Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Virtual Nerd...not me, a product review

Throughout the school year, I will be reviewing products as a member of the Old Schoolhouse Review crew. I received these items free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. I am thankful for the chance to try new things and I hope you enjoy hearing about our experiences.



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What is it?
Virtual Nerd is a relatively new web site offering endless math tutorial videos for upper level math courses. This was a timely opportunity, as Paperboy is concurrently taking Algebra and Geometry. I am rusty and often find myself re-learning concepts before our next 'math meeting'. The website www.virtualnerd.com covers pre-algebra, algebra one, algebra two and physics. They soon will be offering geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, physics with trig, biology, and chemistry. They charge a monthly access fee of $49 for parents. Their mission statement is:
Provide the essential benefits of private tutoring in a way that is convenient, affordable, and effective. Courses include math and science and features a personalized learning experience using our Dynamic Whiteboard.tm
How we used this in our home:


Paperboy right away needed assistance in factoring polynomials. Often we discuss a lesson together and he goes along on his merry way to complete it. About 1/2 way through the assignment, he may wander from the principles just learned. This time instead of having another meeting with him, I easily found a video to tutor him. The site is fantastic in the way they arrange the lessons. I had no trouble finding the right video. We both liked the simplicity of the screen, with the explanations clearly written on the side bar. At the end of each short lesson, they checked to see if we needed more tutoring and offered a chance for feedback.

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We used the pre-algebra lessons with Random. He felt they were very clear. His current math program uses similar tutorials. He preferred Virtual Nerd because the accents are not heavy and the explanations are not as deep. It seems they offer the minimum amount of information in the concept, reducing the chance of overwhelming the student. He liked the bit by bit approach. He had a great suggestion: if they partnered with homeschool math programs, they would be a great company.

I, just for fun watched some of the physics tutorials. I have never had a physics class and for that I am thankful. If my children do advance to physics in our homeschool, I will have to count on a tutor or a site like this. It's nice to know there are options for physics phobic parents like myself.

What I like about Virtual Nerd:


I felt the strength of the site is the search option and the simplicity of the videos. I believe that many parents desire to continue homeschooling through high school but feel inadequate when it comes to advanced math and sciences. Accessing these short tutorials at a moments notice is handy and much less costly than a private tutor. While it is not teaching from a Christian perspective, I did not come across anything offensive or contrary to my beliefs. Virtual Nerd can be an excellent 'tutoring system' for parents like myself who have committed to homeschooling high school.

Below is an example of their price structure.





If you aren't ready to make a commitment there is a free two hour trial. You can visit their web site www.virtualnerd.com or contact them at 1-877-677-NERD. To see an excellent 2 minute video explanation click here. Other crew members shared their thoughts on Virtual Nerd here. Overall, I loved the site because I do have a nerdy streak in me. I can see our family utilizing this in the future when our 'math meetings' go beyond Algebra two.





I welcome reader comments with open arms. I also understand if you aren't the commenting or hugging type of person, you can drop me an email at accidentallyhomeschooling@gmail.com.

2 comments:

Lori said...

I haven't seen a reviewer yet that didn't love this program. Love it when we have great products to review!

Rebecca said...

We are pleased to inform you that because Virtual Nerd (www.VirtualNerd.com) has received such significant interest following your review of our online tutoring service, we are offering a special discount to homeschool parents. Homeschool parents can receive 50% off the 1 and 3 month subscription plans. Just enter the discount code: homeschooldeal when you sign up for service. That is a huge discount, and hurry - the offer is valid until March 31, 2011!

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