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Why choose a Teaching Textbooks™ over a traditional tutor?
Teaching Textbooks™ is a lot more flexible than a live tutor. You can use a Teaching Textbooks™ in the comfort of your home on your schedule. Most tutors require that you travel to a tutoring center. Also, to hire a live tutor to walk you through 4,000 problems step-by-step would cost thousands and thousands of dollars. A Teaching Textbooks™ costs just a small fraction of that. And you can't fast-forward and rewind a live tutor either.
 
Why choose the Teaching Textbook™ series over another homeschool math program?
There are lots of reasons, but here are the top 3.

First, because Teaching Textbooks™ were designed specifically for independent learners, they simply have more teaching/explanation than any other product on the market. We realized that independent learners needed a product that contains the maximum amount of teaching, so a Teaching Textbook™, with its approximately 700 pages of text and 120-160 hours of teacher instruction, is both a teacher and a textbook combined into one. And the teaching isn't just abstract lectures either. There are also down-to-earth, audiovisual step-by-step explanations for every single one of the almost 3,500 problems in the book. Using a Teaching Textbook™ is like having a friendly tutor available at the push of a button, but for only a fraction of the cost! Other products claim that they can be used without the assistance of a teacher, and this may or may not be true. But shouldn’t a truly ideal product for independent learners contain step-by-step teacher explanations for all those times when you might get stumped? We think so.

Second, given the amount of teaching that the series offers and the importance of junior high and high school math in college courses and on the job, our program represents an incredible value. For example, the Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus Teaching Textbooks™ contain far more multimedia teaching than the nearest competitors’ products.

Third, because the Teaching Textbook™ series was designed for independent learners, it introduces proper terminology only after first presenting the underlying concept in plain language. Of course, the series includes all the terms that students need to know for important standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT, but our textbooks do not bog the reader down in highly technical language until students are ready to digest it.
 
I’m considering taking a homeschool co-op class for algebra or geometry. How might a Teaching Textbook™ compare to that as an option?
Co-op classes can be great; however, the best ones are often expensive. Plus, since co-ops usually meet only one day a week (or at best two), you get far less teaching from a co-op than from a Teaching Textbook™. Also, remember that in a classroom setting, your student has to share the teacher with quite a few other students. This leaves little time for individual instruction. By contrast, a Teaching Textbook™ contains 120 - 160 hours of teacher instruction available at the touch of a button. And unlike a co-op teacher, a Teaching Textbook™ can be rewound as many times as necessary! The other advantage of the Teaching Textbook™ is that it delivers explanations to you in the comfort of your home, day or night.
 
If I’m not satisfied can I get my money back?
Absolutely, if you contact us and can setup that return so you can mail the product back to us. Please make sure the products you ordered in resalable condition and it is within 30 days of purchase and we will fully refund your purchase price no questions asked.
 
What if I lose a CD or damage one? Can I get a replacement?
Yes, just tell us which disc you lost or damaged, and we’ll gladly replace it. The cost for replacement is $15 per disc and this includes the cost of shipping. Please have your serial number ready when you call.
 
Can I resell all my physical Teaching Textbooks™ material?
Yes, you most definitely can. There is absolutely no limit to the number of times the Cd's can be reused. Just remember that if the product has a serial number, you'll need to tell the buyer to give us a call so we can update the serial number for them.
 
Can I use a purchase order (P.O.) through my school to order Teaching Textbooks™?
Yes, you can. But bear in mind that with purchase orders we do charge an additional $10.00 per item on complete sets and $5.00 on CD-only sets. These charges will appear under “shipping and handling” on your invoice, even though they are meant to cover administrative costs, such as billing. There are no additional fee's for the 3.0 Version.
 
Can I pay for my order with an electronic check?
Unfortunately, we no longer accept electronic checks. We only accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.
 
How many students can I have on a subscription?
The 3.0 is a per student subscription; each student will need their own subscription. You will need to make one purchase per student with the 3.0 version.
 
If my student finishes their math level early, can I switch it to the next level?
Each 3.0 subscription is only for a specific math level. The cost of a subscription will be for the entirety of the product itself, regardless of the time it takes to complete. This means the prices quoted on our website will be the total price you can expect to pay to access the online subscription for 12 months. If your student completes a math level within the 12 month period, you will be able to order a new subscription for the next math level when you're ready to move on.
 
