Good point. I focused my article on the college prep sequence, but this book is a valuable resource for a lot of the material in the contest situations that isn't given much attention in the normal college prep material. The kind of thinking emphasized in the book is very valuable.You left out Art of Problem Solving, an incomparable resource used by pretty much all the top math contest kids nowadays. Admitted useful mostly to kids who love math and are good at it, but if you're in that cohort it's the best.
There is an "Explain" button which will bring up a detailed explanation of problems a student does not already know how to do. It is along the lines of the "step by step" solution button available in Wolfram Alpha Pro, but the ALEKS "Explain" feature is (in most cases) a bit better in that it takes some time to categorize the problem and give a bit of the necessary more general background rather than just jumping into the "step by step" part of it.My experience with ALEKS was years ago, but at that time it was useless for anything other than determining what you knew, at a fairly cursory level. There was little in the way of teaching, and certainly nothing that would enable you to understand the material. Basically just automated worksheets. Has it gotten better in some important ways? If so, how?
Thanks for mentioning Life of Fred. It does come up a lot in the home school groups I hang out in. But I have no experience with it or with students who used it for high school math, at least that I know of. There are probably at least a dozen book-based high school curricula I could have mentioned but refrained from due to a lack of info. Most on line reviews and the marketing materials really don't tell, they just try to sell.Oh, I should also mention that Life of Fred seems to be very popular on the secular homeschool lists I frequent, despite having some lightweight (as I understand it) religious content. I don't know why. I've never looked at it.
Let me add that Art of Problem solving now has a fairly complete (relating to high school math) accredited online school.You left out Art of Problem Solving, an incomparable resource used by pretty much all the top math contest kids nowadays. Admitted useful mostly to kids who love math and are good at it, but if you're in that cohort it's the best.