Algebra marks a key turning point for some math sutdents (and their parents). Some grasp the concepts quickly, and forge ahead with their math learning, while others are stymied. SuperKids has looked at a number of programs that claim to help with this subject, and found some that were pretty good, each with different strengths and weaknesses. Which is best for your child? Click on the titles to see SuperKids' complete reviews.
Algebrator [ages 12+] from Softmath, is a desktop application for solving a large range of math equations frequently covered in algebra classes. Think of it as a calculator for algebra. Best for students with a good understanding of math principles, but need some help, or wish to check their answers.
Pre-Algebra Solved! [ages 12+] from Bagatrix, is designed to help students and parents practice the basic concepts underlying algebra, and solve problems. Best used as a backup resource.
StudyWorks Mathematics Deluxe [ages 14+] from Mathsoft, provides high school math students with tutorials, practice and homework problem-solving assistance. Best for motivated students, and parents who need a refresher.
Math Advantage (2002) [ages 11+] from Encore Software, is a multi-CD set covering 6th - 12th grade math subjects. Best-suited for students who are studying these subjects and want additional review and practice.
[ages 12 to 14] from Edmark provides fun math skills practice and concept reinforcement for students who 'get it.' Students struggling with the basic concepts may require more supportive instructional assistance.
[ages 12 to 14] from The Learning Company, offers guided lessons synchronized to your child's school textbook, including feedback on specific problem areas, practice questions, and lesson-reinforcing activities. It is an excellent resource for those who need additional instruction and skill-building or who wish to move ahead of the classroom in algebra.
[ages 12 to 14] from Davidson, provides a broadly appealing collection of problem-solving activities supported by a video tutorial collection that will intrigue the user and offer practice for beginning algebra skills. Students struggling with algebra, however, may find the program lacks enough depth of structured instruction to be of major help.
[ages 12 to adult] from Mathpert, is a kind of teaching word-processor. Kid appeal is limited, except as a homework helper. When your child doesn't get it, you don't get it, and your child's friends can't help - it will actually show you how to solve problems, step by step.