How can I access my 3.0 Version?
You can go to this website to login: ttwebversion.com
Or you can click the "3.0 Subscribers Can Login Here" button at the top left of our website.
 
What email will I use to login with?
The email address you provide with your purchase will be the email you need to use to login to 3.0 Version.
 
Can my student use their own email to login?
Whatever email is used to purchase must be the email that is used to login. You cannot have two emails on a single subscripion. We recommend using the parents email so the student cannot get into the parent account and change the grades.
 
Will I still have access to my students grades after my subscription ends?
Yes, even after your subscription ends you will still have access to their gradebook. You will be able to print the grades so you can have a record of their progress.
 
Can I access my students grades and progress on multiple computers?
All of your students progress and grades are kept on our servers here at Teaching Textbooks™. Any computer that has internet access can be used to access your students work. All they need to do is go to the website and login with their email, name, and password.
 
Do I get a physical textbook with the 3.0 Version?
The 3.0 subscription not come wiht a book, is just the online version. The physical textbook would be a separate purchase. You can still purchase the physical textbook from our website.
 
Will the 2.0 Textbooks match the 3.0 Version?
Yes, we did not change the academic content for the 3.0 Version. The lessons, problems, and solutions are all the same for both version. The 3.0 Version is simply the same program, but available through the internet.
 
Can I print the ebook?
Yes, you can print individual lessons, whole chapters, or the tests by logging into the parent account. Click the button that says, "View and Print Student Textbooks and Answer Keys." From here you can print whatever you want.
 
Does the 3.0 version work the same as the 2.0 version?
Yes! The 3.0 version features the same lessons and problems as the 2.0 version. It also has the same automatic grading as well. Every feature that was included in the 3.0 version is included in the 3.0 version.
 
Can I import my grades from the 2.0 Cd's into the 3.0 Version?
We will be adding the ability to import your students current work from the 2.0 to the 3.0 Version soon.
 
Is the purchase a flat price or a monthly subscription?
The 3.0 Version is a one time purchase you make up front. We plan to offer a month payment plan in the future but we do not have that available yet.
 
What if I purchased the wrong math level for my student?
As long as it has been within 30 days, our 30-day money back guarantee applies to the online as well. Please contact us and we can do an exchange.
 
I have a large family, can I get a discount for making multiple purchases for the 3.0 Version?
Yes! We have a large-family discount plan. Click Here for more information.
 
Can a school use the 3.0 version for their students?
The Teaching Textbooks line of products was specifically developed for independent study, and historically has not been well-suited for a classroom environment. We recognize that with the new features of our 3.0 version, group use is now much more feasible. However, we do not currently offer bulk, or site licensing to institutions. You are welcome to pre-pay for student subscriptions by emailing order information to purchaseorders@teachingtextbooks.com. Because the 3.0 version is nearly 1/3 the cost of previous versions, we are unable to discount the products any further. Each student will require their own subscription, and our "Family Plan" cannot be used in a classroom environment as it is meant to provide a more reasonable cost to large families.
 
How long do I have access to the 3.0 Version?
When you make a purchase for the 3.0 Version, you will pick a day for your subscription to start. From that Start Date, you will have access to that math level for 12 months.
 
How to I pause my subscription?
You can pause your subscription any time you want by logging into the parent account and clicking "Manage Subscriptions."
 
What if I need more time?
We include a pause feature that will allow you to pause your subscription. You have 90 days of pause time to use. You have to use a minimum of 7 days if you pause. This will allow you to take vacations and breaks without using up days in your 12 month subscription. Any days that are paused are automaticly added on to the end of your subscription. If you need more time, please contact us and we will do what we can to help you.
 
Can I purchase the program and have access forever?
If you are interested in a product that you can re-use we recommend using the 2.0 Cd's. The Cd's can be reused as many times as you want.
 
Can I download the 3.0 Version for offline use?
You will need a constant internet connection to use the 3.0 Version. If you need to access our program without an internet connection, we recommend using the 2.0 Cd version. If you need a part of the program offline, we recommend printing out part of the ebook.
 
What devices can I access my 3.0 Version on?
Any device that has a web browse capable of running Adobe Flash Player. Typically this includes: Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebooks operating system. We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
 
How do I get Adobe Flash Player?
You can download Adobe Flash Player directly from Adobe's website Here
You can test adobe flash player on this website.
 
