The readings about Digital School and Ambient Awareness this week were really interesting to me. I especially enjoyed the section on Digital School because I tend to learn better when studying a lesson online. In high school, I had a lot of troubles with math and attended many tutoring sessions during the week outside of class just to be able to keep up. Tutoring helped, but the subject was still a huge struggle for me.
When I got into college, the math issues I had followed me into even harder math classes. I would go to tutoring and SI sessions for certain principles in math I didn’t understand, and most of the time, the tutors wouldn’t understand it either. And if they did, they would teach me a totally different strategy to solving a problem than what the teacher or other students used. It was always a struggle.
These problems even followed me into economics classes. I would have problems following the formulas in economics, and would seek tutoring. Turns out, there weren’t any tutors for economics. I was pointed to an online site called Khan Academy, which saved my life. Not only could I learn at my own pace, but also I could excel ahead of lessons in class. I could pause and rewind the lesson when I didn’t understand a concept, allowing me to take the time I needed on a idea I was learning.
Eventually, I was teaching other students in my class how to solve problems. I made 60s and 70s on every test in my Macroeconomics class. By the time the final came around, I made an A on the exam, and pulled a B out of the class. What I’m getting at is that Digital School was more helpful to me than any tutor or teacher had been during a time I was struggling. I honestly wish I had known about it sooner so I could make better grades in high school. I probably wouldn’t have stressed as much over tests if I had known about Khan Academy then. I definitely agree with this chapter on Digital School, and encourage other students to use online website as well.