Frequently Asked Questions

Curriculum Questions

My student uses the Saxon Math curriculum. 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 I still need the textbooks? What about those Mixed Practice problems?

It’s still important for your student to do the Mixed Practice problems in the textbook to get continual review on past lessons.  However, the number of problems you chose to do is up to you.  I work with some kids who have no issues with doing 30 Mixed Practice problems a day.  Others, that many would just about kill them, and it would have the reverse effect of making them hate math. Everyone’s different, so know your child and do what you think will work best for them. 

What grades do the videos cover?

The videos cover 4th grade through Algebra 1.  I release a new set of videos each week so check the release schedule to make sure I’m ahead of your student’s schedule.

Why don't you cover grades K-3?

Not covering K-3 was intentional on my part.  I believe that my style of teaching via video is best for kids 4th 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 high school topics such as Algebra 2, Geometry or Calculus?

No.  I currently focus on topics up through Algebra 1.

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 generally are 3-7 minutes long and the practice sets are 5-10 minutes long.  

What edition of the Saxon books do you use?

I used the 3rd edition of the books to create the videos.  However, my videos follow the topics of the textbooks.  I use my own original problems for the lessons and practice sets.  This means they can be used with any edition.  (Note:  The 2nd edition books have 140 lessons instead of 120.  In moving to the 3rd edition, Saxon combined twenty lessons into neighboring lessons.  They can still be easily found on the site, plus you can always search by topic.)

Regarding homeschool versus the public school books – when you compare their table of contents they are either mostly or exactly the same.  So my videos work fine for both because I teach the topic and not the specific problems presented in the book.

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 it can be my videos can be used with different editions of the textbooks.

I currently do not teach the investigations, but I do plan to add them in the future.  

When will you be done filming?

While I originally was expecting to be done in late September, Hurricane Irma had some thoughts otherwise.  Now, I expect to be complete with the all of the remaining grades by early-October.

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.

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.

I feel that my student has gaps in certain areas. What do you suggest?

Saxon Math books do A LOT of review so if you feel your child’s gaps are small, they should get fixed during the year.  However, if you know that your child is struggling a lot which a specific topic (ex. fractions), you may want to consider purchasing the All-Grades Membership.  You will have access to every lesson from every grade and can chose to get caught using a prior year’s lessons.  With the All-Grades Membership, you also have access to all of the practice sets, so your child can practice problems from various grade levels.  

I see that my membership lasts for one year. If I need to move to a different level mid-year, how does that work?

I’ve got you covered.  Just contact me when you need access to the new grade and I’ll switch you over.

I was thinking about getting a tutor for my child. Can I use this instead?

Yes.  For the price of two tutoring sessions, your student can have access to all of the topics and practice problems for the entire year.  They can watch them as many times as they want or need.  However, if you’d still like a tutor, feel free to contact us for one-on-one tutoring.

I am a returning student and I need to take math for college or to pass a certification exam? Can I use these videos?

First of all, congratulations and secondly, absolutely!  Most test prep books just give you the correct answer, but they don’t show you HOW to do the problem.  I first explain the process, and then demonstrate every practice problem so you can see how it should be done.   I recommend getting the BY TOPIC membership, so you can focus on a topic at a time.

I love your videos and want to refer you to my friends. Do you have a referral program?

I sure do.  Click here for more details.  

If it's not working for my child, do you offer a refund?

Absolutely.  While I think that watching these videos will change how your child relates to math, if they aren’t feeling it, that’s ok.  I want happy students and happy parents.  I’ll happily refund your money and encourage you to find something that works for your family. 

Technical Assistance

I purchased a membership. How do I get started?

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

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

The videos open up in a separate window so check your pop-up blocker.  You will need to add Nicole the Math Lady to your list of approved sites.  

I'm having problems streaming the videos. What should I do?

The videos are hosted on Vimeo so there is plenty of bandwidth.  Here’s a few things to check:

1. Reset your router (This often does the trick.)

2. Check your connection to your ISP with  a site like Speedtest.net.

3. Try using a different computer or mobile device to see if you are still having an issue.

4. If you are still experiencing a streaming issue, contact us. 

Still Have Questions?