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17 Free Online Learning Sites that Provide High Quality Opportunities

17 Free Online Learning Sites that Provide High Quality Opportunities

One thing that you should never stop doing is learning, even if you are no longer in school. With the Internet, our opportunities to learn have never been so great, and there is no excuse for you to not be learning at least one new thing every day. Check out these 17 awesome free online learning sites.

1. ALISON

Alison

    This site is partnered with some of the top publishers to provide courses on just about anything you can think of. From HR practices to nursing, there is bound to be something that you are interested in learning. This site makes the best learning materials available to everyone.

    2. EdX

    edx

      If you want to take university classes online, this is the place to do it. You can enjoy classes from the top universities, including Harvard and UC Berkley, and you can search for courses by school, subject, or topic. You will be amazed at the amount of great courses that are available on this site, and they are all free to take.

      3. Microsoft Virtual Academy

      microsoft

        This is a great way to learn all about IT, cloud computing, and everything else that people do every day on the Internet. There are even live events such as tutorials, and there are courses for students of every level.

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        4. E-Learning for Kids

        elearning kids

          This is a great site for kids that is loaded with elementary courses. Kids ages 5-12 can take courses in math, science, health, language, and more, and they will end up with much better grades in school.

          5. MIT OpenCourseware

          MIT

            When you want coursework from MIT that is very concentrated, this is the site to check out. You will find most of the most popular MIT courses here, including animal behavior, statistics and probability, and a whole lot more.

            6. Udemy

            udemy

              This site offers more paid video tutorials than anything, but there are some freebies, and the paid ones are also worth looking into. Topics include personal development, marketing, lifestyle, photography, and more.

              7. CodeAcademy

              codeacademy

                This is for anyone who wants to learn about software programming and data science. Most of the courses are web-related, and there are courses for all age groups. There is even an in-browser coding console for some courses. This marketable, money-making skill is easy to learn with this useful online resource.

                8. Ed2Go

                ed2go

                  These courses aren’t free, but they are affordable, and there are courses from more than 2,100 colleges and universities. The training is virtual, but led by instructors, and there are loads of categories.You get the opportunity to interact with your classmates which allows you to make connections and get further course recommendations from them for the future.

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                  9. Open Culture

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                    This site is great because it divides free online courses into various disciplines and connects you to resources relating to those topics. If you like history, this site connects you to hundreds of history resources relating to your interests.

                    10. HubSpot Academy

                    Hubspot

                      This site offers courses and e-books about content marketing, and you can even get certifications. This is going to make you stand out when you are on the hunt for a new job in marketing. Most people add their earned certifications to their resumes!

                      11. iTunesU

                      iTunesU

                        Not everything here is free, but there are enough free courses that you can load onto your phone or computer at no charge that it is worth checking out. You can even learn on your daily commute to work!

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                        12. NovoEd

                        Novoed

                          Most of the courses here are free, and come from professors from some of the top universities in the world. This social learning platform connects you with other learners.

                          13. Stanford Engineering Everywhere

                          stanford

                            Engineering courses are free to both students and educators, including all of the materials you need to complete each course, from syllabi to videos to exams and more.

                            14. Coursera

                            Coursera

                              There are more than 1000 courses here from the top learning institutions, including Stanford and Duke. You should have no problem finding loads of great courses that you will want to take for free. Coursera is great because you can take quick classes to learn about programs like Excel, Photoshop, and more.

                              15. Moz

                              moz

                                Here is a site that offers loads of resources about everything to do with search engine and content marketing. You will find guides to link building, social media, SEO, and a whole lot more.

                                16. Scratch-Imagine, Program, Share

                                scratch

                                  This is a program from MIT that allows children to learn about science. They will learn about the solar system, music synths, the science behind paper planes, and a whole lot more.

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                                  17. HippoCampus

                                  hippo

                                    Find loads of free video collections for 13 subjects for students in middle school all the way to college. Teachers can get free accounts, and courses are from such schools as Khan Academy, NM State Learn Games Lab, and STEMbite.

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                                    Last Updated on September 17, 2018

                                    How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

                                    How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

                                    Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

                                    Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

                                    All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

                                    Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

                                    How bad really is multitasking?

                                    It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

                                    Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

                                    This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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                                    We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

                                    So what to do about it?

                                    Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

                                    Now, forget about how to multitask!

                                    Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

                                    1. Get enough rest

                                    When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

                                    This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

                                    When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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                                    2. Plan your day

                                    When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

                                    When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

                                    Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

                                    3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

                                    I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

                                    I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

                                    Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

                                    4. When at your desk, do work

                                    We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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                                    Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

                                    5. Learn to say no

                                    Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

                                    Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

                                    By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

                                    6. Turn off notifications on your computer

                                    For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

                                    Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

                                    7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

                                    Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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                                    You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

                                    The bottom line

                                    Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

                                    Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

                                    Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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