[AI] After-school partner

renuka warriar erenuka at gmail.com
Fri Feb 8 07:49:41 EST 2008

Date:08/02/2008 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/quest/200802/stories/2008020850180200.htm 


After-school partner 

Online education comes to the rescue of students this exam season. 


Extramarks is a networked community of like-minded people who are committed to help students excel. Atul Kulshreshtha, Chairman of Extramarks.com 

Photo: K.K. Mustafah 
Study online: The new trend. 

"The website is very useful since it is focused on studies and has all the resources that a student could wish for. I would rather spend time on Extramarks.com
rather than Orkut. It lets me network with like-minded students and have my share of fun as well." 

Karan Bajaj, Class XI, Bal Bharati School.

Karan probably echoes the general sentiment of students who have taken to this new phenomenon in the education webspace - Online education. Part of this
phenomenon is Extramarks.com, an online educational support system for students from Std. VI to XII based on the NCERT curriculum. It complements school
education by giving after-school study support.

The recently concluded The Hindu Young World Quiz '07 saw the 24 winners from across South India registering on the website. "This is a great initiative.
It will help us prepare better for our upcoming exams," said one of the winners. 

On site 

The site is a networked community of like-minded people committed to help a student excel. The community has three key components: A peer network of students
that allows students to bond and understand their subjects better, a network of teachers and parents collaborating with students; and a resource centre
that provides students with ways to enrich their knowledge.

The site packs in many other resourceful and nifty feature. Take for example the online testing tool and expert help. Got a question you don't have an answer
to? Ask the Experts! What's more, the community at Extramarks, will be more than willing to help. 

The site has a useful self-analysis feature: Online Testing. This is customised for difficulty, duration and skill/knowledge levels. The test analysis report
packs in easy-to-understand information about your performance. An additional feature is the "Detailed Answers", which has a comprehensive explanation
of the right answer.

The websitehas an in-built chill out zone. Members can blog or play games. You can also interact with students. There will soon be contests, interaction
and activities to take part in! 

On offer 

Extramarks experts are available from 3.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m., Monday to Friday and from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and all holidays. 

At present the service is free and the website works on a point system. The more you participate, the more points you earn. These can be used for various
activities like "Ask an Expert", downloading solved board papers, talking the online tests ... If you run out of points, you can buy them at a nominal

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