ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from homeschoolers who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes.

Kathy Pease
Rockport, ME
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Extra Practice, Preparation for Another Course or Program
Time Spent in ALEKS: 5-7.5 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Algebra 1, High School Geometry

Overall Experience:

We have had an excellent experience with ALEKS. The unique format allows my son to work at his own pace which is faster than what he would have been able to do in high school. He was able to gain a thorough understanding of both Algebra 1 and Geometry in one year. I like the learning-based tests because ALEKS highlights my son's weak areas to make sure he understands them before allowing him to move on. Also, we came to realize that these high school subjects are more thorough than the same courses offered at our local high school. My ALEKS-using son was often working on the same concepts that our older son was learning in a higher level course in a public high school.

What challenges did the student face in math prior to using ALEKS?

Math class was either not challenging enough, or had too many concepts that were offered too quickly without enough time to master any of them.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

We were looking for a program that would allow our son to set his own pace, while also providing the proper instruction to learn new concepts. My son's goal was to qualify for entrance into a prestigious math and science-oriented high school, and ALEKS helped him get two full years of high school math in one year in order to get in to the school. He got in!

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

My son was very happy to see the words, "There is nothing left to learn," at the end of each subject. I was able to promote him to the next ALEKS course at no extra charge!