Stories from parents using KA to tutor

We receive stories from many parents about how they have used Khan Academy to tutor their children. To read more, check out our stories page!

Bedre end TV?

Jeg benyttede mig af online-værktøjer, som skulle hjælpe min ældste på syv. Hun har kæmpet med matematik, da hun finder det kedeligt bare at sidde og huske(den belgiske måde at lære på).
Hun har det til gengæld fantastisk godt med Khan Academys videoer og lektioner. I går tændte jeg fjernsynet for hendes søster, og jeg spurgte om hun også havde lyst til at se fjernsyn, men hun tikkede og bad om at få lov til at arbejde videre. Efter jeg sikrede mig, at min datter ikke var blevet erstattet af en alien(hun elsker fjernsyn), gav jeg hende lov til at lave øvelser så længe hun ønskede!
Thank you for helping me make her understand math is fun, not boring!

Kirstin, mother of high-functioning autistic child

I am the parent of a high functioning autistic child. The available services at my sons school could not reach him. He cannot learn in a large group setting but the small group learning available was way below his skill level. This left him feeling stupid and discouraged. It makes me wonder how many kids are like him. With Khan Academy his math skills are blossoming but more importantly, his confidence in his academic abilities is growing by leaps and bounds

Shane, father of 3rd and 7th graders with different learning styles

My daughter's 7th grade math class in public school has 39 kids all with different learning styles. I can tell that they learn just enough to get by on quizzes and tests, but never really understand the reasoning why the math problem works like it does. When I learned about this website, it was a dream come true. This is fun, interactive, can track progress, has a visual path, and the kids like it. What works for one may not work for all, but this is a great complement to learning.
My 3rd grader like it because of the interactivity, earning points and badges. It keeps his attention unlike books.

Paula, mother of student struggling with math anxiety

I took my daughter out of school age 8 when I realised she could not add 2 + 2, and indeed was becoming terrified of maths. (we live in the UK). I tried firstly to help her myself, but she was convinced she couldn't do it, and would not even try. Tutors came and went, to no avail, she would just cry silent tears, and things got worse, if possible! So I decided to just leave it for a while. She is intelligent and great in other areas, so I was sure things would click one day. Roll forward 6 years - a few weeks ago I was reading an article in the paper about "maths anxiety" - which was interesting, but one of the commentators of the article included a link to Khan Academy. Oh My Goodness! From the very first video - we had to go back to basic addition - I could see this was going to be different! She loved the way that Sal explained EVERY little detail, but not in a patronising way. For the first time in her life, she has just finished a maths session and said "I enjoyed that" - music to my ears, and such a relief. LOVING the programme, learning stuff myself too:)

Karen,  mother of student athlete suffering from concussions

My son experienced 3 concussions due to sport in one year and had to remove himself from grade 9 high school in Canada. He was so distraught that he would likely not pass his first year of high school that he fell into a depression. As his mother, it was awful to witness that all my fun-loving son could do was lie on the couch and watch YouTube videos in short windows. He discovered TED talks  that led to the Khan Academy story. He connected with these amazing lessons and used it to slowly rebuild his brain. He used the short intensive Khan Academy videos to pass his grade 9 by taking online tests administered by a board of education tutor who witnessed him writing them at home. The Khan Academy helped to rebuild my son's confidence and now he is super interested in math and science and using the Khan Academy to augment his grade 10 class learning and doing exceptionally well. He has fostered a new way to teach himself and has chosen to jump ahead in school to grade 11. This set of lessons on YouTube has re-engaged my son into learning -Thank you

Dan, father of a highly motivated 2nd grader

Vores søn Sam er i 2. klasse. He has a self-motivated love of learning. Siden han trådte ind i sin børnehave for første gang har vi kæmpet for at holde hans interesse for skolen ved lige på trods af hans meget høje niveau. Offentlige skoler har ikke midlerne til at håndtere elever som Sam, der har brug for store udfordringer, og vi var bekymrede for, at han ville kede sig i skolen og miste interessen for at lære. Skolen foreslog at sprang et klassetrin over, men når din søn, som går i 2.-klasse, allerede laver tests for elever, der er meget ældre end ham selv, så ville det være meningsløst.
Det var meget nedslående at høre andre forældre, lærere og administratorer svare på vores bekymringer om Sam med udtalelser som "i sidste ende vil de andre børn indhente ham og så han vil han være en del af flokken igen." Virkelig? Burde vi ikke være bekymrede for, at systemet i sidste ende vil ødelægge hans lyst til at lære?  Our only solution was to have “Daddy School” in the evenings whenever I could find the time and energy to craft interesting and challenging extra school work. At have et super intelligent barn er ligesom at have et barn med særlige behov, bortset fra at skolen ikke er trænet til at hjælpe eller opfylde disse behov.
Så fandt vi Khan Academy. Sams verden er blevet lysere! Han elsker matematik og behandler det, at lære nye ting, som var det et videospil – han bliver mere stolt over at kunne mestre en ny færdighed end at nå til næste niveau i Mario. Han tikker og bede om at få lov til at gå på Khan Academy, på samme måde som han tidligere tikkede og bad om at få lov til at spille Nintendo. The challenge of learning a new skill, besting his completion streaks, and earning badges has been a godsend.
Khan Academy er en løsning for vores selvmotiverede 2.-klasser, så han kan udfordre sig selv og derved bibeholde hans interesse for at lære. Hvad vi gør, når han er færdig med Calculus-lektionerne om et par måneder, ved jeg ikke, men i det mindste har han en uvurderlig kilde til matematikudfordringer lige nu. We still do Daddy School, but now it is with guidance and planned lessons, and I can be sure the principles are being taught correctly.
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