Trying IXL Math

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Trying IXL Math

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I just signed my daughter up for IXL Math, an online math application.

Ads for it are everywhere but that’s only because it’s a little expensive ($10 a month) and because the people that run the website are smart enough to let affiliates market it for them.

First of all, my 8.25 year old son can’t do it as IXL doesn’t have higher level math – though I’m sure they’ll add it as fast as they can.

But my 6.67 year old daughter needs more math reps. Workbooks get exhausted quickly and I simply haven’t created enough materials on my own to keep her busy, yet.

The best thing about these websites and math software – if designed properly – is that the kids can do the work INDEPENDENTLY.

Other attributes include instant feedback and super-easy parental monitoring. Like Khan Academy, there are very clear benchmarks, time logs, and parents even get emailed daily reports on what their child has done that particular day. This is probably a weakness of Khan, i.e. the lack of parental updating.

Recall we’ve done mostly Kumon workbooks but I like the concept of using multiple curricula so the kids learn to adapt to different styles of problem-posing. Too many people stick with a single publisher for all their math.

The inherent problem with such a policy….is that no one curriculum has ENOUGH questions for your kids. If they aren’t exhausting what’s in front of them….then they quite frankly need to be doing MORE MATH.

Remember, the faster and harder you go, the easier it gets!

We only started IXL a few days ago. I’ll certainly let you know how it goes. But so far, so good.

By | 2017-01-11T19:18:50+00:00 February 26th, 2013|Categories: math|10 Comments

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10 Comments

  1. Kelly November 22, 2014 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Teddy100 November 22, 2014 at 7:31 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for your information about IXL math.
    My daughter used IXL last year but now she is using Beestar, another web-based learning website. To my surprise, its math program is free. So far, she feels Beestar is better. She says the math questions on Beestar are more interesting and typical. I don’t push her to use it but she completes the math exercises sent by Beestar every week.
    Her teacher told me the questions are perfectly designed based on state standards. I found her to be more confident in math learning since she starts to use Beestar. She gets very familiar with each step to sovle question so she usually gets the right answer quickly.
    Beestar has excellent reward system. Weekly ribbons, honor roll…All of these make student users motivated. The users come from nationwide and many of them are really competitive. This is another reason to keep students motivated.
    I can see her fast improvement on math during this year. She becomes top student at school.

    • Andrea July 7, 2018 at 12:35 am - Reply

      Great to know how others feel about IXL. I agree with Teddy100, we’ve also been using Beestar for a couple years now and its been amazing.

  3. James Miller July 1, 2017 at 6:54 am - Reply

    You fucking cunt, I hope you realized what you’ve just brought upon your daughter. IXL uses a punishment system to burn their curriculum into the users head and only causes misery and hatred for every little typo or small miscalculation. IXL does not compromise and is extremely obtuse with how it works. If you haven’t actually seen how devastating it is then you do not deserve to force others to use it.

    • Daniel Louzonis July 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      I think you are over-reacting a bit here, either that or you have a major case of mathophobia. The whole point of math is to teach clear thinking, attention to detail, and accurate calculation. The whole benefit of online math is that it instantaneously corrects mistakes. Do you have another math curriculum that you recommend that is perhaps less critical of mistakes?

      • Abdurahman Dollie September 14, 2017 at 7:28 am - Reply

        Dear sir

        You handled that well. Thank you for being an example. My 2 kids have been using IXL South African edition for 4 years, with excellent results.

    • John Carver June 21, 2018 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      Please remove the profanity from your website. Kids research home-schooling resources here, yet you allow your poster’s foul language to remain on the site. Maybe you should have a “Are you 18 or over” button on your site?

    • keyla capellan November 28, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      wtf!!!!!!!is your problem calling someone a cunt because you disagree. crazy shit

  4. MJ Tan August 8, 2018 at 2:37 am - Reply

    Hey Daniel,

    From your sharp observations of IXL’s weaknesses below, I have an alternative option for you to explore. Check out http://www.koobits.com – we are specialized in higher level problem solving thinking. Virtually unlimited drills. Mixture of content from all publishers. Kids are motivated there due to the gamification features. Do check them out.

    “First of all, my 8.25 year old son can’t do it as IXL doesn’t have higher level math – though I’m sure they’ll add it as fast as they can.

    Recall we’ve done mostly Kumon workbooks but I like the concept of using multiple curricula so the kids learn to adapt to different styles of problem-posing. Too many people stick with a single publisher for all their math.

    The inherent problem with such a policy….is that no one curriculum has ENOUGH questions for your kids. If they aren’t exhausting what’s in front of them….then they quite frankly need to be doing MORE MATH.”

  5. Bill August 30, 2018 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Can you edit other’s comments? I really wasn’t expecting to see a comment like Mr. Miller’s on this website! Holy moly that’s a bit inappropriate!

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