7. Guidelines for Effective Use
Please take note of the following important suggestions for successful
use of ALEKS.
You should have pencil and paper ready for all assessments
and for use in the Learning Mode. Basic calculators should be used
only when you are instructed to do so. (A basic
calculator is part of ALEKS.)
You should not ask for any help during assessments. Even explanations
or rephrasing of problems are not permitted.
If you receive help, ALEKS will get a
wrong idea of what you are most ready to learn, and this will hold up
your progress. If you are sure you don't know the answer, click
"I don't know."
You should learn to use the special features of the Learning Mode,
especially the explanations and the ALEKSpedia.
A button marked "Ask a Friend"
may also appear from time to time. Clicking on this button will prompt
ALEKS to suggest the name of a classmate who has recently mastered
Whenever ALEKS suggests topics for you to review, you should review
them. Spending a few minutes daily on such review will help you retain
what you have learned and do well on reassessments.
Nothing is more important to your progress than regular use of ALEKS.
Three hours per week is a recommended minimum; five or more are normal
in many cases.