ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Michelle Nelson
Orange, CA
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Individualized Tutoring
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per day, 5 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - MS/LV 6

Overall Experience:

We have been very pleased with ALEKS. It allows the student to move at his or her own pace. The initial assessment is wonderful, as the student doesn't waste valuable lesson time repeating concepts he has already learned. The learning progress reports are well organized and I especially like that if the student is unable to demonstrate ability on a concept during an assessment, they must go back and review it; this ensures that the student understands before he moves on. ALEKS is a brilliant approach to math and our test scores prove it!

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

We were wasting time repeating the chapter reviews each year and frustrated by "conveyor belt" math that moves at one speed. If you missed a concept, you're out of luck; or if something is easy, you're often stuck doing 40 problems of it. ALEKS is more effective in holding my son's attention.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

We were looking for something that would allow my son to progress at his own speed.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

My son tested at the top tier of his standardized testing - ADVANCED. In addition, he is quite confident with his math skills.