Aleks Q and A
Question: What is ALEKS math?
Answer: "Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (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."
Question: What age levels is this for and who can do it?
Answer: Aleks math courses are designed for 3rd graders and up.
Question: How do I order it?
Answer: You need to request this from your support teacher.
Question: Is there training to help us start?
Answer: Yes, there are some short videos you can watch HERE.
Question: Where do I log in?
Question: Are there any materials needed?
Answer: These courses are online and do not have any offline materials. Students are encouraged to use a notebook to work in throughout the course.
Question: May I try it out first before ordering?
Answer: You are welcome to browse their website and explore their curriculum there: www.aleks.com They have a free trial that you can sign up for on their site if you would like to try it out first. It will give you 3 free hours of time in the course within a 48 hour time period. It begins with an initial assessment of about 30 math questions and then allows you to learn and pass of topics in the course. There is also Quicktables where students practice and passoff math facts.
Question: Can I take ALEKS in addition to another math course?
Answer: No, a student should only be enrolled in one math course. They have the choice of ALEKS math or K12 math.
Question: How long should I work on ALEKS each day?
It is recommended that you spend at least 30 minutes a day in ALEKS. The course is set up to only allow you to do 15 minutes in QuickTables and the rest of the time is spent working with the math topics. It is better to do consistent smaller chunks of time working in the course than trying to cram a lot in one day.
Question: What browser should I use?
Answer: Most common browsers will work for these courses. Click here to see the recommended system requirements for ALEKS. Requirements
Question: Will it work on a Macintosh?
Answer: Yes, it will work on a Macintosh. Click here to see the recommended system requirements for ALEKS. Requirements
Question: What should I do if I can't get log in?
Question: Can I advance to the next course if I finish my current course?
Answer: Yes, if you finish your current course in ALEKS math, you can advance to the next one.
Question: What if I still need more help?
Answer: Each topic has a written explanation within ALEKS. If it does not make sense, you are encouraged to read it out loud slowly step by step; try having someone else read it through with you. Sometimes this is all you need for it to make sense. If you still need help, you are welcome to email your teacher. Another great math resource is www.khanacademy.org where you can view videos that demonstrate math concepts.
Question: Whom do I contact for additional support?
Answer: If none of the resources or answers above have solved your issue, please contact your support teacher.