Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide was written to help middle school kids do well in math. One question I had was whether or not this book is actually able to fulfill the needs of a middle school student. So, as a current middle schooler, I set out to solve this question.
The book is separated into multiple units, which are broken up into chapters. These units include number systems, proportions and ratios, etc. In each chapter, the author briefly explains the topic, provides examples, defines key points, and finally quizzes you. Although, this book attempts to teach you all of middle school math, it really only works as a study guide, as said in the name. If you do plan on using this to learn math, then getting a tutor or using other books as well are advised. The reason you can’t use this book alone is due to the fact that it does not explain everything thoroughly. Otherwise, this book would have been double the size!
One problem faced while reading was getting confused. For example, on page 399, the author tells the reader to set up a model and count the number of possible outcomes to find the probability of rolling double sixes. In simplification, you can just square the number of possible outcomes when rolling only one die. This shows that this book may teach you a different way than what you are taught in school. Another point to note was that this book may teach different curriculum, due to the fact that some students may be taking more advanced courses than others.
Overall, I personally found this book useful. It is a useful guide for studying on the go and quickly catching up on school work. The best part is that it is also part of a series. So if you liked the math book, the series also includes a science, social studies, and ELA book as well. I highly recommend this book for any middle school student who needs help studying or wants a general review of topics. This book has helped improve my grades and can probably do the same for you!