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Learning does not have to stop once students leave campus

Between the vast amount of sites available online and apps for phones, tablets and iPads, it has become easy for students to seek help outside of the classroom. Students have their choice of several different sources for their digital study aids, allowing them to find the one that is most suited for their learning style. Some, like Duolingo specialize in specific fields, while pages like Khan Academy cover as many as possible, but regardless of focus, they all provide students with another way to study.

Khan Academy is a website that features videos with step-by-step instructions and lectures on a variety of subjects. Khan covers subjects like math, science, computer programming, history, and philosophy. It also covers standardized testing prep for major tests and exams like the SATs. Students can also earn badges to track their progress in a specific subject. Jennifer Clark, a senior majoring in computer science, said that she uses Khan to “help with understanding concepts in my logic and algorithm classes.” Khan Academy also has multiple apps available for students, including Khan-App Pro and Khan Academy Watch. Khan-App Pro allows students to watch videos offline, and download them to their devices. Khan Academy Watch does not allow for offline use, but students can still access their profiles through it and watch videos. Both apps are free to download in the Google Play store. Khan Academy is a free service and can be found at www.khanacademy.org

Free Video Lectures is another site that offers video services to an even larger variety of subjects. This site also has more topics available for higher education than Khan. Jeff Hall, a senior majoring in electrical engineering, said he uses Free Video Lectures to “understand the [course] concepts beforehand so I can concentrate on the science and quantitative stuff during in class lectures. It works quite well.” Free Video Lectures is free, as the name suggests, and does not currently have any apps available. Students can find Free Video Lectures at www.freevideolectures.com

Duolingo is an app and website for learning new languages and has structured the teaching in the form of a game. Students earn virtual currency hearts called “lingots” as they play and correctly learn words and phrases, which keep the lessons going. If you run out of hearts you have to restart at the beginning of the lesson. There is in lesson grading, so you can see instantly if you answered something correctly and if you did not it will show you how to improve. This site and app are free to use because the students are actually translating real documents. Companies send Duolingo documents they need translated, and the students do the rest. This site can give aid to students taking a foreign language course who need or want more work outside of the classroom. Students can visit Duolingo and begin learning a new language by visiting www.duolingo.com

Quizlet offers students a chance to make their own study guides, or use one of the twenty million study sets they already have available from other students. This site offers flashcards, written and verbal practice tests, and games; all coming from the information the student provides the site with. Quizlet can be used by anyone, regardless of their major, since the student tells it what they need to learn. Professors can even set up a Quizlet for their classes, so the students only have to log in to study. In addition to the website there is also an app. Both the app and website are free to use. Quizlet can be found at www.quizlet.com

How to videos can also be found on YouTube, and students can find many more websites, but for those students who learn best in-person, Washington State University Vancouver offers assistance in the Writing Center and the Quantitative Skills Center. The Writing Center is located in the Library building, room 203. For those who cannot come to the Center in person, an online submission is available for those who would still like a tutor to look over their writing.  More information about the Online Writing Lab can be found at cas.vancouver.wsu.edu/writing-center/online-writing-lab. The Quantitative Skills Center is located in the Undergraduate building, room 102. They offer drop-in math tutoring Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They also offer tutoring in specific subjects, such as physics, at scheduled times. More information about the Quantitative Skills Center can be found at studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu.edu/student-resource-center/quantitative-skills-center-qsc

Photo Credit:  Rhiannon Charette 

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