Product Review: Virtual Nerd

We have really enjoyed previewing Virtual Nerd.  It has been nice to have access to a tutor in addition to our regular math curriculum.   The following video, gives a great preview of the product:

Story link: MyFoxBOSTON.com

According to their website: “Created by an expert tutor and a designer, Virtual Nerd gives students a new option to turn to when they need help. For a fraction of the cost of private tutoring, students gain access to hundreds of interactive step-by-step video tutorials that match up with the practice problems in their textbook. Virtual Nerd’s patent-pending e-Learning system anticipates students’ questions, so they can easily drill down to related tutorials if they get confused. The innovative design makes it easy for students to stay focused. Plus, unique reporting features mean parents and teachers can stay involved with students’ progress.”

“Especially when it comes to math and science, there’s no telling when or where you’ll need help. What are the odds your teacher or a tutor will be available when the need arises? That’s why we built Virtual Nerd! We use our patent-pending e-learning platform to provide anytime, anywhere access to online tutorials.”

One of the things we really appreciated about this website, is its clean, simple appearance and approach.  There is virtually no junk cluttering the page and causing a distraction.   The instructors are quite cool and contemporary….I don’t think either of them even owns a pocket protector!  Let’s face it, nerds today seem much more hip than nerds of my day!  They are pleasant, knowledgeable and enthusiatic about what they are explaining.   

The lessons are clear and concise and the format provides an easy rewind, if you need to go back and watch a section again.   You can just click on the step that you’re confused about and the tutor will repeat the section. 

Keep in mind when considering this product, that it is not intended to be stand alone curriculum, but a tutor to go along with whatever curriculum you are using.   If you are using Holt, Prentice Hall, Glencoe or McDougal Littel for Algebra 1, there are videos for every lesson provided in your curriculum.  (This is  not yet available for Pre-Algebra, Algebra II or Physics.) 

While there are no practice worksheets or assessments online at this time, there are plans to incorporate these, along with other subjects. 

Still have questions, check out the F.A.Q. Page for Parents 

New Pricing Plans:

$5 for 1 Day, 1 Time

$19 for 1 Week, 1 Time

$49 per Month

$129 for 3 Month Access

Free educator access is not currently available to home educators, but they do offer a Free Trial

Disclaimer:  Members of the TOS Homeschool Crew were given access to this product for free in exchange for our honest review.  No other compensation of any kind has been received.

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  1. #1 by Virtual Nerd on February 5, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    We thought you would like to know that because Virtual Nerd (www.VirtualNerd.com) has received such positive feedback and significant interest following your review of their online tutoring service, we are offering a special discount to homeschool parents. Homeschool parents can receive 50% off the 1 and 3 month subscription plans. Just enter the discount code: homeschooldeal when you sign up for service. That is a huge discount, and hurry – the offer is valid until March 31, 2011!

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