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Consulting Agreement - Real Education Inc. and New World Equities Inc.

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                              CONSULTING AGREEMENT

        This CONSULTING AGREEMENT (this "Agreement"), dated as of June 11, 1997,
between Real Education, Inc., a Colorado corporation (the "Company"), and New
World Equities, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("Consultant").


    A.  The Company operates a business which provides multi-media communication
and publishing services.

    B.  The Company has informed Consultant that it intends, from time to time,
to seek additional financing.

    C.  The Company desires to engage Consultant to provide financial services
to the Company, and Consultant desires to accept such engagement, upon the terms
and conditions hereinafter set forth.


        NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing Background, which is
by this reference expressly incorporated herein, of the mutual covenants and
agreements herein contained and for other good and valuable consideration, the
receipt, adequacy and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties,
intending legally to be bound, hereby agree as follows:

    1.  Engagement.  The Company hereby engages Consultant to provide financial
services to the Company, and Consultant hereby accepts such engagement, upon the
terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

    2.  Duties of Consultant.  Consultant shall provide financial consulting
services to the Company in such manner as may reasonably be acceptable to both
parties, including, without limitation, (i) assisting the efforts of the Company
in preparing a business plan, (ii) assisting the efforts of the Company to
secure debt or equity financing, (iii) assisting the efforts of the Company to
establish contacts in the investment banking community, (iv) assisting the
efforts of the Company in effecting an initial public offering of its common
stock and (v) assisting the Company's sales efforts where possible through
contacts which Consultant has developed.  Consultant shall devote so much of its
employees' time to Consultant's responsibilities hereunder as shall be
reasonably necessary to discharge Consultant's duties (it being understood that
Consultant shall not be required to cause its employees, consisting of its
professional staff, to devote more than 60 hours per calendar month to
Consultant's duties hereunder).

    3.  Term.
        (a)  The term of this Agreement shall be effective as of the date hereof
    (the "Commencement Date").
        (b)  The term of this Agreement shall terminate upon the earliest to
    occur of the following events (the "Termination Date");
            (i)  the decision of either party to terminate this Agreement;
        provided, however, that the party desiring to terminate this Agreement
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        shall provide at least 30 days' prior written notice thereof to the
        other party; and provided, further, that neither party may terminate
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        this Agreement pursuant to this Section 3(b)(i) prior to the 12 month
        anniversary of the date hereof; or

            (ii) the dissolution or liquidation of Consultant.

        Termination of this Agreement shall not affect either party's
obligations which have accrued as of the Termination Date.

    4.  Compensation.  For each one month period commencing on the Commencement
Date and terminating on the day prior to the next succeeding monthly anniversary
thereof (each a "Consulting Month"), as cash compensation for the services to be
provided by Consultant hereunder, the Company shall pay Consultant a consulting
fee of $3,000 (the "Consulting Fee"), which amount shall be subject to
adjustment on each anniversary hereof upon the mutual agreement of the parties.

    5.  Expenses.  Within 30 days after Consultant's presentation of copies of
receipts in accordance with appropriate practices, the Company shall reimburse
Consultant for all reasonable ordinary and necessary out-of-pocket expenses
which are incurred by it in the performance of its duties hereunder.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, Consultant shall obtain the prior approval of the
Company for any single expense in excess of $500.

    6.  Records and Confidential Data.
        (a) Consultant acknowledges that during the term of this Agreement the
     Company will make available to Consultant certain information which is
     either confidential, proprietary or otherwise not generally available to
     the public to assist Consultant in the satisfaction of its obligations
     hereunder (such information is hereinafter referred to as the
        (b) The Information will be kept strictly confidential by Consultant,
     will not be used in any manner which is detrimental to the Company, will
     not be used other than in connection with Consultant's discharge of its
     duties hereunder, and will be safeguarded by Consultant from unauthorized
     disclosure. For purposes of this Agreement, the Information shall not
     include and Consultant's obligation's shall not extend to (i) information
     which is generally available to the public, (ii) information obtained by


     Consultant from third persons not under agreement to maintain the
     confidentiality of the same and (iii) information obtained by Consultant
     other than from the Company.

    7.  Indemnification.  From and after the date hereof, the Company shall
indemnify and hold harmless Consultant and its stockholders, directors,
officers, employees, agents and affiliates (the "Indemnified Persons") from and
against any loss, damage, claim or expense, including without limitation,
reasonable attorneys' and consultants' fees, suffered by any Indemnified Person
arising or resulting from the performance by Consultant or and Indemnified
Person of the services contemplated by this Agreement, except to the extent that
such loss, damage, claim or expense was caused primarily as a result of
Consultant's gross negligence or willful misconduct.

