One thing that is becoming more and more popular is learning online. With tuition prices rising and the economy moving to the internet its worth trying to save some money by learning certain skills online.
Some skills that can be picked up through online education:
This is just a small list of all the free courses floating around out there. The rest of the article will focus on platforms and tools to get there.
Duolingo is a fun site that gamifies language learning. You can learn French, Spanish, German, and 22 other languages. It teaches you through a question answers system that awards experience points. As you learn the language and answer more tests you get levels and currency to spend on the website.
Study island has every subject under the sun and is a good place to improve foundational skills. If you are feeling rusty on your algebra 1 or algebra 2 this would be a good answers site for reviewing and brushing up those high school skills. Its a good idea to pair study island with an answer key like islandanswers.com. By combining cheat sheets with the questions I can remove old subjects more quickly rather then re-inventing the wheel.
IXL is another site that i use to improve my rusty skills. There are two main areas that IXL specializes in: Reading and Math. If you are having trouble with your commas or your semicolons this site has tons of exercises for improving those tricky punctuation marks. It also goes slightly more into depth than Study Island and is a bit more interactive. The website also feels newer and is visually hip and stunning.
Of course youtube has a plethora of free knowledge and courses at your fingertips. It is just the king of online learning at the moment and theres so much you can do with it. Recently I have been using it to improve my writing skills and learning more about how to make a blog. Theres just some subjects that really lend themselves well to video courses and thats where youtube really shines.
In all whether you use study island answers, ixl, duolingo, or youtube there is something to learn with this wonderful tool called the internet:)
Accounts And Passwords
Sometimes the best educational sites require you to submit your email to create an account. With all the recent concerns about internet privacy it can be worrisome to do this, for example Facebook was just hacked and 50 million peoples accounts were exposed. To remain anonymous there are websites out there that let people share free logins that they no longer need. This way you can anonymously use a website without having to worry about your name being out there in cyberspace. One of these account and password sites is accountsilo.org, I haven't had the chance to use it yet, but i've seen it mentioned a lot in discussions on reddit about privacy. Like the sites above it's free to use and you can get accounts for games, streaming, and other stuff that requires you to hand over your email and name.