ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is a research-based, web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning online math program for grades 3-12. ALEKS provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction 24/7 for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor and is accessible from virtually any computer with Internet access. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to adjust the learning modules presented. A placement assessment is used to determine a student’s knowledge in a course, and periodic reassessments help ensure knowledge retention. ALEKS is web-based and accessible on both Windows and Mac systems. ALEKS is a division of McGraw-Hill Education.

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Pros:Good for reviewCons:Tremendous amount of time and effort, unhealthy in certain situations, no spare time, not a great learning tool, inconsistentGrades Used:10I am a dual-credit student who attends a difficult high school. As of right now, I am enrolled in a Pre-calc/Trigonometry Class in college. The class uses ALEKS as a way to “teach” students how to do different topics in the class. We are assigned 70-50 topics with only about a week to complete it. It is a daunting task as I and several of my peers would be stuck on a lesson for hours on end. When we would be close to finishing a question, we get it wrong and have to answer two more questions. Granted that we answer those questions correctly, we would finish and get stuck on another lesson. Another problem I have with the program is whenever I answer the question wrong after two attempts, it would automatically give the explanation. Problem being that the explanations are very confusing for someone trying to learn the topic and the videos can be confusing at times. The explanations also do not show your answer, so we cannot compare the right answer to our answer in order to see what we did wrong. Because we attend a difficult high school, our workload is large and puts an immense amount of stress on ourselves, causing us to lose sleep needed for the next day. At times, my peers and I would get so discouraged and crestfallen that we would throw fits of rage. Driven by the fact that this for our grade, we push through the late nights and early mornings in hopes to complete it on time. The topic order is also inconsistent most of the time. At one point we would be doing basic topics in Algebra II, then right after that I would be thrown into trig with little to no explanation needed to do the lesson. Math should be fun and intuitive, not mind-numbingly frustrating and confusing. This program requires a tremendous amount of time, time that we do not have. I can see children who are homeschooled and children who are mildly to highly gifted in mathematics have no problem with this, but as a student who attends high school and college simultaneously, it is a serious drawback to our learning and health.

Pros:NONECons:Just about to much to listIf I ever meet ALEKS in person I’m going to junk punch him! I program and no problems doing math until I met this joke of AI. I literally just sit in class and mess the AI part. at least I’m learning something…To mess with AI. I used to tutor Algebra and Calculus and this thing garbage.

Pros:Testing to determine where to start, Aleks fills in knowledge gaps that are detected, pie chart progress, work at your own pace. Very rewarding!Cons:Some more difficult topics should have a video presentedGrades Used:3rd, 4th and 6thI decided to try the Aleks online math for my third and sixth-grade homeschool students. My third grader tested very high in the third-grade math so it only took her a week to complete the subjects that her placement test detected she needed to learn, she was then put into the fourth grade Aleks math and also tested very high and completed the fourth grade in only a few months! I decided at that point to slow down a bit and ordered her some fourth-grade workbooks so that she could get really good at her multiplication tables and division.

My sixth grader tested and basically used the year to work through all the standards required for grade 6. Both of my girls LOVED Aleks math. They had been doing the Singapore Math and both of them really did not like it, perhaps because we did not start them from grade 1 and the jargon was not learned early. But they loved Aleks so much. Watching the pie chart fill in with all the color as they mastered each topic or lesson was so much fun for all of us. I love how they weave in and review repeatedly so that it is a sure thing that your students know what they need to know before moving to the next topic. The knowledge checks I think are necessary, but can be annoying when you want to work ahead 🙂 But such is life! I love knowing that she gets tested and cannot move on until she relearns the topics that she did not answer correctly in the Knowledge check. I do feel for school children who already have a very padded homework load, but math is such an important skill and the confidence once you have mastered a math topic is so rewarding and that confidence will grow and help our children through lifes “problems” whether they are math problems or real life problems. The art of being presented with a problem that you have no idea in the beginning where to even start to solve it and then you just start taking steps to figure out what it will take to solve it is a beautiful art and math is such a great excersise for everyone in learning how to break things down. My sixth grader gained a confidence this last year using Aleks that she did not have before and I am so grateful to have found a math that works for her. She did so amazing and I am so looking forward to watching her grow and learn more with Aleks math in the seventh grade. I understand why there were children that were frustrated, but I think if you cannot figure out how to do the math with Aleks explanations then you can google it, check Khan Academy or other online sources. That may be part of the learning process sometimes which is just what you sometimes have to do in math and in life to get to the answers you need 🙂 My daughter is also lucky to have me to help her get through the really tough lessons that seemingly don’t make sense and I understand and feel for the kids who do not have a parent at home to help them with some of the tougher subjects. But, we really loved Aleks math and we will use them again next year for both of my girls!

