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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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                      25 Brain Exercises for Memory That Actually Help You Remember More

                      25 Brain Exercises for Memory That Actually Help You Remember More

                      The brain is often thought of as similar to a computer. When the brain is powerful and working properly, it will enable you to perform all your cognitive and bodily functions smoothly and efficiently, and the reverse is also true.

                      Unfortunately, our brainpower tends to decline as we grow older. And as you might have seen in media reports, loss of memory and dementia is a growing concern for people today. Brain wellness is now right up there with heart health.

                      If you are finding yourself forgetting things more than usual, it can be a little alarming. But you need to know you are not helpless when it comes to keeping your brain healthy and powerful. There are simple brain exercises for memory improvement you can do to boost your brainpower so you remember more.

                      Benefits of improving your brainpower

                      According to a 2015 study published in the journal Neurology, older adults who engage in regular physical exercise like jogging and cycling are less likely to be affected by age-related brain illnesses that can limit memory and mobility.[1] And those people who perform regular, targeted brain exercises keep their brains sharp and healthy, which reduces cognitive decline and memory impairment.

                      When you exercise your brain, you will also improve your creative abilities, which will give you a competitive advantage in your job.

                      Moreover, brain exercises strengthen your ability to think on your feet and give witty responses, meaning you won’t be lost for words at critical moments in conversations.

                      Goodbye to awkward silences!

                      Simple exercises to sharpen the brain

                      While you can enroll in a number of online brain training programs, experts generally recommend sticking to brain training exercises that involve real-world activities.

                      According to David Eagleman, PhD, neuroscientist and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, exercises to strengthen brain function should offer novelty and challenge:

                      “Almost any silly suggestion can work.”

                      Here’re 25 simple real-world exercises you can do starting today to sharpen your brain and improve memory.

                      1. Drive a new route home

                      As simple as this exercise may sound, taking a different route home stimulates the brain. You are forced to involve more senses to find your way around, which keeps your brain alert instead of mindlessly driving home or to work on familiar routes.

                      Avoiding ruts and boredom is critical to keeping your brain sharp, says Eagleman.

                      2. Repeat it out loud

                      In order to remember anything you have just read, heard or done, repeat it out loud.

                      For example, repeat out loud the name of someone new you’ve just met and you will nail the name down in your mind.

                      3. Listen while you read

                      A study conducted at the University of Puerto Rico found that out of 137 Spanish-speaking students quizzed about an English book they were given to read, those students who read the book while simultaneously listening to an English audio version outscored the group that only read on eight different quizzes about the book.[2]

                      Listen to audio of something while simultaneously reading or watching it. You’ll engage more of your senses and help your mind remember more.

                      4. Play crossword puzzles

                      Simple crossword puzzles and other word games like scrabble, where you rearrange letters and make as many words as you can, stimulate the brain and improve memory.

                      5. Play chess

                      Don’t forget to play other brain-boosting, strategy games like chess and checkers. Logic-based numbers games like Sudoku can also keep your brain fit.

                      6. Learn a musical instrument

                      Start playing a musical instrument. Studies show that learning something new and complex over a longer period of time is beneficial for the aging mind.[3]

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                      7. Play a new sport

                      Start playing a new sport that utilizes both mind and body, such as tennis, golf, or even yoga. Athletic exercise like these will not only improve your physical fitness, but also your mental fitness.

                      8. Learn a foreign language

                      Enroll in a foreign language course online or at your local education center. It will help to sharpen and rejuvenate your brain.

                      9. Draw a map from memory

                      When you return home from visiting a new place, draw a map of the area from memory. Expand this brain exercise by drawing maps of your commute, neighborhood and other areas to enhance memory.

                      10. Cook a new cuisine

                      Take a cooking class. Learn how to cook new cuisines. Cooking stimulates different parts of the brain and different senses including smell, sight, and taste.

                      11. Do chores with eyes closed

                      Try washing the dishes, sorting laundry or taking a shower with your eyes closed. This will force your brain to use other neural pathways to get the task done.

