When was the last time you wanted to learn something, just because you wanted to? Do you remember the sense of wonder, the burning enthusiasm, that “EUREKA” feeling when you finally understood something or could see how you could apply it to real life? Life-long learning is certainly something that is espoused by experts and governments all across the globe, but have you considered the cost of learning these new skills or bits of knowledge? While the desire to learn may be high, the price of the education required to allow you learn might be even higher. We don’t want you to lose your passion to learn though. Here are 5 great apps and sites where you can learn for free!
Want to learn a new language, and learn for free? Duolingo offers 8 languages and counting. Both a website and an online app, Duolingo allows you to learn for free in the comfort of your own home, and on the go! Duolingo allows you to learn the language in a fun and easy way, as learning a language is turned into a game, with different levels and quizzes to beat! You can also set your own targets and goals, so the app can remind you to pick up the pace if you’ve been a bit slow lately. I’m learning how to speak and read French using Duolingo, so I can attest to its effectiveness and interactivity. Juste essayer (Just try it)!
Want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, but don’t know how? Learn for free at Code Academy! Code Academy offers classes in 6 different programming languages, so you can definitely be well versed in all kinds of programming, and still be able to learn for free without having to go to a coding or programming school of any sort! Code Academy gives you feedback and awards for completing milestones, and also give you programming glossaries during tutorials you don’t get too lost when doing it! There are also forums for you to learn and share with fellow programmers. Some courses have a sandbox function, allowing you to test out your programmes and codes to see if they really work, so you can experiment in the safety of the sandbox environment!
Never thought that you could learn from free when it came to design? Think again, because with Planet Photoshop, you’re provided with a whole lot of user created resources and guides on how to use Photoshop! These range from basic tutorials for the really newbie beginners (like me) to specific guides on how to produce different effects.
“Learn for free” takes a whole new level with Khan Academy. Khan Academy offers variety of subjects and courses to choose from. It even offers exam preparation courses, such as SAT preparation, so if you’re a student preparing for an exam, these online courses would definitely help you ace these tests, as you would have practiced your thought processes and internalised the knowledge.
Imagine the amount of money you pay for your school education. If you’re a university student, you would be spending at least 7k a semester paying for school fees. Imagine if you could learn all what you learnt in university for free! Coursera links up with universities all around the globe to provide these educational services, so one day you might be taking a class from Harvard or Yale right in the comfort of your own home! You can also learn at your own pace, as there isn’t anyone to chase for your work or to push you, so you have to be independent and take initiative to do complete your Coursera assignments!