Hearing that word either makes you cringe or smile. If you’re like me, then Math is not one of your strongest subjects. Thankfully, college gives you a choice between your weakest and strongest subjects; no longer are you forced to take that Calculus class that causes you nightmares. Even in your first job you have Excel to get you through the tough math problems (of course you have to figure out how to use Excel). It is easy to think that you’ve dodged the math bullet for good. It all seems too good to be true but then, if you’re considering graduate school, standardized testing time rolls around ….Where does one even begin to start studying for a standardized test? And what if you need a little extra help in the form of a private tutor? Now, you don’t have to empty your wallet for a private tutor! The Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organization, has you more than covered. This brilliantly unique organization publishes FREE detailed stepwise math tutorial videos which are posted to their site and available to anyone and everyone. There are videos ranging from biology and chemistry to cosmology and astronomy, as well as fascinating brainteasers to keep you occupied in between lessons. BUT, the bulk of the videos are focused on MATH topics, so if you have trouble with arithmetic, fractions, percentages, calculus, algebra or trig, the Khan Academy videos are perfect for you.
The beginning of Khan Academy
Khan Academy began by Sal Khan tutoring a niece in another state by using Yahoo Messenger online to demonstrate the problems as he talked through them on the phone. He was so good at explaining the problems that eventually his niece asked him to record the lessons so that she could just watch, pause and rewind when she wanted to and on her schedule to make sure she had understood everything. Word began to spread to other family members about Khan’s tutoring of his niece and soon enough, more of the family was reaching out to Khan to tutor them.
How Khan Academy can help you with math
In my opinion, one of the best features about Khan Academy is its value as a resource for people preparing to take the SAT, GRE, GMAT or other standardized tests. The site has dedicated sections for each of these tests with videos designed to help you solve sample problems from past tests. Better yet, the videos on the site systematically work through each problem in the practice tests in case you need help in solving any of them. In each video, the narrator, Khan himself, reads the problem and then suggests a way to approach it, all the while working out the problem on a “blackboard” for you to see. So if you’re having trouble answering a question, or understanding the solution from the practice test, Khan gives you a simple, yet detailed, explanation for the answer. Khan Academy also separately analyzes an individual’s math competency level, so if you’ve been out of school for a while, you’ll easily be able to get back on the right track with their simple practice problems. Once you feel like you’ve mastered these easier problems, you can approach the more difficult test areas. It’s smart learning too, because it traces all the problems you’ve worked on, provides you with stats on your learning, and charts your progress. This way, you know whether or not you’re reaching your goals. Khan Academy is your ultimate resource for tackling those dreaded tests. No longer is there a need to worry about taking the GMAT (or any other standardized test, for the matter). Forget about expensive tutors and studying for long periods of time with little or no result – Khan Academy is your new best friend!