                      Obviously, don’t do anything with your eyes closed that would endanger others or yourself.

                      12. Eat a meal using chopsticks

                      Chopsticks will force your brain to pay attention and give your brain a good workout, especially if you have never used them before to eat.

                      13. Switch hands when doing stuff

                      If you are right-handed, try using your left hand to do things like brushing your teeth and eating.

                      For example, if you are already good at using chopsticks to eat, use your non-dominant hand instead to challenge your fine-motor skills that are controlled by the nervous system consisting of the brain.

                      14. Connect with new people

                      Every time you connect with other people, you expose yourself to new ideas and other ways of thinking and doing things. This stimulates your mind and widens your world view and thinking process.

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                      So, be open to traveling more and attending shows and events to meet and interact with new people. It’ll keep your mind in tip-top shape.

                      15. Savor different flavors in meals

                      Challenge your taste buds by deliberately savoring your meals. Try to identify the individual ingredients in food, including subtle spices and herbs for a tasteful burst of mental stimulation.

                      16. Do math in your head

                      Don’t always rush to use a pen and paper, or a calculator to figure out math problems. Try to do them in your head. Make things a little bit more interesting by working out math problems in your head while also walking.

                      17. Practice meditation

                      Training your mind to be quiet is not always easy, but it can be done through meditation.

                      Some of the benefits of practicing meditation include stress reduction, improved learning ability, increased focus and attention, enhanced memory and mood, and also reversal of brain atrophy.

                      18. Memorize phone numbers

                      By memorizing people’s names and phone numbers, you strengthen connections between your brain cells, which can make a big difference for your memory.

                      Divide 10-digit numbers into sections, such as 801 665 9378 to make it easier remember. It is arguably easier to remember 801 665 9378 than 8016659378.

                      19. Take up a craft hobby

                      Craft hobbies like knitting, drawing and painting are now getting more attention for their brain-boosting powers.[4]

                      Take up any craft hobby of your choice to strengthen your fine-motor skills and boost your brainpower.

                      20. Tell stories

                      Telling stories stimulates the brain through recalling and recounting important details. It also helps you remember events and associate emotion with memories.

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                      Storytelling is so good for memory it is used to improve the lives of people with in Alzheimer’s disease.[5]

                      21. Create new acronyms

                      Come up with your very own clever acronyms whenever you need to memorize something in a hurry.

                      Creating original acronyms or mnemonic phrases, where you use the first letters of words within a phrase to form a name, can sharpen your brain and assist in remembering more.

                      22. Visualize what you want to remember

                      Let’s say you want to remember to buy an item you need from the supermarket. Picture the items on your shopping list balancing on parts of your body.

                      For example, imagine balancing an egg on your nose, a bottle of milk on your head or a package of cheese on your shoulder. It’s fan and you won’t forget that image.

                      23. Vary aspects of your surroundings

                      Vary things like the music in the background, time of day and whether you sit or stand when doing something to increase recall.

                      The theory is that the brain associates words (or whatever you are doing) to the context or environment around you. The more contextual cues you provide your brain, the more it has to draw upon when trying to remember specific things.

                      24. Space out your learning sessions

                      Cramming is not always the best way to learn or remember things. Instead, review the information you want to learn or remember (statistics, foreign vocabulary, historical dates, scientific definitions, and so on) periodically over time. By spacing out your study sessions throughout the day, you learn more.

                      Psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus discovered that he could learn a list of nonsense words if he repeated them 68 times in one day and seven more times before being tested the next day.

                      25. Sleep on it

                      Get enough shut eye each night. The brain needs six to eight hours of sleep, or at least two cycles of deep sleep each night to complete the necessary chemical changes needed to integrate new skills and information into long-term memory.

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                      Remember, your brain thrives on variety to keep those synapses firing. Exercising your brain with activities that are challenging, novel, and complex will help you to remember more and keep your brain fit.

                      Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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