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Published: December 01, 2016

12 Websites That Can Make You Incredibly Smarter

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Self-learning has been more popular as the amount of information available online is increasing, allowing us to broaden our views with any topics that interest us. As you can find almost any course you wish to attend online, on popular websites such as Coursera and Khan Academy, you can easily change your career and start learning about something that really inspires you.

We present you with a list of 12 websites that you can use to expand your knowledge base and seize new opportunities.

1. CreativeLive

If you strive to nurture your creativity, you can join live online workshops by CreativeLive about photography, video, design, music, crafting and so on. If you feel like a creative soul, this is the place where you can unlock your potential and be surprised with how much you can learn.

2. Code School

With entertaining content and experience instructors, Code School offers you over 60 courses on various programming languages. Every course is designed so as to feel like you are playing a game rather than boring you with a lot of information.

3. Brain Pump

With Brain Pump, you can learn something new and interesting every day. You can learn about topics such as technology, chemistry, history, casual science, food, game design and much more.

4. Guides

Guides is a free publishing platform where different authors, teachers, bloggers and researchers can share their knowledge. With many different “How To” guides, you can learn everything about marketing, entrepreneurship, fitness, health, design and so on.

5. Chalk Street

Chalk Street presents you with more than 60,000 lessons on technology, business, arts and lifestyle, such as yoga, languages, smartphone photography, everything about Excel and many others.

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6. Psychology Today

If you want to work on yourself and improve your mental health, Psychology Today is the right website for you. This site gathers a group of psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers, thus you can educate yourself on a number of topics, such as anxiety, cognition, creativity, parenting, memory, and so on.

7. MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OCW is a place where you can find course content of more than 2,000 MIT courses that can help individual learners enrich their knowledge base. Some of the most popular courses include: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Algorithms, Introduction to Programming in Java, and so on.

8. Investopedia

If you are looking for a website to improve your knowledge on finances, Investopedia is the right place for you. You can learn everything about investing and personal finance from a team of data scientists and financial experts.

9. Makezine

For those of you who like to play with technology and craft their own invention, step-by-step articles on Makezine will become your favorite pieces of writing.

10. Quora

Quora’s mission is to connect people who have knowledge with the people who need it. You can ask almost any question and people will give you useful pieces of advice and their insights, or you can look at previous discussions and find the answers you are looking for.

11. Udacity

Udacity focuses on active learning and its mission is to bring higher education to people around the world so as to help them with improving their careers. It has a long list of available courses from the field of programming, business studies, web design, marketing and so on.

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12. Highbrow

You can always spare 5 minutes per day to learn something new, and 5 minutes is all Highbrow asks from you. You can have 5-minute lessons delivered to your inbox daily, and learn how to improve your brain health, boost your emotional intelligence, about body language, SEO, HTML, CSS and many other topics.

How to make the most of self-learning

In order to get the maximum from self-learning process, you first need to set goals, and ask yourself why you want to know more about a certain topic. First set mini goals, and after you meet each goal, cross it off your goal list and that’s how you can track your progress. This is also a great motivational tool since it creates the sense of accomplishment. The next step is to make a schedule – how much time you want to spend each week learning and when do you plan to finish a course, and stick to it.

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