Wednesday, February 15, 2012

ALEKS TOS Crew Review

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You might be asking yourself what ALEKS is? Well I know I did and we were fortunate as part of the TOS Crew to be able to review it to find the answer to that very question.
My youngest son struggles with Math concepts, he is more of a hands on learner so I knew this would be a struggle for him. My older son on the other hand Math comes very easy to him and he rather enjoyed the ALEKS programming. It did help that it had his name, every time I said Alyx it's time to do ALEKS he thought that was a hoot.
 An Important Note: ALEKS works with both PC and MAC computers allowing everyone the opportunity to benefit.
   Here is what ALEKS stands for...
What is ALEKS?
Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces 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.

ALEKS is a ground-breaking technology developed from research at New York University and the University of California, Irvine, by a team of software engineers, mathematicians, and cognitive scientists with the support of a multi-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. ALEKS is fundamentally different from previous educational software. At the heart of ALEKS is an artificial intelligence engine that assesses each student individually and continuously.

  One of the things that caught my attention right from the start with ALEKS, was that there are no multiple choice questions so the kids cannot simply guess and fool the program into thinking it knows more than they actually do. The program starts out by testing the kids in the grade level that you choose for them. Giving them a series of questions to test out their confidence in the specific area and then at the end of the assessment shows them by a pie chart what percentage of each topic they have mastered. The program then continues on with worksheets that the student will learn easily and increases as they grow more proficient.

They incorporate game time into learning to break up the monotony of worksheet study, which with my kids is always a motivator. I love when they are learning even though it is fun time to them. Whether you are looking for a comprehensive learning program for your basic Math needs for your homeschool, or if your child struggles with certain concepts and needs tutoring help. ALEKS may be the right answer for your family. They have something for all grades from K-12 and even beyond, while they offer higher education and college level.  Learn more about how to receive college credit for ACE credit-recommended courses.

Individualized instruction at a fraction of the cost of a human tutor. ALEKS is available anytime you are, whenever you need it. Purchase ALEKS for yourself, or your child, and experience the benefits of a personal assessment-based learning assistant.

A subscription to ALEKS for an individual student is:
$19.95 per month
only $99.95 for 6 months! Six months for the cost of five
only $179.95 for 12 months! Best Deal: You save $59.45

  If you would like to read about the experiences of my fellow TOS Crewmates you can do so over at our TOS Crew Blog or you can activate a FREE 2 Month Trial Membership to ALEKS and experience it first hand with your children. No matter what you choose you can make an informed decision based on your own experiences with ALEKS.

  Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you soon.
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