Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
My daughter who loves to write was thrilled with the opportunity to help me review Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C from Institute for Excellence in Writing® (IEW). Since my Highschool daughter was familiar with IEW I thought she would be perfect to help me review the online version. Keep reading below to see what we thought of the Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C from IEW®.
From a students perspective (my daughter)
“When I was first introduced to IEW® a few years ago, I thought the program was well done. Now, looking back on all the things that I learned and continue to learn, I think that the program is positively amazing! The skills and methods taught are practical to every aspect of writing and even other academic areas such as reading, thinking, and speaking. I found myself looking forward to each video in the Structure and Style level C. I appreciated how the videos were Insightful and structured, while still being entertaining, especially with Mr. Pudewa. Overall, I believe that users will find the Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C program to be a powerful tool in their writing journey.”
Improvements of the latest version
- Helpful slides that pop up clarifying page numbers, assignments, and instructions
- Much better-detailed video and close-ups actually showing students which keep things interesting.
Highlights for Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C
- Fun material
- Good source texts to write from
- Extremely practical tools and tricks/tips for better writing.
- The teacher, Andrew Pedwua, is funny yet informative and insightful
- It’s helpful that the teacher reads a paper each week from students. Better understanding and teachability to learn and see how others did it.
- Easy to access online streaming. It is always available to fit your schedule.
- Very organized binder with all the handouts already printed out. Everything is laid out so you are ready to start the lesson right away.
From a fathers perspective
As a busy father, I appreciate the minimal prep time required to use Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C. The lessons are all online videos and basically, all that I need to do is make sure my student watches the lesson and then check their work. Mr. Pedewa is a great teacher. I even find myself watching some of the lessons. It’s great that he starts out with a joke all the time! It is also nice that he reads some of the student’s assignments during the class so I know what to expect.
The teacher’s manual is color-coded with helpful gray boxes that provide extra information. There are also yellow pages/sections covering student handouts and paper management. There are a few handouts that are not mentioned in the video but are mentioned in the Teachers manual. You can see one of the gray boxes below from the teacher’s manual.
The videos are now online! No more DVDs to lose or get scratched. The videos show up in your IEW® account. You choose which video you are ready to watch and you can watch them over and over again because they never expire. The videos also work on the iPad if you have internet access! Most lessons are divided into two parts so it is nice that there is a marker in the video where the second part begins. You can see what the screen layout looks like in the picture below from my IEW account page.
If you need a high school composition class I would seriously consider IEW® Structure and Style® for Students Year 1 Level C. You can even download and watch the first three lessons for free. Click on the banner below to see what other families thought about IEW.