Aleks Math - Algebra

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  • Reviewed on Sunday, June 3, 2012
  • Grades Used: 11th
  • Dates used: 2011-2012
I have tried many math programs and Aleks math is my favorite one! It doesn't take a long time to do and this student's test scores went up dramatically! I know that some people think of Aleks math as a supplement, but we used it sucessfully as a full math program.
Aleks isn't for everyone. It lacks a lot of drill and the explanations might not make sense to all students. The student masters a topic by getting only 3-4 problems correct. Then they are done with that type of problem and will only see it once more the next day. Because of this, it is very easy to learn something and forget it three days later. I solved this by printing out a worksheet for the student to complete daily. The worksheet is a customized group of sixteen problems that your student has mastered. By doing this and also having the student take notes of what he or she learned, your student will able to retain many of the concepts.
Aleks is a really special program because it is customized for the student. It gives your student an assessment to find out what he knows and then it offers topics that he is ready to learn. Occassionaly, it will give the student another assessment to reassess what he knows. Anything he answers incorrectly will be put back into his pie and he will have to learn it again.
On the SAT this student scored a 90% in the math section! This is the best score she has ever received and she has used Saxon and Teaching Textbooks. I recommend that anyone who is interested in Aleks try out the free one month trial. Aleks is not cheap, but it has really helped this student gain confidence in math.