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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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                      How to Know Which Types of Learning Styles Work for You?

                      How to Know Which Types of Learning Styles Work for You?

                      One of the biggest realizations I had as a kid is that teaching in school could be hit or miss for students. We all have our own different types of learning styles. Even when I was in study groups, we all had our own ways of uncovering solutions to questions.

                      It wasn’t only until later in my life did I realize how important it is to know your own learning style. As soon as you know how you learn and the best way to learn, you can better retain information. This information could be crucial to your job, future promotions, and overall excelling in life.

                      Best of all about this information is that, it’s not hard to figure out what works best for you. There are broad categories of learning styles, so it’s a matter of finding which one we gravitate towards most.

                      What Are the Types of Learning Styles?

                      Before we get into the types of learning styles, there’s one thing to know:

                      We all learn through repetition.

                      No matter how old you are, studies show that repetition allows us to retain and learn new information.[1] The big question now is what kind of repetition is needed. After all, we all learn and process information differently.

                      This is where the types of learning styles come in. There are eight in total and there is one or two that we prefer over others. This is important because when reading these learning styles, you’ll feel like you’d prefer a mixture of these styles.

                      That’s because we do prefer a combination. Though there will be one style that will be more predominate over the others. The key is finding which one it is.

                      Visual Learning

                      A visual learner (also known as the spatial learner) excels at deciphering anything visual – typically maps and graphs.

                      If you are this type of learner, you likely excelled at geometry in math class but struggled with arithmetic and numbers. To this day, you might also struggle with reading and writing to a degree.

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                      While visual learners are described as “late bloomers,” they are highly imaginative. They also process what they see much faster than what they hear.

                      Verbal Learning

                      Verbal learning, on the other hand, is learning through what’s spoken. Verbal learners excel in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Because of that, they are likely the ones to find thrills in tongue twists, word games, and puns.

                      They also thoroughly enjoy drama, writing, and speech classes. But give them maps, or challenge them to think outside of the box and they’ll struggle a bit.

                      Logical Learning

                      Not to be confused with visual learners, these learners are good at math and logic puzzles. Anything involving numbers or other abstract visual information is where they excel.

                      They can also analyze cause and effect relationships quite well. Part of that is due to their thinking process being linear.

                      Another big difference is their need to quantify everything. These people love grouping information, creating specific lists, agendas or itineraries.

                      They also have a love for strategy games and making calculations in their heads.

                      Auditory Learning

                      Similar to verbal learning, this type of learning style focuses on sounds on a deeper level. These people think chronologically and excel more in the step-by-step methods. These are likely the people who will watch Youtube videos to learn or do something the most.

                      These learners also have a great memory of conversations and love debates and discussions. Chances are likely these people excel at anything oral.

                      Also as the name suggests, these individuals have great musical talents. They can decern notes, instruments, rhythms and tones. That being said, they will have a tough time interpreting body language, expressions and gestures. This also applies to charts, maps and graphs.

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                      Social Learning

                      Otherwise known as the interpersonal learner, their skills are really unique. They don’t particularly excel in classrooms but rather through talking to other people.

                      These are the people who are excited for group conversations or group projects. Mainly because they are gifted with coming up with ideas and discussing them.

                      They also have a good understanding of people’s emotions, facial expressions, and relationship dynamics. They are also likely the first people to point out the root causes of communication issues.

                      Intrapersonal Learning

                      The reverse of interpersonal learning, these people prefer learning alone. These are the people who love self-study and working alone. Typically, intrapersonal learners are deeply in tune with themselves meaning they know who they are, their feelings, and their own capabilities.

                      This type of learning style means you love learning something on your own and typically every day. You also have innate skills in managing yourself and indulging in self-reflection.

                      Physical Learning

                      Also known as kinesthetic learning, these people love doing things with their hands. These are people who loved pottery or shop class. If you’re a physical learner, you’ll find you have a huge preference in using your body in order to learn.

                      This means not just pottery or shop class you enjoyed. You may also have loved sports or any other art medium like painting or woodwork. Anything that involved you learning through physical manipulation you enjoyed and excelled at.

