Monday, January 3, 2011

ALEKS Math Review



What is ALEKS?

Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS offers truly individualized instruction that meets the student at her learning level and instructs her on the exact topics that she is most ready to learn. As a result, no two students will experience the same learning path while working in ALEKS. Learn more by watching a quick 2-minute video.


ALEKS can provide you with the instruction and support that you need to homeschool your children in mathematics for grades 3-12. With a comprehensive course library ranging from elementary school math to complex subjects such as PreCalculus, ALEKS acts much like a human tutor to help take the stress off of homeschooling parents.








ALEKS offers highly-targeted, individualized instruction from virtually any computer with Internet access, making it a comprehensive and mobile education solution for your children. A subscription to ALEKS offers access to all courses and your child may take as many courses as needed during their subscription period.



ALEKS is a Research-Based Online Program:



~Complete Curriculum Solution for Math with Access to Full Course Library



~No Textbook Required




~Artificial Intelligence Targets Gaps in Student Knowledge




~Assessment and Individualized Learning for Grades 3-12




~Master Account Includes Quizzing and Automated Reports to Monitor Learning Progress




~Unlimited Online Access - PC and Mac Compatible

QuickTables - Complimentary Math Fact Mastery Program for Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction
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ALEKS has been used successfully by homeschoolers, as well as by millions of students at schools and educational institutions throughout the world. Additionally, some ALEKS course products are American Council on Education (ACE) credit-recommended, meaning that your student may be eligible for college credit at participating colleges.



Student Account



Assessment: Students begin in ALEKS by taking an individualized, adaptive assessment to determine what they already know and what they are ready to learn next.



MyPie: The ALEKS Pie summarizes a student's current knowledge and offers topics that the student is ready to learn next. The darkened portion of each pie slice represents the topics that the student has mastered and the lighter portion represents what the student has yet to learn.






Input Tools: ALEKS provides a free response environment and sophisticated input tools that avoid multiple-choice and require students to demonstrate content mastery.



Learning Mode: The Learning Mode provides students with practice problems, and offers explanations of topics and procedures as needed. Once a student has demonstrated mastery in the Learning Mode, the topic is added to the ALEKS Pie, and new material that the student is now ready to learn becomes available.



Explanations: When a student is working on a particular problem, she can access an explanation of that problem by clicking on the "Explain" button. The explanation typically provides a step-by-step solution, with commentary. In some cases, an alternative or more detailed explanation is also available.



Feedback: Students receive immediate feedback and, in some cases, suggestions for correcting mistakes.




Worksheets: Students have the ability to print out 16-question worksheets for additional practice or review. These worksheets are uniquely generated based on the student's current knowledge.





ALEKS QuickTables: QuickTables is a research-based, math fact mastery program for multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.





Interactive Games: Provide additional review and built-in rewards.



Master Account
Master Account Homepage: Easily manage all student accounts, monitor student progress, view customized resources, and more.



Attendance Report: Track student time spent in ALEKS per day, the topics attempted, and the topics mastered and added to the ALEKS Pie.



Quiz Results: Quizzes are automatically graded and the results are available to both the parent and student immediately. View a detailed quiz results sample report (PDF).



ALEKS offers the instruction and support that you need to homeschool your child in mathematics. ALEKS is available anytime you are and offers individualized assessment and learning. Purchasing an ALEKS subscription allows your child to access the full course library, however only one course may be taken at a time. Additionally, some ALEKS course products are American Council on Education (ACE) credit-recommended, meaning that your child may be eligible for college credit at participating colleges.



A subscription to ALEKS is :



  • $19.95 per student, per month, or


  • only $99.95 every 6 months, or


  • only $179.95 every 12 months.


My personal opinion of this math course…first of all let me say that around our house math is not a favorite subject. In fact, we've been known to have tears while trying to get through a lesson. After my daughter tried this course she said, "I LOVE this math." That said it all for me. We've shelved our 'fancy', expensive math curriculum in favor of ALEKS-a good, solid program that just happens to be fun too.



Read more reviews about ALEKS at the TOS crew blog.



*TOS and ALEKS asked me to review this curriculum. I received a free subscription for my review. No other compensation was received.

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