This software suite contains six CD-ROMs covering 10 high school subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, U.S. History, World History, Geography, Writing, and Spanish.
The math titles (Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry) share the same publisher and have identical easy-to-use interfaces. Teens jump right in by reading, listening, and interacting with a series of lessons (“tutorials”). These tutorials end with practice questions. After students have completed all the chapters in the tutorial section, they can take an examination. Score a rating of “good" on the examination, and you get to play a fun game.
The Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, and Writing subjects are produced by a different company than the math titles, and thus have a different interface. Students start by taking a pre-test to determine what chapters they need to study. A neat feature here is that your son or daughter can select their high school textbook, and the software will correlate the chapters of the software with the chapters of the preferred textbook. Unfortunately, when students move to studying the information presented in the chapters, they are faced with mere outlines that don’t have much depth and lack interactive examples. Consequently, this part of the suite is not as good as the math topics.
High School Advantage 2002 also contains an interactive atlas, a Spanish title, and a multimedia presentation of World History.
This suite is not a comprehensive study guide, nor is it a personal tutor. Rather, it is a massive amount of information offered at a reasonable price. The math software is its best feature.
The Bottom Line: A useful tool for review.
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