ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Susan Ely
Mechanicsville, VA
Scenario: Homeschool Supplemental Curriculum
Purpose: Extra Practice, Preparation for Another Course or Program
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per day, 4-5 days per week
ALEKS Course: Pre-Algebra

Overall Experience:

I am 53 years old and recently went back to school to get a higher degree. At the University of Phoenix, I used ALEKS in my College Algebra course, and really enjoyed the program. When I found out that I could also use ALEKS with my daughter, I couldn't wait to sign her up so she could get the same benefit that I had. I plan to keep my daughter in ALEKS until she goes to college so she will be prepared for her math courses, and it will be something that comes easy to her. I highly recommend ALEKS to everyone.

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

Immediate feedback is important to my daughter, and it just wasn't there with other programs and methods we've tried.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I used ALEKS and thought it was great, but I did not know that I could use it with my daughter until recently. If I knew, I we would have been using ALEKS all along!

How was ALEKS implemented with other curriculum?

We are currently using ALEKS with Teaching Textbooks. However, after we finish Algebra 2, we will only use ALEKS.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

My daughter is finally seeing how well she can do in math when she sets her mind to it. She loves it when she gets her results from ALEKS quicker than I do. I have also noticed that she is having fewer problems with the word problems.

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

My daughter has a tendency to be negative, but with ALEKS she is becoming more confident in her math abilities. I am seeing her improve and realize that she can solve problems.

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

Work with your children and encourage their progress. It won't be long before they will do it on their own.