6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday

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encyclopedia   6 Ways To Learn Something New Online EverydayThe Internet is a double-edged sword – it can be used to procrastinate the day away, or it can be used to learn something new everyday. Here at MakeUseOf, we’re particularly focused on the latter. There are a lot of ways you can use the Internet to learn something new everyday in a matter of minutes.

We’ve put together a list of six ways you can learn something new on the Internet on a daily basis – some of it will take no more than 10 minutes, while others are in-depth and will require at least an hour’s worth of dedication from you. No matter what you choose, you’ll walk away far more enriched than when you started.

In addition to the sites listed below, TED is of course an additional resource which, it goes without saying, is a great way to learn something new. You can find quick and interesting videos that are no longer than 5 minutes. Aside from TED, however, there are many more resources worth considering. In no particular order they are:

iTunes

iTunes   6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday

If you’d rather listen than read, podcasts are the best way to go. iTunes has a great variety of educational podcasts where you can learn everything from a new language to self-defense, from photography to finance. We would also recommend searching the podcasts for topics that interest you because not all of them might be classified under ‘Education’. A lot of fascinating and impressive content can be found on iTunes U, with completely free podcasts courtesy of Stanford, Yale, Harvard¬†and much much more.

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Because a lot of these podcasts are already readily available on iTunes, you don’t have to wait in order to get to the next lesson, but it’s definitely a good idea to pace yourself and let all the new information sink in, one day at a time. Best of all, the podcasts are free, and if you have an iPhone, iPod or iPad, you can take them with you on the go.

Reddit

Reddit   6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday

For a less traditional approach to your learning process, Reddit can actually provide a unique and fun way to learn new things online. We’ve already pointed out 5 subreddits you should follow to learn cool stuff. The kind of information you’re going to find on these pages isn’t anywhere near the kind of information you’ll learn from a Harvard podcast. But it’s still fascinating, entertaining, and thought-provoking. And just because it’s Reddit doesn’t mean you won’t find interesting, serious and often-times controversial topics to learn about.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia   6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday

Any list about Internet learning would not be complete without the online¬†encyclopedia¬†– Wikipedia. Crammed with a wealth of information accessible on your computer or that you can save for offline viewing, Wikipedia is a great source of information. Wikipedia alone can keep you busy for months on end, learning something new, to the point that MakeUseOf’s Dave Parrack came up with a list of 7 ways to learn something new everyday with Wikipedia.

HowStuffWorks

HowStuffWorks   6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday

If out of the ordinary knowledge is what you’re after – HowStuffWorks is the place to go. The site adresses topics you might never have thought of in the first place, like ¬†10 cover ups that made things worse or¬†the 10 worst things to donate after a disaster. HowStuffWorks is divided into a variety of categories including adventure, money, science, culture, and more.

A special mention goes to ZidBits for answering even more questions we never would have thought of asking. We just wish the site was updated more often. (There is still a significant backlog to go through though.)

Instructables

Instructables   6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday

Prefer to get your hands dirty? Instructables takes a hands-on approach and teaches you how to do all sorts of handy things. Recipes, crafts, jewelry, handy work, gardening, lifehacks and more are available on the website. What we love about Instructables is that there’s a little something in there for everyone – complicated tech hacks and outdoor fun and everything in between. And if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration (and motivation) check out the Instructables contest page. Enter the Chinese food contest to win a Kindle or the Fix It contest to win a¬†MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

A site that deserves a special mention here if you’re particularly interested in complex tech hacks is¬†Hack A Day, but the site is certainly not for the faint of heart.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy   6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday

Khan Academy is right up there with Wikipedia as one of the most amazing treasure troves of information you can find online. In their own words, Khan Academy has a¬†¬†library of over¬†4,100 videos¬†“on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and¬†hundreds of skills to practice.” Best of all – you can subscribe to specific courses or topics and have the content sent to your email in easy-to-digest sections. Khan Academy is the ultimate resource in free learning, and you can engage with other Khan Academy users in the comments section.

A special mention here goes to Coursera and its almost 400 courses from the likes of Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Brown University and more.

What sites would you add to this list to learn something new everyday? Let us know in the comments.

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Amrish Jhaveri

There are other site which are good too, such as,:
http://www.howtogeek.com.
and don’t forget http://www.makeuseof.com!!!

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Paul Vi

Great article, now if I can only learn how not to procrastinate….

dragonmouth

You can start learning tomorrow. :-)

Paul Vi

LOL!

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Eric Jay P

I also visit the listverse site.

