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TenMarks Review 01/28/2011
 
Are you in search of a math curriculum or supplement that your student will actually enjoy?

It's often difficult to find a happy medium when it comes to math. It's one of those subjects that you will hear many people say "I really don't like math". Yet, math is in everything we do in life. Whether you're an astronaut, nurse, secretary, or waitress, some form of math is involved with your job. I believe that this blanket statement is the result of monotonous worksheets with repetitive questions that are often given to students in school; and the attitude carries on into adulthood. Some of the concepts are difficult to grasp and might need to be explained differently to each person. Sometimes, just having a one on one explanation can help.
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My newest review is on a program that fits this need very well. It's called TenMarks. It is an online math curriculum that offers your students an interesting and "fun"ctional way to learn math.

What is TenMarks: TenMarks is a personalized math program that will help students learn, review, and master math concepts. Students can learn at their own pace, in their own time. It is geared for students from grade 3 through high school and is designed to meet individual state standards, based on where the student lives. It can be utilized by parents, educators, or homeschoolers.

The TenMarks system is based on 3 simple principles, according to their website:
1. Personalized Learning Makes All the Difference
2. On-Demand Instruction Provides Help When You Need it
3. Practice Builds Confidence and Improves Achievement.
How it Works: TenMarks offers personalization for every student. There is an assessment that you can have your student take to help determine their level or their understanding of the concepts according to grade. When you register, you will put in your child's grade level and state and TenMarks creates the personalized program for you. You always have the opportunity to change the curriculum for your student under the parents login profile. Your student can also go to other grade levels and do "practice" worksheets. This helps if there is a concept that isn't fully understood, or the opposite, your student is excelling in a certain area. 

Once registered, your student will login under his own username and password. The homepage shows the "album" he's working on and 3 tracks (or worksheets); the one he just completed, the current one, and the one he will do next. He has the opportunity to work on the current sheet, look back at any of the previous sheets, or go ahead. Each track has a learn button that brings up a video, pertinent to the lesson. In the video, the student listens to an instructor and watches as the lesson is "written" out. While working on the worksheet, the student will have the opportunity to re-watch the video, if needed. There is also a hint section present while working on the worksheet, should the student just need a little help. They can save and complete the work later if they need to, too. I like this because there are often interruptions while doing schoolwork (often self-induced, lol) and this way they won't lose the answers they've already done. There is also a reward system for each student. The parent can individualize a reward, as well as games that "come alive" after so many pages are done.

Below is a video that TenMarks offers that describes "How it Works" from a student's perspective. I like the personalization of it. I know that both of my children like TenMarks, too.

To see more video's about TenMarks, click here.

What We Thought: Like I just mentioned, both of my kids (5th grade and 11th grade) like TenMarks. It is an effective and fun substitution for their math curriculum. My daughter (11th grade) is registered under Algebra 2, even though her regular curriculum is Trig/Pre Calc. She likes TenMarks because, as she  puts it "there are only 10 questions per section and if I don't remember, I can re-watch the videos. And you can do the questions again if you messed it up". She's used this to increase her knowledge of the concepts that apply to her normal curriculum. I like that she enjoys doing it. My son (5th grade) likes it because of the reward system. He looks forward to playing the games after his work is done. In both cases, the work really does go according to the appropriate grade level. With my sons, however, he did have exponents and scientific notation, which I thought was a little above his level. But otherwise, everything fit well with his normal curriculum. I like that we can go back to 4th grade if there is something that he hasn't totally grasped yet, too.

How To Purchase: TenMarks offers 3 different levels to purchase. You can purchase at $10/month; $49/6months; or $89/12months. Each is per student but they do offer a discount for 3 or more students in a family. You can also try it for FREE. For more information or if you have questions, you can contact TenMarks here.

I believe that you will find TenMarks to be very beneficial for your family or students. It is cost effective and  user friendly. For additional reviews you can go to the TOS Crew's site.

And remember: I received this product free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew with sole purpose to provide an honest review after using the product. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer
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