UnLock Math (Review)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

If you've read here for a length of time, then you know that one of my favourite subjects is Mathematics.  Because of this, I am always eager to learn of new Maths programs which we can add to our homeschool.
We have recently been given the opportunity to try UnLock Pre-Algebra by UnLock Math.  While this is actually for Grade 7/8 students, I was wanted Ellie (Grade 6)  to try it to see if it would suit her particular learning style.  Since we work on a January to December School year, she is so close to being in high school so I felt a little extra 'push' in the maths department would be a great addition to her learning program at this time.
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UnLock Math is an online resource for secondary school students.    It comprehensively teaches the children the content of this important subject in an engaging & easy-to-follow way.  It is entirely over the Internet and there is very little requirements on the homeschool parent as everything is included in your subscription. We received a 12 month subscription to their UnLock Pre-Algebra program.
  At the beginning of their Math lesson on UnLock Math, the student logs into their student dashboard. Each student has a unique student number & the parent has the ability to set the password.   The dashboard contains a full list of all the units that the student is required to complete in this particular course. It also shows their average marks as well as their progress. The dashboard also gives users the ability to obtain a Progress Report.  The ability to launch a Gradebook is also available in this section.   

The student must choose which unit they will complete & then they press the rocket icon to 'launch' that particular unit. Once launched, the student will progress to a list of lessons, quizzes and test within that area of study.   I asked Ellie to complete one of these sections daily.
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A single lesson is broken into six separate parts.  Each lesson contains the same parts so it is easy for the student to follow. Each part is included to ensure the student obtains a thorough understanding of the content.  It also gives them the ability to reach to their highest potential in this subject area. The parts are:
Warm up: The first section is the warm up. This includes 5 questions of review work. 
Instruction: This is the teaching video by Alesia Blackwood.  The teaching is very succinct & concise. Alesia is very enthusiastic about Maths & this allows her to engage the student.  She teaches the content very thoroughly & Ellie found that she had a clear understanding by the end of the short video. 
Practice Problems: This contains questions on the work the student has just learned. The program is adaptive to ensure the student gets the amount of practice they need.
Stay Sharp: This includes more difficult questions on both the work they've just learned as well as some review work. These questions are interactive & adaptive to ensure the student fully understands their Maths lessons.
Challenge Yourself: This contains one question that requires the student to really think.
Reference Notes: This is a download of notes from this particular lesson.

The quizzes are completed after specific lessons are done.  Each unit ends with a unit test to ascertain how well the student has understood their work.  There is also a mid- & end of course exam included in the course.
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Ellie really enjoyed using UnLock Pre-Algebra.  To our surprise, she currently has a 90% average.  As she is younger than the grades specified, I expected she would struggle more than she has.  Ellie commented that she really likes this program because of how it was taught.  She said the videos made the Maths easy to understand. She did find the Challenge Yourself questions difficult though.  I intend for her to continue using this program as it is an good fit for her learning style.
I felt it is an excellent program for making Maths understandable. 

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