Can I access the 3.0 Version on my Smartphone/iPad/Tablet?
Since our latest 3.0 version is built using Macromedia Flash, it is not naively supported on mobile devices. However, a number of our customers have found that they can use it through a third-party web browser called "Puffin." This web browser has Flash support built-in, and appears to work well with our products. We have additional information on our website for Puffin that can be found Here.
 
What are the minimum internet speeds?
Any Broadband internet connection should be sufficient. We recommend at least 8-10mbps for a smooth experience.
 
How much data does the 3.0 Version use?
For the lower grades, Math 3 through Math 7, total about 2gb of data each for the entire program. This is equivalent to downloading 1 song per day.
For the upper grades, Pre-Algebra through Pre-Calculus total about 5-8gb of data each for the entire program. This is equivalent to download 3-5 songs per day.
 
The 3.0 version is not working properly. What can I do?
First, we recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox.
Second, try clearing your browser's cache. Click this link and follow the instructions for your web browser and computer.
 
I'm getting a white screen with the buttons "Home" and "Logout"?
You will need to make sure Adobe Flash Player is enabled and running on our website. Try right clinking the white box and choosing, Run Adobe Flash Player.
 
I'm getting a "Your connection is not secure" message?
This can happen occasionally with the Safari or Internet Explorer web browsers. Please make sure the date and time is correct on your computer and that you are using the latest version of browsers. Try updating your computer and web browser then trying again. We would also recommend using Google Chrome of Mozilla Firefox instead.
 
Do Teaching Textbooks™ cover everything algebra or geometry books are supposed to?
Absolutely. Each Teaching Textbook™ is between 500-900 pages long, contains anywhere from 90 to 140 lessons, and covers all of the standard topics.
 
Do you use the review method?
Yes we do. This is a proven method for building skill and long-term retention, so each Teaching Textbook™ uses the review method on every homework assignment. However, one important difference between our approach to the review method and that of other math programs is that our review is less tied to memorization. Instead of mindlessly reviewing rote procedures that have lost their connection to concepts, Teaching Textbooks™ review concepts as well as rote techniques. This builds skill while reinforcing the meaning of the material to the student. At the end of the course, the student will have problem-solving abilities as well as understanding.
Another difference between our approach to review and that of other math programs is that our assignments are not overly long, which means that slow students won’t get “bogged down” and bright student won't get bored.
 
Can students work through the program completely on their own with no help from Mom or Dad?
Of course! That’s the whole idea behind the Teaching Textbook™. Other companies claim that their products can be used without the aid of a teacher or parent, but since those products are usually meant to be sold only to public or private schools, they simply aren’t allowed to have too much teaching. If they did, the textbooks would be viewed as taking over the role of the teacher. By contrast, Teaching Textbooks™ were designed specifically for independent learners, so we’ve done everything we can to ensure that kids can learn even if moms and dads don’t always have the time or knowledge to teach them.
 
Do you offer toll-free telephone tutoring?
Yes. The purpose of the Teaching Textbook™ is to provide students a way to learn math without an on-site teacher. This means that if the program don’t answer all your questions, we’ll have tutors available over the phone as a final backstop.
 
How do the practice problems work?  
First of all, practice problems are not a part of the homework assignment. They are additional examples to help the student with the problems in each assignment. Here’s how they work. Each of the 5 practice problems is labeled with a letter (A, B, C, D, or E). These problems are very similar to the problems in the problem set that are labeled with those same letters. So if a student is having trouble with number 16, and it is labeled B, he or she can see how a very similar problem was solved by referring back to practice problem B. Usually, the hardest problems have a practice problem to match them. So this system gives students a hint for the toughest problems in each problem set.
 
What is the very best way to use the program?
The short answer to this question is that you should adapt this powerful and versatile product to your specific needs. However, here’s how some families have used the complete product (text plus CDs/Online) for maximum results.

1) Read the printed lesson in the textbook.

2) Watch the lecture for that lesson.

3) Do the entire assignment, including the practice problems. Watch solutions for any problems that were missed as soon as the problem has been graded.

Do Teaching Textbooks™ have a lot of real-world applications in them?
Yes, Teaching Textbooks™ present the subject matter within the context of real-world problems. Specially, they contain entire lessons on topics such as how to calculate the profits and losses of a business, the Universal Law of Gravitation, linear programming, the Ideal Gas Law from chemistry, how to figure out which job offer to accept, etc. In each of these lessons, the student learns how to apply math principles in the context of that important topic.
 
