ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

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Jana Miller
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Improve Skills
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30 minutes per day, 4–5 days a week
ALEKS Course: Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), High School Geometry

Overall Experience:

Fantastic! Both of my sons have used ALEKS. My youngest son is being homeschooled, and my oldest is in Geometry at Pacific Coast High School. First semester, he used a textbook and received an A-/B+ on the midterm. He switched to ALEKS at the quarter and got 100 percent on his final; this is a child who has never done well with small details. My other son started ALEKS in seventh grade for Essential Mathematics. He finished that early and is now using Pre-Algebra. I have assigned him one new topic per day; he also completes assessments and reviews as they pop up. He used ALEKS completely independently this summer. I love ALEKS!

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

My son got burned out on math early. We started homeschooling in third grade and I saw that he was very good in math so I pushed him. I backed off during his sixth grade year, but then he was behind. With ALEKS, he caught up and is ahead without the frustration of having to do so many problems. We tried so many other programs: Math-U-See, Singapore, Horizons, Saxon . . . none of them work like ALEKS.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I wasn't looking and I dismissed it when I first heard ALEKS mentioned because I wanted the pencil in his hand. I'm a huge math-lover; it always was my favorite subject. My first impression was, "No way, you can't do math online and I'm not going to dumb down to multiple-choice questions." Of course, that was before I really looked at the program. ALEKS uses minimal multiple-choice problems, and students must enter their answers.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

My sons went from being behind to being ahead in math!