They say that practice makes perfect, and IXL is a computer based program designed to help children practice their skills until they achieve excellence! I had the chance to get a subscription to this online learning program for my 15 year old son.Â I received one year of access to IXL Math and IXL Language Arts.
The range of math skills covered by IXL is huge, with topics ranging from Preschool level to Pre-Calculus.Â You can select a class by grade level for preschool through 8th grade, and the high school topics are either Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II or Pre-Calculus.Â You can also practice based on the topic level, which is broken down into areas like estimation, fractions, number theory, trigonometry and word problems.Â This makes it easy to find and focus on the areas your child needs to practice.
IXL Language Arts
Language Arts covers 2nd through 8th grade, and is similarly broken down either by grade range or by topics.Â Since my son is in 10th grade he didn’t use the Language Arts portion of the program.
An annual subscription for one child for math is $79 and for both Math andÂ Language Arts, it would cost $129. Each additional child costs $20/year, and they also offer monthly memberships, so check out the website for all the pricing details.
When you enter IXL you choose to log in as either the parent or the student. As the parent I can access a wide variety of reports to track my son’s progress.Â Here is an example of the Skills Practiced Report, which shows me what my son has been working on.
You can sort the reports by date range, time spent, problems attempted and generally customize it to show you exactly what you want to know.Â The report features are really neat, and I really appreciate the ability to see exactly what he has and hasn’t been learning.Â Since my son is 15 I am more hands off about his school work than I would be with a younger child, but I still need to make sure he is doing what he needs to be doing!Â In addition IXL sends an email with a weekly progress report on Saturday, which provides a great way to get a quick overview of what my son practiced the prior week.
My son has mostly been working on the Geometry section.Â He finally finished his geometry course, but since there is so much geometry on standardized tests like the SAT I want him to review it so his skills stay fresh.Â Â The problems have clear diagrams for the student to see and work the problems.
The problems are not multiple choice, and so my son has to actually work out the problem, not guess.Â As you can see from the angle bisector problem above the geometry problems frequently involve basic algebra and require some thought to solve.Â If the student gets a problem wrong the program provides an answer and a detailed explanation of the answer.Â This program is not designed to teach the material, it is designed to practice material the student has already learned.
I think that IXL does an excellent job of providing math practice for students.Â My son likes using the program too, and finds it useful for maintaining skills, and it makes an excellent supplement to our math curriculum.Â I’d love to see IXL make a new topic covering test prep for the SAT, and include all the topics most commonly found on college entrance tests in one spot.Â The lessons are all already in IXL, but scattered among the various high school level classes.Â Organizing it all together would be a nice benefit for high school students.
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