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Why choose a TT over a traditional tutor?
A. TT is a lot more flexible than a live tutor. You can use a TT 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 TT costs just a small fraction of that. And you can't fast-forward and rewind a live tutor either.

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Why choose the Teaching Textbook™ series over another homeschool math program?
A. 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 on CD-ROM, is both a teacher and a textbook combined into one. And the CD-ROM 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 and Geometry Teaching Textbooks™ contain at least 3 to 8 times the amount of multimedia teaching as 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.

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I’m considering taking a homeschool co-op class for algebra or geometry. How might a Teaching Textbook™ compare to that as an option?
A. 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 you have cable or DSL, click here to see a video about why a Teaching Textbook is better than a traditional teacher or tutor.]
 
If I’m not satisfied can I get my money back?
A. Absolutely. Simply return the products you ordered in resalable condition within 30 days of your 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?
A. 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. 
 
Can I resell all my Teaching Textbooks?
A. Yes, you most definitely can. And there is absolutely no limit to the number of times our products can be resold. 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?
A. 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.
 
Can I pay for my order with an electronic check?
A. Yes, but please be aware that electronic check transactions can take up to 4 business days to be released for shipping.
 
Do Teaching Textbooks™ cover everything algebra or geometry books are supposed to?
A. Absolutely. Each Teaching Textbook™ is between 650-750 pages long and contains about 130 lessons, and each covers all of the standard topics.
 

Do you use the review method?
A. 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?
A. 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 support?
A. 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 Solutions CDs don’t answer all your questions, we’ll have tutors available over the phone as a final backstop.
 

How do the practice problems work?  
A. 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?
A. 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 both sets of CDs) for maximum results.

1) Read the printed lesson in your book.

2) Watch the lecture on CD.

3) Work any of the five practice problems that seem difficult.

4) Watch the CD lectures that explain those practice problems. These are on the Lecture & Practice CDs.

5) Work all of the problems in the problem set.

6) Grade the assignment.

7) Watch the step-by-step solutions for any problems that were missed. These are on the step-by-step Solutions CDs.

Do Teaching Textbooks™ have a lot of real-world applications in them?
A. 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 algebra in the context of that important topic.

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Is it best to take Geometry or Algebra 2 after Algebra 1?
A. 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. 
 
You say that your Geometry has SAT and ACT prep built in. What exactly does this mean?
A. In addition to covering all the standard school geometry topics, the book 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?
A. 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 Textbook program, since every problem set uses the review method. Also, some students just want to watch the lectures on CD (instead of reading the lessons in the book) and then only read the highlighted text as a reinforcement.
 
Do I really need the CDs or are the book, answer key, and tests alone enough?
A. The CDs are such a good value (120-160 hours of teaching at less than $1 per hour) that we think anyone who can afford them should definitely make the investment. Also, we've found time and again that students who use the CDs generally learn more and enjoy the program more than ones who don't.
 
Why are Teaching Textbooks™ slightly thicker than other math texts?
A. Our books 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?
A. This is true. The Math 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, along with Pre-Algebra (version 2.0), Algebra 1 (version 2.0), Algebra 2 (version 2.0), and Geometry (version 2.0) all have automated grading, but our Pre-Calculus program does not. In case you are unfamiliar with our curriculum, the products with automated grading work like this: students watch a lesson on the computer and then start on the assignment. As soon as they finish working a problem (by hand) they type their answer into the computer. The computer will then grade the problem and tell them if they got it right or wrong. The grade for that problem is also stored in a digital gradebook. Once the problem has been graded, the program asks students if they want to view the solution. Students who click ‘yes,’ will then be shown a step-by-step audiovisual solution to that problem.

Our one program that does not have automated grading, Pre-Calculus, 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 will 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. Our Pre-Calculus program does not record grades either.
 
Will your new 2.0 books work with the older CDs?
A: The 2.0 texts are entirely new editions, so they do not line up with the 1.0 CDs. The 2.0 CDs will also not work with the 1.0 texts. However, if you need replacement parts for the 1.0 version of Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2, just call our toll-free number at 1-866-867-6284 (while supplies last).
 
