If you’re looking for additional math support for your child or need to address learning gaps in math, Math Mini-Courses from A+ Interactive Math might be the help you need. We recently reviewed the Division and Multiplication mini-courses for Elementary and Middle School. Read on for help in determining if these courses would be a good fit for your family.
About A+ Interactive Math Mini-Courses
The A+ Interactive Math platform provides verbal, visual and text-based instruction to help students achieve success in mathematics. The Math Mini-Courses are aimed at addressing learning gaps in specific areas that might be challenging to your student.
Each mini-course covers specific math concepts and gives students a chance to review a full grade level of mathematical concepts. The courses are completed online and include the following:
- Computer animated video lessons
- An interactive review for each lesson
- Printable math worksheets for additional practice
- Automatic grading and tracking with progress reports
- Solution guides with step-by-step solutions
The mini-courses they offer include the following:
Our A+ Interactive Math Mini-Courses Review
The Multiplication and Division Mini-Courses are quite comprehensive. Each course offers in-depth training for students and the products definitely have a lot to offer. I don’t think this is a program we will continue to use on a regular basis, although we will definitely use the printable math worksheets for support and practice. There are a number of things I dislike about the site’s functionality and it just wasn’t something I could get my son excited about.
With regard to functionality, here were a few of my issues:
- I thought there were too many clicks required to get where you’re trying to go. After login, the dashboard opens, then you have to click about 5 links to get to the start of the lesson.
- The graphics and presentation seem a bit dated. Our kids are doing so many high-tech online activities these days and these graphics don’t quite compete.
- I was never able to access the progress reports, although I did send in a support request and I’m sure they’ll be able to help. Fortunately, there’s a neat progress bar above each lesson that indicates the child’s progress in that specific lesson.
- The instructor speaks very slowly. This seems like it could be a good thing until you get to the Interactive Q & A, where students have to listen to her read each multiple choice answer before s/he is allowed to select an answer. This was definitely frustrating for my son who simply wanted to answer when he saw the correct answer.
Unfortunately, the site just can’t compete with some of the other interactive math programs we use, and we’ve given it 3 1/2 mamas:
 It doesn’t really make mama’s life easier, but who can complain about extra math help?!  It’s not overwhelmingly kid approved, though he doesn’t complain about using it!  It delivers what was promised.  The mini-courses are reasonably priced.  The program is quite useful, but not unique.
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