ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Lori McGuire
Wilsonville, AL
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Personalized Learning
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30-45 minutes per day, 4-5 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Overall Experience:

ALEKS has been a blessing for our family. As homeschoolers, we have tried many other math programs, and somewhere during the first nine weeks of school, we would hit a wall. Learning would come to a screeching halt, and frustration mounted for both my child, and for me. Since we started using ALEKS, my daughter feels more confident and successful, and frustration is a rare occurrence. The best aspect of ALEKS is that my daughter can move between different areas of math. If she gets frustrated with multiplication, she can move to geometry or fractions for a while. Then, when she's feeling more confident, she goes back to the multiplication. The best part is that I have been taken out of the equation. Before, when she would become frustrated, so did I. Now, when she becomes frustrated, ALEKS doesn't. It has been a fantastic program for us, and we plan to use it throughout high school.

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

We became frustrated with programs that moved on before my daughter had mastered the material. Repetitive work in the same area of math was aggravating for her at times.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I really hadn't considered an online math tool. I received a postcard about ALEKS with a 1-month free trial offer, and thought I'd give it a try. We've not looked back since.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

Progress has been much faster and smoother than before.

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

ALEKS has been a very positive experience!  Before, my daughter had been feeling frustrated.  She often felt as though she was "no good at math" or "couldn't do math", but now, she has really regained her confidence.

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

I usually like my daughter to do an hour of math per day. Often, I will allow her to break it up and do a half hour in the morning and the other half hour in the afternoon.