### Review of Carnegie Learning's Cognitive Tutor Algebra 1

I've written one more review... This time it is about Carnegie Learning's Cognitive Tutor Algebra 1 curriculum.

Carnegie Learning's Algebra 1 curriculum is a unique algebra curriculum — unlike anything I've seen before. It is sure to appeal to some of you homeschoolers. I liked it quite a bit.

The curriculum consists of two parts: textbook and software.

The software component is called Cognitive Tutor. It provides the student intelligent computerized practice with everything in Algebra 1 curriculum.

The textbook also is somewhat different from your standard textbooks in the fact that often the whole lesson can be based on an exploration or investigation.

Read more here - you will also see screenshots and sample pages, pricing, an even a discount coupon code.

Carnegie Learning's Algebra 1 curriculum is a unique algebra curriculum — unlike anything I've seen before. It is sure to appeal to some of you homeschoolers. I liked it quite a bit.

The curriculum consists of two parts: textbook and software.

The software component is called Cognitive Tutor. It provides the student intelligent computerized practice with everything in Algebra 1 curriculum.

The textbook also is somewhat different from your standard textbooks in the fact that often the whole lesson can be based on an exploration or investigation.

Read more here - you will also see screenshots and sample pages, pricing, an even a discount coupon code.

## Comments

My child often attempted to figure out problems by herself on the computer program, but only ended up with getting a whole lot more problems assigned to her. After she understood the required input in the computer to work a problem (which is not the same as she would do on paper) she had a lot more tedious work doing same type of problems over again until she could move on.

In her school, if students do not get the required 3 or 4 units done by the end of the 6 weeks they receive and low grade and they must finish these before you can start new units. Therefore if students get behind in the first six weeks, they never do get caught up and some fail due to this. Even Carnegie Learning does not prescribe a hard and fast time line for completing each unit. Also, students are often completing worksheets that do not match with where they are in the computer program.

One final warning, the AI (Artificial Intelligence) in the program does not compensate for any typographical errors, but functions in manner to treat these as errors as lack of learning the concepts. If your student has any sort of perceptual reading disability, (i.e. dyslexia) they will have a hard time with the computer program.