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Balamurugan R

one can vsauce 1,2 and 3 are pretty amazing and amuse you very much… jus try it…

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Geo

I just procrastinated away three minutes reading this article.- didn’t learn a thing.

Just kidding ;) (¬Į`¬∑._.¬∑ns¬Ę√§v√č¬∑._.¬∑¬ī¬Į)¬ģ

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null

This isn’t meant to be rude, but there’s simply no other way to say it: I’m sick and tired of how literally everybody seems to be eager to force me to learn something new each and every day.
There are some important questions that nobody seems to care about:
– What good use is it to learn something new each day just for the sake of learning it?
– How long will it stay in my head actually, if it isn’t repeated regularly (and it won’t because I won’t have time, as the next day there is something new to learn)?
– Isn’t that exactly what science has proven meanwhile *not* to do? Just learning new facts that are mostly worthless (to me) because I don’t need it in my everyday life?
– Isn’t that exactly what we’re still doing in school? Stuffing children with an endless stream of facts without giving them the chance to actually use them in a worthwhile context?
– How is that different from simply procrastinating? Or from senselessly collecting money just because it’s there? Or from collecting *anything* else beyond the state where it is actually useful?
– Do we really need to be a Jack of all trades? Do we really need to be able to talk about each and everything? Do we need *everybody* to know about programming for example?

I’m sorry, but I’ve grown to hate this philosophy of “constant learning”. Imho, we’re putting ourselves under constant stress and I strongly believe that, at least for some time, we should just say stop and be satisfied with what we have learned *so far* and put *that* to good use. Simply learning facts because they’re there is just as much procrastination as doing nothing at all. Actually, I think it’s worse, as we’re stealing time from ourselves to let our imagination flow freely. Yes, that is also a kind of learning, but what I’m critizising here is that everybody wants to push us towards learning facts over facts over facts without giving us a rest sometimes (or a lot more rest, actually).

The fact is that, if there’s something that is interesting enough for me then I will want to learn about it without being reminded constantly. And it will have a much more lasting effect than just senselessly learning something I may never need again in my whole life. As it is much more than just stuffing myself with data.

Kevster

“What good use is it to learn something new each day just for the sake of learning it?”

You’re essentially arguing against educating yourself. The more information you have at your disposal, the better you become in nearly every possible aspect. More information allows you to make wiser decisions, increase your worldview, see the “big picture” more clearly, and to increase your fundamental grasp of the world around you. There is LITERALLY no aspect of your life which could not be improved with the addition of more knowledge.

Ever see the movie Idiocracy? I hope so, because you can relate. You’re attempting to justify intellectual laziness.

If you don’t, won’t or can’t grasp why people want to learn new things every day, then you’re the type person that needs to the most.

I’m glad people like Einstein, Edison & Curie didn’t say to themselves, “Well, that’s enough learning for me. I’m content with being average…”

If ignorance is bliss, then I guess it’s safe to assume you just want to be happy. It’s you’re prerogative I guess. As for myself, I choose to continually better myself. I don’t find bliss in ignorance, I find it in intellectual enlightenment. Unfortunately, it’s a path only the hard-working can take.

dragonmouth

@null:
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
From the Notebooks of Lazarus Long by Robert Heinlein.

If our ancestors had your attitude, human race would still be living in caves, picking lice out of their armpits and crotches.

Robert Backlund

Your philosophy is not a healthy one especially as you get older. Even if we do not retain everything we try to learn it keeps our aging brain active and creating new connections and slows the natural atrophy that occurs as we age. It is just like a muscle, if we do not use them they loose strength and if we do not exercise our brains and challenge it to learn new things that you have never known before it too will grow old before its time. The best thing for healthy brains is first and foremost a healthy diet and then to challenge it with new information and skills. Pick a new discipline that is totally different than what we have done for a living or have previously learned in school and you will greatly delay the memory loss that so many suffer from as they age. In my case I had a career in aviation and though I am no Einstein I am attempting to learn advanced mathematics and all the rest that involves getting an engineering degree, along with this I also am attempting to learn computer programming. Do I plan on actually using this for a career change? At 60 years old and being on a medical retirement, I hardly think so but I do greatly benefit from the effort. By keeping my mind active attempting to learn new things I have less time to dwell on my medical issues along with being alone much of the time which if I think about it too much causes severe problems with depression. So I would encourage anyone who thinks that they do not need to keep your brain active to rethink this. If you think you have a healthy brain and especially if you think you may have some issues here is a great place to check out http://www.brainplace.com/

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huyenchau

Thank you so much !Very good article and useful !Hope to read more and more articles from you !dear

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Brandon Ragoo

MakeUseOf :P

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null

There are a lot of more educational sites out there… Internet is really helpful if used properly… :D

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Adrian Barat

Great list. All the websites above are great but I also believe we learn something new every day from anything we do on the internet, from all the websites we visit, from all the articles we read, etc. At least me I am learning or discover something new all the time.
There is so much information out there and so much for us to learn every day.

