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The Co-op welcomes success stories that will help other homeschooling parents decide whether to add Thinkwell Math to their home school curriculum. If you have used Thinkwell and would like to contribute a testimonial, please click here.
My oldest son recently started two Thinkwell courses: prealgebra and public speaking. Today I heard him yell to me from the other room, "Mom, I LOVE this program you bought! Dr. Burger is awesome." He watched three lectures today and I told him to slow down! He is also eating up the public speaking course which he excitedly told me all about. I am thrilled with our purchases and can't believe the prices we got through the HS Buyers Co-op. THANK YOU!!”
The Ebmeier Family, Co-op Member
We LOVE Thinkwell math! My daughter always hated math, no matter what method we tried - until we hit pre-algebra and tried Thinkwell. Wow! What a turnaround! While I won't say my daughter now loves math, she actually does seem to enjoy it, and I will often overhear her laughing out loud. And since the teacher is a college math professor, I know she's getting the solid foundation she will need for the future. Not only that, Thinkwell provides me with all the information I need to track how my daughter is doing at each step along the way. What a great program!”
Deanna M., Co-op Member
My oldest son recently started two Thinkwell courses: prealgebra and public speaking. Today I heard him yell to me from the other room, "Mom, I LOVE this program you bought! Dr. Burger is awesome." He watched three lectures today and I told him to slow down! He is also eating up the public speaking course which he excitedly told me all about. I am thrilled with our purchases and can't believe the prices we got through the HS Buyers Co-op. THANK YOU!!”
The Ebmeier Family, Co-op Member
Wow! We love Thinkwell! We are doing the pre-algebra, and I have to say it is amazing! My kids really get it, and it is because the visuals are great, the teaching is to the point and the concepts are so clear. I am remembering with the kids, and all I can say is I wish I had had this when I was in school! We have the public speaking as well, and I can't wait to use it as well.”
Leslie S. Kelly, Co-op Member
I've used the Thinkwell pre-algebra and algebra courses with my two boys. Since then, we've tried public school and a virtual charter school. All three of us are looking forward to going back to Thinkwell math courses once again!

My boys like feeling in control of the content; they can skip over material they already know or go back and review. Professor Edward Burger is a fun speaker! It's not dull and dried out. The explanations are clear and the supporting text is well done.

