Virtual Nerd provides online tutoring for math classes for junior high and high school. At this time, they have pre-algebra, algebra I and II, and there is also some tutoring for physics. Pre-calculus is supposed to be coming out soon, and chemistry is slated for Fall 2011. I've also heard that more trig-based physics, geometry and calculus are in the works at some point, and eventually biology too.
I had two of my children using this, and they both give the program two thumbs up. Right now, Connor is studying geometry and chemistry, so there wasn't anything that corresponded with his current coursework. In Virtual Nerd, he worked in both algebra I and algebra II. William is currently doing pre-algebra, so that is what he used in Virtual Nerd.
From Virtual Nerd: "Using our patent pending Dynamic Whiteboard, each student has a very interactive and personalized learning experience. While watching our pre-recorded videos, they can drill-down for more information and access FAQs, terms and definition to assist in their learning process."
That gives you a basic idea as to how it works. You can go into your math level, search through the available topics (and there are lots of them), and watch a video utilizing this Dynamic Whiteboard. If at any point you are not understanding something, you can pull up an earlier tutoring topic easily, and keep going down until you figure out what it is you were not understanding. Kind of like listening to the explanation of a problem, and asking, "... but what did blah, blah, blah mean?"
My kids both enjoyed this. Quite a bit. I allowed them to pretty much go in and choose their own topics and I did not try to really be keeping track in any way. Connor's statement to me was that the Virtual Nerd videos do a great job of teaching you how to do the math concepts presented. He liked the explanations, and told me that he hoped I'd consider getting a day or a week occasionally when there is Virtual Nerd content to match what he is studying.
William thought the explanations were clear as well, and he really liked being able to drill down to view videos of the foundational concepts of the topic he was trying to master.
I liked the fact that there are both male and female instructors. I love that you can skip around in the video pretty easily, so you can skip over the explanation that you already "get" and move right to the part that confuses you.
Virtual Nerd is available at a variety of pricing levels. The main one is a monthly subscription for $49 per month. You can also make a one-time (meaning it won't keep charging your credit card) three-month subscription ($129), one week subscription ($19) or one day subscription ($5).
You can check out what my fellow crew-mates have to say about Virtual Nerd at:
Any questions? I'd love to know what you would want to know in deciding whether or not this is something you want to purchase.
Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive a complimentary 45 day subscription to Virtual Nerd. The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review. It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise. If I don't like it, you'll hear that. And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family. For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.