ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Svetlana Russell
Huntington Beach, CA
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Personalized Learning
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30-60 minutes per day, 2-3 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 3

Overall Experience:

I truly LOVE ALEKS! I pulled my daughter out of private school in third grade because she was not advancing in math and her other subjects. This is her second year using ALEKS, and I can't recommend it enough to anyone who is struggling with math! We started ALEKS just to get her head out of the textbook once a week. In no time she was done and already asking for the next course! That's when I realized that ALEKS is more than just a supplement. It is a teaching tool, and a great one at that! I love the worksheets as well; we give those as homework or use them on the days we don't have access to a computer. My kids really don't feel like they are doing schoolwork when they are working on ALEKS!

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

My older daughter struggled with math; she tested two grade levels higher in every other subject except math.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

We were introduced to ALEKS through my daughter's charter school. Initially, we just wanted an alternative to the traditional textbook method.

How was ALEKS implemented with other curriculum?

Though we still use some standard math curriculums, we let ALEKS guide us. I have full confidence that the children understand and are capable of using what they learn.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

My older daughter is able to visualize math now. Before ALEKS, she experienced difficulty with math, but now she is thriving well above her grade level without having to commit numerous hours to learning math. My younger daughter is excited to do her math homework and loves seeing her progress. Sometimes she asks to do one more topic before we are done for the day.

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

My kids have developed a kind relationship with math through ALEKS. They enjoy learning new things at their own pace. Both of my daughters are very excited to see their progress charted in their pies. Being able to see how much they have achieved, as well as how long it took them encourages them to set goals.