ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

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

Lisa London
Sanford, NC
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Personalized Learning
Time Spent in ALEKS: 30 minutes per day, 4 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 4 (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 1, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1

Overall Experience:

I am using ALEKS for three children of varying skill levels. I love that I can look at the pie chart for a child, see what they need to work on, give them a few tips and then let them go. They love the independence of working with ALEKS almost as much as I do! The best part is the frequent assessments. If my children have forgotten something, it is immediately clear, and the assessments allow them to relearn the material. My 13 year-old daughter is happier with math than she has ever been in her life.

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

My sons are advanced for their ages, but the traditional classroom setting prevented them from moving ahead. With ALEKS and homeschooling, they are working about two years above grade-level. My daughter would memorize material for a test, do fine and then promptly forget. ALEKS doesn't let her do that anymore.

What were you looking for in an online math tool?

I wanted a comprehensive math program that was user-friendly.

What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?

Since we began using ALEKS, I have seen consistent and continued progress.

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

My kids love to see their ALEKS Pie Charts fill in as they progress through their courses. They actually ask to do math first; that really says it all!

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

Encourage students to use the Explain feature in ALEKS.