I certainly have told others about the courses. I hope Homeschool Buyers Co-op continues to offer such reasonable prices!”
Brighid W., Co-op Member
My son is really enjoying the Pre-Algebra course. The professor is engaging and clearly explains the material. We will definitely continue using the Thinkwell video courses.”
Michele, Co-op Member
We have used the Thinkwell with excellent results for pre-algebra, algebra I, and geometry. We will shortly be moving into algebra II and will be going through calculus. Thinkwell is, without a doubt, outstanding. If you are serious about math, get Thinkwell.”
Carl C., Co-op Member
Thinkwell forms the backbone of our Biology curriculum. The lecturer is dynamic and engaging, the discussions are clear and well presented, and it works with pretty much any textbook. We tried other curriculums and online lectures, but none matched Thinkwell in effectiveness. We will definitely use the other courses as we get to them!”
K Davis, Co-op Member
We were doing K12 prealgebra straight out of the textbook and my son hated it. We got Thinkwell's prealgebra and found the mini lectures and demos so useful. A good teacher showing the steps and explaining them clearly just works better for my son (and me!) than reading dry text from a book. We love thinkwell and it's quick assessments--all online so no CDs to mess with either. I tell everybody who asks about math programs on all my homeschooler lists.”
R Hill, Co-op Member
When my 11 year old began watching the Beginning Algebra video- his two brothers- ages 8 and 16 joined him and they all watched the first few lessons together. They laughed and enjoyed Edward Burger. They are totally taken with him. They can't wait to continue-these summer vacations keep getting in the way! They have recounted some of the lessons at the dinner table and to friends. These are the first math lessons that have captured their attention and Burger makes it relevant and enjoyable. We will continue to try other courses.”
Lori M., Co-op Member
Professor Berger breathes life and humor into the dreaded, dry subject of math! (It's so fun to hear my daughters actually giggle during their algebra studies.) We have finished both intermediate and college algebra and have been very pleased with the results; the girls understood and retained much more than they did with our Teaching Textbooks experience. We're looking forward to "American Government" this fall.”
Janine Perkins, Co-op Member
My daughter has completed the Pre-Algebra program and will start Beginning Algebra soon. She found the video lectures entertaining, and was able to understand the concepts. I have found this program to be thorough and well-presented. The co-op price is well below the prices I've seen elsewhere.”
Leslie W., Co-op Member
Thinkwell helped a lot because it gave lots of very good diagrams and models. I was having a really hard time with polysaccharides and functional groups as well as cellular respiration and photosynthesis, but after watching the Thinkwell CDs, I understood those parts and did really well on the midterm. I learn better by seeing examples because they stay in my head and it’s easier for me to recall them on an exam. Even hearing George Wolfe’s voice helped me. I thought that was really cool how he was part of the teaching aspect. It wasn’t just facts written all over, he went step by step and that also helped me. I found the Thinkwell digital text really helpful.”
Rasha Ghattas, Student
Because I was able to visually see the concepts demonstrated, I gained a better understanding. The tests and immediate feedback were a definite plus. Immediately after answering I could go back and study the questions missed and retake the test.”
Terri Jones, Student
The lectures were so clearly presented and the visual tools (models, graphs, etc) Prof. Tomlinson used made the topics more interesting and easier to comprehend. I was eager to take the online quizzes every time I finished watching a lecture. The exercises were just another learning tool for me. The whole package was so well prepared that it would be hard to pick just one part as being the most beneficial. If I had to pick, I would say the videos were the most beneficial because I could replay at any time when I didn't understand, or was interrupted. I replayed certain parts over and over until "I got it". I wish EVERY COURSE had this type of presentation, especially my math and accounting courses! This is the best thing created since sliced bread!”
Barbara Foster, Student
I was very pleased with the use of this “new” textbook. I found it extremely convenient, and very informative. A much more interesting way to take this course, in my view...perhaps to take ANY course. These lectures, notes, and exercises; combined with the skill of my instructor, helped me overcome many obstacles that I may have otherwise encountered. I have become an enthusiastic proponent of this teaching method after this first time experience.”
Robert Stevens, Student
Thinkwell was much more effective than any textbook could have been. I found learning the material to be much easier. If I had had a textbook, I would have probably skipped reading the lesson altogether, and only referred back to the examples when I was doing the math problems. The video Lectures made it so that I found learning fun, and at times was more effective than a typical class lecture, because I could go back and watch it over and over again. It allows for class time to be used in a much more fun orientated (group activities, or practice) way than a lecture would.”
Melissa Umezaki, Student
I think you all at Thinkwell did a wonderful job. The biology CD is very entertaining and Dr. Wolfe makes biology fun to learn. I would love to get the CD for pre-cal and calculus. Please respond and let me know if this is possible, and if it is, put my order in now.”
Chris Stevens, Student
Thinkwell effectively battles the hardships of dullness and boredom common in some reading texts. Basically, Thinkwell is fun. Students like things that are fun!”
Wade Johnson, Student
As far as learning the material goes, I think having an interactive [video] is a much more fun and a sufficient way of learning. I mean--who really wants to sit and read a dry, boring textbook? Taking quizzes on the web is great because it tells you if you are right or wrong immediately and it tells why or why not. A textbook doesn't do this, and usually if you get an answer wrong you spend a great deal of time flipping through the pages looking for the right answer. The online notes are a better review than the textbook summaries in my opinion. After looking through the notes I feel as though I have gotten a good last review before the exam.”
Jodi Sullivan, Student
Thinkwell helped me understand concepts on certain topics, like photosynthesis and some of the body’s systems, that I don’t think I would have been able to understand by just reading a book. It helped me see the connections between everything we were learning. It also made biology a little more interesting. The speaker takes you through biology while drawing pictures to help you see what he’s saying.”
Buky Aworinde, Student
George Wolfe is very easy to understand, and he has a fun personality that makes it easier to listen to lectures. The videos were beneficial because it wasn’t just another boring lecture to sit through. Throughout the lecture important points were highlighted, which made it even easier to understand what George was trying to get across. The pictures also made it easier to remember things.”
Carly Zuckweiler , Student
Thinkwell’s impact on my class was great. I actually understood what my professor was talking about and I was not confused by his information that he gave the class.”
Elizabeth McNeil, Student
My professor encouraged us all to go and get Thinkwell’s Biology. I was hesitant at first because of all the money I had spent on books. But, I’m glad I decided to get it because I have seen great improvements in my grade.”
Christyn Perot, Student
Thinkwell helped me tremendously in my lecture class. Instead of just having my teacher go over it I got another lecture that explained things in a different manner. This helped especially when I wasn’t sure of things in the lecture class. This course did, however, change my mind on doing homework. Listening to the lectures is much more pleasurable than doing exercise questions from a book. This is a great learning device.”
Dan Santee, Student
Thinkwell helped me to be able to relate economics to everyday life, which made it much easier to understand. It was much less boring than the traditional textbook and the interaction made homework more fun. The Thinkwell video was the most beneficial because the professor was not only knowledgeable, but he made everything easy to understand using visual aids and relative explanations.”
Tiffany Swingler, Student
Your Biology lecture series saved my grade. As a student with ADD I found that your interactive and well organized lectures are a much more effective learning tool for my needs. ”
Daniel Moreland, Student
Thinkwell’s impact on class participation is very positive. Instead of being able to copy out of the back of the traditional book assignments, you are forced to learn and ask questions that will further help later at night on the homework. The most beneficial part of Thinkwell was that after each question regardless if it is right or wrong it gave full explanations of the answers. I have never enjoyed math for the pure fact that I had to spend so much time doing the homework. With this internet homework I enjoy myself more and like being able to learn from my mistakes while completing my homework assignment.”
Cameron Munson, Student
Thinkwell gave clear, concise explanations that helped me go into class the next day already knowing the concepts, or clarify any concepts that I did not fully understand when the professor taught them. The video format with illustrations didn't feel like homework. It also helped me to visualize and understand why I was doing what I was doing on my homework. It would be beneficial to any calculus student.”
Julie Guillen, Student
I did learn a lot because I could do the lectures any time I wanted and I could pause them or listen to them again. The videos were beneficial because I could pause them or listen to them over again if I didn’t grasp the concept fully. I enjoyed using the Thinkwell system because it fit my learning style in that I could do the lectures and quizzes anytime I wanted and that I could listen to them as many times as I wanted. I also liked the quizzes because I got immediate results on whether I got the questions right or wrong.”
Arwyn Martin, Student
I was able to learn the material before going to class, allowing for better class participation. I was able to learn at my own pace. If I needed to go over the lesson, Thinkwell allowed me to do that. I think I was able to grasp and understand the material much more easily by using the Thinkwell CD rather than having to read the book.”
Deborah Fleming, Student
I believe that (Thinkwell) is a great learning tool. My grades can prove that.”
Jackie Blote, Student
My kids are thoroughly enjoying Thinkwell math. We are currently using the pre-algebra and calculus levels. The math is solid and well-taught, and the sprinkling of humor throughout makes the lessons enjoyable and memorable. Thank you!”
Dawn, Co-op Member
We have learned with most of the Thinkwell math curriculum, and we have been extremely satisfied with the program. Thinkwell is wonderful. Dr Berger is a gifted teacher who loves his subject matter and is engaging and interesting and clever and funny. Thinkwell is very well organized! This program has made a significant difference in our homeschool learning with all of our children.”
Karen Rittle, Co-op Member
We are using the Thinkwell Geometry ,and we love it. The lectures are fun and well organized. The notes for each lesson are easy to follow and provide all the info needed to complete the problems. My son is excelling with this program, and I find it very easy to jump in and help him when needed!”
virgina, Co-op Member
My highschool students are using Thinkwell Algebra and PreAlgebra this year in our homeschool. This is our first experience with this product and I have to say I am impressed. Both of my son and my daughter enjoy Mr. Burgers method of teaching and his lighthearted delivery of what can be a frustrating subject at times. Although we occasionally need to supplement if one of my students needs more explanation on a topic, my kids have asked me not to switch from Thinkwell as their main curriculum. As a parent I appreciate that I don't have to beg my children to do math. They do it on their own with no complaints. That is a huge compliment in itself.”
L. Jones, Co-op Member
I used this for my 7th grader as she prepared to apply for and then start a private school with an excellent reputation. The program was very helpful for us, as prior to that I had been a "relaxed" homeschooler. Apparently I did not have a "relaxed" homeschool kid, but had one with strong academic motivation who wanted to test well and then be on par with her peers upon starting school. This program helped us to make sure that happened. More detailed review here: http://productivemama.com/ctc-math-and-thinkwell-math-reviews-mostly-ctc/”
Amylee, Co-op Member
We moved to Thinkwell math this year for my older children (we homeschool all 11 of our children), and we are delighted by the results. We have been able to re-engage them in math and really spur their problem-solving skills. The teaching videos are fun and informative, and our children have become self starters (and more importantly-finishers!) of their math lessons. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
M Hasapopoulos, Co-op Member
I want to put in a good word for the Thinkwell service team. I initially bought Calculus BC, assuming it was a full year course, as it is in school. My own fault - I did not read carefully enough, rushing to get my son's math program going at the beginning of the year. When I realized my mistake, Thinkwell and Homeschool Buyers Co-op worked together with me to make sure my son could start his math program promptly - and Thinkwell suspended my subscription for BC Calculus until I need it, so that my son will have as much time as he needs to complete the course. Thank you, Thinkwell!

