Simply put, Khan Academy acted as my very own academic life jacket for the first few years of university. The best part - it was (and remains) completely free.
Founded in 2006 by educator Salman Khan, the non-profit specializes in providing free learning resources for all ages in a way like no other service.
Taken from the about page of their website:
"Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom."
They tackle all kinds of tricky subjects (including some of our favourites like math, geometry, and art history) as well as even more specialized subjects like computer programming and economics.
In my first three years of studying engineering at McGill University, I found myself struggling to keep up as I turned the pages of a dry textbook and slept through miserable lectures delivered by droning professors. Khan Academy saved me. His videos were clear, engaging, and most importantly, featured the ever-so appreciated pause and rewind buttons.
With Mr. Khan's help, I successfully graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree and have come to believe that his service (which is backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google) is leading the way in an academic philosophy paradigm shift. It is becoming more and more obvious that, while typical teachers are a highly valuable asset to any student's academic success, individualized learning offered by services like Khan Academy is the future.
Imagine a world where homework consists of watching a few 10 minute videos and the school day consists of supervised exercises. Of course, this might not work as the proper model for discussion based classes like English or Philosophy. Math, on the other hand, should be learned this way. This would allow every member of the class to learn at their own pace and have a deeply personalized experience. The analytics data provided by digital education platforms can help teachers identify both weaknesses and advancements, offer suggestions for improvement, and encourage an interactive classroom environment as we steer away from the typical lecture format. This method of teaching will make education better.
If you, your child, your friend, or your family member is struggling with one of their offered subjects, take the time to appreciate how easy Khan Academy can make it to learn something quickly.
Check out an example of one of their Early Math - Geometry videos below and bookmark their website, www.khanacademy.org. You won't regret it!