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Successful People Make Self-Learning Their Daily Habit By Using These 20 Apps

Successful People Make Self-Learning Their Daily Habit By Using These 20 Apps

When’s the last time you learned something new?

Do you motivate yourself to learn new skills, tips, and hacks, or do you prefer to let learning happen naturally or only when the need arises?

Mobile technology has created new pathways for all types of learning styles to help people discover new information however they learn best. Whether it’s performing a quick Google search on the go or getting a daily dose of brain buster exercises, there exist a multitude of free apps that can help you learn valuable new things every day.

Knowledge Is Power – Get Both With These 20 Best Apps

If you want to take initiative to teach yourself new things, these 20 apps for motivated learning styles will put you in information paradise.

General Knowledge

TED

Motivated learning styles aren’t just about active learning. If you’d rather sit back and listen to new ideas, the TED app gives you instant access to thousands of “TED Talks” that showcase what’s happening in various industries. These short lectures can deliver insight into new technology, discoveries, art, science, design, and a range of other topics.

Coursera

Perhaps one of the biggest advancements in the history of e-learning, Coursera has teamed up with top schools like Duke, Stanford, and John Hopkins to bring you direct access to real college courses in psychology, computer science, business, and technology. Each course features pre-recorded videos, projects, and quizzes, just like you would receive inside the classroom.

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Similar to Coursera, users can access higher education courses without the higher education expenses. You can enroll in courses and participate in quizzes, lectures, and assignments at your own pace.

Khan Academy

While Khan Academy doesn’t offer authentic university courses like edX and Coursera, they do feature well-crafted educational lessons that can fuel your passion for learning. With more than 4,000 videos ready to watch in a tap’s notice, you can brush up on a variety of topics ranging from grade school math and science to art, economics, and computers.

The Fact App

Sometimes, you just don’t know what you don’t know. And the Fact App can show you some truly helpful information your brain has been missing. The app delivers daily fun, useful facts and questions on a variety of topics, including American economics, politics, and social circumstances that are geared towards helping you make informed decisions about the world around you.

Brain Training

Lumosity

One of the most popular brain training apps available, Lumosity features three-game sessions that target many different area of brain activity: memory, speed, problem solving, and thinking flexibility. Each day you can engage in a timed session to sharpen mental prowess and track your progress over time.

Fit Brains Trainer

Users can access over 360 unique puzzles and games geared toward improving mental skills. The games start out easy, then become increasingly complex to give your brain an effective workout. You can track your performance with integrated progress tools and benefit from training recommendations.

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Brain Trainer Special

Much like Lumosity, users can engage in simple activities, such as sequencing, math problems, and memorization, that focus on stretching your mental agility. You can choose from a range of skill levels to prevent brain burnout.

Eidetic

If you struggle to remember or memorize information, Eidetic’s spaced recognition focus can help prime your brain for stronger recall. This one differs from other brain training apps in that it uses information in context and meaning, such as phone numbers, bank accounts, interesting quotes, and other details.

Language & Travel

Duolingo

If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new language but didn’t know where to start or couldn’t afford Rosetta Stone, you need to check out Duolingo. This app teaches more than dozen languages by breaking up exercises into mini games. The developer of Duolingo claims that 34 hours of learning in this app equals a full semester’s worth of school.

iTranslate

This app serves as the voice translator for dozens of languages. It works in two directions: translating your native language to another, or translating a foreign language into your native language.

USA Factbook & Quiz

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No matter where you travel in the USA, a landscape of state facts and information await you at your fingertips. This app delivers details about all 50 states, including capitals, population, state nicknames, and photos. You can take quizzes to test your knowledge of states, US presidents, state capitals, and more.

Technology & Engineering

Lynda

Similar to Coursera, Lynda focuses more on building work skills and technology knowledge. They teach you things like coding, website design and creation, music recording, and Microsoft Office. While you can score some of their courses for free, you can get full access to everything for $25/month.

Tynker

Learn the basics of coding via puzzles, then create your own games using step-by-step tutorials. This app is also praised as an effective introduction to coding for children.

Tinkerbox

Fun for kids and adults of all ages, you can tinker with physics to build your own mechanical gadgets. You’ll learn the role of physics in engineering while you expand your creativity and construct your masterpiece out of boxes, balls, levers, and other mechanical pieces.

Maths

PhotoMath

If you want to sharpen your complex math skills, PhotoMath is your teacher. The app uses your phone’s camera to read any equation, then shows you step by step how to work out the problem. Not only do you get the right answer, but you also get to see how to get the answer. You get all the basics with the free version, or you can go pro for step-by-step instructions and in-depth explanations.

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Mathspace

If you have a middle school or high school student at home taking common core math, or if you simply want to brush up on your own math skills, Mathspace is the place to get expert guidance. You can work full problems online and get instant feedback and help on each one. They feature over 30,000 interactive questions that cover algebra, geometry, graphing, basic math, and statistics.

Science

Amazing Science Facts

The perfect tool for the science geek in all of us, you can learn new science facts and trivia whenever the mood strikes. You’ll get a notification every day, along with the option to explore the app for specific topics for more learning experiences.

EarthViewer

Ever wonder what Earth looked like a million years ago? There’s no better way to know than to look for yourself. EarthViewer takes you on a digital journey to see how the landscape and face of the planet has evolved over the past 4.5 billion years. You can scroll through eons with a swipe of your finger and view climate changes, sea level adjustments, or the evolution of famous landmarks and cities.

The Night Sky

Download the Night Sky app and learn what exactly you’re seeing every time you look up into the sky. You’ll learn how to quickly identify planets, constellations, stars, and satellites simply by opening the app and holding your phone into the sky. Users can also land on the moon and tour the Apollo 11 and Apollo 15 landing sites. It’s the closest thing to magic you’ve seen yet.

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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