IXL

Common Sense Media says

Hundreds of math activities can build skills and confidence.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

IXL encourages kids as they build new math skills.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that IXL offers math practice activities for kids Pre-K through high school. Everyone can try the skill practice for free, but this is limited to a small number of problems a day. You must be a member to get unlimited practice, tracking, awards, and certificates. For parents, the cost is $9.95 per month or $79 per year. Kids will need some guidance as to which math skills they should practice. Parents can start with grade level then use the reports tool to help kids identify which concepts to focus on. Pre-K and young kids will likely need support and verbal directions from a parent or teacher.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • probability
  • fractions
  • ratio
  • functions
  • sequences
  • geometry
  • shapes
  • graphing
  • statistics
  • grouping
  • subtraction
  • addition
  • measurement
  • algebra
  • money
  • arithmetic
  • multiplication
  • counting
  • numbers
  • division
  • patterns
  • equations

Skills

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

When it comes to math drill and practice, you can only make it so fun. However, IXL makes a good effort through rewards, immediate feedback, and visually appealing tasks.

Learning Approach

Practice, practice, practice builds confidence and accuracy, though repetition won't encourage critical thinking.

Support

Kids get detailed support and tips when they get a problem wrong. Pre-K problems have microphone icons that read a problem out loud.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • probability
  • fractions
  • ratio
  • functions
  • sequences
  • geometry
  • shapes
  • graphing
  • statistics
  • grouping
  • subtraction
  • addition
  • measurement
  • algebra
  • money
  • arithmetic
  • multiplication
  • counting
  • numbers
  • division
  • patterns
  • equations

Skills

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Kids can learn math skills that cover almost all of the Common Core Math Standards. Skill practice activities are available stretching from Pre-K to high school geometry. Activities range from shapes and money, all the way up to graphing equations and Pythagorean Theorem. IXL helps kids grow in math and clearly track their own progress.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

IXL provides more than 2,000 practice modules on specific Common Core math skills. These skills range from basics like counting to geometry skills like the perpendicular bisector theorem. Kids repetitively practice one skill at a time and earn points and ribbons by getting questions correct. Once they reach 100 points for a skill, they earn a medal and a square on their game board. The game board encourages kids to master other skills so they can earn virtual prizes, which are pictures of toys.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

IXL is best for its extensive opportunities for independent practice. For example, at the sixth-grade level there are 277 different types of math skill practice activities. Kids can focus on areas they need or want to improve. Individual reports with item analysis, usage, and trouble spots allow parents to get the specific information they need to differentiate instruction for their kids. The standards "Trouble Spot" report is very useful in quickly identifying where kids are having a hard time and in which areas they need extra help. Overall, IXL is limited to drill and practice. However, it builds confidence so that kids can advance to more difficult math tasks.

Families can talk about...

  • Explore with your kids ways to use the math skills they are practicing in the real world. When do we use addition in everyday life? How about algebra?

  • Talk to your kids about how practicing skills leads to confidence and accuracy. What is a skill you struggled to learn? How did you feel when you improved? What other skills would you like to improve?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Numbers and letters
Price:$199/year and up
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old September 8, 2013
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17
QUALITY
 

Do not try it! Will make your kid(s) cry!

Don't try it! If you make the teeniest mistake on IXL BOOM! You lose a LOT of points. It will make your kid(s) cry. I'm surprised you are giving it good reviews Common Sense Media. I'm in 6th grade and it made me cry.
Kid, 10 years old January 1, 2014
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

Ixl is NOT worth it!

I think ixl is not worth it! First of all, when you make it to the 70's or 80's, you earn 1 point and lose like 10 points. It helped me get good grades but it also wasted my time. I think Khan Academy is better than ixl. I would've rated ixl 2 stars if it wasn't so boring. My whole class are complaining about ixl. Also, 79 dollars or something for a year? I could use that money and add it to my savings for a new bike! Since i couldn't rate it 0 stars, i had to rate it one. Trust me, it is NOT FUN like it says on the advertisement. No offense, but ixl was the WORST learning website for me. I'm not trying to advertise Khan Academy here but if you want to learn, trust ME, ixl should be your last choice.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byNeonNinja99 December 12, 2013
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Don't use it.

Don't make your kids suffer through this online "Learning" website. It makes teens cry. It does NOT deserve positive reviews. I am assigned IXL homework in algebra and you barely get any points if you get the answer right and deducts a lot of points when you get just one wrong. I also know that when you get an answer wrong, the website gives you the right answer and explains how you messed up but it never applies to what you are actually learning to do. This website should not be used as an advanced learning tool, it is more like a mini torture device. It might be ok for small children but for the rest of us we all understand how badly your self-esteem can be crushed by something as simple as a website.

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