ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Nana Vinar
Chapel Hill, NC
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Individualized Tutoring
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30-45 minutes per day, 5 days per week
Time Spent in QuickTables: 15 minutes per day, 3 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - MS/LV 6, High School Geometry

Overall Experience:

Two of my children are using ALEKS with great success! They enjoy being on the computer, they like getting quick feedback, and they understand the instructions. Both of them are going to finish one school year's worth of math in about five months!

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

One child disliked the slow pace of his old math curriculum, and he always had to wait for me to correct his work. If he made many mistakes on an assignment, he was discouraged that so much time was wasted doing a problem incorrectly.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I am teaching five students at home, so my time is pulled in many directions at once. I wanted a program that would teach and correct their math work. I just stay nearby to answer occasional questions.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

They jump on ALEKS first thing in the school morning without any prompting from me. That's progress!

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

Both students feel smart in math when they see that they're ahead of schedule and gradually finishing their pies. My son loves finishing a piece of his pie, and also likes to monitor his percent accomplished.