ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Annette Dornhofer
Austin, TX
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Improve Skills
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30 minutes per day, 4-5 days per week
Time Spent in QuickTables: 10 minutes per day, 4-5 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Middle School Geometry, Middle School Math Course 1, Middle School Math Course 2

Overall Experience:

I am very pleased with ALEKS. The immediate feedback provided by the pie chart is very effective. Additionally, the fact that the student sees how much still needs to be covered and knows exactly where she stands at any given moment is a great help.

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

My student could not work independently and had no overview of what she had covered and what still needed to be learned. She had no real feedback in terms of overall achievement after a lesson.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I was looking for a program that would allow my student to master basic math facts quicker, letting her see the overall picture of what needs to be covered. We were also looking for explanations that made sense and allowed her to work independently.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

We have seen very big improvements in basic math facts mastery, especially in multiplication and addition. My students also have more confidence in solving math problems. Being able to see the full pie chart and exactly what needs to be learned at all times and seeing it slowly filling in is a big confidence booster for them. They are able to see what they have already mastered and what still needs to be mastered. Math has become a subject just like any other subject instead of being dreaded.

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

My students are very proud to have mastered most of their pie charts, and they love seeing their daily progress displayed immediately. Students review topics without quarreling and know that it will help them later. Confidence has grown a lot in my students since they started ALEKS. They appreciate the fact that they can choose a new fact to learn, and that they can review and work on QuickTables independently. They love working at their own pace and feel much more in control with their math curriculum than ever before.

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

Let your students work at their own pace and play around with the program - they will do more and progress faster.