As the first semester comes to a close, many students are looking for new ways to learn and study. Educational websites are one avenue that can provide students with extensive opportunities for understanding material and improving grades. Here are six of the best websites for high school and college students.
- Khan Academy:
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational site developed by Salman “Sal” Khan, an educator and mathematician. The website includes instructional videos and practice problems for hundreds of subjects, from US History to AP Calculus to the SAT.
- Google Suite:
Google Suite, or GSuite, is a group of online work programs developed by Google for productivity and collaboration. These include Gmail, Calendar and Drive. All of these Google tools are interconnected and can be viewed and edited by multiple people at a time, making teamwork between students simple.
NDP Senior Katie Eberle, founder of the new Friends of the Earth Club, recently used Google Docs and Slides to create a pitch for new recycling bins on campus with two other club members. “It was really convenient and helpful for making a plan,” Eberle said.
Quizlet is an online study application (available as both a desktop site and an app) where students are able to create flashcards and study the flashcards of thousands of other users. Students can study using a traditional online flashcard format or one of the site’s other modes of study. These include Learn, Write, Spell, Test, Match and Gravity.
Many AP teachers at NDP have recently implemented Albert.io in their classrooms. Albert provides practice problems for hundreds of subjects which teachers can handpick and administer. In addition, students with an Albert subscription can study material outside of their enrolled classes, such as to study for the SAT or explore a subject in which they are personally interested.
Naomi Santaella, AP Spanish Language and Culture teacher, uses Albert regularly to
reinforce the material she is teaching in class. She considers Albert and other sites, such
as VHLCentral and MyHrw, to be “very good for students to practice and learn.” Albert
gives students the opportunity to “practice constantly,” which is always beneficial,
- College Board:
The College Board is the center for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams. Recently,
the College Board has added numerous helpful resources on its site to help students study
for exams it administers. These include downloads of previously administered tests,
outlines of AP curriculum for specific courses and the new AP Classroom program that
allows teachers to assign official online AP practice to their students.
- Purdue OWL:
Purdue OWL is an online writing lab created by Purdue University where students can
find formatting instructions for MLA, APA and other writing styles. With convenient
outlines and thorough examples for nearly all possible questions, Purdue OWL is a center
for users to find anything they need to complete a writing project.
All in all, these websites are sure to help students navigate the rest of their school year. Many of these sites are helping NDP achieve its goals to “reduce stress in students” and “maximize instructional time,” Assistant Principal of Academics Emmy Robison said. From studying for finals to furthering personal interests, educational websites are an amazing way to improve comprehension of material, raise individual grades and support overall academic success.
NDP students utilize educational websites in the CCI to study after school. Photo courtesy of NDP Facebook.