ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Amy Fugman
Trego, WI
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Remediation, Improve Skills
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per day, 6 days per week
Time Spent in QuickTables: 30 minutes per day, 6 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables)

Overall Experience:

ALEKS is a terrific program, and has been a very positive experience for us. We no longer battle over completing math assignments.

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

Prior to ALEKS, it was a constant struggle to get math done each day. My son was capable of doing the work, but didn't enjoy the workbook approach. It was also hard for me to determine when he truly and fully grasped a concept.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I wanted a math program that could truly evaluate my son's comprehension and ensure retention. I also wanted a tool that would work with him at his own pace, rather than subjecting him to needless repetition. Most importantly, I wanted a curriculum that would cover a broad range of skills simultaneously rather than taking an individual concept approach.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

We abandoned our previous curriculum for ALEKS in order to get my son to grade-level. After three months, he is almost finished with fourth grade, and I expect him to catch up to grade-level by the end of the school year.

How does the student feel about his/her progress in ALEKS?

My son feels good about how far he has come in a short period of time with ALEKS, which motivates him to study math even more. He feels more confident, and takes more responsibility for his work now. Even on weekends, he will spend 30 minutes on ALEKS without being asked.

Are there any best practices you would like to share with other ALEKS users?

It is important to note that ALEKS can be done in short or long sessions. If your child is engaged, let them work. If your child isn't enjoying math, I would suggest breaking the sessions into brief 20-minute periods regardless of how far along they are in the course.