Saturday, February 23, 2013

TOS Review: A+ TutorSoft, Inc.

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 A+ TutorSoft, Inc. produces multi-sensory interactive math curricula for elementary grades 1st-6th, as well as, Pre-Algebra and Algebra.  Each level offers comprehensive course contents that meet and exceed common core standards and state standards.   

All levels of A+ Interactive MATH Full Curriculum may be purchased as a CD software or as an on-line software program.  


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What's included in an A+ Interactive MATH Full Curriculum CD ?  

Standard Edition:
  • Suggested lesson plans. 
  • Full curriculum book.
  • Multimedia lessons that use all three learning modalities: audio, visuals, and text. 
  • Interactive quiz for each lesson with instant feedback and step-by-step instructions.
  • Printable worksheets and exams with solution guide.

Premium Edition: includes all the core grade level contents listed above, plus
  • Progress tracking and reporting.
  • Parental controls.
  • Weekly certificate of accomplishments. 


A+ Interactive MATH Full Curriculum CD Cost:

 Standard Edition retails for $99.99

Premium Edition retails for $124.99


**Please be aware that you need a computer with Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 2000, Windows 7 or higher) operating system and about 250MB disk space available on the computer hard drive.**


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What's the difference between the A+ Interactive MATH Full Curriculum CD versus the A+ Interactive MATH Full Curriculum On-line?  

The on-line software provides the same core grade level contents as the CD software with a few additional features:
  • Automatically grades worksheets and exams. 
  • Ability to generate additional worksheets and exams.
  • Ability to review each question on completed assignments with step-by-step solution.
  • Option to have 1 month, 3 months or a full year subscription. 


A+ Interactive MATH Full Curriculum On-line Costs: 

1-month retails for $19.99

3-months retails for $49.99

Full year subscription retails for $124.99


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Izzie, 6 years old, is currently half way through her current second grade math curriculum, so I wasn't sure what grade would be most beneficial.  Thankfully, A+ TutorSoft, Inc. offers a free placement test.  

We received the A+ Interactive MATH 3rd Grade Full Curriculum CD, Premium Edition

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During the review period, Izzie completed lessons, daily for approximately 30 minutes. 


 The A+ Interactive MATH 3rd Grade Full Curriculum course contents are arranged into 15 chapters. 

Within each chapter, there are multimedia lessons that teach the math concept. 

After each multimedia lesson, there is an interactive quiz with instant feedback.     

Izzie was able to complete Chapters 1, 2, and 3 during the review period. 


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What I liked: 
  • The curricula exceeds all common core standards and state standards.   

  • Izzie was able to work at her own pace throughout the multimedia lessons.
  • The computer animated visuals were fun and engaging. I really liked the positive reinforcement visuals. 
 
  • Parents are not expected to have mastery of the curriculum.  Parent solution guides are included.

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What I would suggest for improvement:  
  • There is a lot of information on the homepage of the software.  Everything that is included on the CD is found on the homepage and remains on the top toolbar during each multimedia lesson.  It would be helpful if the "extra" information disappeared during the multimedia lessons.  
  • Once the student is logged into the software, there is no way to know where he or she stopped during the previous multimedia lesson.  So, I had to keep record of what lessons had been completed.  It would be beneficial if there was a way for the student to automatically pick up right where he or she left off. 
  • Some of the questions were very wordy and complicated to understand. I've never liked questions that contain more than one correct answer, especially when both correct answers are extremely similar.  Izzie was beyond frustrated with these types of questions.
  • During the addition multimedia lessons, Izzie got very discouraged while typing in the answers.  She works all addition problems from right to left; therefore, after adding the ones place, she would type in the answer, then the tens, followed by the hundreds and thousands.  However, as you can see, the answer that she typed is backward because when she typed in the ones place, it became the first number, not the last. She ended having to write the answer on paper before typing it on the computer.  I would suggest having blocks under each place value, where the student could type in the correct number. 
  • Within the subtraction multimedia lessons, Izzie needed paper and pencil to complete the problem before typing the answer.  She does not have the ability to "borrow" mentally and needed to visually see it on paper.  This was frustrating for her because she was under the impression that since it was on the computer, she wasn't suppose to be using paper and pencil.  It would be totally cool if there was a way that the student could manipulate the borrowing process within the software. 

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In conclusion, if you're looking for an interactive and comprehensive math curriculum, A+ Multi-Sensory Interactive MATH may work for your family.

Before purchasing, if you would like to see free demos for each grade level, please visit A+ TutorSoft, Inc

In addition, you can receive a 1-month free homeschool on-line subscription

Lastly, don't forget to take advantage of the below coupon.  Save 50% off your A+ Interactive MATH purchase now until the end of March! 



Sail over to read what other Crew Mates had to say about their experience with A+ TutorSoft, Inc.
  
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 Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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