ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Laurie Becker
Woodland, CA
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Individualized Tutoring
Time Spent in ALEKS: 3 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - MS/LV 6

Overall Experience:

We have used ALEKS with my nine year-old son over the past two years. He loves math, and ALEKS has kept that love alive by letting him move ahead at his own pace. It presents the right amount of work at the right level, every time.

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

My son had difficulty staying on task long enough to finish a page of problems in a traditional math book. He resented having to do the same kinds of problems over and over before he could get to "the fun stuff."

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I wanted something that would allow my son to work at his ability level and be motivating, but not over-stimulating. I wanted a full curriculum I could afford, not just a "game" or a supplemental resource.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

My son is motivated to earn his pie pieces on his own. He takes pride in his ability to figure problems out and loves telling us how many slices he has earned each day. I don't have to stand over him to get him to complete his work. My son never complains that ALEKS is "boring" or "too hard." It is always just the right amount of work and the right amount of challenge for him.

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

He is thrilled to be learning concepts that he wouldn't normally see for another three years in a traditional classroom. My son is very confident in his ability to learn math; he says, "If everyone could use ALEKS, nobody would be afraid of Algebra."