One star. Trying to get a major flaw fixed
By Damascus Skylar
First off I absolutely love the service Khan Academy provides. It is truly an education that fully takes advantage of modern technology. That said, there are some big issues so I’m submitting one star so that they can be fixed soon.
The app has not been optimized for iPad Pro. It simply scales from the normal iPad size so everything is pixelated. It’s not terrible but very distracting. Also multitasking would be nice. Please fix this issue.
Please add an undo button to the sketch pad.
Please please please update the home screen so that users can jump right back into whatever they are focusing on in the program. The current screen is good for an overall view of all content on Khan Academy but not for the welcome/home screen. Please change it to where it shows recent missions, bookmarks and selected missions/courses. Also the slides at the top are irrelevant to me and are never updated so please either have them update based on what’s popular, things I do or just randomly or better get rid of it and take advantage of all that space for other things.
Thank you for the consideration and all the hard work. I’ll be sure to change my rating when these issues are addressed (they don’t have to be with the solutions I recommended just as long as the issues and ui are made better).
Life Saver for a College Student
By Landis the Destroyer
This app has helped me so much in college when I didn’t understand concepts and formulas. I don’t know why people are complaining about not seeing their progress on this app or that it lacks in depth because Khan Academy isn’t supposed to be a replacement for a class. He goes over the basics of whatever subject you’re researching because you can’t do advanced material without learning the basics first. Also, progress is in the mind and you shouldn’t have to rely on an app to tell you that. In college, professors don’t have the time to do one-on-one sessions with students and quickly go through a whole year of subjects separated into segments in five months on specific days. I sometimes can’t keep up so I use Khan Academy after homework hours to look up sections/concepts I missed or couldn’t understand in very little time to teach my myself the missing components. Thank you Khan Academy for making my academic life easier.
Terrible!!! Everything is hard to find!!! 😭
By cant tell u my name
Ok so, I usually do khan on my computer, and everything was going well. And then I thought: why not get it on my iPod, that’ll make things so much easier! When I got the app I signed in, went to my profile, and nothing was saved! I could not find what I was currently working on, and everything I searched for was just videos. I had no clue what to do and it was so confusing! Finally I went to the search bar to see if I could find my progress and again everything was videos!!! So when my mom asked me is your Khan Academy done? I had to reply no, because I can’t find anything! If you get frustrated easily then this is definitely not the app for you. And I have a suggestion that would make things a lot easier.… If you put the persons progress on their profile, it would make things so much easier to find and people wouldn’t get so frustrated. It’s a great idea and I was very intrigued when I found that it was an app. But sadly it didn’t work out for me. 😥 I found out that you can go on Google, And it makes things so much easier and it takes you to the website. Where all your progress is saved.
Glitching problems with touch interface
By unhappy attempt
The app is lovely in concept and extremely helpful. Unfortunately, there are a number of issues when attempting to select choices and scroll during tests/quizzes. First off, when needing to match the correct answer with the correct statement, the app wants you to drag and drop the choices to where they should go; when you attempt to select a choice by pressing on it, instead of selecting the choice, the phone thinks you are attempting to scroll and refuses to recognize the held choice. This also happens with variables when you need to hold down said variable to access the other ones. (i.e. hold down x to reach y) The worst problem I have encountered is when presented with answers on number lines (as with inequalities), the number lines don’t appear! Instead the “glitch/fade” in and out occasionally if you scroll around for a while, sometimes never appearing at all resulting in forced guessing of answers. Please fix this, I hate redoing tests that I don’t have to!
This app is honestly embarrassing, it crashes within 10 seconds of opening it, and that’s not a one-time runtime error or anything, this is, fully updated on iOS 12, crashing before I can even access a lesson. I have courses I need to complete for my programming class and I can’t even start to explain how terrible this app is. I can understand a whole new iOS version coming out and there being a crash bug or something not working quite right after launch, that’s totally to be expected, but this. This is honestly disgraceful. They haven’t updated this app in over 3 weeks, and it has been unusable for over 3 weeks as a result. The service itself is honestly fine, but this app is disgustingly broken. If I could actually complete some parts of my lesson when I am away from my PC that would be great, so my thought process at that point would be to download the app, and sure enough it isn’t stable enough to stay open for more than 10 seconds. As a programming student, I find this mistake on their part absolutely embarrassing and I can’t believe it still has not been patched. 0/5 stars.
