By Khan Academy

Whether school is back in session or distance learning is still in place, getting a solid educational experience in 2020 hasn’t been a fun time. With 2021 offering continuing uncertainty, students, caregivers, and educators alike are looking for ways to close the learning gaps that have widened dramatically in the past year. Perhaps most importantly, these solutions shouldn’t make you want to pull your hair out.

Now more relevant than ever, Khan Academy, whose mission is to provide “a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere”, has seen an incredible surge in household use, with good reason. Here’s why you absolutely need to hop on the bandwagon.

2021 is a new year. Let Khan Academy help you fulfill your educational and learning goals, and take back control over your education. 

For Students (Pre-K through 12th Grade)

Is distance learning leaving you in the dust? Have a subject you just can’t catch up on no matter how many times your teacher explains it? (Raise your hand with me if it’s math). Instead of hoping it will go away, or falling into the trap of thinking you just aren’t good enough, give yourself another chance with Khan Academy:

  • Lessons by subject: Get yourself a secondary teacher and slow down your curriculum speed! Units are broken down into bite-size, specific topics so that you can get help with exactly what is giving you trouble.
    • Tip: Not sure what course to look for? Type your subject or topic into the search bar and let Khan Academy look for you (ex: integers, mitochondria, etc.)
    • Psst! Did you know that EVPL gives you access to TumbleMath, a super-awesome online collection of math books for kids?
  • Prepare yourself for the next grade: Use Khan Academy to help stop the summer slide, and make sure you’re confident going into next grade math! New courses offer readiness prep units for grades 3-Precalculus work
  • College and Test Prep: Save your money on tutoring by using Khan Academy to help study for the SAT, LSAT, and Praxis Core exams – includes personalized test practice
    • Tip: You can also take free AP/College level courses in select areas, such as Economics and Art History (course content directly ties into AP curriculum/exam)

For Parents & Caregivers

Still navigating the transition to distance education at home? Looking for more support? Take a look at Khan Academy’s grade-specific, customizable daily schedules for learning and self-care! Help you and your resident student reclaim some normalcy.

For Learners of Any Age

Khan Academy isn’t just your basic “reading, writing, and arithmetic” for young learners. They have a whole section dedicated to teaching valuable life skills you’re unlikely to learn in a formal setting anywhere else. Perfect for brushing up on your own adulting know-how, or starting a family conversation. Some highlights include units on:

  • Personal Finance (budgeting, taxes, mortgages, homeownership vs renting, etc.)
  • College Admissions (applications, loans, life after college, etc.)
  • Careers (starting a business, freelancing, selected industry topics, etc.)
  • And more!

One last way to use Khan Academy…take a course on something you’ve never studied. Take a course out of your comfort zone. Take a course on a subject you love. 

2020 has made excitement about the future a rarity. Take a moment to practice how to be excited about learning again, whether you’re in elementary school or have been out of school for decades.


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