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Software: MyMathLab, and Aleks

This page includes tips for both the MyMathLab and ALEKs software packages.


If your Math classes use MyMathLab, the following are tips to get started.

How to get temporary access

You don't need a special access code, or anything extra to request temporary access. Just start the registration process using the Course ID from your instructor, and proceed until you get to the page asking you for a form of payment. The two most obvious options are Access Code and Credit Card or PayPal. However, if you look at the text at the bottom of the screen, you will see a link that allows you to request temporary access without payment for a limited time. Click on that link to proceed.

How to change your temporary access to paid access

Do not start the registration process over when you are ready to convert your temporary access to paid access. This will cause you to receive a message stating that you are already enrolled in the course. Instead, log into your account and look at the first page this takes you to. Under your course, you will see a note, indicating that you have registered using temporary access, with a link. Click on this link when you are ready to enter an access code or provide payment.

How to enter answers correctly in MyMathLab

The MyMathLab answer template has several buttons that allow you to enter algebraic expressions. For a brief tutorial on using the template, click on the How to Enter Answers link in the Welcome announcement for your course.

It is common for students to be marked wrong for simple misunderstandings in what form of answer MyMathLab is looking for. If you are told your answer is incorrect, it is a good idea to read all of the instructions and then check the form of your answer before assuming you made an error in your mathematics.

Finding your Course ID

If you are in a section in which your instructor has set up a MyMathLab Course ID for your class, you must get the Course ID from your instructor. It should be somewhere in your course syllabus. If you aren't sure whether or not your instructor uses MyMathLab, ask him or her before registering for MyMathLab.

Registering using a new Course ID without paying again

If you are retaking a course, or for some other reason registering for a MyMathLab course that uses the exact same textbook as a MyMathLab course that you registered in previously, then you do not have to pay again for your MyMathLab access. Just log into your account and click on the button at the top of the Pearson page that says Enroll in Another Course. Enter the course ID, and Pearson will automatically recognize that it uses the same book as a course for which you have already paid for access.

Please note that if you are registering for a course that uses a different textbook, or even if the textbook has gone into a new edition since your first registration, you will be required to purchase access again.

Registration for this course has ended

If this is your instructor's Course ID, contact your instructor and tell him or her about the specific error message.

Problems after registration

If you are able to complete the registration process, but get error messages when trying to access the course, it is usually related to browser settings. Try running the Browser Check in the welcome message, which shows up on the home page for your course. Contact MyMathLab Technical Support if you are unable to resolve the issue with this suggestion.

For more details, please refer to the MML manual.

If you have technical questions regarding using MyMathLab, please visit Pearson's MyMathLab


ALEKS is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what you know and don't know in Mathematics, then instructs you on the topics you are most ready to learn. As you work, it periodically reassesses your progress to ensure that topics learned are also retained.

ALEKS 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 modern, powerful assessment and learning tool that can make your chances of doing well in this course significantly higher.


You will need to sign up and pay for an ALEKS subscription. Here is what you need to do to begin using ALEKS.

  1. Open a web browser
  2. Go to
  3. Click on "SIGN UP NOW"
  4. In the box provided, enter the code provided by the e-mail or the course syllabus. 
  5. Register, following the instructions. 
  6. If you need to edit your account, you can do this by logging into your account. Click on the ≡ icon (3 bars) in the upper left corner of the screen. This will bring up a menu in which you can choose "manage my classes." Click the down arrow next to your name and select "account settings." Click "edit" next to your school. You will then be able to enter you correct perm number.
ALEKS Assessments

You are required to take a preliminary ALEKS assessment before starting to work on the objective. The preliminary assessment will take between one and two hours, will include 20-30 questions, and determines your background in basic math.

Don't worry about doing well or poorly, just take the assessment as honestly as possible (do not use external resources such as your textbook or the internet); that way ALEKS will adapt itself to you. Not taking the assessment seriously can lead to LOTS more work during the quarter, because you have to master all the topics by the end of the course.

NEVER click the "I don't know" button during any ALEKS assessment unless you really don't have any idea of how to do the problem. Otherwise, ALEKS will think you don't know a topic that you actually do know, and take you back and make you "learn" it.

After completing the initial assessments you will enter a pie chart learning mode where you can work to fill any gaps in your knowledge. As you work in the learning mode you will take occasional progress assessments (which looks like the initial assessment) to confirm retention of previous material. These will be very important, because if you've forgotten something important or learned new material, ALEKS will catch this and your pie chart will be adjusted accordingly.

Assessment tips
  1. Do not use any external help when taking assessments.
  2. If you are tired or need to stop, simply close the browser and your progress will be saved. When you log into ALEKS the next time you will be exactly where you left off.
  3. ONLY hit the "I don't know" button if you do not have a clue how to do the problem.
  4. Hitting this button strongly effect what ALEKS thinks you can and cannot do.

Once you have finished the assessment you can click on "Continue My Path" on the left hand panel and it will take you to a topic currently in your homework assignment. To see other topics, click on the down arrow. Topics with a diamond are the topics that need to be completed for the current homework assignment. Topics with a lock will be unlocked as you progress. You can see the number of topics that need to be completed for the current homework assignment in the upper right hand corner of the screen. The due date of the current homework assignement can be seen below the "Continue My Path" button. You can get back to this button by clicking on the home icon in the upper left corner of the screen when you are working on topics. 

You complete a topic by clicking on a topic and completing three questions correctly in a row. Once you have completed your objective you will be given an assessment. When you complete a homework assignment before or on the due date you will see 100% in your grade book. 

You will get the most out of leaning mode if:

  • you attempt the problem first without hitting the "explain" button.
  • you do not just work on a single topic at one time. This is especially true if you used the "explain" button. If you hit the "explain" button only do one practice question and then go onto another topic and do the other two practice questions later.
  • Do ALEKS in ~ 1 hour sessions to avoid getting tired, making mistakes, and getting frustrated.
ALEKS mastery

When you take an assessment your pie chart will be adjusted to reflect what you know. Therefore, in order to prove mastery of all of the topics in the pie chart you will not only have to complete your homework assignments but also complete your pie chart.

When you complete this assignment your pie chart will appear to be full. You will then be given an assessment. You must take this assessment. Your pie chart will then be adjusted to reflect the material that you retained. Then you must go back and work on the topics that you need to learn and master. You must continue working on ALEKS until you are only able to review topics. The part of your homework grade that comes from the percent of the pie that you complete does not show up in your grade book. However, if you mastered all the topics in your pie chart and you can only review topics, then you have completed the course and will receive 100% on the assignment.

ALEKS technical support

At any time that you feel your answer to be correct and ALEKS to be incorrect, please do the following procedure exactly.

  1. While working on the problem in question, click on the Home icon.
  2. Click on the ≡ icon (3 bars)
  3. Select: Message Center
  4. Click on: Compose
  5. Click on: To
  6. Select: Aleks Customer Support
  7. Compose a message with your question/problem

For more detailed instructions on how to register, please refer to the "Quick Start" document or the "How to get started - in detail" presentation slide.

Watch a video on how to register

If you have technical questions regarding using Aleks, please visit McGraw Hill's Aleks Support Page