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Review: Math Refresher For Adults

Some adults are intimidated by teaching or assisting their children with math. Well, Math Essentials has created the perfect solution via Math Refresher for Adults. This workbook provides review materials, example problems, and an online lesson library to enhance your skills.

Math Refresher for Adults is a power-packed workbook that features tips, technique, and reminders to enhance your math skills. This book can be worked through from beginning to end or you can use the table of contents to find a specific section of the study. Some of the topics covered include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division Chama fractions, decimals, percents, and geometry. Various parts of working with integers, algebra, charts, graphs, as well as word problems are also covered. Each section also includes a note-taking area and review questions

The back of the book includes a solutions sections with answers for each of the problems within the book. An alphabetized glossary is also available, giving definitions and examples of various mathematical terms. An important symbols page, multiplication table, prime number chart, squares and square roots chart, and a fraction/decimal equivalents chart are also included in the back. These resources pages are perfect to quickly reference as needed.

Each section includes access to accompanying video lessons. These are password protected and available via their website. The instructor clearly explains the material as they work through example problems. Additional,
password protected videos can also be accessed via a different website. This information and password are available in your book about and tips sections.

This workbook worked well in our home and was used by me at least twice a week. I decided to use post-it notes to separate the topics we covered in my refresher book each month. Prior to each lesson I reviewed the topic and checked to see if they were any problems that I could use to help teach Bear. For some occasions, I found this book was very helpful in preparing me to educate him during our school year. However, this will be a lot more helpful to me when it is time for him to get deeper into algebra and geometry. Those are the subjects I need to “refresh” the most so I will definitely refer to this book then.

Overall, Math Refresher for Adults will be a consistently used resource in our homeschool for years to come. This book would also make a great gift to those you know are preparing for something that requires them to update their math skills. Consider gifting this to those who are:

  • Returning to college
  • Helping children with their homework
  • Preparing for GED, SAT, PSAT, or PRAXIS test
  • Starting college
  • Job hunting and might need to take a math assessment
  • Preparing for Teacher’s Certification test
  • Teaching math or GED classes

Math is used by myself and my family daily in homeschool, cooking, grocery shopping, figuring out a tip, paying bills, or ordering things online. It is imperative to keep practicing this skill and learning more so that we are able to fully function in the world today. Math Essentials created Math Refresher for Adults to provide grown-ups with a convenient opportunity to reacclimate themselves with mathematics. Let the tips on these pages and in the videos help restore your confidence in this subject and make your job as a home educator much easier.

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Math Refresher for Adults {Math Essentials}

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.


Two Sides to the CTCMath Story

Today’s review features two perspectives of the Single Membership we received via CTCMath. This curriculum couldn’t have come at a better time for our household because we had completed our old program and were looking for something new.  I wanted to be sure the new math included testing with the option for our children to move up or down in grade levels as I saw fit.  CTCMath gave us just that!  Usually, you read my thoughts on a program with a quote from Bear; however, this time, I will give you the information and Bear will provide a detailed review of his own.

CTC Math

CTCMath was birthed from the vision of a homeschooling father in Australia who wanted to provide a multi-sensory approach to educating children in mathematics.  This online curriculum is geared towards students in Kindergarten through 8th grade with the option to use as a supplemental program in high school.  Since Bear was the only student using this program, we chose the Individual Plan but there is a Family Plan for homes with multiple children.  This program is designed to be used by schools districts, parents who want to help their children improve, and homeschoolers.

The Parent features on this program are amazing!  You are given the ability to assign your student lessons, diagnostic tests, and even write a note to them when you assign the task.   All provided diagnostic tests are available in short (20 questions), standard (30 questions) or comprehensive (40 questions).  Each task created has the option to change the due date and the order in which your child needs to complete what is assigned.  Upon completion, a PDF task progress report is emailed which includes your child’s results, whether it was completed on time, and how many times the task was attempted prior to completion.  At the end of the week a comprehensive weekly report is emailed which provides an average for all task completed that week.

CTC Math 3

“I like that CTCMAth is online and that I could use my tablet to complete the activities.  The lessons are put together well and with the diagnostic tests I was able to see if I knew all the information.  I took a few comprehensive tests to review what we went over last year and I passed all of those.  The diagnostic tests are not timed but I usually finished the comprehensive ones within thirty minutes.  I’m in 4th grade but was able to move up to 5th and 6th grade for a few lessons once I passed the diagnostic tests for the previous grade levels.  Speed Skills, Times Tables, and Swap Pieces were fun games to play.” Bear, 9 years old

“The website was easy to navigate by myself and I have my own log in information.  I like how the videos are available for every lesson but if you already know the information, you can go straight to the lesson questions.  On the screen they show your current score while you are answering questions.  This pushed me to work harder and make sure my score stayed high.  My mother set my passing score to 85% so I always knew whether or not I was passing the assigned tasks.  Depending on the length of the video, lessons usually take five to fifteen minutes to complete.  I’m glad we are going to continue using this program and I think I want to keep using it all the way through high school.” Bear 9 years old

CTC Math 2

CTC Math 7

Overall, CTCMath has provided our homeschool with a great online math curriculum that features everything we were looking for and more.  As you can see, Bear and I both like all the features of the Single Membership but my FAVORITE FEATURE is that this program can be used on Android tablets and iPads which was great on car school days.  Currently, homeschoolers are able to receive 60% off, PLUS 6 BONUS MONTHS on monthly and annual subscriptions for family and individual plans.  You can also receive a FREE TRIAL of this program where you’ll be able to view the first lesson for every section within each grade level.


Don’t just take our word for it! Click this mathematical hyperlink to read reviews from other homeschool families on the review crew.

Make today wonderful,

Ta’Neisha K.