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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
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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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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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