Pros:Great Explanations, No Multiple Choice Answers, Regular Knowledge Checks, Accurate Review TopicsCons:Requires a dedicated and responsible studentGrades Used:High School/CollegeALEKS is great. I was always a poor math student who struggled with math. ALEKS has taught me how to check my work and actually learn and understand what I am doing as I solve a problem. It has allowed me to become a strong math student and eliminated my fear of math. Any student complaining about ALEKS likely lacks the motivation to actually learn the material and is frustrated that ALEKS does not allow for coasting by on poor comprehension of a topic. ALEKS teaches in a well-structured way that builds on prior topics and the review function is extremely helpful and accurate. I love ALEKS and when I get stuck I’m not so lazy that I can’t go look up a lecture somewhere to help and then come back. The makers of ALEKS understand that math is learned by doing, which is why so many give it up. Math is for the stubborn, not the easily frustrated! I am not gifted in math, but I am a motivated student and this platform has exponentially increased my skills and confidence. I LOVE ALEKS.

Pros:Easy to useCons:Too many to mentionGrades Used:CollegeIf you browse through all the reviews on here you will notice that the positive ones share a common theme: they all involve a student who is already “gifted” in mathematics.

If you are not gifted at mathematics, then this program is a disaster. I’ve encountered all the same issues as everyone else. Answers that were graded incorrect when they were in fact correct. Being stuck on the same topic for over an hour because it does not explain thoroughly why you are incorrect.

Pros:Absolutely none.Cons:Literally everything about it.Grades Used:5th-7thALEKS is just a poor way to teach children math. ALEKS should do something better in their life, such as– ANYTHING ELSE. The way it is built is just plain dumb. I really don’t recommend using this site for teaching. If you need a website to go to, try Xtra Math. That is what our school uses. As a teacher, I think it would be best if no one uses ALEKS.

Pros:none.Cons:EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.Grades Used:middle, high, and college mathIm a student that uses Aleks. Your guess is… I HATE IT!! It causes me so much stress to get it done by each quater. I don’t have time to do it and when I learn the things in school, my teacher has to explain it all over again. Instruters like it because they don’t have to do anything to set it up and this sounds werid, but… THEY CAN FRICKEN STALK WHAT YOUR DOING!! I would NOT recamend this website to anyone. It causes stress to get your goals done and to keep failing at everything on it. I just losed fate in myself while using it.

Pros:noneCons:Bad interfaceGrades Used:mathAbsolutely terrible platform never use this for any reason whatsoever! the user interface is clunk and unusable. the course I take makes me use this platform. I consistently get questions wrong on homework because of the bad UI. please use something else

Pros:Goes at your pace and let's you review topicsCons:Time consuming and frustratingGrades Used:8thIn theory, ALEKS would work great as a review tool. The system moves at your own pace and each lesson is only a few problems so you can move through the ones you know quickly. However, this is not most people’s experience with ALEKS. There are several major drawbacks that make ALEKS a nightmare for your average student.

1. It takes forever, This is the biggest issue for me and most students. A teacher usually assigns a certain amount of lessons that must be completed by a set date. With Aleks, students will find themselves spending hours each week trying to complete the ALEKS. As somebody who has other classes and does two sports, I dedicate my weekends to doing the ALEKS. It takes me several hours, and some students don’t have the opportunity to do their lessons over the weekend.

