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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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                                11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                                11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                                Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

                                Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

                                Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

                                1. Lumosity

                                This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

                                Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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                                  2. Fit Brains Trainer

                                  This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

                                  Free.

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                                    3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                                    Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                                    First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                                      4. Brain Fitness Pro

                                      The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                                      Buy for $3.99.

                                      5. Happify

                                      If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                                      Free to use.

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                                        6. Clockwork Brain

                                        You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                                        Free.

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                                          7. ReliefLink

                                          Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                                            8. Eidetic

                                            Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                                              9. Braingle

                                              Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                                              Free.

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                                                10. Not The Hole Story

                                                If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                                                  11. Personal Zen

                                                  This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                                                  Free.

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