Today, it is very easy to learn pretty much any trade. While it’s nice having an instructor or professor to guide you and explain things to you in a personal manner, it’s undeniable that you can find information and instructions regarding anything online nowadays, from how to recover leather dining chairs to how to program mobile applications. That’s an amazing step forward from the traditional means of learning, which meant you only had access to knowledge when the books/newspapers/professors were nearby.
Yes, thank to the internet, the world is a very different place. That being said, let’s take a look at the top ways in which you can learn new things in 2017:
The first and easiest way in which you can learn new things is from online newspapers. While newspapers generally contain information that fades in relevance over time, it also contains useful anecdote here and there, or interviews from important people and not to mention you learn about what’s going on in the world. It’s always a good idea to know what’s going on in the world around you. Don’t know where to start when it comes to news? Consider subscribing to theSkimm — a daily newsletter that offers a quick, easy, and entertaining way to know what’s going on in the world.
Mobile apps are another way in which you can learn new skills and trades. Learn a new language with Dueling, update your math skills with Khan Academy, or kill it at your next bar trivia with your friends by using QuizUp. Have kids? Your kids can benefit greatly from mobile apps because they provide knowledge in the form of an appealing, colorful game that keeps them interested while learning.
Online books constitute a large portion of the knowledge found online. These are usually paid but there are a lot of books that can be found and read for free, too. If you’re an iPhone user, just open iBooks and browse under both paid and free.
Blogs and Websites
There are a lot of good intentioned publications and websites online that provide a lot of useful information from various domains without requesting any cost in return. What this means is that you can find these websites or blogs and learn from the regular content that they upload. There are also blogs or websites that specialize in tutorials and showing you exactly how things are done. Some even have a YouTube channel and provide video assistance for their tutorials/classes. That brings us to…
YouTube is another source of valuable information although it might not seem like that at first glance. The reason for that is because most people spend their time on YouTube researching cat videos and what not, but there is an unfathomable volume of informative and educational videos already uploaded on the platform, and getting started in checking them out is as simple as typing “how to”.
As you can see, a college diploma isn’t the only thing that can make you more wise. If you want to learn how to do something, don’t hold yourself back because you think it’ll be expensive. The internet is a vast realm with a ton of free information on anything and everything. Want to learn how to dance salsa? YouTube! Want to learn how to speak French or German? There’s an app for that!
Have you ever learned a new skill because of an app or a website like YouTube? Let us know in the comments below!