ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Karen Stewart
Tulsa, OK
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Personalized Learning
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30 minutes, 5 days per week
Time Spent in QuickTables: 10-15 minutes, 2-3 times per week
Total Time Spent Per Course: 61 hours
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1

Overall Experience:

Our children love working with ALEKS. They like the fact that they know right away if the answer is correct. Filling in the pie is very exciting to them. They like to watch their progress and check the pie chart frequently. I like the fact that they can move at their own speed through the lessons. If they understand the topic then they are moved right along to the next topic. If they don't understand then they get the practice they need.

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

Too many problems on a page were overwhelming to my children. They would transpose the numbers and write the wrong problems down.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I was looking for a curriculum that would take the monkey off my back on grading and preparing lessons. 

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

They are all excited about math. I hear "I am good at math, I like math. Can I do ALEKS now?"

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

My children are thrilled! Their appreciation and confidence regarding math has grown by leaps and bounds.

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

Let your children move at their own pace and pick their own pieces of the pie to work on.