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Friday, March 4, 2011

MATH MATH MATH

Mathematics is the language of science. And it seems to be one of the hardest subjects to grasp. Have you ever sat down and tried to help a child get through algebra homework? Are you tackling college and struggling with some concepts that you either forgot since high school or, like Dr. John used to sing "I GOT STONED AND I MISSED IT." But without those basics you're not going to advance to the next step until you recover that missing information. The problem is: Where do I find that info?
Well, we CAN pretty much rule out asking our kids for help, since they may be the person who needs the help. Either they can't help. Or there's the pride issue to deal with. Not that my kids would LORD IT over me... But others might not be as blessed as I. 

Or perhaps you could hire a tutor. At $50.00-$100.00 per hour you could get a grad student to fill in the missing pieces. Or a starving college student might be willing to barter their time in exchange for a few home cooked meals, to assist you. But then you need to work around each others schedules, and then there's the problem with finding said student tutor. Or there are places that specialize in teaching math, Sylvan Learning is one That a friend told me about, that they had a lot of success with. But we're talking beaucoup bucks using these places.

How about going to Amaze-on and buying some math books? Sure, that's always possible. But which books should you buy? Is this one too basic? Does it go into enough detail? Is it too advanced? Does it start at one level past the concepts I'm missing? What if I'm one of those people who just doesn't learn well from a text book? There are studies that show that learning from a text-book is not always the most effective method of learning.

Well let me introduce you to the KHAN ACADEMY.

Choose a subject:
MATHEMATICS, PRE-ALGEBRA, ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY, TRIGONOMETRY, CALCULUS (Differential, integral and multi-variable). LINEAR CALCULUS, PROBABILITY, STATISTICS, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BANKING, ECONOMICS. OR EVEN WORLD HISTORY.

THE KHAN ACADEMY has a lesson plan for each and every one of those topics. They are self paced. Easy to follow. Use plain English (Other translations are available) to explain the concepts. and best of all
THE LESSONS ARE FREE, ONLINE AND AVAILABLE 24/7/365 AT:


Here is a little more info:
 
 
Where was this guy when I was dredging through Calculus?

3 comments:

Cloudia said...

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Marnie said...

I always learn something interesting from you.

Karen said...

WOW, this is awesome. Ask me how much I HATE MATH. Have never been good at it other than the basics. Never got past Algebra 2.