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Mohit Kumar

How does TED earns money? I wonder.

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Angelika LaBonte

site I haven’t heard of before- who knew? makeuseof did!

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Chris Jones

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offer college-level classes at little or (usually) no cost. Currently they offer at most a certificate of completion for “passing” a course, but movement is afoot for credit to be offered. They present an incredible opportunity for higher education for those who otherwise might not have the resources in time and/or money. Significant players include https://www.coursera.org, https://www.udacity.com, and https://www.udemy.com.

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kevin

Very helpful summary. I already use Ted and Khan academy. Everybody bumps into Wikipedia once in a while. I am not a big Apple fan butI intend to check out itunes Podcasts.
Howstuffworks is mostly amateurish but can be good for some folks.
The best for me so far is makeuseof.com. This site has changed my life forever. This is where I learn new things everyday.

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Linda Lovell

The word “everyday” is an adjective
meaning “ordinary” as in “I wore my
everyday clothes to the party.” If we
mean “every single day,” that is the
adjective “every” before the noun
“day”: “every day.”

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Onaje Asheber

Nice!

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Marcus Bacchus

I would add Udemy to this list. Its similar to Coursera except that the lectures are delivered by individual experts and often come at a cost.

Alieu

Hi,
You forget to mention “Makeuseof.com”. I have learnt a lot of things from this website.

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Grant Smith

Another daily email newsletter that usually presents a different perspective on many kinds of subjects is Delancy Street, as shown in this example below,
http://www.delanceyplace.com/view_archives.php?2251

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nohl

Thanks for writing this. Nice work!

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Gavin Burgess

Here’s something Nancy Messieh, and apparently your staff writers/editors, should learn today: “everyday” is an adjective. Laura K. Lawless has a fine website for those learning proper English. Her comment on “everyday” and the correct terminology for this article, “every day”, is here:

http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/difficulties/everyday.html

She can help with other adjectives commonly, but erroneously, used as nouns (freshwater, backseat, etc.) as well. And null’s comment below contains appropriate usage of both.

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Robert Backlund

For those who may be interested in a more formalized approach MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has an excellent program called OCW OpenCourseWare. You can take many of the courses that students attending MIT take, many have video lectures recorded during actual classes. I think that they even have a certificate program for certain disciplines. I highly recommend this resource and is very worth your time in checking out all that is on offer, if not for you personally but perhaps for a family member, friend or colleague. Here is a good link for finding out about MIT’s OCW http://ocw.mit.edu/about/next-decade/ Here is a brief excerpt from this web page

“MIT OpenCourseWare’s First 10 Years: 100 Million Served

On April 4, 2001, MIT announced it would publish educational materials from all of its courses freely and openly on the Internet. Ten years later, OCW has shared materials from more than 2000 courses with an estimated 100 million individuals worldwide. Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of this groundbreaking effort.”

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Karishma

I usually go to Quora when i want to learn something new. It’s a brilliant place to be!

http://www.quora.com/

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Stephanie Staker

Another great site is http://www.todayifoundout.com/ where you can sign up for a daily email or just go to the site for your info of the day. It is varied which makes it fun and always a surprise. Check it out. Thank you, Nancy, for the list.

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VJ Venkat

Oh you people are awesome. But could you help me for my EEE Engineering? any related sites to this?

Robert Backlund

By your post I know that you did not go to MIT’s OCW site. They have an extensive collection of courses in all branches of engineering including EEE. Here is the link again, http://ocw.mit.edu/about/next-decade/ once you get to this page select the courses link at the top left, then select Topic, then a different page opens with a listing of all the different discipline that they have courses available for. Select Engineering then next to it select electrical engineering and then in a third column on the right select electronics. You will find lots on offer and with MIT being one of the best engineering schools in the US they have tons of engineering courses.

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muhammed isau adeyemo

You are to good

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Shiva Kunwar

Awesome, I felt glad to have those sites in my hand….

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Ali K

makeUseOf …. I learned so much from it. (:

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Shivani

You could also check out http://www.gyaanexchange.com for online & offline lessons

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