    8.  Miscellaneous Provisions.
        (a)  Independent Contractor.  The parties agree that Consultant is an
     independent contractor, and nothing continued in this Agreement shall be
     interpreted to create an employment relationship or partnership or joint
     venture between the Company and Consultant.
        (b)  Alienation.  Neither the Company nor Consultant shall sell, assign,
     transfer or pledge any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement,
     by operation of law or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the
     other party.
        (c)  Notices.  Any notice, waiver, consent or other communication

     required or permitted hereunder shall be in writing and shall be delivered
     personally (including delivery by a internationally recognized courier
     service), by facsimile transmission, by pre-paid telegram or by pre-paid
     certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, addressed as

         If to the Company:  Real Education, Inc.
                             9000 E. Chenango Avenue
                             Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111
                             Attention:  Robert N. Helmick
                             Facsimile:  (303) 779-9232
      If to the Consultant:  New World Equities, Inc.
                             1603 Orrington Avenue
                             Suite 1070
                             Evanston, Illinois  60201
                             Attention:  Christopher Girgenti
                             Facsimile (847) 328-8297

         Notice hereunder shall be deemed to have been received and be effective
     for all purposes hereunder (a) if given by facsimile transmission, when
     transmitted to the facsimile number specified in this Section and
     confirmation of such transmittal is received, (b) if given by prepaid
     certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, on


     the third business day after mailing or (c) if given by any other means,
     when delivered at the address specified in this Section. The address and
     facsimile number of any party hereto may be changed by notice given in
     accordance with the provisions hereof.

        (d)  Severability.  If any provision of this Agreement is held by a
     court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable,
     such provision shall be severed and enforced to the extent possible or
     modified in such a way as to make it enforceable, and the invalidity,
     illegality or unenforceability thereof shall not affect the validity,
     legality or enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Agreement.

        (e)  Successors.  This Agreement and all the terms and provision hereof
     shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of all of the parties
     hereto, and their legal representatives, heirs, successors and permitted
     assigns, except as expressly herein otherwise provided.

        (f)  Governing Law.  This Agreement shall be governed by and construed
     in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois.

        (g)  Service of Process.  Each of the Company and Consultant expressly
     submits and consent in advance to the exclusive jurisdiction of the United
     States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois or the Circuit
     Court of Cook County, Illinois for the purposes of any and all suits,
     actions or other proceedings arising out of or based upon this applicable
     law, each of the parties hereto hereby waives, and agrees not to assert, by
     way of motion, as a defense, or otherwise, in any such suit, action or
     proceeding brought in such courts, any claim that it is not subject
     personally to the jurisdiction of the above-named courts, that its property
     is exempt or immune from attachment or execution, that the suit, action or
     proceeding is brought in an inconvenient forum, that the venue of the suit,
     action or proceeding is improper or that this Agreement or the subject
     matter hereof may not be enforced in or by such court.

        (h)  Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each
     of which shall be an original, but all of which shall constitute one and
     the same instrument.

        (i)  Pronouns and Headings. As used herein, all pronouns shall include
     the masculine, feminine, neuter, singular and plural thereof whenever the
     context and facts require such construction.  The headings, titles and
     subtitles herein are inserted for convenience of reference only and are to
     be ignored in any construction of the provisions hereof.

        (j)  Amendment and Waiver.  Except as otherwise provided herein, no
     modification, amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall
     be effective unless such modification, amendment or waiver is approved in
     writing by the parties.  The failure of any party to enforce any of the
     provisions of this Agreement shall in no way be construed as a waiver of
     such provisions and shall not affect the right of such party thereafter to
     enforce each and every provision of this Agreement in accordance with its


        (k)  Entire Agreement.  This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement
     between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof and
     supersede all prior agreements, both written and oral, between the parties
     with respect to the subject matter hereof.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed as of the date and
year first above written.

                                THE COMPANY:                             
                                REAL EDUCATION, INC.,                    
                                a Colorado corporation                   
                                By:  /s/ Robert N. Helmick                 
                                Name:  Robert N. Helmick                 
                                Title:  President and Chief Executive    
                                NEW WORLD EQUITIES, INC.,                
                                a Delaware corporation                   
                                By:  /s/ Christopher Girgenti              
                                Name:  Christopher Girgenti              
                                Title:  Senior Managing Partner