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Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Remediation, Improve Skills
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30-45 minutes per day, 5 days per week
Time Spent in QuickTables: 10 minutes per day, 2 days per week
Total Time Spent Per Course: 50 hours per course
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra
We love ALEKS! My son has always struggled in math, and when we reached Pre-Algebra he just could not grasp the concepts. We both became very frustrated; I wondered how we would ever be able to succeed in high school math so he would be prepared for college. My prayers were answered when I searched for math programs online and found ALEKS. My son actually loves it. He is doing so well with this program; I think it is because it is an online course that allows him to constantly see the progress he is making. He is motivated to keep working and often does more work without me asking him too. The explanations are fantastic and easy for us to understand. Thank you for helping my son learn to love math!
What challenges did the student face in math prior to using ALEKS?
He could not grasp the concepts presented to him, and he was missing some basic math skills needed to succeed. I did not start homeschooling him until sixth grade and he was already struggling in math.
What were you looking for in an online math tool?
I needed a user-friendly math program that provided easy to understand explanations, and could help me build my son's confidence in his math ability.
What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?
My son's progress has been amazing! He is in tenth grade and was struggling in Pre-Algebra even after taking a remedial math course in ninth grade. Since we have started using ALEKS he has flown through Pre-Algebra and plans to work over the summer to finish Algebra 1 and get back on track for graduation. I cannot believe the difference in his attitude towards math.
How does the student feel about his/her progress in ALEKS?
My son is so proud of himself; his confidence has grown immensely. ALEKS' online format is fun for him and he is actually enjoying math for the first time. He understands the concepts and now is starting to feel like he can do just about any problem he encounters. I honestly thought that this was impossible just a few months ago.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other ALEKS users?
The most important thing is to keep making progress in ALEKS every day, even if it is for only 30 minutes at a time. QuickTables helped a lot with his basic skills too.