ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Casondra Trevino
Oskaloosa, KS
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Remediation, Improve Skills
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 1

Overall Experience:

My overall experience is summarized by one word: RELIEF. I am so relieved that I found ALEKS. It has freed me from worry and frustration over my son and his difficulty with math comprehension. ALEKS is very user-friendly and informative; I receive updates and reports, while my son has the freedom to work independently.

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

My son hit some kind of developmental block in math when he entered fifth grade. I have used over six different curriculums, and even enrolled him in a virtual public school in hopes that they could help him since he was still testing at a fifth grade level at the age of 14. Unfortunately, he continued to fail. Whether working together or independently, he just couldn't "get it". His defeated feelings were beginning to show in other subjects as well.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I was looking for anything that would help my son understand math.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

Because of ALEKS, my son is now moving forward. He is no longer stuck at a fifth grade math level.

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

My son is very satisfied with ALEKS. He even says he can complete a large portion of the math in his head now - a skill he previously lacked. I don't think he is scared of math anymore. His confidence levels are proof of that. I am truly looking forward to seeing his grades improve in all of his other subjects now that his confidence is up.