ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Brandi Webster
Bridgeport, TX
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Personalized Learning
Time Spent in ALEKS: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week
Total Time Spent Per Course: 32 hours per course
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 3, Algebra 1

Overall Experience:

I have been satisfied with my children's progress in ALEKS. The assessment is very thorough and provides very accurate placement. My kids love that they can work on any area of math that they want as long as it is available in their pie chart; they also love the challenge of opening a new pie slice. I think the rate of reassessments are great to determine if my kids are retaining what they are learning; based on the results, ALEKS either lets them move on or has them go back over the areas they struggled in. I also appreciate the ability to access progress reports for my children on a daily basis.

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

My kids were really bored with doing the same type of problem over and over again.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

Cost was a huge factor for us when looking for an online math tool. After using ALEKS, I also found the built-in artificial intelligence to be a big plus; it is used to determine what my children know, what they still need to learn, and what they are ready to learn next.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

One of my children has taken an interest in a particular area of math that I never expected, while the other child no longer feels frustration from her math lessons.

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

Both students are very pleased with their overall progress, and are learning that while they might not love every area of math, they are finding there are specific areas of math that they love. They are also easily able to see what areas of math they excel in which gives them a huge confidence boost.

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

With ALEKS, my kids are in control of their math education. They decide what they will work on for the day, within the restrictions of ALEKS, and it makes them feel like they are in charge of their learning. Instead of feeling like they are forced to work on a particular math concentration, as in traditional curriculums, they are able to decide for themselves which areas to concentrate on.