Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: A Plus TutorSoft MATH Curriculum CD

I'm a traditional homeschooler. I love textbooks and workbooks and living books and notebooks! But education and gaining information is changing, and learning through technology is the "new book" of education. So, after checking out A Plus TutorSoft Math on-line, I decided that maybe change is a good thing! Particularly for my girl, Sugar Maple, who thinks my Math choices have been less than, um, fun. ((wink))

First, customer service! I can't move onto the rest of the review without mentioning the QUICK, FRIENDLY, THOROUGH e-mails I received from A Plus TutorSoft BEFORE I even decided to do the review. (I like to research products before we even receive them.) There's something POSITIVE to be said about a company that keeps in contact with their customers, answering questions timely!

From the A Plus TutorSoft Math Curriculum Website:

Our MATH Curriculum Software CD Includes,

  • 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
  • Lesson Plan
  • Curriculum Book on CD
  • Printable Worksheets and Exams
  • Parental Guides - Solution Guides with step-by-step problem solving instruction

Premium Edition:

Includes all the core grade level contents listed above PLUS,
  • Progress Tracking and Reporting
  • Parental Controls
  • Weekly Certificate of Accomplishments

Sugar Maple is nearing the end of her 4th grade year so we asked to review the 5th grade Math program. (A Plus TutorSoft was very accommodating to our request for a higher level Math program.) 

Oh, and guess what? Want to try A Plus TutorSoft Math on-line for 30 days FREE? Click here to learn more about a this trial subscription for Grade 5 and Algebra! Try before you buy! How awesome is that! 

And they have this really cool FREE Math placement test that "identifies gaps & creates an individualized 'action plan' to master the weak areas". This placement test is timed for 2 hours. Yeah, I know - LONG - but you get a detailed report to help you plan your Math program.

Our thoughts? The on-the-computer lessons were short, which we liked! It was GREAT to see and hear lessons instead of simply reading them in a textbook. The problem sets were 10 or so multiple choice questions with areas to show work. We chose to work these sets in a one-subject notebook to save printing costs. (You can order the worksheet and exam workbook in addition to the CD program if you prefer. To find out more, click here.) Oftentimes, Sugar Maple would work through 2-3 lessons at a time so doubling-up is easy enough to do. Unfortunately it didn't keep her interest for long. I think some fun graphics during the on-line lessons might have helped, but Math just isn't for my Sugar Maple. (Different curriculum choices haven't change her opinions on Math!) But if YOU'RE looking for something on-line and multi-sensory with short lessons and multiple choice problem sets, this might be what you're looking for!

For more information on A Plus TutorSoft Math, click here or any of the highlighted links above.

Disclaimer: Our Side of the Mountain was provided this product free in exchange for our honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 


  1. We use Math U see, and my brain doesn't have room to look at another brand. But, this looks great. :)

  2. Excellent review! I'm off to check this out.


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