ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Cynthia Wygant
Savannah, GA
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Personalized Learning
Time Spent in ALEKS: 7 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 3 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables)

Overall Experience:

My youngest son just completed second grade and is a math whiz, and my oldest son has just completed fourth grade and tends to struggle in math. I have used at least five different math programs during my five years of homeschooling and did not find the right fit for both of my children until I found ALEKS. It is the perfect combination of practice and mastery. ALEKS does not require students to do endless hours of practice once they have mastered a topic; however, ALEKS does continually assess students to ensure retention, and if a topic is forgotten, ALEKS will bring it back for review when necessary. I love the order in which ALEKS presents new topics. Unlike a textbook that is unaware of the student's actual mastery of previous material, ALEKS does not present new topics to a student unless he has mastered the preliminary topics needed to be successful at the new material.

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

My sons struggled with the endless practice that workbooks tend to require. They also had difficulty focusing on the current problem when an overwhelming amount of information was presented on each workbook page.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

ALEKS works perfectly for both of my sons. For my son who is the math whiz, ALEKS allows him to work ahead and move forward at his own pace; he just finished Mathematics LV - 5 at the end of second grade.  For my older son who tends to struggle in math, ALEKS' presentation of single problems with immediate feedback gives him the confidence to continue working without fear of doing a whole page incorrectly. Needless to say, I love ALEKS and would recommend it to anyone!