Figure 14: ALEKS QuickTables
QuickTables is a special tool in ALEKS for learning the math facts
of Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. It is available
where needed as a component in ALEKS
When you log in to an ALEKS class where QuickTables is enabled, you
will see the QuickTables link in the Main Navigation
Menu. Clicking on this link will switch you into the QuickTables
environment (Fig. 14).
The first time you use QuickTables, you will have a short training session
before starting to practice. The purpose of the training is to make sure
that you are comfortable typing and entering numbers in ALEKS. There
will be a series of quick drills in which you are asked to type numbers
that appear on the screen. If you make a mistake, QuickTables will stop to
let you correct it. You can enter the numbers by pressing either your
computer's Enter key or the Space bar (the long bar at the bottom of the
You will need to enter the numbers quickly; QuickTables wants you to learn
the math facts so well that you can answer easily and smoothly. If you
prefer to click numbers using the onscreen keypad, contact your teacher
to turn on this feature.
After this training, you will begin a Knowledge Check of what you know now
about the math facts. Do not be anxious about this Knowledge Check; just
relax and do your best. The results of the Knowledge Check will tell
QuickTables where you should start off in your math facts table.
This Initial Knowledge Check must be finished in one login
session. Logging out before it is complete will require restarting the
You may have more than one table set up. If so, you will see different
tabs on your screen with the names of the tables: Addition, Subtraction,
Multiplication, Division. Simply click on the tab for the table you
wish to work in. You will need to take a brief Knowledge Check when you
first start working in any table.
Figure 15: QuickTables Learning Display
Once you finish the test, you will see a colored display that shows all
the facts in the table (Fig. 15).
The colors in the cells show whether you have learned that fact, and
how well you know it. In general, you will see that the colors fill in
through the table diagonally, from the top left corner down. The
hardest facts are the ones you get to last, in the
lower right-hand corner.
Above the table is a Progress bar that gives your overall percentage of the
table. Notice that there are gold stars on the bar. Every time you reach
one of these stars, there will be a new game for you to play. You earn
access to the games by the progress that you make filling in your table.
Any time you want to play a game that you have earned, click on the
Games link top right. These are fun games that give
you extra practice on the math facts that you have been learning.
NOTE. You will only be able to use QuickTables for a certain amount of time
on any day, and only a certain number of times per week. These limits are
set for the best possible progress in learning and remembering math facts.