ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Michael Smolyak
Clarksville, MD
Scenario: Supplement
Purpose: Individualized Tutoring, Test Preparation
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1 day per week
ALEKS Course: Arithmetic (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 3, Pre-Algebra

Overall Experience:

I am pleased with the structure of ALEKS, and like that the standards for all 50 states have been correlated. 

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

My son was challenged by poor test preparation.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I was looking for a program that would give my son the ability to review and practice math.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

ALEKS is an effective tool in my arsenal to improve my son's math knowledge.

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

My son enjoys using ALEKS more than textbooks because he loves to work with computers. His ability to problem solve while working on the computer makes him much more confident.

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

Try to develop a schedule and include ALEKS as part of your routine. I also recommend helping your child to select the topics that he will work on.