How do I know if my child is ready for Pre-Algebra?
A. 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 TT 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?
A. The best way to tell is to take our Algebra 1 placement test. If you don't have time for this, 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 Teaching Textbook™ (Pre-Algebra placement test).
 
How do I know if my child is ready for Algebra 2?
A. The best way to tell is to take our Algebra 2 placement test.
 
How do I know if my child is ready for Geometry?
A. The best way to tell is to take our Geometry placement test.
 

I'm no computer whiz, are the Teaching Textbook™ CDs easy to use?
A. Yes. The engineers who created our software made it as easy-to-use as a videotape. That means when you stick the disc in, it will just pop up and play. The product is so intuitive it doesn't even come with instructions. There's no downloading or passwords or any of that stuff. Most important you won't have to worry about sitting on the line for hours with tech support.

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The program does not automatically appear on the screen after I insert the CD. What should I do?
A. For Windows users, please go to "My Computer", double-click on the CD-ROM drive, and double-click on the file that has the ".exe" extension or icon that looks like this:
For Mac users, please double-click on the icon that looks like the above.
 

Are Teaching Textbooks™ MAC-compatible?
A. All currently sold products are compatible with MAC OS 10.4 through 10.7 (Lion). However, older software versions of Math 5, Math 6, & Math 7 (the serial number starts MATH5-1XXXX-) are NOT MAC-compatible. Also, our 1st editions (version 1.0) of Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, & Pre-Calculus are not 10.7 compatible, BUT we do have a 10.7 patch for each of those (see link below). DO NOT download the patch if you currently own a 2.0 version of Algebra 1 or Pre-Algebra. The 2.0 versions of these products are the ones that have a digital gradebook. Questions? Call and we'll be happy to walk you through any difficulties (toll free: 866-867-6284).

http://www.teachingtextbooks.com/v/vspfiles/tt/LionPatches.htm
 

What are the system requirements for the CDs?
A.
For Pre-Algebra v1.0, Algebra 1 v1.0, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus:

   The system requirements for PCs are

  • A CPU of 133 MHz or faster
  • A Windows 98 or later operating system
  • A 4x CD-ROM drive
  • Speakers

   The system requirements for MAC are

  • A CPU of 211 MHz or faster
  • A MAC OS 9.0 or later (but with 10.7 (Lion), you must first download a patch from the page that has all the info. for that product)
  • A 4x CD-ROM drive
  • Speakers

For Math 3, Math 4, Math 5, Math 6, Math 7, Pre-Algebra v2.0, and Algebra 1 v2.0:

   The system requirements for PCs are

  • A CPU of 1.0 GHz or faster (2.0 Ghz recommended)
  • A Windows XP or later operating system
  • 1 GB RAM (2GB recommended)
  • A 4x CD-ROM drive
  • Speakers

   The system requirements for Mac are

  • A CPU Processor type of: G3 PowerPC / Intel Solo
  • Processor Speed of: 500 MHz / 1.0 GHz or faster (2.0 Ghz recommended)
  • Mac OS 10.4 or later
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • A 4x CD-ROM drive
 
How do I install my math program with parental controls (limited or standard account)?
A. 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?
A. Absolutely. These programs are reusable and can be used with more than one student on the same computer in the same year. For instructions on how to set up multiple student accounts if your serial number starts with a 1, please call 1-866-867-6284 or email us at customerservice@teachingtextbooks.com. If your serial number starts with a 2, the program will ask you how many student accounts you want to set up whenever you're going through the standard installation process. You can have up to 3 students on one computer and it will track their grades separately.
 
I am using a Mac and the buddies have disappeared and it just gives me a white screen when I try to login to the parent area.
A. 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. If you would like more information on how to put a shortcut, for the program, in your dock, please contact Customer Service at 1-866-867-6284 or email customerservice@teachingtextbooks.com.
 
Does your program work with anti-virus programs?
A. 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.