... and that's before I tell you that my son LOVES the instructor. He is more enthusiastic about math than I have ever seen. Yes, part of it is realizing that he needs math for a STEM-related career. But much of his new enthusiasm has to do with the Thinkwell program.”
Karin VM, Co-op Member
Our twins are considered to be "twice exceptional', (gifted with some learning disabilities.) Since they are visual learners, they love the math videos with Professor Burger, for his fantastic sense of humor and detailed math explanations. Thus far we have used algebra 1 and 2, geometry and will soon begin trigonometry. I'm proud to say that our twins recently aced all math placement tests at a community college,but want to continue using Thinkwell even if they decide to take a math class at the community college! Prior to Thinkwell, we tried using another video based math program, but the presentation, although detailed, was dry and boring. I've shared our experience with others and highly recommend it to students who are motivated, love humor, and especially to those who have difficulties with textbook learning. This product, is by far, our all time favorite!”
M.Jackson, Co-op Member
This is our first year using Thinkwell Math. I have been really impressed with the quality of the lectures. I will say that I wish the curriculum included a walk through of each problem.”
Carriesuea, Co-op Member
My daughter is actually challenged!”
Theresa R., Co-op Member
Great program! Easy and entertaining videos. Perfect amount of online problems and homework problems to make sure they understand the concepts.”
Beth N., Co-op Member
Great course! Goofy guy teacher that my teens enjoy. Visuals are helpful. Excellent all round. My first pick for math!”
Diane,
I have been doing thinkwell with my kids for four years now. Dr Berger is very thorough and animated. My girls now test way beyond grade level in math and i love the hands off approach since I am not strong at math myself.”
Maja Liotta, Co-op Member
We absolutely love Thinkwell. My two children have used the program several times as a supplement to their school math which is lacking. Thinkwell is plug and play so the kids can work independently without parental involvement. The curriculum is thorough and comprehensive and has bolstered my kids' understanding over the years. It is easily a strong enough platform to be THE MAIN and ONLY math program and will give kids a rock solid foundation. The professor is entertaining and articulates the material very clearly. Thinkwell is an EXCELLENT PROGRAM THAT WE USE YEAR AFTER YEAR!!!”
Karen D, Co-op Member
I have ordered Thinkwell for my two kids - my son and my daughter for MAth and Science AP as well as regular courses.Both of them loved the online courses and used it regularly, during summer as well as during their regular school, to learn and reinforce concepts. We pay 50 to 60 per hour for private training - the fee we pay to Thinkwell is just 2 class equivalent, but it is available for 12 months, and is repeatable. I will strongly recommend Thinkwell courses as a supplement for high school students. I have been regularly recommending the system to my friends and family members and they have enjoyed the subscription as well.”
Ram S, Co-op Member
Thinkwell Economics was a great course for my 10th grade son. Starting in August, I planned a schedule for him to complete the course by mid-April, so that he could review for the AP exams using Barron's guides and the previous years' questions on the College Board website. He listened to the lectures, took notes and did the homework on his own. I had intended to discuss the concepts with him and keep up with the course, but I wasn't able to do so after the first month. We were very pleased to just get his AP scores - 5's on both the Macroeconomics and Microeconomics tests. If your child is a strong, independent learner, Thinkwell Economics will prepare him well!”
Karen W, Co-op Member
If you are looking for an anti-dote to the "drill & kill" method of teaching math, I encourage you to look into Thinkwell. Dr. Burger is by far one of the most straightforward, concise and engaging Math professors we've had. We made the decision this year to homeschool our high school kids, and discovered our son had a very weak Pre-Algebra foundation from public school, despite getting A's & B's. After trying and failing with 3 different well-known and expensive math curriculums over the course of 6 months, we came across Thinkwell Algebra. My son went from being confused and weary to encouraged and self-motivated. He was able to get through one semester of Algebra in 3 months! It has made all the difference in the world in his daily math routine. He is now able to look forward to listening to a concise explanation, doing the 9 or 10 exercises and then MOVING ON. Too many math teachers unnecessarily muddy the waters and bog students down with extra fluff and explanation. Math is black and white, and there is no compelling reason to clog the teaching with ancillary details that do not immediately affect the lesson at hand. Thinkwell (Dr. Burger) has nailed it. We will continue to use and recommend Thinkwell, and have purchased Geometry and Physics for next year. We typically prefer to use faith-based curriculum, however, we understand that with something like high-level Math there typically isn't a lot of room or reason for faith-based discussions. Math is Math. Thinkwell is not a Christian or faith-based curriculum, but it has definitely brought some peace back to our days and has given my son the confidence he needs to succeed. We are grateful for Dr. Burger and for Thinkwell's willingness to offer a discount to homeschoolers!”
CEG, Co-op Member
We have used Thinkwell Math for 7th grade and it was great. Had to change to Saxon for 8th because that is what the co-op class used. My daughter hated Saxon and begged to go back to Thinkwell. We did and now she is doing great again. She still had an A average with Saxon, but with Thinkwell she is able to learn faster and the learning style works for her. The professor is awesome. Thanks to Thinkwell I know she will be ready for Algebra Next year. If we continue homescooling, Thinkwell will be our choice for math.”
Luisa M., Co-op Member
I used Thinkwell once before when studying Precalculus and was well pleased with how Professor Edward Burger explains math concepts. I am struggling with Geometry, so I decided to take his course. I have been able to understand the concepts of Geometry that stumped me before.”
Wendy, Co-op Member
This subscription has been fabulous!! Video teaching, plus the worksheets, plus quizzes and tests and practice tests should you care to use them all provided and graded for you. If you choose to skip anything requiring grades you can do so easily. But if you wanted to it is a complete stand alone course with print out sheets, answers, grade keeping, a lesson plan outline (day by day) and tons of videos and links! Not only do I love this but so does my high school daughter.”
Sarah Walker, Co-op Member
Thinkwell made my daughter laugh during math. The stress that she felt with other math programs was gone. She loves professor Berger. She is able to practice her work enough to get an A, but not so much that she feels overwhelmed. It was a perfect fit for our family.”
Theresa R, Co-op Member
With 4 kids to teach, we needed a math course this year that was taught by someone other than me. I came to this conclusion after choosing a text for 7th grade that did not jive with my daughter's learning style and skills. She has enjoyed Thinkwell so far, and at this point we plan to continue on next year with 8th grade. The lessons are succinct, and I like that there are tests with a grade at the end of each unit. My younger kids will likely follow suit when they get to this point.”
CO_Mom_of_4, Co-op Member
My two children have been using Thinkwell for a few months now for math and we are really loving it, especially since we got it at such a great deal on HS Buyers Co-op! We are using Algebra I and 6th Grade right now. The teaching is really good and he is funny so that keeps the kids attention. The program is thorough and its so helpful that all the grades the kids get on the exercises, practice tests and tests are available to me at any time so I can see how they are progressing. I would highly recommend this program!”
Kim B., Co-op Member
I purchased Thinkwell-Macroeconomics after much research and deliberation and am very satisfied with my decision. My daughter is a senior in high school and would like to pursue International Affairs in college. Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and American Government are all courses she will take at University next year and since she was not able to attend a community college this school year, she is hoping to take the AP Exams; we believe that Thinkwell is an excellent way to help prepare her for her college goals.

Macroeconomics is a one-semester college-level course and taught by a college professor. She says that his explanations are very clear and his use of graphs and charts greatly aide her in understanding the new concepts. She also finds the notes extremely helpful to prepare for the tests. The daily lesson plans help her to stay organized and move through the material on schedule. Our plan is to use macro and micro as a combined one-year college-level course. She is finding the schedule to cover the material very demanding but, she has no doubt she can accomplish the course as the lectures and lessons plans are clearly laid out.

After my initial course purchase I liked Thinkwell courses so much that I purchased American Government, Microeconomics, Physics 1 and Calculus AB. The quality of the teaching and the bios of the professors were the main reasons I settled on Thinkwell as opposed to other online courses. The full price of the course was reasonable compared to other online courses, but with seven children, (two in college, 5 in high school) I couldn't have purchased these courses without the co-op discount. I regret that I did not know about them prior to this year.

