Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Perfect Math Tutor!

Do you wish you had a private math tutor who was available at any hour of the day or night? Do you wish you could find a math program your kids would actually like? Do you wish you could find an effective math program that based its recommendations on personalized assessments? Wishes granted!

What: ALEKS is an interactive, math learning Web site subscription service.

Pros: ALEKS uses a very specific assessment for each child to pinpoint exact strengths and weaknesses. It lets kids choose topics to review based on ongoing assessments. It’s totally interactive and explains each topic as kids go along. It sends parents a VERY detailed, weekly report straight to their inboxes. ALEKS reinforces what is being taught in your chosen math curriculum. Kids love using the computer and won’t even realize they’re learning since they’re having so much fun on ALEKS.

Cons: The assessment takes a long time for each child to complete. You kids may not want to return to their dry, dusty workbooks.

Cost: ALEKS can be purchased month-to-month for $19.95 per month, $99.95 for 6 months, or $179.95 for 12 months. Family discounts are available for 6 and 12-month subscriptions when purchasing for multiple students.

Bottom line: We love it! My kids actually asked to work on math—but only on the ALEKS Web site. An in-person math tutor would cost a lot more and not be as accessible.