For the past several years, my children have been using IXL as enrichment and support in math, language arts, science, and social studies. My favorite part has been that as a parent, I can use the website’s features to track my children’s growth and understanding of concepts. As a certified teacher, I like all the data it provides! Especially now that my daughter takes more challenging subjects, like middle school math, it’s helpful to have a website to help deepen her understanding.
Due to being home from school last year, my children spent more time on IXL. With so much of learning happening without a live teacher in front of them, they suggested that a video feature would help them better understand the concepts on IXL. They looked into math video tutorials on other websites and even virtual classes to support the independent work they were doing on IXL.
However, before we could get very far into trying out other video-based programs, IXL released its own, brand new bite-sized video feature for 6th through 8th grade math. To access the videos, simply click Watch a Tutorial after clicking on most of the math skills.
All the videos are created in partnership with expert instructors from the Wyzant tutoring network. In a typical video, a tutor walks through the concepts covered in the skill and works through several example problems to make sure the students understand.
It’s always helpful to have more than one way for students to learn information. Watching the video provides strategies for tackling the skills on IXL with simple explanations and easy-to-understand visuals.
Having support away from the classroom is useful to encourage independent work at home with new skills, reviewing concepts from class, and to get help with difficult material. I like the reassurance of knowing we have this program and its helpful tutorials to rely on to fill any gaps in learning and to continue challenging my children.
It even helps me to better understand the material my daughter is learning so I can help her! I can log into the Parent account to watch the tutorial and even try some of the questions so I can give her better explanations myself.