I have definitely passed on this resource to my friends, many who live outside my state. It is becoming increasingly harder as a homeschool mom to find reasonably priced, quality educational resources though we are inundated with a myriad of pricey choices. I am so relieved that I found these course for my seven children and plan to purchase them again in upcoming years.”
Melinda D., Co-op Member
We didn't start homeschooling until last year, my daughter's freshman year. I used a different math program that had come highly recommended and it was like pulling teeth to get my daughter to do her work. She said it was too confusing. This year we started with Thinkwell geometry and my daughter loves it. She can't believe how much better it is to understand. Now her math is done every day without being promoted. No more tears, no more fighting. Thank you Thinkwell!”
Teresa R., Co-op Member
My 6th graders is currently using this program. The lectures are excellent and they explain the material well. However, there is not much practice work or homework assigned, so I have had to supplement with extra math assignments.”
Katie F., Co-op Member
We switched my daughter from Math-u-see to Life of Fred to Thinkwell. We will be staying with Thinkwell, and switched my other daughter to Thinkwell. I feel free. The math is no longer my responsibility. Everything they need, they have access to. Lecture videos, practice problems, and worksheets. It has great review and required cumulative studying. Using Thinkwell is like having a dishwasher... All of a sudden you have more time, and things are getting done better than when you were involved.”
Theresa, Co-op Member
This year we used Thinkwell 6th and 8th grade math. In the past we have used Saxon, Teaching Textbooks and for k-2 we have used Singapore for our younger child. We do really like Singapore but out of all the other products Thinkwell is our favorite. Our boys really responded to the instructor. They thought he was funny and that he showed them methods and ways of doing things the other programs left out. Their test scores improved dramatically. We felt it was much more comprehensive than Teaching Textbooks even a year ahead and way more engaging than Saxon. We will definitely be using it again next year. As a mom with five kids I really like how it took a load off of me. All around super happy with this product! We have shared with lots of friends.”
Bethany B, Co-op Member
We were never happy with our high school math programs. We tried a few, but didn't feel that they were a good fit until we tried Thinkwell. Professor Burger explains the topics in a clear and concise (and sometimes funny) manner, and my kids enjoy having the independence that this program offers them. Being computer-oriented boys, they prefer the on-screen exercises and problems to having to present it all neatly on paper. This program is a win for our family.”
Judy N, Co-op Member
We have been more than thrilled with Thinkwell for our now 7th grade boy's math curriculum. We started homeschooling in his 5th grade year and literally floundered for 2 years before finding Thinkwell on Homeschool Buyers Co-op. Thinkwell presents concepts simply and clearly and allows exercises for the kids to practice their craft. It is easy to track my son's progress, and we could not be happier.”
Betsy Tavit, Co-op Member
My 10th grader finds the videos clear and the exercises relevant and helpful.
Thank you!”
S. Simoes, Co-op Member
Great product. Kids love it.
Best on the market.
I have been buying Thinkwell for last 4 years (different grades)”
Irina, Co-op Member
We have used Pre-algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II. The teacher is really good and makes learning math fun for the kids. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a math program that will help your kids advance to higher mathematics.”
Rebecca H, Co-op Member
It has been a complete lifesaver for my fam! My child, who was a very behind (9th grader) and not responding to expensive tutoring has now completed 2 grades in one year. I keep him on an accelerated track but that is it. The program keeps all grades and info about what kid is doing where I can access quick and easy. Prof. Burger is kind of silly sometimes (which makes my teen roll his eyes) but he is an awesome teacher! My teen is feeling more confident in math. The proof is in the progress and this program works. I have now started my 7 th grader as well! I will def continue using it. I have def given rave reviews to my friends.”
Aim e Hare, Co-op Member
We are quite happy with Thinkwell math! The classes seem to thoroughly cover each grade level. We have been home schooling for 7 years and have tried many different free and paid math programs. My 2 homeschooled kids, who enjoy learning math at a deep level, find the lectures thorough, easy to absorb and often entertaining. The number and type of practice exercises seems just right. The chapter tests and checklists help me to know that they are absorbing and mastering the material (as I usually can't sit next to them while they work on math).”
Marisa Smith in Berkeley, Co-op Member
My son has used Thinkwell Algebra, Geometry and Pre-Calculus. Professor Burger is excellent! His passion and enthusiasm for math lightens up even the heaviest concepts and calculations. The presentations are thorough and well organized. I highly recommend Thinkwell Math!”
Diane V., Co-op Member
After graduating from homeschool using Thinkwell math, our daughter was able to test out of basic college math, earn scholarship money, and be well-prepared for her chosen field (pre-nursing).”
E.L., Co-op Member
My daughter used Thinkwell Economics in her senior year. She found the format and teaching style to be conducive to learning.”
W. Miller, Co-op Member
Thinkwell has been an effective math program for our older children. I am so thankful for this wonderful math curriculum and recommend it to everyone who asks!”
Lora, Co-op Member
We have looked around for an algebra program for a while. I think our daughter must be the pickiest kid when it comes to math! We have done Miquon Math, Saxon, Keys to Learning, Right Start, and Teaching Textbooks -- all! I had my daughter research some programs on her own and then had her research a few more. I am glad that Professor Burger "clicked" for her! She is really good at math and needs to be appropriately challenged. The lessons are clear and Professor Burger is sufficiently goofy. She LOVES this program!”
H. Rugg, Co-op Member
After great success with Thinkwell math programs, my daughter asked to try a science class. This year we are using Thinkwell Chemistry for AP. The professors are very good--their explanations are clear and their presentations are captivating--they make chemistry interesting! We do appreciate that when we do not understand or have some questions we get prompt, clear replies. This is an upper level course, and it is challenging, but we both feel that we are learning a lot! I definitely recommend Thinkwell Chemistry to the serious student.”
DeLena J, Co-op Member
We have used Thinkwell for two school years now, 7th and 8th Math, as well as Geometry and Algebra 2. It is the favorite math program with both my son and daughter. They enjoy the teacher and his presentations, and feel they are very clear and complete. The few times we have been stumped and unable to understand, we have sent questions in and received prompt, clear answers. For us, Thinkwell has been a blessing, and we intend to continue to use it for the rest of our math needs. We have also shared this news with our friends, and several have also been won over to the Thinkwell side!”
DeLena J, Co-op Member
We're about 3/4 of the way through using Thinkwell 7th grade math. We've been enjoying it! Last year we did Singapore Math and I wanted a program that did more of the teaching for me.

Having a good teacher explain how to do the calculations makes it so much easier on the parent. Not only to relieve me of the teaching but also something I can refer back to and teach myself when my daughter needs help. Then there is practice with the worksheets and online exercises (quizzes). At the end of every unit there is a unit test. Lastly there is a final test.

We are happy with the program and recommend it. My math-reluctant daughter enjoys the autonomy of it and will actually do it and she is successful at it.

The teaching videos are simple, to the point and quick. This is very helpful for a mild ADHD kid who is smart. It's more of a "here is how you do it and now practice it." This approach certainly allows you to get through all the topics required in a year, and there is a LOT required. My only concern is that this traditional approach does not get much into the concepts nor overall problem solving skills.

