Learning Express is a self-directed online resource for everyone who wants or needs to learn new skills, or brush up on old. You can use it as often as you like, and your progress is saved. If you feel like you need to go back a step, all tutorials can be done multiple times. Best of all, this is all FREE with your YCL Library Card!
What can I do with Learning Express? It’s just for kids in school, right?
Not at all! Learning Express is built for learners of all ages, whether you’re in school or not. There is the School Center, which covers core topics for elementary, middle, and high school students (and yes, it’s Common Core compatible). There is also the College Prep Center, which has different college entrance exams, like the PSAT/NMSQT, the SAT (including Subject Tests), various AP and CLEP exams, and the TOEFL, iET, and IELTS exams. It even has a tutorial for writing admissions essays. College Prep also includes general subject reviews like a wide range of mathematics; reading, writing, public speaking, and grammar; and chemistry and biology, as well as practice for graduate school exams.
I’m done with high school, but I’m not going to college. What does Learning Express have for me?
A lot! The Career Center and Adult Learning Center are for you. You can learn about a wide variety of career paths, from healthcare to police and military, even culinary arts and “green” careers! There are resources for veterans, too. They include information on industry-focused resumes and resources to help you learn more. The Career Center also helps you prep for a wide range of occupational exams, like Civil Service, Air Traffic Control, Homeland Security, Real Estate, EMS, Plumbing, Electrical, and more! You’ll also benefit from the information in the Adult Learning Center (see Question 3).
I’m already working, and I’m not planning on going to college or taking an Occupation Exam. What’s here for me?
An enormous amount can be found in the Adult Learning Center. Do you feel like you’re a little stuck where you are, and want to help yourself along? (Maybe helping your kids with their homework is getting tricky!) There are in-depth tutorials on building basic skills in mathematics and algebra, reading and spelling, writing and grammar, and even public speaking. This is also where hard workers who have immigrated can find information on and prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Exam.
Those are all nice, but I never finished high school. How about the GED/HiSET?
The High School Equivalency Center is for you. Here you can take a skills test (it isn’t shared with anyone!) to see where you are right now, and what you need to work on to successfully pass the GED or HiSET. After you take the Test Yourself Skills Checks, Learning Express will tell you your strengths, and tell you where you might need to work a little to get ready for testing. The resources for those areas of work are right there, and are focused on getting you ready to get your high school equivalency certificate.
I read Spanish, not English, so a lot of this seems like it might be confusing. What’s here for me?
You can take advantage of the same resources to improve your writing, speaking, reading, mathematics, and more by visiting the Recursos para Hispanohablantes Center.