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Last Updated on August 8, 2019

Learn Coding For Free With These 10 Sites

Learn Coding For Free With These 10 Sites

Programming, or coding, is a vital skill that many people are learning today. With the expansion of technology and the increasing demand of developers, learning to code could prove to be invaluable. Not only is it a highly sought-after skill by companies worldwide, it is also one that you can easily learn for free. There are sites that will allow you to learn plenty of programming languages without any charge and at your own pace.

For those who are looking to learn how to code, here are ten sites that will be more than happy to teach you:

1. Coursera

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    Coursera is a platform that offers college-level classes to members for no charge (certificate earning courses non-withstanding). While they have a vast array of courses available in different subjects, languages, and professions, they do have quite a library of classes that are all about learning to code. You can create a free account with them, pick out classes based on start dates, and go forth at your own pace. For those who are looking to learn at their own pace and on their own time, Coursera is a great option and has classes that are open almost constantly.

    2. Github

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      Github is like a reference book for coders. Indeed, it is a near hive-mind of books referencing programming as well as an incredible amount of posts from users — displaying their own programming endeavours, along with lessons and questions. In fact, if you are a professional programmer, many industry professionals will recommend making a Github profile to show off some of your own work. Users are free to browse it at their leisure and interact with the dedicated community, post questions, and learn as they go.  It is a well-rounded and invaluable resource when it comes to learning to code.

      3. CodeAcademy

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        Of course, no list on this subject would be complete without the inclusion of CodeAcademy. The extremely simple and interactive site hosts more than 24 million people learning to code for free and also offers plenty of languages to learn, including CSS, Javascript, PHP, HTML, and many others. This site has earned its popularity for a reason – it has been proven effective and is quite fun to use as well. You go through each lesson step-by-step and CodeAcademy keeps records of your progress. All in all, this is one of the easiest sites to use and has plenty of options for those who are looking to learn how to seriously code.

        4. Udemy

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          Udemy is an online learning platform that was setup originally for professionals looking to learn or improve their job skills. While some courses do indeed have to be paid for, they also offer plenty of free programming lessons via videos. Udemy is directed towards learning to code in a business environment, but it does have courses that are well designed and the videos are simple to follow along with. For those who are looking to go into business for themselves or are seeking a way to improve their job skills, Udemy is a great platform and always has lots in the way of choices.

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          5. MIT Open Courseware

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            MIT, aka the school for tech geniuses, actually offers free versions of its courses online for those looking to learn. Again, like Coursera, they come in a multitude of different areas of study and topics, but seeing as it is MIT, the focus on technology and coding is quite strong. All of the courses come with lecture notes, videos, and plenty of extra resources so that those looking to learn can get the gist of everything going on. They even have homework to help those who prefer to learn in the more traditional school style. Naturally, the quality is top notch.

            6. edX

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              edX is, funnily enough, a platform developed by Harvard University and MIT as of 2012 – talk about quality! In fact, the Introduction to Computer Science course from Harvard University that is available is one that new coders should not miss. With just two starting schools in 2012, EdX now includes sixty-plus schools and offers cutting-edge courses on technology. Once again, for those who enjoy a more traditional schooling sense, edX is something to look into.

              7. Khan Academy

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                One of the originals in online-learning offerings, Khan Academy focuses heavily on technology, math, and computer science – all for free! The lessons come in the way of step-by-step tutorial videos and have been proven highly effective with the million-or-so users that visit Khan Academy regularly. Like the other sites, you have your choice of programming languages, but the platform itself is exceptionally open and easy to navigate.

                8. Code Avengers

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                  All of this is starting to sound a bit too much like work, isn’t it? How about a site that teaches you to code for free with a more fun and personable approach? New Zealand-based company Code Avengers is all about interactivity, as it aims to teach users how to code games, apps, and websites with various languages. The time sink for each course is about twelve hours and they are available in multiple languages. Even if twelve hours sounds like a lot, compare it to a four-year school and then factor in the cost — yeah, exactly.

                  9. Free Code Camp

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                    If you want to have fun AND do something good for humanity (not counting just yourself), then Free Code Camp is for you. The community of professionals and students work together on helping hone their coding skills to the goal of building apps for free. Where does the feel-good altruism come in? Your code is available to nonprofits. How is that for an incentive?

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                    10. Hack.pledge

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                      Interestingly enough, this site is a community of developers who are dedicated to helping those who want to learn how to code. What’s even more interesting is that the teachers are some of the most high profile coders in the world, such as Bram Cohen — the inventor of BitTorrent. Where better to learn than from the masters?

                      No matter which site you select, they all offer the experience and knowledge for those interested in learning to learn how to code at no cost. If you’ve been making any excuses, they’ve just gone out the window. Get coding and have fun with it!

                      Featured photo credit: hackny via flickr.com

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                      Published on January 14, 2020

                      15 Effortless Memorization Tricks To Remember Anything

                      15 Effortless Memorization Tricks To Remember Anything

                      The struggle is real!

