CTC Math is a 24 hour accessible, online, multi-sensory Math program for grades Kindergarten through Calculus where you control the pace of progress. For this review my 16, 14, 11 and 5 year old will be using their 12 Month Family Plan.
Upon setting up your account and logging on, you can immediately start learning!
First, listen to the visual video tutorial complete with explanation. There are over 1300 tutorials within this program running at about 4-9 minutes each.
After the tutorial there are questions for the user to answer or a printable worksheet containing key concepts of that lesson. All answers are entered into the system, graded and recorded into each student account.
Next, a one page printable summary of the lesson to be used as a reminder during future work.
After the online worksheet is inputted, fully worked solutions are accessible illustrating every step to the correct answer.
In the Marking and Reports section, results and progress are stored. Since every lesson a student attempts and the results of the worksheets are stored along the way, parents can see the areas where their children may need more help.
Updates on your child's progress so you can monitor their learning are sent straight to your email too!
Our experience with CTC Math
As a family, we've been with one math curriculum for a very long time. As I tend to be curious about other types of learning and other modes of learning I wanted to try this online math program with my 16, 14, 11 and 5 year olds.
At the time of the start of this review, my 16 year old was close to finishing Pre Calculus. Upon his signing up he immediately went to his "level" and discovered that Pre Calculus and Trigonometry are separate levels within this program. Curiously he begins to poke around the descriptions of each lesson and discovers that parts of what he learned this year are in Pre-Calc, Trigonometry AND Calculus. He also found some oddities such as Order of Operations which he covered back in Pre-Algebra.
Still, it would be nice to have Calculus taken care of for next year. So, my son continues to explore between the three levels.
At the time of the start of this review, my 14 year old was close to finishing Algebra. Upon his signing up, he went to check out the contents of Algebra. He was very confused and called me over to help navigate. Both of us were puzzled over where to start as things appear to be called something different between this program and the program we've been using. It doesn't appear to be an easy transition within this level, so, I tell my 14 year old just to start at the beginning and work his way up.
At the time of the start of this review, my 11 year old was close to finishing 6th grade math. This level seems more straight forward and my daughter is able to jump right in without any problems or any help from me.
At the time of the start of this review, my 5 year old was somewhere in between Preschool and Kindergarten in his math abilities. Since this is the first level, it's easy to just start at the beginning!
Final thoughts about our experience with CTC Math
My 16 year old stated that he was puzzled why what he learned this year was spread out between 3 levels on the CTC Math program. He also stated he understood the explanations given on this program, but, thought the tutor didn't go into enough of the "why" behind the actual math. He prefers our regular curriculum.
My 14 year old was not able to overcome the differences in the CTC curriculum and his regular math curriculum. He also was not able to concentrate on the lessons with the tutor's Australian accent. Though he isn't a fan of math, he prefers our regular curriculum.
My 11 year old had fun. She LOVED the tutor's accent and would be the most likely to continue using this program.
My 5 year old had a so-so experience. There were times where he got the simple early math, but, then there were times where the program expected him to be able to sight read words like "bigger" and "smaller". These times he was so upset because he didn't understand what the computer wanted that the session ended in tears with me sitting right next to him. It would be helpful for the tutor to read the "test questions" to the younger crew!
In the end, I'm glad we got to try something new. I would encourage parents to try this streaming Math curriculum for their own family with a FREE TRIAL of CTC Math .
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