Before the advent of Internet if you had to learn something you had to attend a course, an evening class in a community college or hire an instructor to learn the subject.
Not anymore. With the Internet all you have to do is Google the subject or topic you want to learn about and you will find multiple websites or apps you can learn from anywhere in the world at your own time and pace.
In this day and age, there is simply no excuse to not learn a subject or a skill that you want to know. It is very easy to pick up any skill with the amount of collective knowledge and expertise available freely or for a small cost online
I have compiled a list of websites where you can learn from free of cost or in some cases for a nominal fee.
Take a course online
Khan Academy– High-quality free courses on a variety of subjects.
Alison– Free online courses from the world’s top publishers.
CourseBuffet– Free online courses created by universities.
Udemy– Huge selection of free and premium courses- mostly on technical skills.
Highbrow– Free 10-day courses, divided into 5-minute daily lessons and delivered by email.
Academic Earth– Free online academic education for everyone.
Learnist– Print and video content, crowdsourced and curated by experts.
Degreed– Unlimited learning. Free forever
Get healthier, be more productive, and learn faster
Memrise– Learn a variety of subjects via digital flashcards and crowdsourced mnemonics.
Greatist– Articles on becoming healthy and happy.
ZenHabits– Minimalist productivity advice, with a focus on psychology.
Anki– Free flashcard software.
Hello Healthy– Short, actionable health weight loss and fitness articles.
Fitocracy– Free workout, fitness tips and fitness tracking.
Learn coding and other technical skills
Free Code Camp– Learn to code, meet other coders, build projects that help non-profits.
Code.org– Introductory coding lessons, designed for k-12 students.
Data Camp– Free and freemium courses on R, Python and data visualisation.
CodeCombat– Introductory coding lessons, in the form of a fantasy RPG.
Lrn– Phone app with free interactive coding mini-quizzes.
Learn a new language
Duolingo — Learn over 20 different languages, including Klingon for some reason.
Babbel– Free language learning with integrated speech recognition.
Drops– Study a language on your phone for just 5 minutes a day.
Busuu– Community-base language learning. Interact with native speakers.
CoffeeStrap– Practice a new language by voice chatting with native speakers with whom you share common interests.
Lingvist– Learn a language in 200 hours.
Sharpen your social and career skills
Improve Your Social Skills– Free social skills guide from a guy who overcame Asperger’s.
Succeed Socially– Free social skills guide for awkward people.
Job-Hunt.org– Free articles on job hunting, getting promoted, freelancing, personal branding, and other career skills.
Mind Tools– Free tools and videos for improving career, management and communications skills.
Makezine– Online magazine for makers with guides, projects and news.
Snapguide– Free user-created guides for makers.
ChefSteps– Mix of free and premium cooking classes.
Instructables– User-created guides for making everything from cookies to buildings.
Allrecipes– The web’s largest collection of recipes.
Become a human encyclopedia
InstaNerd– Read a never-ending series of random factoids.
TED-Ed– Curated, high-quality educational videos.
Brain Pump– Watch a random educational video.
Now I Know– Fun facts delivered in a daily email newsletter.
Big Think– In-depth videos by experts.
Curious– Sharpen your brain with daily “workouts”
Do something fun
Yousician– Learn your favourite guitar, bass, piano and ukulele songs.
Chesscademy– Learn chess from the masters, and solve chess puzzles.
Pianu– Learn to play piano online.
Flowkey– Free piano training app.
This article originally appeared in Medium and is written by John Fawkes. Read the original article at Medium