ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Debbie Oberste
Princeton, TX
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Accommodate Learning Disabilities, Improve Skills
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 hour per day, 5 days per week
Total Time Spent Per Course: 96 hours per course
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Overall Experience:

Our overall experience with ALEKS is very positive. I homeschool five children, and my oldest son struggles greatly with math. He has not been formally tested but I am most positive he has math dyscalculia. We decided to try ALEKS because he needed additional work in basic skills. ALEKS worked well.

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

My son struggles with retaining math facts and needs continual practice until he understands and retains it. This has delayed his progress in math and has been a little frustrating for him, but he understands that he needs to work much harder in math to gain understanding.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I was looking for a tool that would allow my child to work at his own pace. We needed a program that provided understanding and was something he couldn't get "mad at". His frustration with math would cause him to get frustrated with me, as the teacher; he does better with a "non person" teaching him.   

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

My son has solidified some skills that he had previously struggled with, especially with fractions, decimals, and percentages.

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

My son seems pleased with the program, and especially likes to see his pie slices get filled in. The independence of ALEKS has really increased his confidence, and taught him that he can learn math even if it takes him longer than others. The program really gives him hope.