2. It will not teach you. This is why I say it’s only good for review. In order to get anywhere during an ALEKS lesson, you need to already know how to do the topic. At the beginning of each lesson, you get a bare-bones explanation of how to do the skill. Once you begin doing the problems, you will be confused as the explanation does not cover all the things you will see in the practice. I often find myself having to look at countless examples before I was able to pass a lesson, and many times I had memorized the answers.

3. It’s picky/can be wrong. There have been several times when I was quite sure I got a problem right only for it to be counted wrong. It’s also very picky, making you round and simplify in very specific ways.

4. The Knowledge checks are pointless. After you complete a certain number of lessons or spend a certain amount of time on ALEKS, you will be given a knowledge check. You can also get these if your teacher has given a certain amount of lessons. Knowledge checks, in theory, allow you to skip lessons you already know. However, they can take up to an hour and getting problems wrong can mean you have to redo an already completed lesson. There is no way to skip the knowledge check, and it can be very annoying when you are trying to work on lessons that have been given as homework only to be interrupted with a knowledge check.

5. Passing a lesson is hard. When you begin doing the lesson, you have a progress bar. To finish a lesson, you have to get three to five problems right in a row. If you get two in a row right, it counts as completing two problems, so for some lessons you only need to get two right. However, if you get a problem wrong it moves you back a spot. This can be infuriating when you get a couple right in a row and lose your progress because you got one wrong. ALEKS also offers no explanation for what you got wrong or how to fix it, so you can make the same mistake several times.

6. Time to take a break. After you get a lesson wrong several times, a message pops up telling you to take a break, and it locks you out of the lesson for a while. If you have lessons to review, it has you do that but it can be horrible if you need to get a certain number of lessons done for homework and you can’t finish the one you need.

I’ve seen some people say that their child loved the program, but it was probably because they were

a) already gifted at math and knew how to do the lessons

b) using it as review

c) homeschooled so they didn’t have the same workload

Aleks is the most annoying thing to deal with when you have to get 40 topics a week and you have to worry about my other 6 classes homework and what not. I also have athletics so i never have time to myself.

Pros:I can turn off the computerCons:So many to list. If you are weak at Math this program will be a disasterGrades Used:CollegeI have read these reviews and can relate to all the bad reviews. It is a beat down. I have a full course load and I spend majority of time on Aleks. All the complaints on here are legitimate. I just had a couple marked wrong that had exact answer they gave. I have gone back to college at 50. I dreaded Algebra in College the first time. Aleks is like a bad recurring daily nightmare.

Absolutely horrible. My child has had the worst of experiences with this website and I would definitely NOT recommend. Not only does it mark questions horribly, but also causes multiple reasons for having NO TIME for my kid to finish their homework!! If I could I’d rate this website 0 stars!

Pros:NOTHINGCons:EVERYTHINGGrades Used:CollegeI am in tears as I write this. I’m 30 going back to school. Math is already difficult I have a math learning disability and this program has caused me several break downs in the last month of using it. Its new to our math department, so trying to say anything negative to my instructor falls on deaf ears.

I’ve experienced panic attacks because id get the first two problems correct and if i missed that last and final one and the topic became LOCKED after so many attempts i believe its 3 before the “take a break” message pops up.

Pros:NoneCons:EVERYTHINGGrades Used:CollegeIt is beyond time consuming, especially for students that have to work 30 hours a week to pay rent and for school. If you keep getting answers wrong on a topic, it will make you work on something else but when you finish and get back to what you were struggling with they don’t explain it differently to help you understand so it’s basically impossible to get through and before you know it the next unit is due and your work just keeps snowballing.

