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December, 1998


Algebra Online
http://www.algebra-online.com/
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12+

CONTENT:
Algebra Online is a free service created to give students, parents, and educators an opportunity to communicate. The site offers private tutoring, live chat, a message board, and a bibliography of texts. In the works for the site is an "interactive tests" section. Questions and discussions relating to all levels of mathematics (not just algebra) are encouraged.

AESTHETICS:
Like the subject addressed, Algebra Online is utilitarian with simple text and few graphics. No frills to get in the way. The purple color of the side bar makes it difficult to read the text in that area.

ORGANIZATION:
This methodical site has drop down menus at the top of each page to navigate with. Both the chat and message board areas are well put together and easy to use. Be patient though, they may take a minute or two to load.

REVIEW:
Algebra Online is a great place to go with algebra questions. For those who are shy, or really don't understand a subject, the individual tutoring area is a good place to go. There, students can get advice from the staff at Algebra Online. The downside is that it might take a little while to get a response, maybe as much as 48 hours. "But I have an exam tomorrow!" you say? Well then maybe you should try the chat room, or the message board. Algebra Online Chat! offers the most immediate response. This Java-based area is user created and offers both public and private chatrooms. The message board is also a great place to find answers. Algebra Online is particularly useful for homeschoolers who may not have access to this level of help. The Book Center will also be of particular use to homeschool students. Most of the publications are available online. Many of the users of this site are at the college level, so don't expect high school students to understand everything that is being discussed. The advice given is generally of a high caliber, and monitored by the Algebra Online staff. Coming soon, Interactive Tests! If the quality of the rest of the site is any indication, this area should be well worth a visit. Keep checking back for it.