ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Vanessa Everhart
Bennington, KS
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Individualized Tutoring
Time Spent in ALEKS: 7-10 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), High School Geometry

Overall Experience:

My children didn't understand certain concepts in math - now, with ALEKS, they can't wait to do their Math. I am not kidding! When my daughter first started ALEKS she didn't like it because it frustrated her, and now she wants to do her math. I can't get her to NOT do it.My 3rd grader is the same. At first math was a chore, and now he LOVES to see his progress and watch his pie fill up.

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

The biggest challenge was just "not getting it."

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

GREAT PROGRESS!!! My daughter went from a basic eighth grade math level when we started to 10th grade Geometry in ONE YEAR. Where do you get those types of results?! We just started with our third grader, but he is off to a great start. My children love it! It gives them the feedback and incentive they need to keep going. I will be honest: at first it was a struggle. My daughter would gain so many points, and then take an assessment and slide back. She got to where she hated that. We told her that is how you learn, by doing something over and over until you get the concept down pat. She still didn't care for it, but when those pieces of pie filled up, it was wonderful to hear her cheer in victory! Since starting 10th grade Geometry, her self esteem has drastically improved. I have never ever seen her WANT to do math before. I don't have to tell her to do it. In fact, it's kind of a hindrance because her chores are neglected so she can do math. Our 3rd grader is still a bit wary, but he enjoys seeing the points go up and the pie pieces fill up. We reward him for so many points a week which is a great incentive. In fact, we told him when he fills a piece of pie, we'll make him a pie. He's working on it! I LOVE this program and hope ALEKS comes out with one for spelling and English and Science and... ;)