Would be perfect if it weren’t for app-breaking bugs.
The last few updates introduced bugs that make some exercises impossible to complete or progress in, even after resetting the app.
1. Formatting on many math exercises has been completely broken. Numbers and equations are duplicated (for example 11 instead of 1, 3x+23x+2 instead of 3x+2). Font formatting has been broken as well, with some problems being displayed in a mix of large and tiny font. Some multiple choice math problems are impossible to progress through because the answers are not selectable, they are formatted in a side-scrolling table which is clearly not intentional on KA’s side.
2. Inputting answers in math exercises is occasionally bugged. I’ve experienced two different bugs. One causes the keyboard to retract after every button selected, forcing you to tap again and again and input one number at a time. The second bug makes it impossible to scroll left and right on the keyboard without the button you swipe on being inputted in the answer field, forcing you to go back and delete each extraneous number or sign before submitting your answer.
3. Possibly not a bug but still annoying: The “correct answer” and “exercise completed” jingle now takes over the audio on iPhone, pausing whatever music, ebook or podcast you’re listening to. I like to listen to other things while working on KA exercises and it’s frustrating to have to constantly restart whatever I’m listening to when I’m doing exercises.
Just like KA on the computer, but with some cons
Khan Academy is great. Truly amazing app. All my subjects were synced, everything was exactly like on the website. The only thing that was really bad is the drawing features, the ones on the problems that help you solve the problem on the problem itself. The first line drawn is smooth and nice, but after that there is extreme lag, and the lines are all choppy and impossible to write numbers with. It takes about 10 seconds to write a single number if I want it to be legible. (I am using the Apple Pencil) In the drawing mode, it also takes away the problem. If there was a diagram there that I wanted to mark up in order to help me with the problem, it disappears. This is a pretty big thing for me, especially if Khan Academy doesn’t work with split screen. I cannot work on the app itself, a big bummer.
Besides that, it is Khan Academy. Tons of great courses with great teaching and a great experience.
I had an issue with the back button in the app but you guys quickly worked to fix it! Thank you Khan Academy! I’ve changed the 4 star rating to a 5 star now. :) But please consider the following things mentioned below:
2) Allow users to download videos in high quality if they want to. I have enough storage and when I download Khan Academy videos, they’re always in very low quality, both audio and video. Give users the option to choose whether they want to save data and download in low quality, or if they can, download in high quality for offline use.
3) We can download videos to make them available for offline usage, but not articles. Why is that?
Overall Khan Academy is a great tool to gain knowledge and it’s proven to be very helpful for a lot of people including myself.
Good, but I’m missing a few things.
By Ana Bananie
Khan Academy is a superb learning resource, whether you’re a young person still in school, a young adult in college, or just someone who’s looking to brush up on specific subjects. I enjoy using it, however, there are some things that can be added, taken away, and improved upon:
1) Add the ability to view unit and subject progression within the app. This option is available on the web version of KA, and it really motivates me to complete lessons! However, I cannot view my progress within the iOS app, which represses my excitement and causes me to not use it as often, which is unfortunate.
2) Allow the user to make all videos watched if we’ve reached 100% on units! While the videos are helpful when I’m confused about a specific topic, most of the time, I already understand the concepts explained in the video, so sitting through a drawn out video stifles the momentum I build.
3) Sometimes when I finish a unit, I do forget some of the information given, so it’d be nice to be reminded to review important concepts when KA recognizes I haven’t taken the initiative to review on my own.
Besides that, I really enjoy using Khan Academy as a whole, and with the changes I suggested, I believe it could become an even better and more intuitive learning resource.
Makes learning algebra II fun (not sarcasm)
I probably would not have been able to succeed in my Algebra II class without Khan Academy. What’s great about this app to me are the quizzes and tests- if I don’t understand a problem, the app suggests video to me, and also gives hints/ a walkthrough of how to solve the problem in brief increments, so if I end up remembering, I can solve on my own. Also, when you retake a test, it gives you different questions each time. This app is almost the equivalent to having a free tutor. In addition, the guy who makes the math videos is fantastic at explaining any math concept. I rarely have questions after watching his videos, and even more rarely after reading the walkthroughs with them. This app is phenomenal, 6/5 stars