Khan Academy Offers New Methods for Online Education and Tutoring

Educational Tutorial WebsiteSalman Khan is like most people: when he used to think of YouTube, he thought of “cats playing the piano. No place for serious mathematics.” However, that changed recently when Khan started helping his cousins study for their math classes. Khan lives in Boston and his cousins live in New Orleans, so the easiest way to reach them was online. Now, Khan has extended his tutoring services to more people than just his family through Khan Academy, and with more than 3.5 million students using his videos to study each month, I would have to say that Khan has become pretty successful as an online tutor.

One person who has taken an interest in Khan and his online academy is Bill Gates, who in 2010 said he watched Khan Academy videos with his own children. Then, the Gates Foundation and Google made a $2 million donation to Khan Academy, which really helped Khan make progress on his pet-project. The money is currently being used to translate the materials into 10 languages.

So what is so special about Khan Academy and Khan’s way of teaching? Khan says he wants to help all students learn more effectively by moving away from the traditional lecture to homework to exams methodology of teaching.

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