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Friday, January 28, 2011

TOS Review ~ TenMarks

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Since late December 2010, I have been using an online math program with Mikayla called TenMarks. It has been a wonderful supplement to our current math curriculum.  Mikayla was able to work on new concepts and reinforce the concepts that we had already covered. 

The TenMarks website states: “TenMarks is the only online math program that helps students refresh, learn, and master math concepts – in their own time, at their own pace.”

TenMarks is an subscription based, online math program offering course for grades 3 through 10, including Algebra 1, 2 and Geometry. The company has incorporated over 100 core concepts into each grade level to make sure students are prepared. Your student works through a series of multiple choice worksheets grouped by concepts. There is the option to watch a whiteboard videos if needed to teach a new lesson. If your child is still  having trouble after the lesson, there are hints that can be called for to help them better understand the concepts. 

The TenMarks approach (taken from TenMarks website) is to offer effective math learning based on 3 simple principles.

  1. Personalized Learning Makes All the Difference.
  2. On-Demand Instruction Provides Help When You Need it.
  3. Practice Builds Confidence and Improves Achievement.

tenmarks-masteryWorksheets are assigned to the student at the rate of 4 per week. The worksheets are laid out with 10 questions in a  multiple choice answers format. If your child speeds through the assigned 4 worksheets there is an option to "fast track" or have more worksheets opened up.  A handy feature is the ability to pause the program so that no new worksheets are generated for a period of time. This was especially helpful during the holidays. 

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Tests are scheduled after the worksheets are finished and can be retaken if more practice if needed. A handy feature that I appreciated was the fact that TenMarks sent out weekly emails to remind the parent there are worksheets to be completed. I personally needed that reminder and appreciated it for planning purposes.

tenmarks-certificate-300x177I found Ten Marks to be an great way for Mikayla to practice mental math.  She did this naturally for the first few weeks and then figured out that she needed a pencil and paper as the concepts got harder. But I loved the challenge that she had. I would recommend this program to any needing a stand alone math program or just a supplemental one.

Pricing Options (per student):

$10/ month

$49/ 6 months

$89/ 12 months

Visit the  TenMarks for complete program information and informational videos about the program. TenMarks comes with a money back guarantee.

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I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a 6 month subscription to TenMarks in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .

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