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No-frills site for algebra practice.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn the concepts behind algebra and build their mathematical confidence. They can follow along with each lesson, study the diagrams, and see concrete examples of algebra at work. From introductory (real numbers and combining like terms), to intermediate (linear equations and dividing polynomials), to advanced (determinants and logarithms), there are lessons for every level. Chilimath's useful vocabulary explanations and step-by-step examples deliver on the promise of quality instruction with little in the way of entertainment.

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Kids find limited encouragement as they read through each of the lessons.

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The sparse pages are peppered with ads from third parties that encourage clicking and frequently look like they're actually part of the Chilimath site. For instance, "science help" and "math practice" are offered, but clicking these can lead you to an outside site that requires paid membership. There are also various sponsored links (weight loss ads, online universities, etc.) visible at the top of many pages, and their ad content is not controlled or monitored.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents needs to know that Chilimath is a safe site to visit for free online algebra assistance. There are no bells or whistles, but the straightforward, simple explanations can be helpful to students whether they're at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. Kids can select their level, choose from a long list of algebra topics, and follow the guidance, instruction, and sample problems. Lessons require reading and following along step-by-step. There's ample information here, and kids can even send an email to the creator if they haven't found the homework help they need here. Responses are returned within three days.

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Kids will find ample algebra help that ranges in level from introductory to advanced. Clicking on a specific subject takes users to a page of instruction that carefully walks through lessons and offers multiple examples of how to apply the learning. The language is kid-friendly but doesn't sugarcoat or over-simplify the lessons. There's no fun and games here, just simple instruction. Kids may not be engaged or entertained enough to linger, but they can surely find the supplemental assistance they need to build up their math skills -- and perhaps their confidence as well.

Is it any good?


Kids don't always find mathematics to be entertaining, and CHILIMATH doesn't help bring it to life. The site is simply designed (with an occasional illustrated chili pepper mascot to spice it up). Information is delivered in a straightforward manner. And there's no immediate feedback or interaction. But, it does the job of providing what it sets out to do: provide free online algebra help. Kids may not be actively engaged or entirely entertained, but they will find assistance (and can even get emailed answers within three days if needed). During a weekend or a late night homework session, it's a good place for kids to go for help when a teacher isn't readily available or parents aren't equipped to help.

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Parent Written byRara Avis March 1, 2013

Excellent free lesson and help!

Chilimath provides relevant and complete examples with detailed step by step solutions (long, short, or animated ones) and explanations, which are really helpful for a clearer grasp and better understanding of math and its various lessons/topics. Thank God for Chilimath online--free and convenient. Thank you, Chilimath. God bless. <3 :)
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