Frequently Asked Questions

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What’s the best way to use these videos?

Nicole the Math Lady videos can be used as your main instruction or as a supplement to what you’re already doing.  Since improvement in math comes through practice, I recommend students first watch the lesson videos to learn the new concept and then do the practice problems to make sure they can apply what they’ve learned.

Do you do all of the lessons?

Yes.  I do all of the lessons and investigations in the same order as the textbook.  For each lesson, you’ll find a lesson video, a brain break, and then, a practice video.

What grades do the videos cover?

The videos cover 3rd grade through Advanced Math and Geometry.  I am currently filming Saxon Math 3, Advanced Math and Geometry and will be adding five lessons to the site each week until filming is complete.

Why don't you cover grades K-2?

Not covering K-2 was intentional on my part.  I believe that my style of teaching via video is best for kids 3rd grade and up. I think the best way to teach younger kids is in a hands-on experiential way.  Just get down on the floor and interact with them.  Break out the building blocks, the pennies, the marbles…anything they want to play with.  Mommas (and poppas), you have all the skills you need to do it!

Do you have videos for Calculus?

At this time, I do not have any plans to create videos for Calculus.

How long are your videos?

As you know, this is a YouTube generation. You’ve got to make it short, sweet and to the point or else you lose them.  With that in mind, the lesson videos are generally 3-7 minutes long and the practice sets are 5-10 minutes long.  Algebra 1 and 2 videos are a little longer (8-12 minutes average, but there are some that are around 15 minutes due to the topic being covered.)

Do you do the problems in the textbook? What about the investigations?

No. I create my own unique problems that match the topics in the textbooks so students can gain additional practice.  This is also great because my videos can be used with different editions of the textbooks.

I’m in the process of recording the investigations.  They will be posted by early fall.

Are the videos available in DVD format?

No.  Everything is streaming and on-demand.  The videos can be accessed on any computer or mobile device.

What do you mean by annual membership? Does it automatically renew?

Your membership lasts 365 days from your date of purchase.  It will not automatically renew.  

I have a 5th grader and a 7th grader. Do I need to purchase two memberships?

Not at all.  The affordable ALL GRADES membership for $79 is all you need.

I have the Single Grade Membership. If I need to move to a different textbook mid-year, how does that work?

I’ve got you covered.  Your Single Grade Membership gives you access to the videos you need from whichever textbooks you use during your year.  Go to My Dashboard>My Account and click on Change Textbook.  Complete the short form and I’ll switch you over within 24 hours.

My student has resource funds through our charter school. How do I get my membership setup?

We love charter schools.  Here’s the list of where we are a registered vendor.  To purchase  your membership, your school can either call us with a credit card or send us a purchase order.  Once they do, we’ll reach out to you with details on how to setup your membership.  

If I purchase a Single Grade Membership, can I later upgrade to the All-Grade Membership?

Sure, just pay the prorated upgrade fee (up to $30) and we’ll switch you over to the All-Grades Membership.  (If you are within two months of your membership you will be charged for the full All-Grades yearly membership and credited the remaining time of your single-grade membership.  You can make the change under My Grade>My Account or you could contact us.

Do you offer group discounts?

I sure do.  Gather together a group of 15 or more people and you can qualify for group pricing.  Contact us for more details.     

Do you have a referral program?

I sure do.  In fact, most people have found Nicole the Math Lady through a friend.  Click here for more details.  

What is your refund policy?

Refunds requested in the first 90 days of your membership will be granted on a prorated basis.  

Do you have any placement tests?

Yes.  Saxon Math provides free placement tests to help determine your student’s appropriate level.  

Saxon Math Placement Test – K3

Saxon Math Placement Test Middle Grades

Saxon Math Placement Test – Algebra 1

Saxon Math Placement Test – Algebra 2

What should my child do after Saxon Math 7/6...Saxon Math 8/7? Algebra 1/2? or Algebra 1?

After Saxon Math 7/6, your child should do Saxon Math 8/7.  If they completed Saxon Math 8/7 successfully, they are ready to move on to Algebra 1.

If they had trouble nailing down the concepts of Saxon Math 8/7 (fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, proportions, etc.), they should take Algebra 1/2 before taking Algebra 1.  Algebra 1/2 reviews the concepts of Saxon Math 8/7 and then begins a slow introduction to the concepts presented in Algebra 1.

What path do you suggest for Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Math? Which editions should I use?

Here are some recommended routes when it comes to Algebra and Geometry.

Route ARoute BRoute C

Algebra 1 (3rd edition)

Algebra 2 (3rd edition)

Advanced Mathematics (2nd edition)

 

Algebra 1 (3rd edition)

Algebra 2 (3rd edition)

Geometry (1st edition)

Advanced Mathematics (2nd edition)

Algebra 1 (4th edition)

Algebra 2 (4th edition)

Geometry (1st edition)

Advanced Mathematics (2nd edition)

This route has geometry woven into the above three textbooks with half of it being taught in Advanced Mathematics (which covers geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus.)  This is enough geometry to complete your geometry requirement, but not enough to show a high level of mastery in the subject.

