Wes OlsonWestfield Studios / DVDOur Price$48.894.5 out of 5 stars for Chemistry 101, 4 DVD Set. View reviews of this product. 15 Reviews
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lyndeAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Depends on what you're looking forNovember 21, 2018lyndeAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2If you are looking for a full-year college-prep chemistry course, this is not for you. The lectures are really good. The study guide is helpful, though not comparable to a textbook. The quizes for each lesson/chapter are simple and straightforward. The labs are small. I would not recommend this as a lab course.
My daughter needed a basic 1/2 credit chem course to finish my high school requirements. This fit the bill. I took out some things, mostly the short research projects, and added some other things, mostly notetaking. I have her watch the lectures twice to get the full value of the course. For us, this is exactly what we needed.
jsg12345 Stars Out Of 5Perfect for my student...I even learned a lot!February 12, 2018jsg1234Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I took chemistry in high school and never really understood much of it. Using this DVD set with my sophomore son, not only did he learn the concepts in a way that made it really to understand, now I understand it better too! Olson really explains the concepts in easy to grasp ways with examples and demonstrations. I believe you can learn more from this video than reading an entire textbook on the subject! Olson also provides a curriculum you can follow if you want to make the study more in-depth with additional research recommendations and experiments. Tests are provided as well. I highly recommend this product, particularly if you or your child find this subject intimidating.
wayranchAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful productOctober 20, 2017wayranchAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely love this curriculum. It really makes chemistry easy and fun to learn.
Franci5 Stars Out Of 5A God-send!February 8, 2016FranciQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was truly a God-send for us! My son's private school closed down so he is homeschooling his last 2 years of high school. This series got him his chemistry in a fun and informative way! He enjoyed it and learned a lot as did the rest of the family! I highly recommend it! When I was looking into it, it stated that it is a basic class for kids who don't intend to enter a scientific field which is exactly where we're at. Thank you, Wes Olsen!! You saved the day!
Suzie2 Stars Out Of 5Good for a SupplementSeptember 30, 2015SuzieQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2My daughter, 16, just began homeschooling this year. She has been using the Chemistry 101 DVD/curriculum set and we are pleased in some ways but not pleased in others. She does not plan to pursue a four year college degree but, rather, a certification program or associates degree at our local community college. I thought this program might suffice as she does not plan to go into a heavily science-related career. Unfortunately, I find it lacking in content. It is very interesting but, in my opinion, should only be used as a supplement. The videos are clear and I appreciate the historical presentations and their connection to the science of Chemistry, but there is simply not enough material to call it a "full credit" of high school science. I became so concerned about this that I had a college professor of Chemistry review it and he called it "pretty light." He said it contained a lot of important basics but it lacked depth. He said there was not nearly enough math or instruction on balancing equation, etc.... He did mention that the "mini-labs" (as they are referred to in the series) were decent but if a student wanted to truly claim that he/she completed a lab course in Chemistry, more advanced labs would be needed. He stated that Chemistry 101 would not prepare a student adequately for even the most basic college Chemistry course. I also had a problem with the "Accreditation Booklet." Some activities that are listed as taking an hour take only 15 minutes. Part of the hours accrued at the end of a segment include re-watching the video presentation. This is really just a waste of time! I really dislike leaving reviews like this but I thought it might help another parent. This program will still be enjoyed by all of our kids as a supplement but I am now left with having to find a more academic program. Would I recommend this to a friend as an supplement? Yes. Anything more than that is really stretching it.