ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Susan Loughman
Lewisville, NC
Scenario: Homeschool Supplemental Curriculum
Purpose: Extra Practice, Personalized Learning
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30-40 minutes per day, 4-5 days per week
Time Spent in QuickTables: 15 minutes per day, 4-5 days per week
ALEKS Course: Arithmetic (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables)

Overall Experience:

We use ALEKS with both of our children, and overall, our experience as been super! They constantly ask when they can work on ALEKS again, and they love watching their pies grow. As parents, we think the explanations and reports are a great tool to keep up-to-date with what they are learning. Our kids love to show off their math skills now!

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

My kids' prior math experience at local independent school was horrific! They had to deal with boring worksheets and droning teachers.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I needed a math program that would engage, as well as advance the math skills of our children.

How was ALEKS implemented with other curriculum?

Initially, we used ALEKS as a homework tool, but now ALEKS is more integrated into our curriculum. We use it as a "launching pad" for discussions and further analysis.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

Both of our children are so proud of their progress with ALEKS. They have a new-found confidence in math.

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

Our children have made great progress with ALEKS. Our son has been invited to participate in a Math Olympiad with students two grade levels above him, and my daughter's multiplication skills are amazing!

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

We try to tie ALEKS to any "free computer time" that the children request. We allow about 2 hours per week of "educational game time," but they must complete ALEKS sessions first! We usually use ALEKS just before lunch, which gives me time to catch up on meal prep and other family responsibilities.