The start of the year is the best time to start fresh, make new resolutions and set some goals for the coming months. Since StuDocu is all about expanding your knowledge, today we are going to share with you a list of some powerful online resources that you can use to learn new skills. Most of these websites/platforms are also free, so the only thing you will be spending is time!
Why should you spend some time learning and trying new skills in 2019?
- First of all, learning is good for your brain, as it improves performance. It also fuels our creativity.
- If you like what you’re learning, then you’ll certainly have fun.
- It helps you recharge, keep your mind off the day to day commitments (such as a university)
What should you learn in 2019?
There is no unique answer to this question. You should think about something that you always wanted to do, but never got around to because you were busy with other things.
Personally, I always wanted to learn watercolour, but never found the time or the means to do it. When I discovered Skillshare and their amazing offering of artsy courses, however, I decided to give it a chance. And not only I loved the platform, but also found out I love watercolour. Time spent on it? As little as 20 minutes per day.
What are the best resources to learn new skills?
To expand your general knowledge
At the top of our list, we put some resources to learn fun and interesting facts you can impress your friends with!
Crash Course is a youtube channel created by the very popular author John Green and his brother. It’s a channel that teaches about many subjects, from literature to astronomy. Most videos are 5 to 10 minutes long, and I assure you, they never get boring.
TedEd is similar to Crash Course, but the videos tend to be shorter and the topics are less traditional and more unique. From the ‘Questions no one knows the answer to’ to ‘A brief history of cheese’ you can learn about pretty much anything in this channel.
To excel at your studies
Of course, we couldn’t leave out this list our platform, which gives you access to academic materials from universities all over the world. If you want to try out StuDocu for free, here is a link for a 30 days trial, offered exclusively for StuDocu blog’s readers (click here)! The first 100 readers to click on the link will get the 30 days of free access to premium!
Learn some fun skills and boost your creativity
As mentioned before, Skillshare is a platform where you can follow hundreds of courses, from photography to writing to cooking and yoga. There are also some good courses about skills you may need for an internship or for your studies. If you are one of those people struggling with excel or powerpoint presentations, for example, you can finally become an expert thanks to Skillshare.
Skillshare requires you to pay for a membership. However, using this link (click here!) you can have free access to all premium courses for two months!
Find your next passion/hobby
CreativeLive is quite similar to Skillshare but it offers more creative/artistic classes, from art and design to crafts and songwriting. If you are looking for a new hobby or passion, this is the right website for you.
Expand your academic knowledge
Why limit yourself to what you learn in university when there are so many interesting things to discover?
At Udemy, they have courses from teachers/educators who are actually working in their respective fields at top companies. Top course creators at Udemy have more ‘real-life’ working experience, so students naturally get more accurate information and practical tips. They cover many topics, including Data Science and Python.
Coursera and EdX offer free courses from the best teachers in the world about the most diverse topics. I followed some programming courses in Edx as I have always wanted to learn how to code, and the classes I signed up to Python for Data Science and HTML and CSS Fundamentals (if you want to check them out) were extremely fun and not that heavy to follow alongside my normal studies. Now I have a great skill to put on my CV and I have some basic knowledge about a subject that until a few months ago felt like a black box to me.
CodeAcademy and DataCamp are very similar but a bit more specialised in coding/programming subjects.
To learn new languages
Our final recommendation is about the websites to learn a new language! Both Duolingo and Babbel are amazing tools to get started on any language you want to learn. We mentioned Duolingo also in the article about 10 apps for students, so don’t forget to check that out!
Italian student living in Amsterdam and doing my Masters in Business Administration. Currently doing an internship at Studocu, where I write for the official blog among other things!