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15 Websites To Learn A Skill On Your Own Time (Without Disturbing Your Schedule)

15 Websites To Learn A Skill On Your Own Time (Without Disturbing Your Schedule)

Are you too busy to learn something new?

We get it. While new technology and communication tools have made it easier for us to become more productive, keep in touch with each other, and learn anywhere, it’s also buried us with too many options.

Since there are so many things we can be doing at any one time, there never seems to be enough time in the day to learn a new skill, like how to speak Spanish, pick up a new hobby, or play the piano.

Luckily for us, there are amazing websites that already exist to help us learn something new without disturbing our busy schedules.

If you feel like you’re too busy, check out these 15 websites today:

1. Skillshare

What you can learn: Design, marketing, business
Type of learning:
Recorded video lessons

All of us have a skill that we can teach others, which means we can also learn from others. Skillshare has designed an entire company built on this concept.

With your membership, you can have access to over a thousand classes designed to teach you everything from marketing and business to design and more.

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    2. CreativeLIVE

    What you can learn: Photography, money, software tools
    Type of learning:
    Live broadcasting

    CreativeLIVE differs from Skillshare in a couple of ways. They provide a free, live broadcasting of their classes, then you can buy the full version which you can keep forever. They also have some world-class experts teaching on their platform, including New York Times Bestselling authors, Pulitzer Prize winners, and top entrepreneurs, all sharing their craft.

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    You can learn just about anything — software, design, photography, business, and much more.

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      3. Rype

      What you can learn: Foreign language (Spanish)
      Type of learning:
      Live one-on-one coaching

      Have you ever thought, “I’m too busy to learn a language.”?

      Think again. Rype is a website that provides private Spanish coaching, specifically for busy people. You can get unlimited one-on-one Spanish lessons with your membership, anytime, anywhere.

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        How is it specifically built for busy people, you ask?

        With coaches around the world, they allow you to book lessons at any time of the day, any day of the week, whether it’s a relaxing morning on a Sunday or 3 AM on a weekday (for the nightowls).

        No matter how busy you are, now you can always find the time to learn how to speak Spanish. You can try it for free to see if it’s right for you and decide for yourself.

        4. MonkeySee

        What you can learn: General
        Type of learning:
        Recorded video lessons

        MonkeySee is like Youtube, but specifically dedicated to short, educational videos.

        You can watch thousands of videos on dozens of different topics, like parenting, personal finance, gadgets, and more.

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          5. HowStuffWorks

          What you can learn: General
          Type of learning:
          Articles and videos

          Have you ever wondered, “How does X work?”

          HowStuffWorks is a destination built specifically to answer every type of “how it works” question by giving you a dedicated article explaining it in detail. Travel, money, electronics, computers, and more — you can learn just about how anything works on this website.

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            6. Podcasts

            What you can learn: General — business, health, love
            Type of learning:
            Audio recording

            Podcasting is not only an app or website, but it’s an entire industry. It became a hit over a decade ago, but only returned to fame a few years ago after the smartphone became mainstream.

            Just like Youtube, you can subscribe to different shows based on business, health, relationships, comedy, and much more.

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              7. Lumosity

              What you can learn: Mathematics, pattern recognition, memory retention
              Type of learning:
              Gaming

              Got some time to kill while you’re stuck in traffic, waiting for the bus, or taking the train? Why not improve your brain?

              Lumosity offers free and premium games that have been specifically designed to improve your memory, math skills, and more. It’s available on desktop or your mobile, so you can enjoy it at home or take it with you wherever you go.

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                8. Duolingo

                What you can learn: Foreign languages
                Type of learning:
                Gamification

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                If you want a fun, free, and easy way to learn a language, then check out Duolingo. Now with over 50 million registered users around the world, Duolingo is recognized as one of the top free apps to learn a language.

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                  9. Hack A Day

                  What you can learn: Life hacks
                  Type of learning:
                  Articles

                  Hack A Day is a website that teaches you new hacks that you can apply in your life. If you’re into unique or weird facts that you can talk about with your friends, then this website is worth checking out in your spare time.

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                    10. Khan Academy

                    What you can learn: Mathematics, physics, coding
                    Type of learning:
                    Video lessons

                    Khan Academy is an educational platform developed by Salman Khan. This website caught the attention Bill Gates, who stated that Khan was his favorite teacher. I personally used it during my university days, as they make complicated topics seem incredibly easy to understand.

                    Most of the topics taught on Khan Academy are fairly academic topics, like Calculus, Mathematics, and Physics, rather than general topics like business, design, or marketing.

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                      11. Udemy

                      What you can learn: General
                      Type of learning:
                      Video lessons

                      Udemy is recognized as one of the top leaders of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) industry. They’ve got a massive library of educational courses, but compared to CreativeLIVE or Skillshare, the quality isn’t as high. Nevertheless, you can find very affordable and free courses that you can take advantage of.