This program works for us and we will continue with it next year (many thanks to Thinkwell and Homebuyers Co-op for the fantastic savings!)”
G. Thomas, Co-op Member
Thinkwell math is a superior product and amazing value. My two daughters (senior & sixth grader) have been using it for a year and we have seen significant comprehension and learning. They love Professor Burger with his quirky humor. They really appreciate the fact that they can watch any video repeatedly if they're not comprehending a particular topic. We are using this again next year and would recommend it highly.”
B. T., Co-op Member
Thinkwell is absolutely the best online homeschool resource on the planet! It has totally changed the way we homeschool ...for the better. The teaching is of the highest quality and is also enjoyable to watch.
We love Thinkwell.”
Kate G, Co-op Member
My sixth and eighth graders have been using Thinkwell for several weeks. We love the program. Concepts are explained thoroughly, yet in a concise and entertaining way. Both kids have learned so much and really enjoy math now! I have shared information about Thinkwell with several homeschool friends. Thank you!”
Mary W., Co-op Member
We absolutely adore the Thinkwell programs, and consider them an essential part of our homeschool classroom. My son completed Algebra I as an eight-grader, and now has Geometry as a ninth-grader. He has found them to be challenging but very captivating. The instructor is funny and brings the content alive. We loved the Math programs so much, that we purchased the AP Bio class for him this year, as well. He is even more in love with that class... the instructor is also fantastic and humorous. He teaches a science class that is captivating. It is a challenging class, for sure, but it brings out the best of what education should be -- fueling the fire to learn more. We are so grateful for the Homeschool Buyers Co-Op for helping us get this high-quality product at reduced costs.”
Amanda D., Co-op Member
My son is taking Thinkwell Physics. How thrilled we were to find a program like this, which he can do mostly on his own and of good quality. ...and it was on sale! Win, win, win!

My son said, "I like that the teaching is presented in a fairly intuitive manner. The videos are short enough too, that if you want to watch it again, it's not a hassle to get to what you wanted to see."”
Mommahiggy, Co-op Member
Not knowing the level that was needed, the Thinkwell associates kindly helped me determine the right level for my son who was technically between two grades of another curriculum. Only a few weeks into the program and he's excited; sometimes he even does multiple lessons with his grades rapidly improving! Dr. Burger makes learning Math 7 fun with clear and entertaining explanations. My son loves the online practice exercises versus the workbook pages that he dreaded. I like the extra printable practice pages and the record keeping of the grades. Thanks for a great quality product!”
Heather Smith, Co-op Member
For three years, our two sons have used Thinkwell's online math courses (Algebra I & II and Geometry). We absolutely love Thinkwell's math programs! Great teaching and instruction are contained in the videos as well as application of the various methods and formulas. The professor keeps the students engaged and challenged. Thinkwell's math programs allow my husband and I to keep our sons challenged in their math as they have now exceeded our level of learning in this area. The customer support for parents is outstanding as well. Thinkwell continues to exceed in meeting the needs of our homeschooling. Thank you Thinkwell! Our sons have truly benefited from your commitment to excellence.”
Cindy Mc, Co-op Member
We've used Thinkwell for a number of years now, starting with Pre-Algebra and going up to Algebra 2. We all love watching Professor Burger's video lectures. They are long enough to explain things well, and he is not only a great teacher but also very entertaining, which is a huge benefit when trying to learn topics such as linear functions! The content is very rich. My oldest son has just transitioned to our local Running Start program and is having no difficulty in math with this background. Because each course is created online, there isn't a textbook to go with each course. I would also love to have a textbook, but only as a further explanation for tough topics. It hasn't been a problem for my kids, and there are plenty of online resources available when they do have questions. I do like how there is a pencil and paper component to each lesson. All in all, a terrific program that we've been very happy to use!”
Becky, Co-op Member
We have made extensive use of Thinkwell Math for both our children. They have found the program entertaining without being trivial and thorough without bogging down. We recommend Thinkwell to all our homeschooling friends and will continue to use Thinkwell products through highschool”
K. Ryder, Co-op Member
Thinkwell has been great for my kids. They are fully understanding the subject and able to move at their own speed.”
Dianna T., Co-op Member
Since I started homeschooling 3 years ago, I felt I was killing my daughter's love of Math (she is gifted, while her sister is special needs, so I've left her to figure out Singapore Math on her own, which she managed well, but without any enthusiasm). Thinkwell is clear and interesting to her, she goes at her own pace. I check to see how she's doing and that she's completed it. For the placement, she was between 2 levels- if she weren't gifted I'd have gone to the easier level, but we went up instead, and its been a good challenge. She no longer procrastinates Math.”
Sarah Cavenaugh, Co-op Member
I have purchased both algebra 1 for my younger child and ap chemistry as well as government for my older student. I am very happy with each one. The math is awesome. I do not have to grade papers and my daughter is able to progress on her own as she is able. One of my favorite parts is the ability to do the daily quizes over (they present a different set of questions but cover the same material) until she demonstrates mastery--which we have defined as over 90% correct. I can log on and see any areas she may be having difficulty with. Both subjects came with a downloadable lesson plan that saved me countless hours!!! Both kids really like the videos. The only slight problem we have encountered has been the lack of a text for chemistry. While the notes are ok, my son really has benefitted from obtaining a text. We were able to get a used copy of Chemistry the central science by Brown that has really helped. The notes for government are awesome and no book is needed there. Also I couldn't believe how quickly the Thinkwell folks responded to my email when I messed up assigning my older student to his classes initially. I will most definitely purchase from them again. The GroupBuy was one of the best purchases I have made in 3 years of homeschooling.”
shawna m, Co-op Member
We discovered Thinkwell-Math through the Homeschool Buyers Co-Op. My son now says Math is one of his favorite subjects! The lectures are extremely well done--high quality, interesting and even funny! One tip: Be sure to find the link to the suggested syllabus for the course. It includes doing printable review worksheets, quizzes and tests. We came back for a second year and are thrilled to get the discount through the Co-op. Homework is immediately corrected problem by problem so the students know whether they are doing it right or not. Tests are immediately corrected at the end of the test. I like the review worksheets that are printed out and the the parent/teacher can correct to keep tabs on what the student is doing and what they understand. Our favorite solution thus far for Math not taught by mom.”
Joanna D., Co-op Member
We purchased Thinkwell 8th grade math for my mathematically bright 5th grader. He moved into Algebra in 6th grade. Professor Burger made all the difference between a dry math program and one he's actually enjoyed. I would frequently be called into the room so he could rewind the lecture and share funny jokes or quips Professor Burger made. This coming school year, he's moving on to Geometry and I was planning to take a break from computer based learning and do the teaching myself. Oh my goodness, you would think I told him he's no longer allowed to have sunlight and water!

So, it appears that we will using Thinkwell yet again for this school year. It works, it's thorough, and he loves it.”
Tammi K, Co-op Member
I'm looking forward to having my children begin using Thinkwell in the fall for Algebra and Algebra II. After going through the sample lessons (we signed up for the two-week trial on the Thinkwell site while deciding), each of them commented that the teacher was "actually interesting!" and already had explained things in a clearer way than what they were used to (my daughter especially liked that he used props to illustrate word problems).

