What is ALEKS and how does it work?! ALEKS is an online math program that not only assesses what your child knows, but helps teach what they don't know! ALEKS stands for Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces. The process of signing up was pretty simplistic and even our 8 year old had a good experience with sign up process. Then comes the assessment. Admittedly, our kids were a little nervous about completing it since it was going to compile what they didn't know as well as what they did. Once they completed the assessment portion, they were shown a pie chart which also explained how the pie chart functions.
As our kids worked through the pie chart, the concepts to be learned are listed as such and then have further break downs within each. When clicking on a concept, it takes you to sample problems and after the student answers a problem in that category correctly 3 times, they are considered to have mastered it and will then be taken back to the pie chart to move on to the next topic. If they are having trouble with the concept, they have the option to see the explanation and ALEKS will show how the problem is solved. Of course, when explained, it does not count as a correctly answered problem.
Overall, we were pleased with what ALEKS had to offer. The assessment portion of the program is an excellent tool for seeing where those "spaces" or gaps are. We didn't feel it was a complete program/curriculum, but it seemed to get our 8 year old interested in learning those problem areas, especially since it was an opportunity to be on the computer. Our 16 year old didn't get as much out of it as far as excitement goes, but she felt validated in the areas she was having trouble with.
The cost for this program is reasonable and worth the price.
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*As always, these opinions are my own. I received this product free of charge to review honestly and that's what you have here.*