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Founded in 2006, The Khan Academy, (www.khanacademy.org), created by young entrepreneur Salman Khan, is considered to be a good resource  of  quality education to anyone, anywhere. The website offers students the chance to grasp classroom concepts by watching short video clips of 10-20 minute duration each. 

The listed categories are:

Arithmetic
Pre-Algebra
Algebra I
Algebra II
Geometry
Chemistry
Brain Teasers
Current Economics
Banking and Money
Venture Capital and Capital Markets
Finance
Evaluation and Investing
Credit Crisis
Biology
Trignometry
Precalculus
Statistics
Probability
Calculus
Differential Equations
History
Linear Algebra
Physics
SAT  
GMAT preparation

The content is provided by universities and institutes  in the form of web videos. The content is largely based on university-level topics. However, students who need help with a specific concept have no direct way of finding it on the website. The website only offers one-way interaction. 

However, the website has many things going for it. For one, it provides an exhaustive collection of instruction material, which is presented in digestible 10-20 minute packages. The videos are supplemented by a software that dynamically generates exercises and captures data on student usage and progress.

The videos, captured using SmoothDraw,  present the content in a way “akin to sitting next to someone and working out a problem on a sheet of paper”. This delivery format comes off as an easy-learning medium. It is not, in the least way, daunting.

Daniel Stern, founder of UConnect.org, says: “These videos give students so much more than a technical proficiency in maths and physics (although they do this quite well); they create a love for mathematics and learning generally. And that is priceless.” 

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