Pros:NOTHINGCons:The whole entire thingGrades Used:CollegeThe Worst way to ever learn math. Especially if it is something you struggle with already. The system does not thoroughly teach you things. You only get up to 5 times to truly “learn” something. They take away points if you get something wrong which is absolutely RIDICULOUS. So it ends up kicking you off if you get something wrong more than 3 times. Whoever came up with this idea of a website surely wanted it to be used by lazy teachers. A complete waste of my time and money. I can not believe that they actually expect students to learn ANYTHING having to do with math on ALEKS. Not to mention, it’s glitches out all of the time so you could be doing great on something and the whole thing just messes up. You can also get something right and you and multiple other humans (not computers) know it’s right, but the program keeps saying you’re incorrect. If you have a hard time with math and are paying out of pocket for school DO NOT BUY THIS. You will feel the stupidest you ever have in your whole life and not learn anything. It has made me beyond angry and made me want to drop the class I’m in.

Pros:Very, very thorough as a review toolCons:Don't need the 5 hour minimum time between Knowledge Checks - would be nice if that was configurable.Grades Used:7, 8, 9There seems to be a lot of students who find ALEKS frustrating – but our son loves it. Here’s our experience – We use ALEKS as a REVIEW tool, not a primary learning tool. Our son is mildly gifted in math (in 7th grade and just finished 9th Grade Algebra 1a & 1b) and he LOVES using ALEKS to review what he has already learned at the end of each term. He blasts through the ALEKS version of the term’s curriculum over a 6 or 7 day period. It catches many little things he either missed or is rusty on, gives him reinforcement in what he does know. It has very clearly improved his performance on his exams. Considering he’s working 2 years above his age, this extra help is important and I would guess that it improves his exam score by 7 to 8 points. For a kid who is already good in math and want to excel, than the ALEKS pickiness and repetiion that many complain about – is actually an advantage, not a drawback

Pros:NoneCons:The entire systemGrades Used:CollegeAleks is the empotime of bad math teaching. It teaches you the most basic equation in the most vague way. The system counts right answers as wrong or glitches out entirely.

Not only this but should you make even one mistake, it takes a point away. Because that’s how math should be taught, by punishing someone for making a mistake. Not by helping them understand where they went wrong (aleks doesn’t), not by showing them the different variations of the equation (aleks doesn’t), and certainly not by actually teaching them.

Aleks is a copout teaching substitute for teachers who think they’re helping by making teaching individualized, when in reality all Aleks does is create more frustration, take up more time, and make less sense.

Pros:NoneCons:EverythingGrades Used:CollegeALEKS marks answers to problems as wrong. Then, when the correct answer is given, it is EXACTLY what you entered for the answer that ALEKS marked as wrong. Worst math program ever written and used in the history of the world! Avoid ALEKS at all costs!

Pros:SamCons:Program is written a bit boxy. I have to go into quizzes and adjust grades. If answers aren't submitted the way the program is written it will count it wrong even thought it's correct. Exp: If the answer is 3+2+2+3 but yours is 2+3+3+2 it will count as wrong.Grades Used:High School GeometryMy daughter just started in Aleks at the end of last month. She is rapidly progressing and all her knowledge checks show her growing. This program is no more expensive than other good ones are. She seems to like it b/c she does not like much fluff and wasted time. She is good at math and loves it. It seems that one person left multiple bad reviews b/c they really loathe this program. This is not actually helpful to others looking at reviews and very noticeable in how it was written. One program will not work for everyone. So far so good for us. We changed from Teaching Textbooks in Geometry and she was a bit behind where she should have been but catching up quickly.

Pros:noneCons:absolutely everythingGrades Used:collegeIt was literally the worst experience of my life, I highly suggest ANY other program, it is time consuming, it has poor explanations, terribly designed, some of the topics are impossible to complete, and you become more stressed out and frustrated than anything else. I would not ever suggest this program to anyone.

Pros:Independent work (does not require Mom). Continuous feedback = effective/efficient learning. Robust coverage of subjects. Moves at the student's pace (never too fast or too slow).Cons:I would love to see Alexs.com offer even more subjectsGrades Used:4th-11thI could not be more confused by the negative reviews I see on this website. Aleks.com is a fabulous curriculum for homeschoolers to utilize.