                      The one benefit of Udemy is the quantity of content they have, and you can find courses on anything from LSAT and SAT preparation to history, which is something that won’t exist on many other MOOC websites.

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                        12. Codeacademy

                        What you can learn: Coding
                        Type of learning:
                        Gamification, learn by doing

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                        With software eating the world, learning how to code is starting to become as standard as knowing how to use Microsoft Word. The good news is, you don’t need college or innate talent to learn. Codeacademy provides a unique and fun solution to teach you how to code by doing, instead of through textbooks.

                        HTML, CSS, JS, or Ruby on Rails, you can learn by building your own projects using their program.

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                          13. Startcooking.com

                          What you can learn: Cooking
                          Type of learning:
                          Video lessons

                          Startcooking.com is like having a personal chef trainer wherever you go. Whatever dish you want to cook, chances are you can find it on this website and get a step-by-step tutorial on how you can make it in your kitchen.

                          You’ll also notice that they classify each dish in terms of difficulty, so if you’re new to cooking, you can always find the low-hanging fruit.

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                            14. edX

                            What you can learn: General (university subjects)
                            Type of learning:
                            Live and recorded video lessons

                            Wish you’d gone to Stanford University or Columbia University? Now you can, for free.

                            edX, a non-profit organization, empowers you to take online courses from the world’s best universities. You can get a free stream from the lectures of these top institutions and learn anything from business, marketing, economics, and more.

                            You can watch it online anywhere you are in the world.

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                              15. Lynda

                              What you can learn: General
                              Type of learning:
                              Recorded video lessons

                              Lynda allows you to learn a new skill on your time. It’s not a whole lot different from Skillshare or Udemy, but Lynda does have a larger library of content to provide. They’ve also just been bought out by LinkedIn, so it may be an essential integration that you will see on the professional networking website as well.

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                                They provide a 10-day free trial to explore thousands of classes before you decide if it’s right for you.

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                                Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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                                25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

                                25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

                                If you are using Windows regularly, using these Windows keyboard shortcuts will definitely increase your productivity. Compiled below is an exclusive list of shortcuts that will help you breeze through your daily work.

                                You might know some of them, but there are certainly some hidden gems that you wouldn’t have heard of before. Once you start using them, you will notice how easy navigating and operating on Windows has become.

                                Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

                                These are the most basic shortcuts and ones you’ll likely have heard of. They are key in moving through your work quickly and easily.

                                1. Ctrl+Z : Undo

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                                  Irrespective of what you are doing, or where you are doing it, Ctrl + Z is a lifesaver. One possibly can’t survive without this function.

                                  Whatever program you’re running, this function helps you get back to your last input. So don’t worry about all the mistakes as this particular shortcut will save you every time.

                                  2. Ctrl + A : Select All

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                                    Again, irrespective of which program you are running, this shortcut key selects all of the text, files, folders, or elements in any given program or page.

                                    Instead of spending your time dragging your mouse all over the page, use this to grab everything in one go.

                                    3. Ctrl + C : Copy

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                                      You’ve selected what you wanted to. Now you’d like to copy it.

                                      This is probably one of the top shortcut keys people use when working on their Windows system. Easily copy whatever you like, and it stays with you until you are ready to paste it.

                                      4. Ctrl + V : Paste

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                                        Easily paste all that you have copied. It could be a text, file, image, or folder. In any case, this is a very useful feature to bring everything together.

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                                        If you would like to paste plain, simple text without original formatting, just add Shift to it, i.e. Ctrl + Shift + V.

                                        5. Ctrl + X : Cut

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                                          Don’t want a piece of text/table/image/file in a particular place?

                                          Simply select it and use the shortcut Ctrl + X. The piece gets removed and copied. Then, use the paste shortcut to paste it anywhere you like.

                                          6. Alt + Tab : Switch Screen/Tabs

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                                            This one has been around for a while and has been enhanced with upgrades in the Windows OS. Simply press Alt and then the Tab key, and you will switch to the next tab/screen.

                                            Holding down the Alt button and tapping on Tab let’s you move and choose between multiple screens. Talk about multi-tasking!

                                            7. Ctrl + Alt + Del : Start Task Manager

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                                              What happens when an application starts to lag or stops responding, or your windows OS stands still and you can’t move a thing? You summon Ctrl + Alt + Del! When you press them together, a magical box called the task manager opens up.

                                              You can then check out which programs/apps were making your PC slow and shut them down from the task manager itself, bringing your PC back to life.

                                              8. Alt + F4 : Close App

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                                                This shortcut has been around for decades now! Simply press Alt plus the function F4 key and the application you’re using will close.

                                                However, it is smart enough to ask you to save your work before it shuts down. It also works almost on anything right from your browser to games and custom applications.