                      Though this doesn’t just apply to direct physical activities. A physical learner may also find that they learn well when both reading on any subject and pacing or bouncing your leg at the same time.

                      Naturalistic Learning

                      The final learning style is naturalistic. These are people who process information through patterns in nature. They also apply scientific reasoning in order to understand living creatures.

                      Not many people may be connected to this one out of the types of learning styles primarily because of those facts. Furthermore, those who excel in this learning end up being farmers, naturalists or scientists.

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                      These are the people who love everything with nature. They appreciate plants, animals, and rural settings deeply compared to others.

                      How to Know Which One(s) Suit You Better?

                      So now that you have an idea of all the types of learning styles we have another question:

                      Which one(s) are best for you?

                      As a reminder, all of us learn through a combination of these learning styles. This makes pinpointing these styles difficult since our learning is likely a fusion of two or more of those styles.

                      Fortunately, there are all kinds of methods to narrow down which learner you are. Let’s explore the most popular one: the VARK model.

                      VARK Model

                      Developed by Neil Fleming and David Baume, the VARK model is basically a conversation starter for teachers and learners.[2] It takes the eight types of learning styles above and condenses them into four categories:

                      • Visual – those who learn from sight.
                      • Auditory – those who learn from hearing.
                      • Reading/writing – those who learn from reading and writing.
                      • Kinesthetic – those who learn from doing and moving.

                      As you can probably tell, VARK comes from the first letter of each style.

                      But why use this particular model?

                      This model was created not only for discussion purposes but for learners to know a few key things — namely understanding how they learn.

                      Because our school system is focusing on a one-size-fits-all model, there are many of us who struggle learning in school. While we may no longer go to school, these behaviors persisted into our adult lives regardless. While we aren’t learning about algebra or science, we may be learning new things about our job or industry. Knowing how to best retain that information for the future helps in so many ways.

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                      As such, it can be frustrating when we’re in a classroom setting and aren’t understanding anything. That or maybe we’re listening to a speech or reading a book and have no clue what’s going on.

                      This is where VARK comes back in. To quote Fleming and Baume:

                      “VARK above all is designed to be a starting place for a conversation among teachers and learners about learning. It can also be a catalyst for staff development- thinking about strategies for teaching different groups can lead to more, and appropriate, variety of learning and teaching.”

                      Getting into the specifics, this is what’s known as metacognition.[3] It helps you to understand how you learn and who you are. Think of it as a higher order of thinking that takes control over how you learn. It’s impossible to not use this while learning.

                      But because of that metacognition, we can pinpoint the different types of learning styles that we use. More importantly, what style we prefer over others.

                      Ask These Questions

                      One other method that I’ll mention is the research that’s done at the University of Waterloo.[4] If you don’t want to be using a lot of brainpower to pinpoint, consider this method.

                      The idea with this method is to answer a few questions. Since our learning is a combination of styles, you’ll find yourself leaning to one side over the other with these questions:

                      • The active/reflective scale: How do you prefer to process information?
                      • The sensing/intuitive scale: How do you prefer to take in information?
                      • The visual/verbal scale: How do you prefer information to be presented?
                      • The sequential/global scale: How do you prefer to organize information?

                      This can narrow down how you learn and provide some other practical tips for enhancing your learning experience.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Even though we have a preferred style of learning and knowing what that is is beneficial, learning isn’t about restriction. Our learning style shouldn’t be the sole learning style we rely on all the time.

                      Our brain is made of various parts and whatever style we learn activates certain parts of the brain. Because of this fact, it would be wise to consider other methods of learning and to give them a try.

                      Each method I mentioned has its merits and there’s not one dominate or superior method. What method we like is entirely up to our preferences. So be flexible with those preferences and uncover what style works best for you.

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                      Reference

                      [1] BrainScape: Repetition is the mother of all learning
                      [2] Neil Fleming and David Baume: VARKing Up the Right Tree
                      [3] ERIC: Metacognition: An Overview
                      [4] University of Waterloo: Understanding Your Learning Style

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