Teaching high school math can be intimidating for homeschool moms like me so I was thrilled to have my son try UnLock Geometry from UnLock Math. I am a former High School Math teacher, so I know about all the problems that come with teaching students math. Over the years, our family has used a variety of math programs. So I was really excited to see the product review being offered.
One of the details that impressed me most about this company is the level of customer service they provide. Almost immediately after receiving the email informing us of our enrollment, I received a personal phone call from the owner of the company. He impressed me with his concern about our family and our use of the course. Since we have used online math programs in the past, I felt comfortable with my son using this program.
Each unit includes lessons, several quizzes, a unit review and a unit test. So far there has been a quiz after every two lessons. I feel this does a marvelous job of ensuring my son is retaining what he is learning while not providing an overwhelming amount of material.
Each lesson contains a warm-up (which reviews material already covered), an instructional video, practice problems, problems to help the student stay sharp, reference notes, and challenge problems. With the exception of the challenge problems, all other problems may be attempted as many times as needed for mastery. Because this is an adaptive program, the student only gets as much practice as they need. Another thing I really liked about this course was the way the challenge problems only add to my son’s score if he gets it right. If the answer to the challenge problem is wrong, it simply does not count at all. The days my son got the challenge problems right, he was absolutely thrilled to tell me so.
As a parent, I set up a parent account first. Here is what the parent screen looks like after logging in to the site. On this screen, I can find tabs for managing students, courses, billing contact, credit card, payments, and passwords. It is easy to navigate around the screens.
I love how I am even able to navigate to my son’s dashboard while signed into my parent account. This becomes very useful if my son needed to redo a section after I looked at his grade for a particular assignment. One item that took a while to get used to for our family was how the grade book shows the average based on the total number of points possible for the course instead of for only what has been completed.
My son has really enjoyed this program so far. Because I aim for my son to master concepts, we have not gotten as far as I would have liked. But, I know we will finish out the course. He really seems to be learning a lot and does not complain about doing the assignments. I also plan on having my 14-year-old daughter do the Algebra program potentially in the fall.
I love that the computer does all the grading work for me. All I have to do is look online to see his progress and scores.
Here are some more screenshots I took.
Currently, Unlock Math offers, Unlock Pre-Algebra, Unlock Algebra, and Unlock Algebra 2 in addition to Unlock Geometry. If you would like to read more reviews about Unlock Geometry or any of their other courses, click here or on the graphic below.