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Resources For Students Reaching for the Ivy's

Updated: Aug 28, 2022

If you are interested in attending an Ivy League School, your Academic Record, SAT Scores or ACT Scores must be nearly perfect. We have a simple approach for students with this ambition in regard to Mathematics. We recommend Khan Academy as a mechanism to improve proficiency in High School Mathematics Courses. Once you obtain 100% proficiency in each Math Subject, From Arithmetic to AP Calculus, then it is time to focus on SAT and ACT test preparation.

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Khan Academy is an American non-profit[2] educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan.[3] Its goal is creating a set of online tools that help educate students.[4] The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos.[5] Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. It has produced over 8,000 video lessons teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, originally focusing on mathematics and sciences. All resources are available for free to users of the website and application. (

As of 2018, over 70 million people use Khan Academy, out of which 2.3 million students use it to prepare for SAT.[6] As of February 2022, the Khan Academy channel on YouTube has 7.11 million subscribers and Khan Academy videos have been viewed more than 1.94 billion times.[7]

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Our Sequence Using Khan Academy is to use all math from K-8. Gain 100 % proficiency. It is not as simple as snapping your fingers. You must be dedicated, patient, and keep going even when frustrated. Problems need to be worked until you can solve them. Use a calculator to check answers involving decimal arithmetic. We also recommend that you work at each subject and the other subjects to see what you know and what you need to brush up on. If you can go through Arithmetic with 100% then you will be well equipped to handle Pre-Algebra. All the work must be done outside of the classroom or during study hall in school. Keep in mind that this is in addition to you dialing homework. Our recommendation is one hour a day in the math subject you are currently study in school. Start at the beginning and keep working.

I have completed mastering proficiency in K-8 Mathematics in Khan Academy, and Arithmetic, which is the foundation for success in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, and Calculus. Without these fundamental skills at a proficient level of mastery, difficulty will arise in higher level subjects. I am well on my way to mastering all the other subjects as I have been working on this for years.

This was written for the High School Students across the Nation, in Maryland, and especially for high school students in Wicomico County Public Schools. We want to thank the input and discussion from a Junior at James M. Bennett High School. Good luck Edith in your quest for admission to Yale University.

Vincent F. Shapanus,Ph.D

Senior STEHM Fellow

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1. "What is the history of Khan Academy?". Khan Academy Help Center. Retrieved 2021-08-24.

2. "Nonprofit Explorer – ProPublica". ProPublica. 9 May 2013. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2015.

3."What is the history of Khan Academy?". Khan Academy Help Center. Retrieved 2021-08-24.

4. "One Man, One Computer, 10 Million Students: How Khan Academy Is Reinventing Education". Forbes. Archived from the original on October 10, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2015.

5. Sampson, Demetrios G.; Ifenthaler, Dirk; Spector, J. Michael; Isaias, Pedro (July 17, 2014). Digital Systems for Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning. Springer. ISBN 9783319022642. Archived from the original on August 4, 2020. Retrieved November 7, 2015.

6. "2018 in review: Annual Report | Khan Academy Blog". Retrieved 2022-02-23.

7."Khan Academy - YouTube". Retrieved 2022-02-23.


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