Afficient Academy’s AI-based learning methodology offers personalized, result-oriented, and self-paced learning to supplement classroom teaching, helping students fill learning gaps.

San Jose, California, Aug. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — US educators are in full catch-up mode like never before as their jobs have become significantly harder, attempting to fill learning gaps that have been exacerbated by the pandemic lockdown. Various studies have shown that reading and math competency rates of US students dropped sharply during the Covid pandemic. With no direct intervention, experts say it could take years for affected students to catch up, particularly those who had already been struggling before the lockdowns.

Silicon Valley based technology education company Afficient Academy is among those that have stepped up with innovative solutions to help overcome the challenge across the country. Afficient is leveraging the power of artificial intelligence to help educators recover lost ground. While the use of AI is now commonplace across various industries, Dr. Jiayuan Fang, founding CEO of Afficient Academy, points out that the technology remains underutilized in the education sector.

“We have recently completed pilot agreements with several schools who will deploy our program in the next academic year,” says Dr. Fang. “We are also in touch with more schools and educators to help improve student performance in their schools. We are excited to partner with schools and improve student results.”

Dr. Fang says the foundational variance of learning skills among the same class of students is the key issue that Afficient’s AI-powered methodology seeks to address. Foundational variance refers to the learning gaps carried over from previous years. This variance can also be a result of previous educational experiences, and can be made worse by factors such as the pandemic lockdown and the shortage of teachers.

“Foundational variance is often observed in student learning inside classrooms, which can have significant implications for educators, who must design their teaching strategies to deliver the current grade materials, while facing the challenge that not all students are ready for the new material due to various learning gaps. It is extremely difficult for teachers to address individual student needs in filling learning gaps. An AI-based tool is ideal to address individual learning gaps through individualized learning.” explains Dr. Fang.