How do Thinkwell courses work?
- Watch a 5-10 minute online video lesson featuring award-winning teachers. Our complete courses include over 150 topics.
- Do the automatically graded exercises for the topic. You'll get instant correct-answer feedback.
- Move on to the next lesson!
Are there print materials?
Most of the math courses have an optional workbook with illustrated notes, worked out examples, and exercises that correspond to each video lecture. There are also printed worksheets available. Some courses have "printed notes," which are the same notes that are included in the online subscription. The printed materials available are generally for convenience, and are not required.
When does my 12-month online subscription start?
It starts when you're ready. You can have instant access to your online subscription, or you can purchase now and start later.
Are Thinkwell courses appropriate for my accelerated student?
Yes. Most Thinkwell courses are first-year college caliber; however, the topics of those courses typically are the same for senior high school. Often a college will cover a course more quickly and in greater depth than a high school. Math courses before College Algebra are considered developmental courses in college.
Does my student get high school or college credit for Thinkwell courses?
No, only schools are accredited and can award credit. Thinkwell is not a school, though many accredited schools use Thinkwell.
Do Thinkwell courses meet state standards?
Thinkwell courses are built on national standards. Each state sets standards for what concepts and topics should be taught in a particular course. While Thinkwell does not have a course version for each state, the course contents are comprehensive. Websites such as www.achieve.org can help you determine your state's standards.
What is the difference between Thinkwell AP courses and regular Thinkwell courses?
Sometimes these two versions are very similar in the topics they cover. In some courses the content is customized to only cover AP topics. If you intend for your student to take the AP exam, then the AP version is right for you. If not, you won't miss anything with the regular version.
What if my student needs access to a course for more than 12 months?
You can purchase extra time in one-month, three-month and six-month increments.
Can I share access with more than one student?
The courses are designed and licensed to accommodate one student per username and password; additional students need to purchase online access. This allows parents to keep track of each student's progress and grades.
How long does it take to complete a Thinkwell course?
The pace of your course is up to you, but most courses are designed to be completed in one school year (at the college level most of the courses would be completed in one semester). Biology, Chemistry, Economics and Calculus are equivalent to two-semester college courses. Lesson plans are available on the product pages.
How are grades tracked?
Thinkwell courses track your student's work on exercises, quizzes and exams. When logged in, your student can click "My Grades" to see their progress.
Can I get a transcript?
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a file with your student's grades.
What if I choose the wrong math course, can I change?
If you discover that you should be in a different course, contact email@example.com within one week of purchase and we will move you to the appropriate course.
Can I print the exercises?
Yes, but completing the exercises online provides immediate correct answer feedback and automatic scoring, so we recommend doing the exercises online.
Are exercises multiple choice?
Most of the exercises are multiple choice, though some math courses include free-response questions. All question types are graded automatically.
Are the math courses built on "continuous review?"
Our courses are carefully constructed to build on previous knowledge, reinforcing key concepts every step of the way. The courses are not only a reflection of empirically effective instruction, but also are influenced by the world-class instructors, who are leaders in their respective fields. The courses also emphasize building a solid foundation that addresses why students need to learn certain concepts. Finally, Thinkwell courses are intentionally designed to work for a wide variety of learning styles.
Is there a guarantee?
Yes, we offer a full refund within 14 days of purchase, no questions asked.
What is acceptable performance on the exams?
As a home-school parent, you decide the level of performance you want your student to achieve; the course does not limit access to topics based on performance on prior topics. In courses with practice exams included, we include a printable Answer Key and Recommended Study Plan that helps focus students on topics where they need more work.
How does my school review this course?
Should your school need to review a Thinkwell course for any reason, have the school contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide them access to a demo site.