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The educational process can be very demanding. If a student misses a key concept in any course, the ability to catch up is difficult, sometimes impossible.

This is especially true for mathematics. Students may be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help. Finding the appropriate tutor may be difficult and too expensive for many families.

Most parents find it difficult to tutor their own child. Teachers are a great resource, but they have so many demands placed upon them, it is not reasonable to expect them to fill in the gap for everyone. There is help available, and it is free.

Khan Academy is an educational website with which everyone should be familiar. It is nonprofit and was created by Salman Khan with financial backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The lessons are in video format. The tutorials are short, captivating and easy to understand. You can view the videos as often as you like. And remember, it is free. The topics covered are numerous. They include, but are not limited to, subjects such as math, history, finance, physics, biology, chemistry and art history. There are test preps for SAT, MCAT and GMAT.

You may decide to brush up on integral calculus, taxes or stocks. It is enjoyable learning or reviewing without the fear of a test to humiliate you. Whatever your educational needs are, this is a valuable resource. It may be the great educational equalizer. The web address for Khan Academy is khanacademy.org.

I also highly recommend Salman Khan’s lecture on the history and founding of Khan Academy. You can view it on Ted.com.

Dr. Malcolm Edwards