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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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What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences?

Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait.

Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth!

So what is creativity?

Everyone Can Be Creative!

The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so?

You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems.

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So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.

Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

How Creativity Really Works

Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original.

Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song.

All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

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Creativity Needs an Intention

Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state.

Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question:

“What problem am I trying to solve?”

Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles.

Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity.

But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too.

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This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison.

For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus.

And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

Creativity is a Skill

At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.

A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test.

A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative!

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If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things.

Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

Start Connecting the Dots!

Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, simply subscribe to our newsletter today. In it, you’ll find out how to make use of crucial skills that will push you towards a total life transformation– one that you never thought possible. Your personal growth is our commitment. So don’t hold back, unleash your creativity today!

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