                                                9. Ctrl + F : Find

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                                                  You know you just wrote that sentence, and now you can’t find it! Or you really need to find a particular keyword in a document or a browser? Ctrl + F is the handy shortcut that will open a quick bar where you can type in the keyword, and it will show you all the results in the document matching your request.

                                                  10. Ctrl +H : Find and Replace

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                                                    You just finished your essay, and you realize you’ve been spelling the name of that scientist wrong the whole time! Now you not only need to find the keyword but replace all uses of it with something else. Not a problem at all. The Ctrl + H shortcut comes in handy here.

                                                    Just hit the keys and a box will open. You can simply type in the word that you need to find and replace. This works for most document types.

                                                    11. Ctrl + E : Select the Search Box

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                                                      Whether you are in your file explorer or browser, pressing Ctrl+E will select your search/navigation bar, and you can directly start typing into it. This will make your life easier when you need quick search.

                                                      12. Ctrl + N : Open a New Window

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                                                        Pressing Ctrl+N together will open up a new file or a window depending on if you are working in your browser or offline. This Windows keyboard shortcut works well with most offline applications and online browsers made for Windows.

                                                        13. Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Wheel : Zoom In/Out

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                                                          Text too small? Want to see the details more clearly? Viewing an infographic that requires zooming in? This shortcut provides exactly that.

                                                          If you are in a document, this command will make your files and folders appear larger, and if you are on your browser, it will simply zoom in on the page. Talk about attention to detail!

                                                          Advanced Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

                                                          14. Win + L: Lock Screen

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                                                            Stepping away, but don’t want to shut down or put your system to sleep? Win + L is a great shortcut. It helps you lock down your screen, and unless you re-enter your password nobody can open it (assuming you have a password set for your system).

                                                            15. Win + D : Show Desktop

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                                                              This is actually a quick minimize option. No matter how many tabs/windows are open, this shortcut quickly minimizes all of them and shows you the desktop, allowing you to access files or an application in a couple of clicks.

                                                              16. Win + Tab (+ Shift) : Toggle Task View

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                                                                This shortcut is very similar to what Alt + Tab does, but it is a more advanced level Windows app navigator. When you press it, you will see tiles of all the open programs and most used programs.

                                                                You can scroll or jump between them by additionally pressing the shift key with the Win + Tab command.

                                                                17. Win + C : Opens Cortana

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                                                                  Are you a fan of voice control or like using Cortana to get things done quickly? You can summon her by using the Win + C shortcut. She’ll then be available to grant your every request.

                                                                  18. Win + Prt Sc : Save Screenshot

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                                                                    While Prt Sc allows you to take a screenshot, pressing the Windows button at the same time allows you to automatically save the screenshot. There is a folder named “screenshot” in your pictures destination, where PNG files of the screenshot will get saved. No need to add another screenshot tool!

                                                                    19. Win + I : Open Settings

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                                                                      Need to quickly open the settings tab? Now, you don’t need to browse through 3-4 destinations to reach the settings tab. Just hit Win + I to open up the settings menu for Windows.

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                                                                      20. Win + S : Search for Windows

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                                                                        You will always have that file or application that you can’t find on your PC. For this, Windows introduced the search bar.

                                                                        You can easily open it by pressing Win + S and typing in the file name you want to look up. Additionally, since Cortana is integrated with the search function, you can use it to ask additional questions as well.

                                                                        21. Fn + F2 : Rename

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                                                                          Depending on the hardware manufacturer, F2 keys perform various tasks, like volume up/down or turn Wifi off/on. However, using the Fn + F2, you can quickly use the Rename file option when a file/folder is selected. Say goodbye to the right click.

                                                                          22. Fn + F5 : Refresh

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                                                                            Your PC stuck is stuck and the processor can’t keep up. Refresh is a good method to get things moving. Pressing Fn + F5 can refresh Windows, or if you are working on your browser, it can refresh that, too.

                                                                            23. Win + X : Hidden Menu

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                                                                              Did you know that windows had a hidden menu? Press Win + X and see it pop-up. It will give you access to all the essential areas of the system.

                                                                              24. Win + V : Navigate Through Notifications

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                                                                                If you have configured notifications and alerts on your systems, this shortcut will help you easily toggle through all of them. It’s extremely useful for people who are especially popular or busy.

                                                                                25. Win + Ctrl + B : Open App That Displayed a Notification

                                                                                  You’re working, and a notification pops up that needs your attention. Use Win + Ctrl + B, and the explorer will switch to the application that sent you the notification. Swift.

                                                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                                                  You might be excited to start using all of these Windows keyboard shortcuts right away. While I advise you to try them all out, it entirely depends on how you engage with your system and what work you do. Any number of them can be generally useful. Start experimenting today.

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