Is your student getting ready for Algebra or beyond? Are you looking for a professional to teach them? Read this review to see if Mr. D’s Math is for your family.
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In a moment of insanity I decided I wanted to spend my summer learning pre-calculus. I’m not sure what I was thinking. Remember, insanity. But it was an enjoyable experience and I’m here to share with you what I’ve learned. Not the math part. Don’t worry, I’m not going to explain trigonometric functions (best leave that to Mr. D). What I will share is what I learned about Mr D and his math class.
What to Expect From Mr D’s Math Class as a Student
There are an awful lot of classes that Mr. D offers. Some have online classes and others are self paced. I would only recommend self paced if your student is very motivated and has someone they can pester with questions if they get stuck.
Visit Mr D’s Math to see the full list of offerings.
I took the Pre-Calculus class over the summer. I would only recommend the summer class for very motivated students who love math. Because you pretty much breath math the entire summer. It’s a little intense. A year round course would be more manageable.
When I registered I got a log-in I.D. to check grades and access the curriculum and classes. I also received email reminders of classes and assignments.
Class met twice a week for 11 weeks and was 90 minutes. The class focused on the weeks work and answering questions any student may have. I found the classes interesting. Remember, I like math. Not only were the how questions answered (how do you graph this equation) but also the more complex questions like: what would happen if I changed this number?
The next day I would do the homework the video worked through. It would take me about 5 hours to do all of the work and quizzes for the week. But I am very thorough and demand A’s in everything. Also, remember that I did a summer course. If you are looking at a year long course it would not be that intense.
Benefits of the Online Classes
It depends on how comfortable your student is with math and how motivated they are to seek the answers if the curriculum isn’t making sense whether or not they should take the online classes.
For most students I think the online math class is essential and here’s why:
Mr. D enjoys math. Being a part of his class, there is no denying that he understands math. That he enjoys teaching math. That he LOVES math. You wouldn’t want to learn from someone who only knew how to solve problems but didn’t care to. Mr. D has both knowledge and passion.
Mr. D is patient. There were several times that a student would interrupt the lesson to ask a question. Not only did it feel an acceptable thing to do but it was encouraged. Which is really important if you have a student who doesn’t always feel comfortable asking for help.
# 1 Reason to go to the Online Class: he will force you to participate! Ask me how I know. I didn’t realize this in the first class and was honestly spacing out (probably thinking about taking a nap) when Mr. D finishes explaining something and says, “Did you get that Danielle?” Uh, what were we talking about? I look around at the screen. Everything makes sense so I type, ‘yes.” And then I started paying better attention. 🙂
What Can You Expect as a Parent?
When your student signs up, you get your own log-in to check student grades and progress as often as you want. And because students can re-take tests and quizzes, if you see a score you don’t like, you can have them re-take it.
Going on vacation? or out sick? No problem. You can work ahead (without the class video) or make it up later with a reply of the class. No big deal.
I quit doing my work just so I could show you what it looks like when your student has completed assignments and uncompleted ones.
It was really hard to not do the assignments. 😉
As a parent I would check my students page twice a week until I felt like they didn’t need my reminders.
What Classes are Offered?
Visit Mr. D Math to see exactly what is offered and when. He has classes from Pre-Algebra to Pre-Calculus. He also has Test Prep classes which might be interesting to you who are preparing kids for college.