Their website describes their program as:
A child can work at his or her own pace to complete the worksheets. The goal is to get a 10 out of 10 correct (hence the Ten Marks name…) on each worksheet. At the end of a sheet, the child is given the opportunity to correct the missed problems once. If they are still wrong, it will show the student why the problem was wrong. When a child misses 3 problems after correction, the program will automatically generate a “Do-over” worksheet to be completed. Concept Mastery is clearly the goal of the program.
It was very easy to see at a glance how my kids were doing in the areas that they had been working on.
There was also a very nice breakdown of work that was completed each day.
There is the option to suspend the automatic generation of worksheets, and I must admit I should have remembered to do this for the week we took off at Christmas. I forgot to do so, but the kids didn’t have any trouble catching back up.
Students are able to view and print certificates of Mastery, and access their game rewards from the Rewards page.
We used Ten Marks as our Math Curriculum for both of my High School Students; specifically Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. From my perspective, sitting with them to watch the video lessons that the program provides, it reminds me of my own High School Algebra class. The teacher introduces a concept, and then discusses one version of the problem, and assigns homework that is full of questions that are not anything like the modeled equation. This was a great source of frustration for both of the kids. They often felt like they were totally guessing at the answers, and didn’t feel like they fully understood the concept, even if the program said they did. They both often expressed the desire to see immediately if they had answered a question correctly. Several times they both thought they were really understanding something, and when the grading happened they missed over half the problems.
The program does offer practice sessions, for the children to work through at any time. When I reminded my kids of this feature, I received typical teenage eye rolling. To my knowledge, my children did not avail themselves of this option. Possibly because of their frustration with the initial worksheet, they did not desire to willingly choose more frustration.
In order to better grasp concepts and definitions, my children would seek other sources to help them understand. They would flip back through their textbook, or look up YouTube videos for help. Many times I was called over to help explain and talk them through the questions.
The things they did like were the games that they were rewarded with after completing their work. They also very much enjoyed only having 4 worksheets to do a week. They could complete them in one day, and be done with Math for the week, or they could stretch out the number of days, and complete them one at time. They also liked how if they had to leave a worksheet, the program saved their previous answers so they didn’t have to repeat any work. In most cases they said that the hints were helpful.
My daughter says, ” the program is growing on her”, and as she completes more worksheets, she is understanding how the program works better. She is pretty sure her frustration is with Math in general, not the Ten Marks Program.
There are several suggestions that we would like to offer:
- Notifications on the Student Home Page of tests and parent email notification of tests. There is a tab that says ‘Tests’ but we were so busy completing worksheets, that we never clicked there to see them. Consequently we missed many tests. The program does a GREAT job of sending out email reminders to the parent that new worksheets are available, but it doesn’t notify the parent that a test is ready for the student to take.
- Glossary of Terms. We often didn’t understand what in the world things meant. Not being a Math professor myself, didn’t help our cause either. It would have been wonderful to have terms linked to clickable definitions, possibly located with the hints that are offered with the questions. Even a separate Glossary Tab for the students would be nice.
- Assessment integration. The company does offer a math assessment. It is located on their homeschool tab on the bottom right side. It is optional to take this assessment, and frankly we missed seeing it altogether. As a parent, I would like to see that become something that every child is required to take at the start of the program. I think that integrating it as the first set of worksheets that a child does would be beneficial.
Ten Marks is a great program for supplementing current math curriculum, and will stay right on track with your state standards. I would definitely recommend it for publicly educated students who need extra reinforcement. It compliments that style of teaching very well.
The company is very open to feedback, there is a feedback button on the right of every page. They encourage you to contact them with questions, problems, and concerns. You can also contact them by email for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, opinions on curriculum will vary from family to family. Much depends on the learning style of the children. Please take the time to read the other reviews that have been written by my TOS Crew Mates.
As a member of the TOS Homeschool Reveiw Crew, I received a free 6 month subscription to Ten Marks, for the purpose of this review. No other compensation has been received. All of the above opinions are my own.