2017 TOS Crew Reviews

Unlock Math // A Review

Math is our least favorite subject in our homeschool. First, because I feel somewhat incapable of teaching it to my 9th grade boy, and secondly my son has struggled with match concepts since the 7th grade. Finding a math program that will give him confidence and the ability to master concepts has been our goal. My son is finally getting math using UnLock Pre-Algebra by UnLock Math.

UnLock Math pre-algebra
UnLock Math is an online math curriculum designed to reduce math anxiety and build confidence.  They currently have programs for Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry. What makes this program unique is that it is taught using short videos that engage, explain and entertain. Besides the teaching videos, the lessons provide:

  • Advanced Assessment
  • Immediate Feedback and Fully Explained Solutions
  • Your Child Will Only See One Lesson At A Time
  • Unlimited practice
  • Unlimited Review
  • Gradebook and Progress Reports

Let’s take a closer look at the UnLock Pre-Algebra Course.

The UnLock Pre-Algebra course breaks the math concepts down into bite sized pieces so as not to overwhelm the students. The first five units review concepts that your student should already be familiar with.  There are 16 units in this course covering 130 lessons. The entire course takes about 9 months to complete.

UnLock Math
I had my son work the lessons about three times a week, completing about 2 lessons each day. The lessons took about 30 minutes to complete on average.

How It Works

Both the parent and student are given access to the course through a login and password. Once on the dashboard, the courses are listed on the left hand side. In order to access a course, the student clicks on the rocket to the right of the course title in order to launch the course.

Once in the lesson, there is a short objective listed, followed by a “road map” that shows the student the path to successfully completing the lesson.  Each lesson has the following components:

  • Warm Up:  Reviews concepts previously learned to review
  • Video: A short video of the lesson (no more than 10 minutes in length)
  • Practice Problems: Problems that relate to the lesson covered in the video.
  • Stay Sharp: Problems from previous lessons
  • Challenge Yourself: A challenging question to test the student’s knowledge
  • Reference Notes: A PDF of the video lecture.

The road map for each course looks like this. As you can see, it’s very easy for the student to know exactly where to go along the lesson path.

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Once the lesson is launched it shows the Daily Lessons, Review on the left and Quizzes and Tests on the right. The lessons that show a blue “unlocked” lock are complete, and anything with a purple lock is yet to be completed.

As  a parent, this information is so helpful. Due to my work schedule, I was able to log in each day to see what my son had completed. Not only could I see what he accomplished each day, but I could check his continued progress through a snapshot on the dashboard, by accessing the grade book or via a progress report which I could see at any time. I love how the grade book gives you the ability to switch between numeric, percentage and letter grades, as my son loves to see letter grades, while I prefer percentages.

Here is a closer look at my son’s progress report. First is a snapshot giving his overall percentages for what has been completed so far.

By clicking on a linked lesson, you are provided an overall progress report for that particular lesson. It looks like my son is avoiding the challenge questions for Unit 2. We will need to work on that.

One thing I love about this program is a student can do a lesson as many times as he wants and only his best scores are recorded in the grade book.

Our Thoughts

As a parent, I love this program. My son isn’t so stressed about doing math, and this course makes it easy for him to work independently, at his own pace, and gives me the capability of checking in on his progress without having to ask him. My son likes the program because it explains things well and he’s not left confused.

Whether you are looking at a complete math program or just a little extra math help, give UnLock Math a try. We were fortunate to have been able to review UnLock Pre-Algebra, but other Crew members reviewed UnLock Algebra 1, UnLock Algebra 2 and their newest program, UnLock Geometry. Just click the banner below to read all of the reviews.

Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry {UnLock Math Reviews}
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