I have used Aleks for three years with a son who struggles with math and we have seen almost unbelievable jumps in his mathematic abilities.

I have used Aleks with another son who is very gifted in math, and seen him soar 2-3 grade levels above his own grade.

My daughter has used Aleks to prepare for SAT and AP Chemistry tests with much success.

Did I mention that Aleks self-corrects, giving constant and continuous feedback in real time to students? This is so valuable to effective learning!

Aleks is very thorough in its coverage of elementary, middle school, and high school subjects. If you need a meaty math curriculum that covers subjects fully, I could not recommend Aleks more.

Pros:Absolutely nothingCons:Just about everythingGrades Used:8-11Literally a downgrade from khan academy. Nothing special about it, explanations are so poor they’re asking for welfare, the most time-consuming topics I’ve ever seen, not even worth making the free account

Pros:NONECons:Takes too much time, aggravating, badly explainedGrades Used:8its just aggravating

Pros:.Cons:It’s really annoying it gets stuff wrong it won’t let me go on it glitches.Grades Used:6,7,8,9.......It sucks it glitches you have to be on WiFi you can’t do it out in your car or something ele

Pros:NONECons:Time consuming, poor explanations, takes away points and makes you start over just for getting one answer wrong, even if you got two right and not method flexibleGrades Used:Freshman and softmore year of college yearThis system is the worst math system that I have ever used. I can use the same numbers that ALEKS used and get the same answer that it got just by using a different method and it would still get counted wrong because it wasn’t done in the form that ALEKS prefers. VERY POOR explanations. If I didn’t have a professor to ask questions I would never learn my math on this site. The worst thing about it is that it makes you start over if you get one answer wrong!! That takes up so much time and makes me feel like giving up. I would not recommend this site to anyone!

Pros:Learn at your own pace, informative, caters to your learning level.Cons:Can be somewhat time consuming, butGrades Used:College AlgebraI enjoyed using aleks. I thought that it was real informative. I actually learned some things that I had forgotten and also learned some things that I didn’t grasp in high school.

Pros:NonCons:Almost everythingGrades Used:6It is terrible and I would never recommend it because it has the worst explanations and is not worth it

Pros:Not much worth mentioningCons:time consuming, poor explanations, too expensiveGrades Used:CollegeI despise the Aleks math program. I was forced by my college to spend $120 on this program as a class requirement, and if I could get my money back I would. It is time consuming because if you miss a question, the program punishes you and takes points away. What is the purpose of that except to waste time? The explanations are poor, and sometimes it will count my correct answers as wrong. Half the time, the calculator doesn’t even work. Don’t waste your money on this horrible product like I was forced to.

Pros:ok for simple calculations and low level mathCons:Frustrating, punitive, time-consuming, poor for complex topics.Grades Used:CollegeFrustrating and Punitive. Black hole for time. I used Aleks Chemistry in College, hated it, felt like it hindered learning for a complex subject. Aleks might be ok for low level math, but not for any subject requiring multi-step complicated calculations because with a single error, this program not only doesn’t progress, but takes away credit for previous correct answers. Horrible design – for lazy teachers – your child will hate you for using this.

Pros:Schools just use it because it is freeCons:It is frustrating hard to understand even as a parent and is not for all learning typesGrades Used:2nd-8thThis program is a huge problem for gifted children, for example, my child is in a gifted group called MOSAICS and he and his other friends in MOSAICS don’t understand why it takes so much time even if you already know it and if you make a single mistake on a knowledge check you have to do it all again.

