Give Math and Science a Chance with Khan Academy

Math and Science; you either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Students can breeze through memorization of formulas and chemicals or they’re completely frozen with “physics fear.” When working with kids and adults, tutors strive for more than explaining a subject better. The reward comes when students begin to enjoy the topic. We all have tricks up our sleeve, and many of those can be accessed right at home. Here I share with you one of my favorite websites that work to make math and science a little more manageable.

There’s a good chance you’ve run across a Khan Academy video before. The site has been growing rapidly since 2008, gaining notoriety lately as they continue to make it easier to learn for free. What started as a Sal Khan’s attempt at supplementing his cousin’s math instruction from afar, Khan Academy now actively assists students in primarily math and science subjects all across the globe. This site is perfect for students struggling with math concepts or visualizing tough physics.

The format is simple: Sal, the Founder, talks about a subject in the simplest terms you’ve ever heard, and shows his work via a computer tablet. He explains, “I teach the way that I wish I was taught. The lectures are coming from me, an actual human being who is fascinated by the world around him.” It seems too simple to be effective, but it works.

Once you complete a video you have the chance to practice what you’ve just learned with exercises. Even if you’re still struggling, hints within the exercises help to ensure you’ll eventually get it. Beyond just visiting the site for a quick answer, Khan Academy tracks students as they learn. With a quick sign up process, students can follow their learning as they progress. It’s not necessary, but it’s helpful and fun to see how much you’re improving.

Since the site is still growing, some topics may be missing. But rest assured their team of young, innovative educators is always working on new content, so check back often. Regardless, the next time you’re stuck on a problem or dreading that chemistry homework, take a quick visit to Khan Academy for a little extra help.

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