ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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Linda John
Pleasant Hill, CA
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Personalized Learning
Time Spent in ALEKS: 2.5 hours per day, 3 hours per week
ALEKS Course: Chemistry

Overall Experience:

My ninth grader uses ALEKS to study Chemistry, and finds the program to be very user-friendly because of the tutorial that ALEKS provides prior to the initial assessment. Minimal teacher or parent involvement is necessary with ALEKS.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

We needed an alternative to the textbook approach that offered Chemistry as an independent study course, especially because we wanted our son to be able to learn without being forced to wait for an instructor to interpret the text.

How was ALEKS implemented with other curriculum?

We are also using a Chemistry Lab book: Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments.  It is all Lab, and no lecture.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

My son is really encouraged by his progress in ALEKS. He appreciates the fact that he doesn't have to relearn all of the algebra and measurement that he has already mastered in the past.

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

My son is extremely motivated by his progress in ALEKS; he works to complete each and every topic in order to fill in his entire pie chart. He focuses on retaining the material because he knows that ALEKS will assess his knowledge periodically. Overall, he is happy with the program.

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

For ALEKS Chemistry, I think the student should be encouraged to move around and try different parts of the course (different pie slices).