Online Educational Resource Links

Below is a list several online resources for students to access over the Summer:

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers daily schedules for students ages 4-18. The free website also has courses in math, physics, U.S. history, grammar, economics and biology. High school sophomores and juniors can also find free SAT practice questions and tests.

edX

Even though your classes and extracurricular activities have been canceled, it doesn’t mean you should stop learning. EdX is an online platform that offers more than 2,500 courses online for free. Taking an online course is a great way to boost your resume and prove to colleges you can handle challenging material. Take this time to learn a new skill or explore a possible major from institutions like MIT, Harvard, University of California-Berkeley and more. 

Quill

Quill is offering its services for free to anyone affected by school closures. The interactive writing site is perfect for anyone who wants to brush up on their craft before writing their college admissions essays. On Quill, you can gain editing skills by proofreading passages, practicing grammar skills through short activities and advancing your writing. 

Duolingo

The cognitive benefits of learning another language are undeniable. Studies have shown that being bilingual can benefit memory, problem-solving abilities and even intelligence. Duolingo is a free app that high school students should take advantage of now. Some schools offer limited foreign language options, but through Duolingo, students can learn Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Hindi, Russian and many more. If you want, you can even learn fictional languages like Klingon and High Valyrian.   

The College Board

One of the biggest uncertainties stemming from school closures and canceled standardized tests is what will be done about Advanced Placement tests. Students can receive college credit if they get a score of three or more on the exams. The College Board has announced that it will be providing live and on-demand AP courses for free to help prepare for the upcoming exams. 

YouTube EDU

If you are a visual learner, check out YouTube’s channel on education. You can pick up some tips for studying at home, including how to study more effectively, stay focused and create a study space. The channel also has crash courses on subjects like chemistry, SQL and illustration. You can find fitness videos, cooking videos and fun DIY activities. 

New York Times and Verizon

NYT and Verizon have teamed up to offer every high school student in the U.S. free access to the New York Times. Students can educate themselves to better understand the pandemic and other events going on in the world. Included on the site are English, social studies, science, math and current event resources to keep students active.

PBS Learning 

PBS Learning Media for Students, PBS LearningMedia for Students is a teacher-managed environment that allows students of any age to create their own learning experiences by engaging directly with innovative, curriculum-targeted content. From project-based learning to flipped lesson plans, PBS LearningMedia for Students invites a unique opportunity for students to take control of their own learning.

DOCS Teach

DocsTeach. Access thousands of primary sources — letters, photographs, speeches, posters, maps, videos, and other document types — spanning the course of American history.’

Free College Preparation Courses

College might seem like it is still far away, but freshmen and sophomores should be using this time wisely to start building their candidate profiles. The free online course, College Planning: High School Students, prepares students for their journey to college by scheduling classes with college in mind and learning essential life skills.

High school juniors can start preparing their college applications while schools are closed. The Common App personal statements for the 2021-22 cycle have already been released, and students can write the required 650-word essay now. Join the free course How To Write A Winning Personal Statement, which covers brainstorming techniques, writing the opening paragraph, real-world essay examples, and common mistakes to avoid.

To make the most of these uncertain times, high school students should focus on learning a new skill and exploring topics that they are interested in. By spending their time wisely, they can get ahead even when school is out.