                      With so much happening in life, it’s hard to remember the details. In particular, names, due dates, requirements and locations slip from the mind every so often. But the memorization tricks outlined in this article should ensure that you never forget stuff that matters.

                      I used to have a problem with remembering names and faces.

                      You see, I meet new people every day from around the globe and it’s just too many new names and faces for my mind to register.

                      But I’ll tell you this:

                      It’s certainly quite embarrassing to have coffee with somebody and not recognize them the next day.

                      The problem is that forgetting is such a passive action that you often have no control over it.

                      Let me explain:

                      When you forget something, it’s not like you’re actively trying to. It just… happens and that makes it hard to inhibit your forgetfulness.

                      I mean, how do you stop doing something that you’re not really doing?

                      So, I just accepted that this is how it is and I’m going to have to live with it.

                      But several embarrassing encounters later, I’ve consolidated a list of memorizing tips that worked like magic for me.

                      I’ve used them to overcome my problem of remembering people and their names which has helped me immensely in improving communication and collaboration within and outside of my company.

                      Now before we dive into the memorization tricks that I wanted to discuss with you, let’s first take a look at how and why we forget.

                      The Science of Forgetting

                      In 1885, Hermann Ebbinghaus put forth his theory that outlined the “Forgetting Curve”.[1] This curve shows how much information we retain after a certain amount of time has passed since initially memorizing it.

                      You might be a bit concerned about how valid this theory is, given that it was initially presented in the 19th century.

                      But in a 2015 analysis, scientists found that the Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve was completely accurate.[2]

                      Fascinatingly, the Forgetting Curve shows that just after a day of memorizing something, we remember about 30% of it.

                      Before we jump into the memorization tricks in this article, I’d first like to explain to you why you forget in the first place. Knowing the root cause of forgetfulness will help you apply the information that you gather.

                      When you initially learn something, your mind transfers it into the hypothetical short-term memory chamber.

                      Your brain doesn’t know which piece of information is important and which needs to be discarded. So, it waits for a signal that helps it recognize important pieces of information that it can then shift into the hypothetical long-term memory chamber.

                      One of the more obvious of such signals is repetition. As shown in the forgetting figure below, repetition can change the shape of the forgetting curve.

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                        All the memorization tricks and tips in this article revolve around signaling the importance of memories to your mind so it can move that piece of information from the short-term memory chamber to the long-term one.

                        15 Memorization Tricks That Work

                        Enough of science; let’s get into the business end of this article. Here are 15 memorization tricks that work:

                        1. Say it 3 Times

                        This is one of the simplest learning methods that I’ve been using and it seems to yield some great results.

                        Make a habit of saying something 3 times as soon as you hear it. This will help you retain that information longer in your brain. In my case, when someone would tell me their name, I’d say it thrice under my breath. This signaled to my brain that this piece of information is important and I’d like to remember it.

                        2. Link it to an Established Long-Term Memory

                        What if you already have something in your long-term memory that you can link your new piece of information to?

                        Imagine this:

                        There’s a piece of information that resides deep in your hypothetical long-term memory chamber. Once you claim a new memory, you stick it to the old one.

                        What do you think will happen?

                        Of course, the new memory will retain better because of the strong memory that you linked it to.

                        For instance, people set their 4-digit pin codes for their birthdates (or their spouse’s) all the time. It’s easier to remember because they have an already established link in their mind that’s probably never going to break.

                        3. Type Away

                        Writing something down is a common memorizing trick that works for many.

                        The problem?

                        You almost never have a pen and paper close at hand when you need it.

                        So here, I decided to go a bit unconventional and use technology to my advantage.

                        I started typing notes on my phone that I’d revisit before sleeping.

                        A lot of times, I wouldn’t even have to revisit my notes because the mere act of typing them would help me retain that memory.

                        But if typing it out doesn’t help, rereading it at night surely will.

                        4. Spaced Repetition

                        As mentioned above, further research on the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve showed that it’s best to revise a piece of information after a certain amount of time as it helps your mind retain it better.

                        Now, what a lot of people do is that they try to repeat or revise a memory as soon as they attain it.

                        But research shows that it’s useless to adopt that strategy. The goal isn’t to avoid forgetting that memory; it’s to forget it so you can relearn and solidify its roots in your brain.

                        The same research suggested 4 repetitions; around 20 mins, 50 mins, 9 hours and 5 days after memorizing something.[3]

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                        But it might not be practical to revisit a memory in that fashion. So, as we recommend in our article on Spaced Repetition, just revise an important memory 24-36 hours after initially learning it and you should see 90% above retention rates.

                        5. Grasp the Concept

                        Back in college, rote learning never seemed to work for me.

                        No matter how many times I’d repeat a phrase and try to learn it by heart, I’d have completely forgotten it by the next day.

                        So I tried to memorize the concept, not the words.

                        This worked great for me back then and still works well when I’m trying to understand the mechanics of a company or a business.

                        6. Interleaved Practice

                        If you mix it up, you’ll see better results in memorization.

                        Most people, when they’re trying to memorize or learn something, keep working at it until it’s all done or perfect.

