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This page specifically addresses questions about the updated Primer – Zeta books and other changes for 2013. For general FAQs or questions on other levels, visit our FAQ page.
Q. Has the Instruction Manual changed?
A. Yes. We added more teaching tips and more examples to give parents and instructors additional tools to help their students learn. We clarified definitions of terms, made explicit primary concepts that had previously only been implied, and added secondary concepts which had previously been absent.
Q. Has the Student Workbook changed?
A. Yes. As part of this update we have extended the activities, now called “Application & Enrichment” pages, to the entire Greek Letter series. Some of these new pages take concepts presented in a lesson and apply them in real-world settings. Some reinforce concepts through fun and engaging activities. Others introduce topics not previously covered.
Q. Has the DVD changed?
A. No, the DVD video lessons have not changed. You will see a new cover, but all the content on the DVD is the same.
Q. Has the Test Book changed?
A. Yes. The activities pages for Alpha and Beta have been removed and integrated in the Student Workbook as part of the Application & Enrichment pages (one per lesson in the new editions of Primer through Zeta). Edits were made to the Tests themselves to reflect edited wording in the Workbook. The Tests and Student Workbook are consumables and are sold together as the Student Pack. Customers will receive the updated Tests when they purchase the updated Student Workbook.
Q. Can I just purchase just the Instruction Manual?
Yes. For a limited time, customers who have our existing Instruction Packs will be able to purchase an upgraded Instruction Manual without re-purchasing the DVD.
Q. Can I just purchase the workbook?
A. No, the Student Packs come with both the Student Workbook and Tests. These books are both consumables and should be purchased for each student.Q. Just how different are the updated products from the previous edition?
The biggest differences are in Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta. These previously had no application and enrichment content, so the new Application & Enrichment pages following each lesson represent all new content (making up 15-20% of the updated Student Workbooks).
Alpha and Beta previously had some enrichment content, called “activities,” which were in the test booklet. Primer had downloadable activities that were available on our website. These were all updated in this release to full Application & Enrichment pages and moved into the Student Workbooks. Beta also has two new Appendices.
All of the Instruction Manuals have new teaching tips, suggestions, and expanded explanations. All of the Instruction Manuals and Student Workbooks have been revised and updated with corrections and other changes that clarified concepts.
We have adjusted the titles of some products. Student Text became Student Workbook. Test Booklet (or Test and Activity Booklet for Alpha and Beta) became Tests. Student Kit became Student Pack. We redesigned covers on all the updated books, added a new and improved Curriculum Sequence page (this document plus the Table of Contents document replace the Scope and Sequence), and an updated How to Use section.
Q. Will the old product align with the new? If I purchase a new Student Pack, will I be able to use my old Instruction Manual?
A. The updated Student Packs are backward-compatible with the content in previous editions. However, there have been significant improvements to both our Instruction and Student Packs. The new content in our Student Packs, such as the Application & Enrichment pages, will not be supported by previous edition Instruction Packs. There is expanded content in the new edition of our Instruction Manuals. Based on customer requests, they were revised to improve our explanations and add more teaching tips. These new manuals also support the additional content added to the Student Packs, such as solutions to the Application & Enrichment pages in the Gamma-Zeta levels. Because of the significant added value, we recommend updating to our improved instruction manuals.
Q. Will there be an issue going from the old product in one level to the new in the next level?
A. No. The new level will contain additional material, but the concepts and content will build on previous content as they always have.Q. I have an older Instruction Manual and a new Student Workbook with the Application & Enrichment pages. Can I get the solutions for these new pages?
A. As a courtesy to our customers, we’re providing the solutions to the Application & Enrichment pages that follow the Systematic Review pages in the Student Workbook (usually indicated by the letter “G”) for Gamma through Zeta as a pdf. These solutions are available on our Parent Resources page. (Please note, Primer, Alpha, and Beta Application & Enrichment pages don’t have solutions.)
Q. If I just purchased, can I return my product and wait for the new?
A. Customers may return any partial or whole orders within 60 days of receipt of shipment, provided that the material is in “like-new” and resalable condition for a refund or exchange of those items, less shipping costs. (No marks, physical damage, etc). To initiate a return, the customer must call customer service to receive a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Once Math-U-See has received the item(s), the customer can expect refund or exchange in 10-15 business days.
Q. Why are the new editions not available on the website?
A. They are only available in printed form.
Q. Are the solutions to the new pages going to be available on the website?
A. Yes. The answers are available in the Updated Instruction Manuals for each level. However, you can download the solutions for the new Application & Enrichment pages on the Parent Resources page.
Q. Will Pre-Algebra be updated within the year?
A. This is something that our editorial team is looking at closely. We expect to have more information on this over the summer.
Yes. View the updated prices at our Store.Q. When can I buy the updated books?
A. The books are now officially available for purchase as of March 4th, 2013.
Q. Will Math U See repurchase from customers with older editions?
A. No. Please see our 60-day return policy for any returns.
Q. Will you be selling the individual portions to go along with their old materials?
A. We do not plan to sell the additional materials, such as Application & Enrichment pages, as individual elements. They have been incorporated into our current Instruction and Student Packs.
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