By Lillian Williams
Wealthy parents in the New York City area pay hundreds of dollars per week for private tutors to coach their children, according to a recent story in the New York Times.
These children attend some of the most exclusive private high schools in the country, according to the report. The tutors augment what happens in the classrooms.
Of course, not all parents can afford the expense of such tutors.
Fortunately, however, today’s virtual environment provides alternatives, including one called Khan Academy.
If you haven’t heard about Khan Academy, an online tutorial program, do some research about this educational website. Look at the arguments for and against the approach of Khan Academy.
Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, utilizes the Khan Academy website to tutor his own children, as Gates explains in this Youtube video.
In fact, the Gates foundation has invested $1.5 million into this academic program, according to Wired Magazine.
What makes Khan Academy special for some?
The site contains more than 2400, short academic videos on subjects ranging from arithmetic to physics. In addition to videos, this program offers 125 practice exercises to help students. Students can view the videos, and take the practice exercises, at their own pace.
But, there’s more.
The site offers exercises to prepare for the SAT test. Another section offers help with the popular Singapore academic series.
All tutorials are free at the Khan website.