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Best resources to learn practical skills quickly
Udemy – An oldie but a goodie, especially for courses that can be finished in less than a few hours. 95% off coupons can be easily found on Google.
Futurelearn – Lots of high quality courses that don’t require more than a couple of hours a week commitment.
Lynda – Recently acquired by LinkedIn but still offering 1 month free access to a great collection of business and technology short courses.
Coursera Beginner Courses – In addition to providing online degrees, Coursera has a great short course collection.
Prefer to spend this rare opportunity learning a fun skill?
Duolingo – Learn new languages for free! Web or app options are available.
Yousician – Got a guitar lying around? Try Yousician to brush up your skills, no coords or cables are needed!
Smule – Ever wanted to do sing duet with your favorite Frozen character? Smule lets you do exactly that and more! 🙂
Skillshare – Amazing resource for learning design & photography skills. Free trial available!
Got some serious time on your hands? Why not get an Ivy League degree!
Coursera -The largest collection of Ivy League online degrees on the internet. Enough said!
edX– Founded by Harvard and MIT, this is another major provider of online Ivy League courses.
Udacity– One of the most respected resources for online tech nano degrees. Beginner level courses are usually free.
Class Central – This page has links to the top 100 completely free and highest rated classes on Class Central in everything from computer programming to A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment
496 Ivy League Classes – This is a list of 496 completely free classes from Ivy League Schools
Looking for resources to help your kids stay engaged and learning at home?
Khan Academy – Incredible content for math, science and a range of other disciplines.
Ted Ed – learning is delivered in a super engaging storytelling style. Amazing resource.
Seneca – For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
National Geographic Kids – Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Codecombat – One of the better block coding platforms that uses engaging visual learning techniques to teach computer programming.
Tynker – Another great block coding platform.
The Kids Should See This – Inspiring video content with an educational slant.
Think you have an inner web coder waiting to be unleashed? Start a free trial at these fantastic learning platforms for beginners
Codeacademy – A super engaging interactive coding platform that teaches by doing. Free trial periods are offered!
TeamTreeHouse – Another super friendly interactive coding platform with great instructors. TTH also offer a free trial definitely long enough to get your feet wet!
FreeCodeCamp – The best free coding resources to learn software development on the web, period. It also has a huge community that is available for you to tap into for support.