                        It doesn’t make much sense if you leave a memorization task in the middle right? Wrong!

                        Research shows that if you learn two different things at once, you’ll learn them better. This is called interleaved practice.

                        Now that are 2 reasons why interleaved practice shows spectacular resuLts:

                        Similar memories get mixed up in the brain

                        Interleaved practice makes it harder to recall a memory. And the harder the practice session, the better your results!

                        7. Use Storytelling

                        Without a doubt, storytelling is one of the most powerful skills that one can master.

                        And the reason is simple:

                        Stories captivate us like nothing else.

                        Look at all the forms of entertainment that we have nowadays and you’ll see storytelling in each one of them; movies, songs, music videos, video games, vlogs… the list goes on.

                        The reason is simple:

                        Our brain is obsessed with stories.

                        So the next time you’re trying to memorize something, try creating a story in your head that would help you remember it.

                        8. Record Your Audio

                        Here’s another fantastic memorizing trick that puts technology to great use.

                        When you’re trying to memorize something, just audio record yourself on the phone and listen to it on repeat.

                        You don’t need to do this for long. In fact, about 15-20 minutes of listening to yourself should be more than enough.

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                        This is especially useful for auditory learners.

                        9. Create Parts

                        What if I tell you to memorize this number in 20 seconds:

                        583957304

                        I’m sure that sounds like a daunting task.

                        But what about:

                        583-957-304

                        This looks easier although both numbers are essentially the same.

                        The only difference in both numbers is that the second one has two dashes. Now, the dashes themselves aren’t significant. What’s significant is the fact that the dashes break the number into 3 parts.

                        When you break the number, it becomes easier to remember. Your brain can then focus on individual parts and consolidate them in the end.

                        In fact, this memorization technique is pretty much a setup to trick your mind into thinking the task is easier than it actually is.

                        So, the next time you’re learning something extensive, create parts out of it and focus on each part individually.

                        10. Focus on Keywords

                        I like to use this method in conjunction with “Grasping the Concept”.

                        You see, there are just some things that require word-for-word learning.

                        And if you’re not good at it, then learning keywords becomes your last option.

                        It’s likely that you’ve used this technique if you buy the groceries. All you do is memorize keywords like “6 eggs” but never “buy half a dozen eggs” because the rest of all the words contribute nothing (or very little) to the message.

                        11. Say it out Aloud

                        Here’s another learning trick for auditory learners:

                        Say your words out aloud.

                        I’m a firm believer that the more senses you stimulate while learning, the better you’ll learn.

                        This means that reading alone (using your visual sense only) is not nearly as effective as speaking your words while you read them because it stimulates your sense of hearing as well.

                        Ideally, you’d want to use this technique with writing or typing.

                        12. Retain While You Sleep

                        Did you know that sleeping could help improve your memory?

                        Well, researchers from Matthew P. Walker and Robert Stickgold sure think so. In their research, “Sleep, Memory and Plasticity”, they maintain that sleep has a major role in “memory consolidation” and “memory reconsolidation”.[4].

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                        Another research published in Current Opinion in Neurology shows that,[5]

                        “Sleep is important for optimal learning.”

                        By that logic, memorizing just before you go to sleep is a nice way of strengthening that memory. While you sleep, your brain should work on that memory’s consolidation and reconsolidation.

                        Also, it’s important to get a good amount of sleep in for improving memory in general.

                        13. Challenge Yourself

                        Most people think that memorizing is all about reading and speaking.

                        And that’s partly why they aren’t particularly good at it.

                        Most of the time, we’re trying to memorize something all day but when the right time comes, our memory fails to support us.

                        A good way to eliminate that problem is to test yourself in the middle of the day.

                        Challenge yourself in the middle of the day to recall what you’re trying to learn. It doesn’t necessarily need to be in a learning environment. In fact, you could try recalling while you’re in the elevator, having lunch or walking to your office.

                        14. Mnemonics

                        Mnemonics have been for ages to learn a list of words in order.

                        And the only reason why they’ve stood the test of time is that they work.

                        In this method, you list out the first letter of each word and then try creating a sentence/phrase out of them that can be memorized.

                        A common example is the “Roy G. Biv” mnemonic that’s used to memorize the colors of the rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet).

                        Although recent research on effective learning techniques ranked mnemonics as a low utility learning method, the only reason for that was that mnemonics don’t have a wide variety of applications in general learning.[6]

                        However, they work like magic if you’re trying to learn a foreign language or increase vocabulary.

                        15. Use a To-Do List App

                        The last memorizing trick on our list is to use a To-Do List app.

                        A lot of these apps come with the added functionality of displaying your notes on the home screen of your phone.

                        A lot of others come with a sticky notification of that note that appears 24/7 on your phone.

                        By typing what you want to memorize in that note, you can then read it again every time you use your phone.

                        And if you’re anything like the common man, this memorization trick should give you the opportunity to review your memory multiple times in the day.

                        If you tend to forget easily, start trying these memorizing tricks. They’ve changed my life and will change yours too!

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