ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Amy Holston
Albuquerque, NM
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Individualized Tutoring
Time Spent in ALEKS: 15 minutes per day, 2 days per week
Time Spent in QuickTables: 10 minutes per day, 2 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables)

Overall Experience:

What I really like about ALEKS is the fact that it keeps up with what my daughter has and has not yet learned. I am assured that she won't be able to advance unless she actually learns what she needs to know.

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

The biggest challenge was my student lacking the motivation to do math. It was too easy for her to get bored. ALEKS is more fun for her. I simply tell her to go do ALEKS for 15 minutes and she does so without complaint.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I wanted something that was more fun and engaging than regular text-book learned math, but I didn't want something that was a game. ALEKS merged both of my desires into one.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

My daughter is able to use math quickly in everyday life.

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

My daughter realizes that she can use math in everyday life and confidently come up with the correct answer.

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

Make sure you realize the difference between QuickTables and the regular program. Also, encourage your child to pick pieces of the pie that may not be their first choice every once in a while.