Sunday, December 14, 2008

Aleks Math

I have been using Aleks math for Ann for the last month. To give you some perspective, she was using the plain old Bob Jones workbook up until this point. Her older siblings are using Teaching Textbooks so Ann was thrilled to put away the ‘boring old workbook’ and do her math on the computer like her siblings.

I was skeptical at first. I have used many math curriculums over my years as a homeschool mom and I tend to shy away from gimmicky things. However, I am an Aleks convert.

Here is what it says about Aleks on their site…

ALEKS is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking.

ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any web-based computer for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor.

Here is a photo of the screen that appears showing Ann what she needs to work on. She clicks on one of her pie pieces and then she clicks on what she is to work on next. At the beginning of every lesson, on the opening page, it gives her one or two sections to go to first to work on some review problems before she goes to her pie.

I recommend this program. I plan on continuing Ann in Aleks for the rest of this school year. I appreciate its ease of use and Ann likes it, that is the best endorsement of all!

You can go here to check out their pricing.

Or go here to sign up for a 1 month free trial.

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