Figure 4: ALEKS QuickTables
QuickTables is a special tool in ALEKS for learning the math facts
of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. It is available
as part of ALEKS classes.
When you log in to an ALEKS class where QuickTables is enabled,
you will see the "QuickTables" link in the top bar menu. Clicking on
this link will switch you into the QuickTables environment. To begin
using QuickTables, click on the "OK" button under the Welcome message
The first time you use QuickTables, you will have a short training session
before starting to practice. The purpose of the training is to make
sure that you are comfortable typing and entering numbers in ALEKS.
There will be a series of quick drills in which you are asked to type
numbers that appear on the screen. If you make a mistake, QuickTables
will stop to let you correct it. You can enter the
numbers by pressing either your computer's "Enter"
key or the Space bar (the long bar at the bottom of the keyboard).
You will need to enter the numbers quickly; QuickTables wants
you to learn the math facts so well that you can answer easily and
smoothly. If you prefer to click numbers using the onscreen keypad,
contact your teacher to turn on this feature.
After this training, you will begin a "test" or assessment of what you
know now about the math facts. Do not be anxious about this test; just
relax and do your best. The results of the test will tell QuickTables
where you should start off in your math facts table. This
Initial Assessment test must be finished in one login session. Logging out
before it is complete will require restarting the test.
You may have more than one table set up. If so, you will see different
tabs on your screen with the names of the tables: Addition, Subtraction,
Multiplication, Division. Simply click on the tab for the table you
wish to work in. You will need to take a brief test when you first
start working in any table.
Figure 5: QuickTables Learning Display
Once you finish the test, you will see a colored display that shows all
the facts in the table (Fig. 5).
The colors in the cells show whether you have learned that fact, and
how well you know it. In general, you will see that the colors fill in
through the table diagonally, from the top left corner down. The
"hardest" facts are the ones you get to last, down in the lower
right-hand corner. You will have fun filling in this table!
Also, to the right of the table is a thermometer that gives your overall
percentage of the table. Notice that there are gold stars on the
thermometer. Every time you fill in to one of these stars, there will
be a new game for you to play. You earn the games by the progress that
you make filling in your table. Any time you want to play a game that
you have earned, click on the green button marked "Games" at the top
of the window. These are fun games that give you extra practice on the
math facts that you have been learning.
NOTE. You will only be able to use QuickTables for a certain amount
of time on any day, and only a certain number of times per week.
These limits are set for the best possible progress in learning and
remembering math facts.