An easy way to help your child with math – especially during a quarantine stay at home order

May 12, 2020 0 By Jeff

The coronavirus has changed how we do almost everything.  No one ever expected schools to shut down and now parents have to help home school their children without any instruction on how to do it.

Out of all the subjects parents have to now help teach, I’m sure many parents feel helpless when it comes to teaching math.  If your child is between 3rd grade and 12th grade (or maybe first or second year in college), I have found a simple solution.

I’m sure many people have heard of Khan Academy.  It’s a great resource.  But another online solution that many home school parents use is a website called  For only $19/month, you can sign your student up for the appropriate grade level course or the actual math class (ie. Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, Integrated Math 3, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, statistics, and more.)

Once your child is signed up for their class, Aleks gives them an assessment that can determine how much your child knows about what they need to know in that class and what they DO NOT KNOW in terms of that class.  Once the assessments is complete, Aleks calculates a percentage of what they know about the course and then the student can spend time each day working through modules to improve their knowledge in their math class.

As a parent, all you have to do is give your child weekly percentage goals to achieve each week.  Once your child reaches 80%, technically your child is ready to move on to the next grade level or math course.  You don’t even have to know math.  Aleks provides answers and has solutions for the student for all the problems it uses  and the student can gradually improve their math knowledge at their own pace and the parent doesn’t have to know anything about math.

My daughter has used both Khan Academy and Aleks.  Again, both of them are very helpful, but I asked my daughter if she had to choose only one, which one would she choose?  She said she would choose  I asked her why and she said, “Aleks is easy to use and it is easy to see what you know and what you don’t know.”  I couldn’t agree with her more.

If you want to know more, click here at to see how it works. actually helped me get my daughter through the 8th grade math curriculum in about 3 months.  You can find out more about how I used to help my daughter accelerate in math in my book Getting Great Grades.

Click here to look inside at the table of contents and possibly purchase a copy of the book.  Chapter 10 is called “What You Should Know about Math”.