Math Refresher for Adults by Math Essentials is perfect for homeschool parents to help them help their kids with math. Many homeschool parents either struggle with math or have been away from it so long, that they have forgotten most of it.
The latter applies to me. My daughter will be starting her sophomore year in September, which means Algebra 2 is coming our way. Up to this point, I’ve been pretty comfortable explaining math concepts to her, but I’m not so sure about Algebra 2.
Math Refresher for Adults
The concepts covered include:
- Whole numbers, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (aka “basic operations”)
- Fractions, including mixed numbers and basic operations
- Decimals, including how to change fractions to decimals and vice-versa
- Word Problems
- Pre-Algebra and Algebra
As you can see, it’s pretty basic math. I consider this level of math to be what average adults should know and be capable of calculating without much trouble.
The lessons within the workbook are very short but do have accompanying videos online. The corresponding video tutorials for each lesson are found at mathessentials.net There’s an access code in the book that gives you full access to all the videos.
There is a key in the back so you can easily check your answers. This makes grading super quick 😉
Richard suggests working the problems on a separate piece of paper and not in the book because there’s just not a lot of room. And as someone who likes whitespace, I completely agree. Having a cheap .17 notebook from Walmart is excellent for this.
Each lesson has review exercises, which makes sense because some review is necessary to make sure you are retaining what you’ve learned. The lessons also have two sample problems, a small section to take notes, and then the working problems for the lesson.
Quick video overview
How we used it
Obviously, this isn’t a book that I will pull out all the time, but I can see me using it from time to time.
This would also be great for students who will graduate from school soon but have no plans to attend college. As I said, this pretty much covers everything someone would need math-wise as an adult.
Other reasons to use Math Refresher
If you’ve been a stay at home mama and you’re re-entering the workforce, this book might be good for you. Or, if you are wanting to take some college courses to advance your career, again, this would be a good option to freshen up those math skills.
If you are helping a child with a specific topic, viewing and working through the workbook and corresponding videos together can be quite helpful.
This is definitely a resource I recommend to homeschooling families everywhere.