Pros:NothingCons:Frustrating, Poorly Explained, Price, Repetition, of Things Already Learned, Here for Your Money, Confusing DataGrades Used:5thSTAY AWAY AT ALL COSTS

Okay, listen here, whoever made this site is someone who has no regard for the kid in the progress, the entire thing is just a big frustrating jumble of poorly explained math lessons, and ONE mistake in a lesson can make you redo the ENTIRE LESSON! What’s more, every so often, you get something called a knowledge check. This is a thirty question test where ONE SIMPLE MISTAKE can lead to FIVE ENTIRE QUIZZES OF QUESTIONS TO BE GONE! This makes it IMPOSSIBLE to finish ANYTHING. Also, this website, again, cares nothing about the kids and IS JUST HERE FOR YOUR MONEY. This leaves a gaping hole in your wallet that you could do SO MUCH MORE WITH, it’s insane! Also, when you use the app to monitor your children, you can’t even tell what your kids are doing because the data readings are SO CONFUSING, and my child has not learned anything from this. The lessons are hard to understand for my kid, and the explanations do not help. I know that schools give it for free and it sponsors global warming prevention and all that stupid stuff, but really, it’s a careless mess made by a money hoarder.

I personally guarantee that YOU AND YOUR CHILD will HATE THIS.

Pros:Learn at own pace and schools except as knowledge learned!Cons:can be time consuming + those knowledge checks YIKES!Grades Used:9&10Having parents who understand math gave me a super strong foundation and understanding in math to began with.

I worked hard starting Algebra. Giving up part of my summer to study Algebra 1 for 5weeks in a camp. I than took Algebra 1 that school yr.

I have also studied on IXL and Khan.

ALEKS is wonderful if you have the foundation. Entering HS I started Algebra 2 Honors and my first time on ALEKS

I am currently in 10th and study

College Algebra +Trig and completed the ALEKS – I was able to move into PRE-CALC on ALEKS…

this will allow me AP CALC BC for 11th grade.

No program will be successful if you do not have a good foundation in math. Best of Luck and I recommend the Demystify Math help books.

Pros:Online Teaching, Different Style, ExplorationCons:Cost ($$$)Grades Used:8th grande and 9th grade (current)O.K. This is a shout out to all of the parents and students out there. DO NOT turn ALEKS down for just what other people “complain” about it. I am a High School Freshman, and I was given the ALEKS account for free because my Middle School had a license for it. I was the only kid to get one hundred percent in my “pie chart”, so I was given a free Geometry account (since that I was doing Algebra 1 a the time. And there has been percentages taken at my old school, and it was proven that if you did the Aleks Program, then you had a better chance to pass the EOC. I, personally, only missed three questions, the highest score in the whole school. IT gave me experience on the way that online classes worked, thus brining me to taking Algebra 2 online using FLVS. You see how far it brought me? Now I understand that the program does cost money, but it is worth it because whether your kid struggles in math, is falling behind in the subject, or just wants to get ahead, this is the right program for you to watch as your student succeeds. Because ALEKS is not a chore, its the abitity to succeed.

Pros:Diagnosistics, pie chartCons:Explanations are sometimes lacking clarity.Grades Used:CollegeI personally used this program several years ago as a part of a hybrid math class I was taking (half online/half in the classroom). It was for a college level math course. I absolutely loved Aleks. Now admittedly, I did a lot of work outside of the program to understand and solidify concepts. This program is great as a top notch diagnostic tool and once you understand the concept, the practice and explanations are great. You can’t count on this being your ONLY resource for math. However, I feel that’s true with most any subject, having a few resources to pull from is important and beneficial!

Pros:N/ACons:EverythingGrades Used:7 and 8It really boring. You learn nothing unlike what some teaches say. I got to 8th grade because my brain not because of some stupid aleks. i don’t care who reads this

Pros:easy to use and adaptableCons:If you need colorful and playful pictures this is not for youGrades Used:4,5,6My child likes Aleks … He likes seeing his progress and he loves filling in his learning ” pie”. My son is advanced in math and has clearly outrun me. The student is not limited to one grade level! If my son advances a grade level mid semester he can start the next one. He has covered 3 grade levels in one semester. The placement test is good finding gaps and already learned knowledge. It is by far the easiest math curriculum to supervise at home. I do not understand the negative reviews – maybe they are for the college math programs? The Elementary and Middle school version is great and easy to understand for the kids. The best thing is that the kids seem to like it. I know several homeschool families who use it and it works well and is popular with the kids.

