View a selection of implementation strategies from homeschoolers who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes.
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Improve Skills, Personalized Learning
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per day, 4 days per week
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables)
Initially, we incorporated ALEKS into our curriculum as an assessment tool, but our son loved it, so we have used ALEKS since.
What challenges did the student face in math prior to using ALEKS?
My son hated using workbooks, and had trouble maintaining focus. He would get extremely frustrated when he didn't understand the book's content.
What were you looking for in an online math tool?
We were looking for an assessment tool, but our son found ALEKS to be very user-friendly and enjoyable so we continued using it.
How was ALEKS implemented with other curriculum?
After using ALEKS for an initial assessment, we discarded all workbooks and began using ALEKS as a core curriculum.
What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?
Prior to using ALEKS, my son had not taken a math test in years. As a result, he showed only 21 percent mastery of the course on the ALEKS Initial Assessment. Now, after only a short time with ALEKS, my son has mastered 80 percent of his course, and actually looks forward to working on math.
How does the student feel about his/her progress in ALEKS?
In his own words, my son feels "really, really good" about his progress with ALEKS. The pie chart helps him to see his progress, which is rewarding. He actually likes solving problems now that he knows he can succeed in math.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other ALEKS users?
Let your children work at their own pace. If they get stuck, encourage them to move onto to something new or take a break.