Two for the price of one? Wonderful. My kids actually excited about beginning a math curriculum? Priceless.”
Mel, Co-op Member
We tried 3 other programs before we subscribed to Thinkwell. My 15 year-old son said it is perfect for the way he learns and it is interesting. He has asked to continue with Algebra 2 using Thinkwell and we just added Biology as well! He also can't wait to take Economics.”
Tiffany, Co-op Member
After reluctantly persevering with a couple of other math programs, we finally found Thinkwell. The humorous lectures are concise, easy to understand and delivered in manageable sizes. We don't have to endure the tedious repetition found in so many other programs. Having lessons online is a win for our family - this medium is so acceptable for the current generation. Our kids much prefer to do the work on the computer than in a workbook. Doing the exercises online saves us a lot of time too because the marking and correction is done immediately. Now that we've found Thinkwell we're staying with it.”
Judy N, Co-op Member
We love Thinkwell ! The lessons are well crafted, engaging, and easy to understand. Thinkwell has absolutely outstanding content. My son really enjoys the math instructor in particular - he's very funny. I used Thinkwell for my oldest ( now in college) and am using now for my second high schooler. It is the best math/science product out there!”
K. Gately, Co-op Member
The Thinkwell Ecomomics course helped my son pass the Macroeconomics and Microeconomics CLEP tests which gives them six college credits.”
Mary Anne, Co-op Member
My son used Thinkwell math 7 this year. He appreciated being able to listening to a lecture with each lesson. Thinkwell has been an effective teaching tool for him. We will be using it again next year.”
W. Miller, Co-op Member
Thinkwell's Economics course was incredible. Very indepth. My son, the brainiac, loved it!”
Linda Meahl, Co-op Member
We used Thinkwell Math 6 this year. It has been a fantastic year! My son catches on quickly, so the self-checking interactive problems are perfect for him to solidify his understanding each day. One thing I would do differently is to expect him to also print out and complete the 5 problem worksheet each day. I have also learned to split up the Subchapter Review and complete it a bit each day rather than all in one day, which can be overwhelming sometimes.

I appreciate the application "word problems" in Thinkwell more than those I found in Teaching Textbooks, which we used last year. It seemed TT's problems were too simplistic for the level. (We did TT6 last year and Thinkwell 6 this year, because according to placement tests TT6 was a year behind the program we had done the year before- BJU Math 4).

We have already purchased Thinkwell Math 7 for use next year. I like the fact that Thinkwell 6, 7 and 8 cover PreAlgebra, so I won't have to do a separate PreAlgebra class before going on to Algebra.

I do tell everyone who asks about our math how much I love Thinkwell. It has made my oldest son nearly independent with regard to his math instruction. Mr. Burger is very appealing to watch and he explains everything very well. His love of math is a bit contagious, and his sense of humor matches my son's.”
Jennifer C., Co-op Member
I am really happy with Thinkwell Geometry. I was looking for geometry software with automatic grading that was affordable and of course, well-done. I found everything I needed with Thinkwell Geometry and the Homeschool Buyers Co-op discount. My son likes it as well, so that's a double bonus, and I'll definitely recommend it to others.”
Cynthia, Co-op Member
I started taking American Government with Thinkwell in September of 2012. The course is really well laid-out. Starting at the reasons for declaring American independance, so far this course has really helped me to expand my knowledge of American government and society. Every clause of each amendment is gone- into in detail with examples of laws working or failing, quotes from writers, politicians, judges, and contemporaries. Local and Supreme court cases and rulings are cited to show how laws have been interpreted by different courts. Congressional laws that have been struck down by the supreme court are very interesting as you can see another side to American politics. Each video is 10-15 minutes long and are easy to follow. A 6 question exercise at the end of each video provides an insight to how well you take in the information.

I would recommend Thinkwell, American Government to anyone aged 12+ as there are some discussions of terrible crimes that may be disturbing/unknown to younger students. I really am enjoying this course and hope that you will too.”
Braenaan V., Thinkwell student
We haven't started the Economics yet, but the Government seems to be going well--taking it during this election cycle has been great! Combined with the David Barton video series has made it more meaningful--and I have a right-brain dominant/ musician/artist learner. The Thinkwell econ will be combined with the Dave Ramsey program. He's in TW Geometry and Biology, too. His only complaint with the bio has been their conviction to evolution as fact so it's being combined with Biblical/Christian-based science. We came to homeschooling late--I taught school for 24 years and this was still a huge challenge because he was a sophomore. At times, I found myself in a lonesome place as most homeschoolers start with little ones.) I'd considered the Thinkwell program before and regret not using it sooner. I think I'll use it to go back and fill some holes in Algebra when we have time. Thank you, CO-OP!! Wish I'd found you sooner, too!”
Sue Ellen Hirtle, Co-op Member
My daughters are both using Thinkwell AP American Government this year. We've used Thinkwell for two other courses (College Microeconomics and Precalculus). The curriculum is ideal for students who need to hear a lecture and not only read material (although one daughter prefers to print out the transcript to read). It's also ideal for self-paced work, providing a daily lesson plan, practice tests, and tests. We prefer Thinkwell to other online courses.”
LeAnn N., Co-op Member
Thinkwell Economics: My high school senior is using this Economics program. So far, she really likes it. The teacher is excellent and it's nice that she can pause and rewind if she didn't quite understand something. We also bought the notes so she can read up on the lesson prior to "class" to also facilitate comprehension. Not Christian based, but neither does it promote any political agenda. Teaches the facts of economics in a thorough objective manner.”
A. Traub, Co-op Member
This is our first year with Thinkwell Math, and we have started with 7th grade and geometry. Both of my kids are very pleased with this program. They say the teacher is interesting and that he teaches in a very understandable manner. They like the way the exercises are done, and the reinforcing activities that are available. I like the ease of following what they are doing, and the resources that are available for helping them understand. We will definitely be using this math program again!”
DeLena J, Co-op Member
my boys love prof.burger for math. he is engaging and they learn so much from his lectures. our oldest has also taken the Thinkwell economics course...and has since passed the MacroEcon CLEP. i am extremely grateful that HS Buyer's Co-op was able to offer them at a discount. that has saved us alot of money.”
A.Koldan, Co-op Member
Thinkwell has been a real blessing with advanced math in our family. The students and I both appreciated that the lessons and tests are graded immediately. With the lessons the student gets immediate feedback and an explanation on the problems they missed so they can learn right away and not make the same mistake again. I appreciate that they can do their math on any computer anywhere so when we are visiting relatives they can still be consistent. We once had some technical issue and the tech support was very friendly, helpful and got things resolved right away. We've done at least five courses with Thinkwell.”
Mary K, Co-op Member
We have used Thinkwell Math for YEARS for the upper level maths and now use it from 6th grade to Calculus BC. Prof. Burger is hilarious and able to clearly teach concepts from the very simple to the absurdly complex. He adds little songs, funny demonstrations, and all kinds of interesting examples to make math fun. My kids who have taken the AP math tests have scored 5's, and Thinkwell has been excellent at preparing them for the tests. We are die-hard Thinkwell Math fans and have been happy to tell anyone looking for a math program to look no further!”
Diana S., Co-op Member
My eldest daughter, now a college freshman, used Thinkwell's pre-calculus and AP Calculus. With the help of their incredible teacher, Ed Berger, she scored a perfect 5 on her AP exam and received full college credit! Ed Berger is humorous and organized. The course is very comprehensive.

My younger daughter, a high school sophomore, started with Thinkwell's algebra and has now completed geometry. Now I'm purchasing Algebra 2.

In addition to the math courses, my eldest daughter also used Thinkwell's AP Chemistry with great success. I am now purchasing Chemistry for my younger daughter.

