On Monday I start school, again. As excited as I am for this coming semester: new school, fresh start, new experiences and people, I am also terrified about one particular class—college algebra! It’s not that I don’t get algebra, it’s not even that I dislike algebra, it’s that algebra makes me a nervous wreck. Just thinking about starting this class has me anxious and completely stress, thank goodness my other classes are all communications related!

Last semester I had to take a pre-algebra course for college (that means you get to pay the same amount as you do for your other classes, but it doesn’t count towards your progress…gotta love that). In my defense I did happen to take the COMPASS test (or what I like to call…the college placement test for old people) about 10 years after I finished high school, so I didn’t remember anything. I did extremely well in my pre-algebra class, nothing below a 92 (yay me) but college algebra is another story entirely! Thank goodness I had a secret weapon last semester in my TI-83 Plus, for those of you not into the whole math thing, that’s a Texas Instruments calculator and my best friend last semester. This semester called for something a little more advanced, and I found that in the TI-Nspire!

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to do a review for the TI-Nspire, knowing that my college algebra class was getting closer and closer I couldn’t resist the opportunity. Texas Instruments (the company responsible for making the invaluable TI-Nspire, “provides a wide range of advanced tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications, helping students and teachers to explore math and science interactively.” The

*is a graphing calculator that is perfect for any student (middle school through college) taking math, from algebra to calculus. In fact, the TI-Nspire can be used in 19 high school and college level math classes including: algebra and calculus, math and science, statistics, trigonometry, and engineering math. Even more comforting is the fact that the TI-Nspire graphing calculators are backed by research that shows graphing calculators can help to improve students’ math skills. It’s a fact that more students are taking higher level-math courses today; according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress report card for 2008 shows that the number of 17 year olds taking pre-calculus has tripled over the last 30 years. The TI-Nspire graphing calculator with touchpad has many advanced features that allow students to gain a better understanding as they make their way through advanced courses.*

**TI-Nspire with Touchpad**From the Texas Instruments Website:

**TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator Features**

**Like a computer in your hand.**The versatile graphing calculator has many computer-like features, including a large, high-resolution screen, drop down menus and a built-in cursor which helps students explore problem solving strategies in real-time.**Save and review work.**Thanks to electronic document capabilities and built-in 20 MB of storage, students can create, save and edit their work similar to the word processing and file storage of a computer.**2 calculators, plus computer software, in one.**Interchangeable keypads allow students to use the calculator in TI-Nspire, TI-84 Plus and TI-83 Plus modes, and included computer software brings the TI-Nspire experience to a PC or Mac.

**TI-Nspire Freebies and Accessories**

- FREE access to AP*, SAT* and ACT prep questions from The Princeton Review, including AP calculus, biology, chemistry, economics and all-new 2009 physics questions
- FREE minutes of online homework help from Tutor.com for entering your graphing calculator id at http://www.tutor.com/ti/
- GraphiTI stickers for students to design and customize their calculator are available online for purchase
- FREE downloadable games and application

**Buy it!**

You can find a full list of places to purchase this and other Texas Instruments products on the

**TI website**where you can purchase the TI-Nspire as well!**Win it: Mandatory Entry!**

To enter this giveaway please a comment on this post telling me why your child (or maybe yourself if you’re a college student) needs a math makeover! This is super easy, but it’s mandatory and must be completed before any extra entries are counted!

I have 1 “Math Makeover Kit” to give away to one of my very lucky readers! The “Math Makeover Kit” contains:

· A new TI-Nspire with Touchpad – this also includes the new computer software so students can bring their graphing calculator experience to a PC or Mac. · 60 free minutes at Tutor.com.

· Several other fun items, including T-shirts, water bottles and cell phone charms.

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