We are very fortunate in that we have such great learning opportunities available via the internet. You can quickly learn how to fix a leaking tap by watching a video tutorial or learn how to play the guitar. Whatever skill you need to acquire, you will probably find information or training material somewhere on the internet.
Not only do we have access to lots of information, but there are also many free learning solutions that will help you to master a wide range of vital skills. If you want to become a web developer, you could probably teach yourself using the various resources that are openly available like through w3schools, etc.
If you are looking to pass your driving test, you can even practice for your theory test using the Top Tests’ website. Learning a new recipe? There are hundreds of instructions to help you bake and cook up a feast if you search on Google.
So, out of all the resources that we have available, which ones are truly worth looking into?
Alison.com – For a career/CV boost, you can find a range of valuable courses on Alison.com. You can complete numerous online diplomas or simply increase your knowledge in a particular subject. From IT to Psychology and every subject in between, there are over 800 free courses available, and over 10 million people are already using it.
Duolingo – Learning a new language has never been easier with apps like Duolingo to help pick up the essentials. Having an app on your phone means you can spend time on learning wherever you are, so if you are on your daily commute to work, take your headphones and you could be fluent in Italian, Spanish or French in no time at all.
YouTube – The popular video platform is the biggest resource of free training. There are so many different tutorials available to view, whether you want to learn how to use Photoshop or how to sketch, there will be many videos for you to select from. Many people post videos to make money, either through ads or because the videos act as a marketing campaign for their business. Some people share their videos simply because they want to be helpful.
OpenLearn – Part of the Open University, OpenLearn hosts a number of really good free online courses covering Money & Business, Education & Development, Law and much more.
Microsoft Training – Many businesses use Microsoft packages to complete everyday tasks such as reporting data in excel. Microsoft offers online training resources to help you master all aspects of the Microsoft Suite from creating formulas in Excel to inserting media in powerpoint presentations.
Next time you’re looking to boost your skills, see if there are any free courses available before you pay out large course fees.