 

 

*Note:  Advanced Mathematics will begin streaming on the site in July 2019.

 

In this route, you would skip over the geometry chapters in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Advanced Mathematics.  You would dedicate a year just to the Geometry textbook which prepares students taking standardized testing for college.

 

 

 

*Note:  Advanced Mathematics and Geometry will begin streaming on the site in July 2019.

 

 

This route already has the geometry removed from the Algebra books.  However, the algebra textbooks are written by the publisher (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and some say it lacks the feel of the earlier Saxon textbooks.  In Advanced Mathematics, you would skip over the geometry lessons.  This route is considered the most rigorous.

 

*Note:  Nicole the Math Lady does not currently offer math videos for the 4th edition of the Algebra series.

 

My recommendation is to find out the graduation requirements for your state.

Also consider whether your child is higher education bound and research the desired courses in math needed for admittance.

Do I need to buy the textbooks?

Yes.  It’s still important for your student to do the Mixed Practice problems in the textbook.  

What edition of the Saxon books do you use? Can I use your program with earlier editions?

Here’s the edition I used for each of the textbooks.  You can see the book covers towards the bottom of the Join page.

  • Saxon Math 5/4 –  3rd edition
  • Saxon Math 6/5 –  3rd edition
  • Saxon Math 7/6 –  4th edition
  • Saxon Math 8/7 –  3rd edition
  • Saxon Math Algebra 1/2 –  3rd edition
  • Saxon Math Algebra 1 –  3rd edition
  • Saxon Math Algebra 2 –  3rd edition
  • Advanced Math – 2nd edition
  • Geometry – 1st edition

I recommend using these textbooks.  However, my videos follow the topics (versus the individual math problems), which means they can be used with other editions.  I have found that some grades are only slightly different, while others require a bit more work.  Please take a look at the correlations I have done, before purchasing.

1st Editions

Saxon Math 5/4 Correlation

Saxon Math 6/5 Correlation

 

2nd Editions

Saxon Math 5/4 Correlation

Saxon Math 6/5 Correlation

Saxon Math 7/6 Correlation

Saxon Math 8/7 Correlation

Saxon Math Algebra 1/2 Correlation

Saxon Math Algebra 1 Correlation

Saxon Math Algebra 2 Correlation

 

3rd editions

Saxon Math 7/6 Correlation

 

4th Edition

I currently do not have correlations for the 4th editions of the Algebra books.  

Can I purchase textbooks here?

Yes.  I’m an affiliate of Christianbook.com and can provide you links to all of the textbooks you need.  I’ve done a lot of research and found this company to provide the most affordable prices.  If you click the link on my textbook tab, you will be redirected to their website to complete your purchase.  

Which textbooks do I need?

I recommend purchasing the Homeschool Kits.  They provide:

  • Student Textbook – it includes all of the daily mixed practice sets
  • Solutions Manual – it provides the answers for the daily mixed practice sets
  • Tests and Worksheets book – it includes assessments to make sure your student is retaining what they’ve learned

Check out the homeschool kits and individual books on the textbook tab.

What's the difference between the Homeschool line and the Intermediate line of textbooks?

Great question.  Christianbook.com has provided a written comparison and a video description to explain the differences.

I purchased a membership. How do I get started?

In the upper right-hand corner of your screen, click on “My Dashboard.”  You now have access to all of your lessons.  

I clicked on the link but I do not see a video.

The videos open up in a separate window so they are being blocked either by your browser’ pop-up blocker or parental control program like Circle by Disney.  You will need to add Vimeo.com to your list of approved sites for your browser and unfilter Vimeo on  Circle.

 

Here’s how to do it on Chrome.

  1. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  2. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  3. Under “Privacy and security,” click Content settings.
  4. Click Popups.
  5. Under  Allow add https://vimeo.com

 

Here’s how you do it on Circle by Disney.

  1. Go to the person’s profile
  2. Select History
  3. Select Filtered
  4. Go to Vimeo and click “Set as Allowed“.  

I'm having problems streaming the videos.

The videos are filmed in HD and hosted on Vimeo so there is plenty of bandwidth.  If you are having experiencing streaming the videos, let’s do a test to see if we can locate the issue. 

On the bottom right hand corner of the video, click on the settings icon.  Lower the resolution to the lowest setting (240p).  This may solve your problem.  You may even find that you can raise the video resolution to a higher number without experiencing any issues. 

If you are still experiencing video streaming issues:

1. Try using a different computer or mobile device to see if you are still having the issue.  Older computers may have a harder time streaming hd videos.

2.  Reset your router.

3. Check your connection to your ISP with  a site like Speedtest.net to check your internet speed to make sure you are getting the speed your internet provider has promised.

I can't seem to log in multiple kids at once.

We do have limits on the number of people that can be logged in at the same time.  If you have an “All-Grades Membership” and have more than two children who need to be logged in at the same time, please contact us and we’ll help you get setup.

Still have questions?