ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Michele Paiva
Downingtown, PA
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Improve Skills
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30-60 minutes per day, 4-6 days per week
Time Spent in QuickTables: 10-15 minutes per day, 1 day per week
ALEKS Course: Foundations of High School Math, Algebra 1, High School Geometry

Overall Experience:

ALEKS has been incredible! My son exceeded his charter school math options and he was going too fast and had to wait for the class to catch up, which made him bored. ALEKS is the only option that allows him to work at his pace and challenge him. Our daughter felt intimidated by math; because of this she was put in a low-achieving math class. She is top-notch and a serious student in every other area but struggled mentally and emotionally with this class. ALEKS has not only provided her with a fantastic foundation but is helping her to be a participant in her own math journey and to develop both a passion and skill set to achieve. For two very different kids within the same home, this program has been a godsend.

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

One child was profoundly gifted and bored and my other child was a good student but intimidated by math.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I was looking for a program that would challenge, engage and help give a firm foundation of learning.

How was ALEKS implemented with other curriculum?

ALEKS is all that they do and all that they need for mathematics. I do have them reading the joy of math to further establish math as a way of life, not just as a class.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

Being engaged, enjoying learning and having the skill set to process challenging material are all accomplishments my children have achieved with ALEKS.

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

My children are both extremely excited about learning math and enjoy watching their progress. ALEKS always provides positive feedback which aids in learning. They have shown progress by leaps and bounds. ALEKS is a positive program, not just a learning process of mental scope, but is also emotionally supportive to their needs.

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

We find that the children will start to develop their own best practices once they understand the process. We started with 30 minutes, at 9 AM, but now they work on ALEKS on their own, sometimes twice a day and enjoy showing us and others their progress. What could be a better practice than being engaged?