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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

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                            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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                                    Published on October 16, 2020

                                    13 Productive Things to Do on a Sunday

                                    13 Productive Things to Do on a Sunday

                                    Sunday’s are amazing days. For most of us, Sunday’s are a day of rest — a chance to relax, spend time with our family and friends and step away from work. Yet, for many people, Sunday’s can be a day of gloom. The thought of having to go back to work the next day and rejoin the hustle and bustle of everyday working life creates a dark cloud over a day that should be a joy.

                                    With the right approach, though, Sunday’s can be days of rejuvenation—a chance to recharge our batteries—and to set ourselves up for a fantastic week. It is just a matter of the way you look at Sundays.

                                    Sunday’s give me a chance to take stock of how my week has gone and decide what I want to achieve the following week. Each Sunday allows me to step back from the everyday grind and to measure my progress against the plan I had for the week and to reset that plan to make the next week even better.

                                    Here are 13 ways you can turn Sunday’s into amazingly productive days:

                                    1. Wake up at Your Normal Time

                                    I grew up thinking Sunday’s were a great day to ‘catch-up on my sleep’. The problem here is by over-sleeping on a Sunday, you often find it difficult to get to sleep Sunday night and that begins the cycle of sleep debt you want to avoid.[1]

                                    Waking up at your normal time maintains regular sleep patterns and this helps to make sure your sleep schedule is consistent throughout the week. When you are in a perpetual sleep debt all week, your productivity will sink. Ensuring you have a good night sleep every night, keeps you in a highly productive state.

                                    2. Start the Day With “Me-Time”

                                    “Me-time” is time you give to yourself.[2] It’s time you can spend doing all the things you love doing without the fear of being interrupted. That could be exercise, reading, going for a long walk or meditation.

                                    Before Google and smartphones, people in the U.K. used to wake up on a Sunday morning, take a short walk to the local newsagent to buy the Sunday papers. The Sunday papers had all sort of supplements on books, lifestyle, gardening and fashion.

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                                    You would get home, settle into your favourite armchair and spend an hour or two reading through all these supplements. For me, I would put on some relaxing music and just relax with a nice cup of tea. It was a wonderful way to spend Sunday morning. No stress, no pressure, just me and the Sunday papers.

                                    Decide what you want to do with your Sunday morning, make sure it is focused on you and start this week. You will thank yourself for it.

                                    3. Do Some Exercise

                                    Now, this does not mean you go out and do a 10-mile run or spend one or two hours in the gym. What this means is to get outside and move.

                                    Our lifestyles today have taken away a lot of natural movement. This has become particularly prominent this year with many of us having to work from home. Those walks to the bus stop, train station and the office have gone. Now we get up, move from one room to another, sit down and start work.

                                    Sunday’s give you a chance to move. Take that opportunity. Get yourself outside for an hour or two. Enjoy nature. Go with your family or friends and just have a relaxing hour or two in nature. This is possibly one of the best ways to reduce stress, get some healthy exercise and set yourself up for a wonderful week.

                                    4. Plan the Day

                                    Not having a plan for the day will leave you at the mercy of outside events. Instead, decide on Saturday evening what you will do the next day. Make sure you wake up at your normal time, indulge in your favourite morning drink and start your day.

                                    Having no plan for the day, will likely result in you waking up late, making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep the next evening and you will waste the opportunity to make the day count.

                                    Your plan does not have to be too detailed. Something similar to:

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                                    • Wake up and make coffee
                                    • Put on some great music
                                    • Sit down and enjoy coffee
                                    • Take a 2-hour walk
                                    • Read for an hour or two
                                    • Spend some time with the kids

                                    Just make sure you have a rough plan for the day, but keep things as flexible as possible.

                                    5. Watch a Sports Game

                                    This is a great way to get yourself away from thinking about work and your troubles. I’m a big rugby and motorsport fan and even in these difficult pandemic times, there are plenty of sports events I can watch on YouTube.

                                    Whatever sport you enjoy, take some time on Sunday to watch a game. Just getting into the game, enjoying the skills on show and marvelling at the professionalism removes you from your everyday world for a while. It’s a great way to give your brain some much-needed relaxation and provides a wonderful distraction from your everyday normal life.