I have recommended Thinkwell math and science to many of my friends. I hold a degree in Biology and Chemistry and cannot speak highly enough of these courses!”
Barbara H., Co-op Member
Thinkwell's AP American Government and Politics class is as entertaining as it is informative. My son is learning a lot in this rigorous course. I feel he will be well prepared for the AP exam later in the year. Best of all, he really enjoys the lectures.”
Denise B., Co-op Member
We have completed unit one of Thinkwell AP American Government; we are doing this as a group, watching the lectures individually during the week, and then meeting once to discuss the material and go over the notes. The professors are excellent, as are their lectures; the notes are helpful and the photos, drawings and other graphics add to the overall positive impact of the course. I do believe that fully utilizing all the tools that Thinkwell provides will provide my students with the knowledge they need for the AP exam, especially in conjunction with our own study group, practice exams, and essay questions.”
Sylvia L., Co-op Member
My son loves Thinkwell. It is the first math curriculum that we have been able to successfully use for more than one year. math is one of his stronger subjects and he needs a program that can move fast without lots of repetition. I especially like the newer courses with worksheets that let us get more practice in when needed.”
Robin G., Co-op Member
Lectures help in learning the material. Chapter tests are very useful in reinforcing ideas and showing gaps in learning. Kids needed to be provided some motivation to spend the time in listening to lecture. Now they are hooked to it. Yes I would continue to use it. I recommend it to others.”
M Bhattacharya, Co-op Member
I just wanted to encourage readers to consider the Thinkwell American Government course. It is truly an outstanding and unbiased breakdown of our two-party system, political history, court cases, and associated social movements. Led by three different college professors with thorough and engaging lessons and coordinating tests, one will feel more than confident in the mastery of civics/government and history. Although it is a college level course, my 13 year old gifted and talented student is loving it and holding his own quite nicely. Topics are covered thoroughly and with the utmost respect and unbiased manner leaving students with much to ponder. Not watered down and not too dry; perfect! Kudos to Thinkwell for a job well done and thank you to Homeschool Buyers Co-cop for providing access to it.”
Shannon Starcher, Co-op Member
Thinkwell's American Government has sparked an interest in government in my 11th grade boys. What would normally be a rather dry subject through the sole use of a textbook, has become an interesting subject which leads to lots of discussions. They have said they can much better understand the evolution of documents our forefathers wrote and how they apply in today's world. An excellent study for anyone interested in taking the AP American Government test.”
Ruthann P., Co-op Member
As a mom of three homeschooled children, all in different grades and with varying learning styles I always find it hard to find the time to include electives in our regular school day. My oldest daughter had great experiences with Thinkwell's Biology and Chemistry classes so I decided to have her try out their American Government elective class as well. My daughter has really been enjoying the American Government class and feels that she has learned a lot from it. I will definitely continue to use Thinkwell for my kids and I have recommended them to many other homeschooling parents. I'm so thankful that the Co-op has been able to bring us Thinkwell's fantastic classes at such a reasonable cost!”
M. Shuler, Co-op Member
Last year my 9th grade son completed both Biology and American Government using Thinkwell. He found them both challenging and rewarding. This year he is working through Chemistry. Thinkwell has teachers who are passionate about their subject and the videos are always accessible. Fantastic program!”
Virginia M, Co-op Member
Love Thinkwell! We have used Biology, Macroeconomics, and American Government for 2 students and they have done very well with the material. It is wonderful for my son who learns best visually. It has allowed both to be self starters. I never have to get after them to do their Thinkwell.

We have subcribed to Chemistry, Speech and Physics also. For my daughter who wants to be a nurse practictioner I think she will get a great background for her college courses.”
M OKelley, Co-op Member
Love Thinkwell! We have used Biology, Macroeconomics, and American Government for 2 students and they have done very well with the material. It is wonderful for my son who learns best visually. It has allowed both to be self starters. I never have to get after them to do their Thinkwell.

We have subcribed to Chemistry, Speech and Physics also. For my daughter who wants to be a nurse practictioner I think she will get a great background for her college courses.”
M OKelley, Co-op Member
My daughter has struggled to find learning enjoyable. We have jumped from program to program trying to find a "good fit" for her. That is how we came to try Thinkwell Government.

After only 2 sessions of Thinkwell, she told me it was "awesome, I love it!". She willingly does her work and really enjoys the teacher video portion of the program.

We will definitely be looking at other Thinkwell classes in the future. Thanks!”
Colleen, Co-op Member
Last year my 9th grade son completed both Biology and American Government using Thinkwell. He found them both challenging and rewarding. This year he is working through Chemistry. Thinkwell has teachers who are passionate about their subject and the videos are always accessible. Fantastic program!”
Virginia M, Co-op Member
As a mom of three homeschooled children, all in different grades and with varying learning styles I always find it hard to find the time to include electives in our regular school day. My oldest daughter had great experiences with Thinkwell's Biology and Chemistry classes so I decided to have her try out their American Government elective class as well. My daughter has really been enjoying the American Government class and feels that she has learned a lot from it. I will definitely continue to use Thinkwell for my kids and I have recommended them to many other homeschooling parents. I'm so thankful that the Co-op has been able to bring us Thinkwell's fantastic classes at such a reasonable cost!”
M. Shuler, Co-op Member
My son is loving the Thinkwell Public Speaking course. He's been able to use the skills he learned when interviewing for his first job - a job which he now enjoys!”
B. Wood, Co-op Member
My son used Thinkwell intermediate algebra, college algebra, trigonometry, and is now using Professor Burger's Calculus course. I can't say enough about how much he learns from this method of learning, and how much he likes it! He likes it so much that his younger sibling asked me to buy 8th grade math for her. Prof Burger makes total sense and explains very clearly. He's funny, too. I know some people, those of a serious bent, can be taken aback by his style (silly at times, or just nerdy-silly), but he grows on you until you enjoy him so much, and his humor is part of what makes you learn so well. After all, a happy, relaxed brain is going to receive information better than a stressed brain!

My son also finished Physics last year and ended up completely excited about Physics after that!

We are longtime users of Thinkwell -- our first course was Biology with Prof. Wolfe "Wolfie," we call him. Again, this is a superb course. I decided at the time that the difference between Thinkwell Biology and Teaching Company Biology is that Teaching Company lectures make you feel like you're sitting in a classroom listening to a very good lecture (I learn a lot from Teaching Company and have bought many courses from them, but the kids don't like to sit through the lectures the way I do) --- The Thinkwell professors, on the other hand, make you feel as though "Uncle Wolfie" is sitting at the kitchen table explaining some really cool things about Biology on scratch paper to you, his niece/nephew, because he really wants to show you this cool thing. The informality and one-on-one feel that you get with Thinkwell is so engaging.

Another reason I think Thinkwell has such an effective format is the actual person of the instructor: Unlike some teaching CDs which admittedly have great graphics and animations, Thinkwell has a live person speaking to you, and animations tend to be rare. This makes all the difference, because when a computer "reads" a script, it sounds like a textbook that is read aloud. To my ear, this is a bit of a slog, because every single word is important, or else it would have been deleted. The more casual nature of a live person speaking directly to you on the screen, drawing images, circling things, rewriting, checking spelling and occasionally saying, "uh" . . . slows things down just enough to make the absorption of all the information very easy. That's not to say the programs are slow . . . ! I think they're very thorough; they're just really clear, too -- probably again because a relaxed brain with a friendly teacher is going to be more receptive than a tense brain trying to catch every single important utterance that a computer voice might say.

Again to Biology, my son used Campbell's Biology book concurrently to cross-reference the Thinkwell lecture, and chapters that looked daunting on first glance were a piece of cake to read AFTER watching the lectures on that material.

So yes, I highly recommend Thinkwell, and have already highly recommended it many times to many people. I only wish Thinkwell offered more Physics: the Physics course thoroughly and excellently covered mechanics, but it didn't cover thermodynamics. I also would love to see Statistics offered! I wonder if Earth Science would work? Maybe.”
MG, Co-op Member
My kids have used Thinkwell both as their sole resource and in combination with other materials for some years. We all love Ed Berger.