Is it best to take Geometry or Algebra 2 after Algebra 1?
Mathematically, Geometry and Algebra 2 can be done in either order. However, if a student is in 10th grade or higher, it is probably better to take Geometry first for standardized testing reasons. Most public schools will take Geometry after Algebra 1, then do Algebra 2. For this reason, we officially recommend taking Geometry after Algebra 1.
 
You say that your Geometry has SAT and ACT prep built in. What exactly does this mean?
In addition to covering all the standard school geometry topics, our Geometry program puts great emphasis on problems found on the SAT and ACT. In fact, nearly every problem set includes several problems that were modeled after those found on actual SAT and ACT exams. And since all Teaching Textbooks™ use the review method, students become better and better at solving these important problem types each day.
 
What’s the purpose of highlighting the text in the textbook?
The highlighting is meant to emphasize the most important points in a lesson. It tends to increase student reading comprehension and make it easier to go back and review material that has already been covered. That can be particularly helpful with the Teaching Textbooks™ program, since every problem set uses the review method. Also, some students just want to watch the lectures on the computer(instead of reading the lessons in the book) and then only read the highlighted text as a reinforcement.
 
Can I use just the book, answer key, and test without anything else?
The digital part of Teaching Textbooks™ is such a good value (120-160 hours of teaching) that we think anyone who can afford it should definitely make the investment. Also, we've found time and again that students who use the interactive side of Teaching Textbooks™ generally learn more and enjoy the program more than ones who don't.
 
Why are Teaching Textbooks™ slightly thicker than other math texts?
Teaching Textbooks™ have bigger type than other texts because that makes them easier to read and less intimidating to students. Our books also have more explanation than others, yet still cover the same number of topics. These factors cause them to be a little longer than average.
 
I've heard that some of your products don't have automated grading. If so, which ones?
Only the older, version 1.0 of Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus do not have automatic grading. The Math 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, along with version 2.0 of Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus all have automated grading. The 1.0 version discs are labeled "Lectures and Practice", "Solutions", and "Test Solutions".

The 1.0 version works more like a traditional textbook with CD accompaniment. Students can either listen to the lecture on the CD or read a printed lesson out of the book. Next, they work out the problems in the book on a sheet of notebook paper, grade them with the print answer key, and then, if needed, go to the CDs for the audiovisual solution to any problems that were missed. These versions do not record the grades either.
 
Will your new 2.0 books work with the older CDs?
The 2.0 texts are entirely new editions, so they do not line up with the 1.0 CDs, nor do the 2.0 CDs will also not work with the 1.0 texts.
 
How do I know if my child is ready for pre-algebra?
The best way to tell is to take our pre-algebra placement test. If your child is unable to take the placement test at this time, then you should know that if a student has had some exposure to basic math and can handle the concept of using a letter (usually an x) to represent a missing number in an equation, then he or she is probably ready for pre-algebra.

The Teaching Textbooks™ pre-algebra program includes a complete review of basic math (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, units of measurement, etc.), but it explains things more conceptually than books for younger students. This approach teaches students why the techniques they've been using for years really work. Knowing the whys is necessary preparation for algebra 1 and other higher math courses.
 
How do I know if my child is ready for algebra 1?
The best way to tell is to take our algebra 1 placement test. If your child is unable to take the placement test at this time, then you should know that if a child is 13 or older and knows basic math fairly well, he is probably ready for algebra 1. To be more specific, if the student can easily add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers and has made average grades on assignments involving fractions, decimals, and percents, it’s time to move to our algebra 1 program (especially since the book starts by assuming that the student has no knowledge of algebra). If the student is 12 or younger or still needs work on basic math, then he or she should probably start with the Pre-Algebra 2.0 Teaching Textbook™ (pre-algebra placement test).
 
How do I know if my child is ready for algebra 2?
The best way to tell is to take our algebra 2 placement test. Your student will need to have taken an equivilent Algera 1 course first.
 
How do I know if my child is ready for geometry?
The best way to tell is to take our geometry placement test. Your student will need to have taken an equivilent Algera 1 course first.
 
How do I know if my child is ready for pre-calculus?
The best way to tell is to take our pre-calculus placement test. Your student will need to have taken an equivilent Algera 1, Geometry, And Algebra 2 course first.
 
I'm no computer whiz, is Teaching Textbooks™ easy to use?
Yes, our engineers created the software to be an easy-to-use as possible. For the 3.0 Version, all you need to is to go to ttwebversion.com and sign in. For the 2.0 Cd version, put disc 1 into your computer and run the installer. Then all you need to do is follow all the prompts. Most important, you won't have to worry about sitting on the line for hours with tech support.
 
