Website review by Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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age 5+

Hundreds of learning activities build skills and confidence.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1089 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 3743 reviews

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age 10+

Worst Website for children ever!!!

This site is absolutely outrages! I have had 5TH GRADERS start crying in frustration over this site. The main problems are it does not encourage students to learn, the point system is unfair, and is destroys a students self esteem. I have had many of my students tell me "ixl makes me feel dumb...". And I'm not very surprised after I used it myself for a while I noticed the frustration and pain students have to go through. First off it is boring there is nothing fun about this and when students do complete an ixl all it does is them a sticker they can use as their profile picture. This reward does not make students excited and determined to complete the ixl. Which brings me t my next topic, this point system is very frustrating and upsetting for the students. Ex- a student just hit 70 percent they answer and there is a typo students score-68 percent. This is what causes students to start yelling or crying it's just awful to see students so distressed. I have seen many sites that when a student submits an answer and it has random letters numbers symbols ect. It has an option that says "sorry typo" so that students don't have to lose 10 percent of their progress. And finally the students self esteem, any student would not feel great if they get a question wrong. But to get a question wrong and then have an explanation not even explain to them what they did wrong only makes students feel worse. I have seen that many of my students get questions wrong on ixl and ask me "why did I get this wrong" and I tell them "try reading the explanation first" an they say "I have but I don't get my mistake". I read the explanation and the students do make a point these explanations are wordy and are hard to understand even for a teacher. Ultimately, I feel like this is your worst option if you are finding an educational site for your students. Even though it's free it's horrible.

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Too much consumerism
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age 12+

Promotes stress and anxiety

Horrible website. The "smart score" system is god awful and promotes stress to young children. It severely punishes you for making a mistake and you can get stuck on questions for a very long time. There are so many better options that IXL. Would not recommend.
34 people found this helpful.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, vocabulary, writing clearly, Math: addition, algebra, arithmetic, counting, division, equations, fractions, functions, geometry, graphing, grouping, measurement, money, multiplication, numbers, patterns, probability, ratio, sequences, shapes, statistics, subtraction, Science: astronomy, biology, chemistry, ecosystems and the environment, energy, plants, weather, Social Studies: geography, government, historical figures, the economy, timelines
  • Skills: Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: STEM, Numbers and Letters
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (Kids can access 10 free questions in each overall subject area per day. A core subjects subscription is $19.95/month or $159/year; a pre-K to 12th-grade math and language arts subscription is $15.95/month or $129/year; an individual math, language arts, or Spanish subscription is $9.95/month or $79/year; and Spanish exercises can be added to any other package for $5/month.)
  • Last updated: December 2, 2020

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