                                    6. Make Sure You Do Something Different

                                    Doing the same things day after day will eventually turn every day into a grind. You want to be looking forward to your Sunday’s. Plan to go out for a drive in the countryside, or a walk in an unfamiliar park, or go to the cinema or an outside concert.

                                    Do anything that breaks up your routine. Like watching a sports game, it takes you away from the normal everyday life you lead and gives you something refreshingly different to enjoy and experience.

                                    7. Clean Up

                                    I know, most people hate doing house chores but having a clean, ordered home does wonders for your overall mental wellbeing. I love ending Sunday with a beautifully clean home, knowing everything is in its place, the floors are clean and all my laundry is put away and ready for the following week.

                                    It can be hard to find the time to stay on top of all the cleaning during the week, so setting aside some time each Sunday to do a cleanup leaves you feeling refreshed, energized and ready for whatever the following week will throw at you.

                                    8. Prepare You Clothes for the Following Week

                                    This may seem a bit excessive, but it saves so much time and cognitive overload. All it takes is one bad night’s sleep and you wake up and find yourself rushing around trying to get yourself ready for your first appointment.

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                                    In that state, trying to decide what clothes to wear in another decision you just don’t need. It’s far better to make a rough plan on a Sunday what you will wear for work and have all these clothes ready, washed and ironed.

                                    It also prevents discovering the shirt you want to wear for the early morning meeting is still in the laundry basket when you need it. Plan ahead. It saves so much time and stress.

                                    9. Do a Weekly Planning Session

                                    I’ve experimented doing a weekly planning session on different days but by far, the best day to plan is Sunday. I find that Sunday evenings are the best times to open up my calendar and to-do list, and to plan for the week ahead. It sets me up for the week ahead.

                                    It also helps me to sleep better on Sunday evening, knowing exactly what I need to accomplish the following week. I can start Monday morning without wasting time trying to figure out where things were left the previous Friday.

                                    What I am looking for are where all my meetings are, which days I can focus on my deep and project work and to make sure I have everything processed from the week before.

                                    10. Clear Out Your Email

                                    What? Doing email on a Sunday? Yes. Why? Because the worst thing you can do is start the new week with an inbox full of last week’s unreplied-to emails.

                                    For most of us, Monday morning is likely to be the one day in the week we do not have a lot of email in our inboxes, so we can begin the day on our most important project work. If you spend an hour or two cleaning up your email from last week, you miss a tremendous opportunity to start with a clean slate.

                                    We don’t get a lot of email in on a Sunday, so you can process your inbox and actionable folders to make sure when the new week begins, you not only have a set of outcomes you want to achieve that week, but also begin the new week with no hangovers from the week before.

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                                    11. Do Some Work on Your Side Project

                                    Now, this does not mean work. This means your own personal projects. It could be a DIY project, doing something in your garden, restoring an old car or writing your book.

                                    Sunday’s give you incredible opportunities to do all those things you dream of doing but never seem to find time to do them. Just getting on and doing these side projects removes you from your everyday work, and allows you a few hours to do the things you love doing.

                                    12. Read a Book

                                    During the week, it can be hard to read a good book. We get up, rush out the door to get to work (or move to our home work station and start the computer). When we finish the day, we are exhausted and just want to vegetate in front of the TV.

                                    Don’t waste Sunday’s. They give you a great opportunity to spend time with the books you want to read.

                                    13. Prepare You Meals for the Following Week

                                    This is a great one for those of you who are following a healthy diet and exercise plan. Preparing meals for the following week not only saves a lot of time, it also encourages you to eat healthy on those exhausting days when all you want to do is eating pizza and flopping down on the sofa.

                                    Having a set of pre-prepared meals reduces the temptation during the week when your willpower is at its lowest. It’s quick, healthy and easy to do. It makes sure you are sticking to your diet plan.

                                    Bottom Line

                                    I am not suggesting you try and fit all these things into Sunday. Just pick a few that resonate with you. Do those that will give you the biggest benefit and most joy.

                                    Sunday’s need to be restful, relaxing and give you a chance to do those things you do not normally have time to do. It’s an incredible day, so don’t waste it laying in bed watching endless episodes of your favourite TV series.

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