Pros:NoneCons:It drains the fun out of my child.It sucks

I just posted a review using my cell phone. And when I read what was posted, the phone reset my words to its own. It is full of grammatical errors. But nonetheless I am sure everyone will understand what I said. Its an example of what I encounter from young people today when they have graduated from the school system. Because you have used computers to teach your kids, they are now speaking computer languages and their human interactions is at a all time low using normal human feelings towards other people. The ‘we are in the computer age’ is just a lame excuse for teaching the kids general human learning and technique. Its sad, when I hear people been interviewed on tv using ‘omg, lol ‘ etc letters lazily instead of normal words expression with educated normal words.

This system is not for a regular school setting, when this is done the kids are not taught by normal human class interaction teacher-students. Notice I use the students plural. I returning to college and the Alex program is used for math. Its the most frustrating and unrewarding teaching technique I have ever seemed . Your not been taught, but instead tutored.. There are people I the class that are taking it for a second time. I can believe that our schools are using this on our kids and grandkids. No wonder so many scraped by I high schools and ended up in college taking the course more than once. People your kids are not been taught but only tutored. And they leave, barely making it in high school and college. No wonder I see them all over and in jobs and are so illerate and talking crap. They cant write, read or comprehend using their own fingers and brains.

Pros:Charts progress, assessmentsCons:$Grades Used:3rd & 4thThis is my first year homeschooling. Math is not my strong point and I had a hard time selecting a program for my children. After a 2 month free trial, Aleks offered me a 2 for 1 subscription and I accepted. (Otherwise I think it is a bit pricey.)

I love how it shows the child’s progress in a pie chart.. Parents set up their own accounts to view child or children’s individual progress. Aleks also does its own assessment tests or you have the option of doing additional quizzes and tests. You can also print out worksheets.

Aleks is great for my son. He is 4th grade, self-taught and does not need a lot of repetition to learn. He has already completed 4th grade math and is almost complete with 5th grade math.

My daughter who is in 3rd grade has a harder time with it. She likes math but needs lot of repetition and visual aids to help her understand concepts. She is not self-taught. I am considering going another way for math with my daughter.

Pros:2 month free trial!! Chart of progress, choice of what to work onGrades Used:4Love that they give a full two months free! I like the pie chart that shows your child’s progress, improvements, etc. I like that you can print off worksheets if you choose. The quiz that ALEKS generates at your request goes perfectly with what your child has been working on.

Pros:great when travelingCons:no videosGrades Used:8My son (8th grader) started using ALEKS math last year for pre-algebra and is using it again this year. We travel quite a bit, so it’s nice to take the iPad or laptop with us and not a big, heavy textbook. We (and his teacher) enjoy the print-out which shows how much time he has spent on the different subjects, what he has mastered or needs work on. The only complain I have about ALEKS are there are no videos. It would be helpful to hear or see a person explain a lesson. We usually end up going to youtube or accessing the textbook’s video to explain an area he needs help understanding.

Pros:ease of useCons:$$Grades Used:3rd and 8thI signed up for the free 2 month trial and now we’re hooked! My boys really enjoy watching their progress in the pie chart. I like how the program hones in on the areas they need work in and doesn’t waste their or my time by repeating the concepts they know.

Pros:Easy to use, self-teaching, interesting, thorough, concentrates on areas student needs practice inCons:somewhat expensiveGrades Used:5, 6, 7, 8My children advanced at a rapid rate when we used Aleks. They especially appreciated being able to see charts and lists representing their progress. There are not that many bells and whistles as far as illustrations go, but the lessons are academic and clear.

Pros:monitors progressCons:nothingGrades Used:4-9Great program would never go back to any other math programs. This one makes sure your kids are learning math and won’t let them go on if they are struggling. Lets kids work at own pace. We spend 45 – 60 minutes daily on it.