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10 Inexpensive Ways To Continue Your Education Outside of School

10 Inexpensive Ways To Continue Your Education Outside of School

Colleges and universities are great institutions for individuals to learn a subject of specialty that they are interested in going further in after they finish their studies. With the networking skills and organized track that studying in an institution gives is currently still unmatched, however times have changed with the advent and advancement of technology over the past few years. Individuals are beginning to notice that they learn a lot outside of an institution and even after life in a university, they can learn to advance their knowledge. Today, we will talk about ten inexpensive ways to continue your education outside of college.

1. YouTube

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    YouTube is a great resource for individuals looking to continue their education outside of school because of the various channels available that teach any subject you could think of. On the subject of foreign languages, the options are endless, from Learn Arabic with Maha to French lessons with Alexa Polidoro. Math help and science videos are also found on everything from Earth Science to Calculus, and everything in between. All it takes is a quick YouTube search and your world of knowledge opens up.

    2. Code Academy

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      Having a knowledge of coding is an important and useful skill for today’s job market. Due to the initiative in institutions to get more individuals to, at the very least, get some knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects, and at most, to get them into STEM careers.

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      Code Academy makes learning common coding languages, like HTML/CSS, Javascript, Python, Ruby, among other languages more approachable for the individual without extensive experience. This is done through interactive exercises on the fundamentals. Getting started with a Code Academy lesson can allow you to learn the basics and figure out what direction you’d like to go in learning how to code in an advanced manner.

      3. Khan Academy

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        With over 300 million views collectively, Khan Academy is a great resource for individuals who want to learn in depth on just about any subject they fancy. The brain-child of Sal Khan, Khan Academy is useful for both children and graduated adults alike with its vast array of subjects, all free to learn. Many even come with exercises to ensure that you were able to grasp the material. It’s all at your own pace, ensuring that what matters is that you are learning, not trying to make a deadline (graduation). Check out Khan Academy today and start learning.

        4. Learn at an Ivy League

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          An Ivy League education has the prestige and status due to usually their long periods of existence and the quality of education that individuals expect. But you don’t have to study at an Ivy League school, with many individuals succeeding in smaller known schools, it doesn’t hurt to learn a thing or two from an Ivy League school if you aren’t paying for it. Through MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, you are able to learn from Ivy League professors in the comfort of your own home. Along with each school offering their own domain for courses, iTunes U and Coursera are two other popular MOOC providers .

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          5. Check out Udemy

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            Udemy is the resource for individuals looking to learn and get started with applying those skills right away. Many aren’t self paced due to the fact that you’ll have an instructor, however with an instructor you have a more personalized learning experience. Udemy excels in teaching tech skills, like programming and learning the advanced aspects of certain desktop applications and office suites, however you can find lessons and courses on a wide variety of subjects as well.

            6. Learn with TED Talks

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              TED Talks are a compilation of videos of TED and TEDx conference speakers held around the world. If you are familiar with TED conferences, you’ll know that the subjects covered can run the gamut. While they aren’t courses or your conventional “lessons” they do offer a lot that individuals can take away from. In the technical sense, TED talks are educational. You can view the official TED website to take a look at posted videos, searchable by subject.

              7. Approach the Source

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                A great way to continue education outside of college is to approach individuals in the industries and subjects you are interested in learning more about. They can act as your mentor, offering tips, advice, or even explanations on the complex factors of their industry that they work in.

                They don’t have to be award winning laureates, they can be a friend who works as a software engineer, or a family member working in marketing and you’re looking to get into either one of those sectors. They can connect you to both well known as well as lesser known resources to get you on the right path.

                If you don’t find yourself with such individuals, check out Quora. Standing for Question or Answer, Quora is the well organized, more educated Yahoo Answers! that we all hoped for, featuring industry professionals and common Joes alike who ask and answer some of life’s simplest and most complex questions.

                8. Learn Through Entertainment

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                  Entertainment isn’t always considered a time waster. It can be the key to learning a multitude of things. If you are learning a language, making use of multimedia including movies and television shows are a great way to not only keep the language fresh, but to also make use of context clues to learn new words. This beats learning in a classroom and is a great supplement to language learning through the means we discussed above. Netflix is a great place to find international movies with subtitles. If you want to have complex subjects explained to you, Netflix also offers various television shows from Discovery Channel as well as non-fiction movies.

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                  9. Read On

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                    Reading is a great way to continue your education outside of college. If you are like a lot of students, you may find that learning out of your textbook, a long with a bit of supplemental Q&A time with a knowledgable individual on the subject can be more beneficial than sitting in an hour long class itself. Amazon is a great resource for finding books, especially on programming. Many individuals find that books can be a good guide to starting programming. iBooks can be an affordable digital alternative to purchasing hard copies. If you want the feel of a book, but in digital form, investing in an Amazon Kindle could be a good option.

                    10. Apply Your Skills

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                      Once you begin to gain skills, or even with the skills you already have, it may be wise to find ways to apply these skills through internships or entry level jobs in your field or position you’re looking to obtain. This is considered one of the best ways to continue learning outside of college because many employers will pay for you continual advancement in learning and you’ll learn the best way many individuals find they can, by doing. Make use of internship and job websites to find opportunities and pay close attention to benefits they have for continual certification assistance.

                      Let us know in the comments below which route you’ve chosen to continue learning outside of college.

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                      30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                      Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

                      Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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                      1. Visit a strawberry festival

                      Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

                      2. Have a picnic

                      Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

                      3. Camp in your back yard

                        The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

                        4. Take long walks

                        Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

                        5. Break a world record

                        Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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                        6. Go on a bike ride

                        The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

                        7. Join a gym class

                          The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

                          8. Find a new hobby

                          The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

                          9. Join a sports team

                          Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

                          10. Make a slip ‘n slide

                            Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

                            11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

                            Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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                            12. Visit a free festival

                            Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

                            13. Visit the zoo

                              Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

                              14. Take a road trip

                              Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

                              15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                                Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                                16. Make your own ice cream

                                Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                                17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                                  When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

                                  18. Get a summer job

                                  For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                                  19. Attend a charity event

                                  Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                                  20. Visit a national park

                                  National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                                  21. Visit your local comedy club

                                    Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                                    22. Make your own hammock

                                      Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                                      23. Read in your new hammock

                                      Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                                      24. Watch a movie outside

                                      Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                                      25. Take a hike

                                        Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                                        26. Learn how to fly a kite

                                        As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                                        27. Work out at the park

                                        American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                                        28. Take your dog to the beach

                                          One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                                          29. Make a summer smoothie

                                          Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                                          30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                                          No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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