to mention that you can freeze your subscription if you and your family are going on vacation or otherwise will be unable to use the product just by contacting the company. You account will be inactivated until such a time as you are able to use it again. It such a nice benefit to only have to pay for time used!

I look forward to using this program with Liam (and likely Morgaine as well) over the next several months and will be sure to update you on the success that we've seen. This program has been a welcomed addition to our homeschool math curriculum (though, at this time, even with the mini-lessons, it is used as a supplement to our current math curriculum of choice). I am uncertain as to whether I would purchase a subscription to this program at the current time but if money was not an issue then I believe that this would be an ideal purchase for my family. To see if this program might work for you please visit the Mathscore website and sign up for their two week free membership. Also be sure to check out some other reviews of this product here.

***Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.

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