*"I personally get a thrill out of making seemingly complex topics suddenly easy to students. I have found over the years that the easy way to do this is to learn by working example problems, beginning with the easier ones and gradually progressing to the harder ones."*

So he has put together a number of Math DVDs to do just that - tutor students in math. I received The Pre-Algebra Tutor Volume 1, which is a 5-hour video tutorial covering the following topics:

**Disk 1**

Sect 1 – Real Numbers

Sect 2 – The Number Line

Sect 3 – Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To

Sect 4 – Absolute Value and Adding Integers

Sect 5 – Subtracting Integers

**Disk 2**

Sect 6 – Multiplying Integers

Sect 7 – Dividing Integers

Sect 8 – Powers and Exponents

Sect 9 – Order of Operations

**The price for this set of DVDs is $26.99 and can be ordered here.**

**My daughter is currently studying Pre-Algebra Math, so I sat down with her to view these lessons. After watching, I believe this DVD set would be the perfect review before launching into Algebra 1. Mr. Gibson goes over every basic concept of Pre-Algebra math in a very thorough and easy to understand manner. He works a number of problems demonstrating ability in each area. He breaks down the concepts in easy-to-understand language and obviously enjoys math tremendously!**

**Although I feel there is still a need for a curriculum that provides written instruction and problems to work out on paper on your own, I think this DVD set would be SO great to use as a review of all the basic concepts before embarking on Algebra 1. That way, you could be certain that your student was really ready for the more complicated concepts of Algebra.**

**I also received The Texas Instruments TI-83/TI-84 Calculator Tutor 3 DVD set which includes 8 hours of video tutorial. Now, I have never used one of these calculators and neither of my students is there yet, so this video was a little over our heads. However, I believe that Mr Gibson's method of explaining these complex topics in a very easy-to-understand manner would be very helpful for someone needing to learn how to use this calculator. This DVD set also sells for $26.99.**

**Here is the list of topics included:**

**Disk 1**

Section 1: Overview of the Calculator

Section 2: The Mode Menu

Section 3: Basic Arithmetic and Exponents

Section 4: Logarithms and Square Roots

Section 5: Sin, Cos, Tan

Section 6: Scientific Notation and Storing Variables

Section 7: The Math Menu and Catalog Menu

Section 8: Convert between Fractions and Decimals

Section 9: Finding the Min and Max of a Function

Section 10: Calculating Derivatives and Integrals

Section 11: Absolute Value, Rounding, and Integers

Section 12: Converting between Degrees and Radians

Section 13: Working with Complex Numbers

**Disk 2**

Section 14: Using the Equation Solver

Section 15: Graphing and Tracing Functions

Section 16: Using Tables and Split Screen Modes

Section 17: Find the Exact Value of a Function Using Graphing

Section 18: Finding the Zeros of a Function using Graphing

Section 19: Finding the Max and Min of a Function using Graphing

Section 20: Finding Intersections of Functions using Graphing

Section 21: Finding the Derivative of a Function by Graphing

Section 22: Calculating the Definite Integral by Graphing

Section 23: Drawing on a Graph

Section 24: Graphing and Tracing Sequences

**Disk 3**

Section 25: Graphing and Tracing Parametric Equations

Section 26: Converting between Rectangular and Polar Coordinates

Section 27: Graphing and Tracing Polar Equations

Section 28: Permutations, Combinations, and Factorial

Section 29: Working with Histograms and Box Plots

Section 30: Graphing Statistical Scatter Plots

Section 31: Calculating Mean, Median, Standard Deviation, and more

Section 32: Performing Statistical Regression

Section 33: Calculating with Matrices

Section 34: Solving Systems of Equations with Matrices

Section 35: Calculating Interest Rates

Section 36: Calculating Mortgages and Loans

Section 37: Calculating Savings and Investments

*"This 8 Hour comprehensive 3-DVD course teaches you how to use all of the major functions of the TI-84 / TI-83 graphing calculator by working example problems. In this way, the student "learns-by-doing" rather than a long dry lecture or with the "aid" of a dry printed manual."*

**I received this product for free in return for an honest review. I have not received financial reimbursement for my review of Math Tutor DVDs.**

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