Are Teaching Textbooks™ Mac-compatible?
All currently sold products are compatible with Mac OS 10.4 through 10.13. However, older software versions of Math 5, Math 6, & Math 7—ones where the 2nd set of digits in the serial number starts with a 1, such as MATH5-1XXXX—are NOT Mac-compatible. Also, our 1.0 editions of Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, & Pre-Calculus are not 10.7 compatible. We do have a 10.7 patch (see link directly below) for each of these, but DO NOT download the patch if you currently use 2.0 versions of the products. The 2.0 versions of these products are the ones that have a digital gradebook.
 
What are the system requirements for the CDs?

For Math 3, Math 4, Math 5, Math 6, Math 7, Pre-Algebra 2.0, Algebra 1 2.0, Algebra 2 2.0, Geometry 2.0, and Pre-Calculus 2.0 the system requirements for PCs are :

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, or 10 or MacOS 10.4 through 10.11*
  • A CD-ROM drive
  • Speakers or Headphones
For Pre-Algebra v1.0, Algebra 1 1.0, Algebra 2 1.0, Geometry 1.0, and Pre-Calculus 1.0, the system requirements for PCs are
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, or 10 Or MacOS 9.0 through 10.14
  • A CD-ROM drive
  • Speakers or Headphones

Note: if you try to use one of the 1.0 products listed above with OS X 10.7+, it won't work unless you download this patch first.

*Note: OS X 10.8+ users may require an update if the product crashes during installation or after an update from an earlier version of OS X. The update and instructions can be found here.
 
How do I install the Cd version of the program with parental controls (limited or standard account)?
You need to first set up the user account as a computer administrator, then you can install the program under that user name and activate it. Next, just change the account back to the standard or limited account.
 
Can I use your program for more than one child?
The 3.0 version is a per-student subscription. So you will need to purchase one subscription for each student taking our program. The 2.0 Cd version may be used with every child in a family at no additional cost and even resold. The latest version of the software allows as many as 3 students use the product on the same computer at the same time and track each one's grades separately.
 
The buddies have disappeared on my Mac, and I just see a white screen when I login to the parent home page.
This is normally caused by pulling the icon out of the “Applications\Teaching Textbook\Math x” folder and moving it to the desktop. You will need to put the icon back in order for the program to work correctly. Then you can make an alias and drag that to the desktop to have a shortcut.
 
Does your program work with anti-virus programs?
The 3.0 version of the program should run just fine with your antivirus. Just make sure it is not blocking our website. https://ttwebverison.com/

For the Cd version, yes, but you may need to add the program into the trusted application and exclusions, in order to keep the anti-virus program from possibly deleting the data file that stores the grades. In order to do that you may have to contact the anti-virus company for help in adding our program(s) into theirs.
 
Will Teaching Textbooks™ ever run on a tablet or on a computer without a CD Drive?
Yes, our 3.0 version runs on any computer with a web browser that can run Adobe Flash Player. It also works on mobile devices if you use the "Puffin" application. More information is available here.
 
Is there a way to disable the buddy and hint sounds?
Yes. If you have purchased our product recently from us, there will be a "Settings" button that will allow you to turn off the buddy's and hints. While products purchased not so recently have a button for turning buddy sounds on or off, they do not give students any control over hints. So we've created a new settings menu update that allows students to control BOTH hint and buddy sounds. (It even allows students to remove the buddies off the screen entirely if they find them too distracting or annoying.) The settings menu update also includes a separate feature that moves the Gradebook Export and Import program to the parent home page, making it more convenient to access.

You can download the Settings Menu Update here.
Detailed step-by-step instruction are here.
 
How do I save my child's gradebook?
For the 3.0 version, all your students progress is automaticly saved on our servers. So you don't worry about losing progress and having to back up the grades manually.
For the 2.0 version, if you have installed the program update, then you can export your child's gradebook from the Parent home page. Just choose the fifth option and you can save the gradebook file to your computer. Otherwise, you'll need to use the Gradebook Transfer Program, which is a separate program that installed to the same folder as the main program. If you haven't installed the update yet, we recommend you download it here. After you save the gradebook file to your computer, you can import it back into the program. This is useful if you need to reinstall the program, or if you accidentally delete a student's grades.