There are many wonderful things about these programs. You can skip around (you aren't locked in to a certain progression), you can review, you can do exercises as many times as you need. I know that Thinkwell makes a printed book available, although I don't know if you can get that through the Co-op.

The other good thing about their math is that each exercise comes with a fairly thorough explanation, which can be helpful to look at whether you got the answer right or wrong.”
Debbie S., Co-op Member
We love Thinkwell. If we could take all our classes from them, we would. My kids talk about the pre-recorded lectures as "My professor said" and "my professor does" just as though they had real face-to-face contact with the instructors every day. We can't wait for next year. We're already planning to take two math and one science class through Thinkwell next year. I tell everyone about Thinkwell!”
Lessa Scherrer, Co-op Member
My son used Thinkwell intermediate algebra, college algebra, trigonometry, and is now using Professor Burger's Calculus course. I can't say enough about how much he learns from this method of learning, and how much he likes it! He likes it so much that his younger sibling asked me to buy 8th grade math for her. Prof Burger makes total sense and explains very clearly. He's funny, too. I know some people, those of a serious bent, can be taken aback by his style (silly at times, or just nerdy-silly), but he grows on you until you enjoy him so much, and his humor is part of what makes you learn so well. After all, a happy, relaxed brain is going to receive information better than a stressed brain!

My son also finished Physics last year and ended up completely excited about Physics after that!

We are longtime users of Thinkwell -- our first course was Biology with Prof. Wolfe "Wolfie," we call him. Again, this is a superb course. I decided at the time that the difference between Thinkwell Biology and Teaching Company Biology is that Teaching Company lectures make you feel like you're sitting in a classroom listening to a very good lecture (I learn a lot from Teaching Company and have bought many courses from them, but the kids don't like to sit through the lectures the way I do) --- The Thinkwell professors, on the other hand, make you feel as though "Uncle Wolfie" is sitting at the kitchen table explaining some really cool things about Biology on scratch paper to you, his niece/nephew, because he really wants to show you this cool thing. The informality and one-on-one feel that you get with Thinkwell is so engaging.

Another reason I think Thinkwell has such an effective format is the actual person of the instructor: Unlike some teaching CDs which admittedly have great graphics and animations, Thinkwell has a live person speaking to you, and animations tend to be rare. This makes all the difference, because when a computer "reads" a script, it sounds like a textbook that is read aloud. To my ear, this is a bit of a slog, because every single word is important, or else it would have been deleted. The more casual nature of a live person speaking directly to you on the screen, drawing images, circling things, rewriting, checking spelling and occasionally saying, "uh" . . . slows things down just enough to make the absorption of all the information very easy. That's not to say the programs are slow . . . ! I think they're very thorough; they're just really clear, too -- probably again because a relaxed brain with a friendly teacher is going to be more receptive than a tense brain trying to catch every single important utterance that a computer voice might say.

Again to Biology, my son used Campbell's Biology book concurrently to cross-reference the Thinkwell lecture, and chapters that looked daunting on first glance were a piece of cake to read AFTER watching the lectures on that material.

So yes, I highly recommend Thinkwell, and have already highly recommended it many times to many people. I only wish Thinkwell offered more Physics: the Physics course thoroughly and excellently covered mechanics, but it didn't cover thermodynamics. I also would love to see Statistics offered! I wonder if Earth Science would work? Maybe.”
MG, Co-op Member
Each lecture is clear, concise, and presented in an interesting and fun way. These engaging and thorough lectures help my son to learn to be much more attentive to details. The immediate grading of assignments, practice tests, tests, and exams provides my son with clear insight to how well he has learned the material.
My son used Thinkwell Pre-Calc last year, and is using Calc I & II this year. I believe this independent approach will equip my son for the demands of college. I have recommended this to others, and they are as well pleased.”
Pamela from Waukesha, Co-op Member
We ordered a subscription of the Calculus for my son who was to retake the AP Calculus B/C exam after scoring a 3 the first time around. He watched the videos at his leisure, focusing on content that he needed to review. He ended up with a 5 on the AP exam thanks to Thinkwell. We highly recommend them!”
Rebecca O., Co-op Member
My ds age 11 have used Thinkwell pre-algebra and are now taking the beginning Algebra. We will continue to use it in the future. He enjoys Mr. Burgers hummer and it keeps him engaged in the math. The courses are very comprehensive and it is easy for use to tailor the speed of each unit as needed. If he shows he can do the math with the practice test we skip the lectures. If he needs more work we use the problems in the separately purchased workbook. We have tried Singapore, Life of Fred and others. This is the only one he has stayed with for more than a courses worth”
Robin G, Co-op Member
Thinkwell Math is the best product out there for students headed into a math or science field in college. My son used Thinkwell Calculus, took the AP Calculus BC test, and scored a 5, allowing him to go directly into Calculus III in college. He loved Dr. Burger and learned so much from the course! My other children will be using it as well.”
Linda in FL, Co-op Member
We love Thinkwell. If we could take all our classes from them, we would. My kids talk about the pre-recorded lectures as "My professor said" and "my professor does" just as though they had real face-to-face contact with the instructors every day. We can't wait for next year. We're already planning to take two math and one science class through Thinkwell next year. I tell everyone about Thinkwell!”
Lessa Scherrer, Co-op Member
A dream come true! Sign in and let a college professor do all of the preparation, research and lecturing. We use American Government and find the graphics are incredibly helpful for our student's memory, the sessions are pleasantly brief and do not to overwhelm him. The topic matter is covered at a pleasant pace. The sessions are set up similar to a Power Point presentation on your computer screen and the student can still see the lecturer speak.

As the teacher, I click onto the student profile to assess the courses he has completed. I also watch some of the lessons so I can assess comprehension and subject matter with our student.

This is our first Thinkwell session and we are looking forward to using it for economics, mathematics and other subjects. It has been a worthwhile investment.

No need to wait until high school if your student is willing and able to tackle advanced subject material. He wanted a civics course but all of the middle school materials were too "babyish" and all of the regular high school courses required too much reading for his dyslexia. This has been "just right" for both parent-teacher and student.”
mandy, Co-op Member
I purchased Thinkwell College Algebra for my daughter to use this year and she has loved it! Ed Burger is a fun and engaging professor. The price of the course is less than purchasing a textbook, test booklet, and answer key for some of the more popular texts available, and Thinkwell includes a great teacher! We will definitely be purchasing more products from Thinkwell!”
Stephanie B., Co-op Member
This has turned out to be a wonderful curriculum for my son and I would highly recommend it to other families whose children's math abilities outpace their own. The curriculum provided him with high quality video instruction, which included a split screen format showing both the instructor and relevant visual aides and worked problems. All work was done online with complete solutions available when needed. The teacher side of the program allowed me to see what he had worked on, when he had worked on it, his percentage correct and whether or not he needed multiple attempts to complete the problem. The streaming video nature of the curriculum allowed him to do his math regardless of where he was; at home, at the library or elsewhere. With our busy schedule this ensured that math always got done. It was a great relief to have a program that met his math needs so well and challenged him in ways he is rarely challenged. My son is a 9th grader who succesfully completed the College Algebra program.”
Lori K., Co-op Member
My son has completed Thinkwell Algebra, Trigonmetry, Precalculus, Chemistry and Biology. The instructors are enthusiastic and keep the students engaged by adding some humor to the lessons. He completed the courses with very little help from me. The only criticism I have is the lack of assignments on paper. I like to see his work. Trig did come with optional written assignments which worked out well.”
Charles Law, Co-op Member
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