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Itching to learn something new but don’t have enough in your budget Simply Frugal: How To Learn Personal Finance The Easy Way Simply Frugal: How To Learn Personal Finance The Easy Way Do you fret over bills and debt on a regular basis? Do you feel lost when others speak using financial lingo? Here's the good news: it's never too late to learn about money. Read More to pay for classes? No problem! As long as you aren’t aiming to study a topic that’s incredibly niche and specialized, you can use one of the following apps to earn yourself up to a college-level education without paying a cent.

Of course, proper instruction from a qualified teacher would be better than simply learning from an app, so it should be made clear that these apps are only recommended as supplements or when a formal education is not an option for whatever reasons.

Coursera

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Coursera has proven itself as one of the best places to get an online education for free 3 Best Websites To Get A University Level Education For Free 3 Best Websites To Get A University Level Education For Free The idea that you are never done learning has never been more true than today. The Internet has revolutionized the way we access information and knowledge - formerly a luxury accessible only to the rich... Read More . They’ve partnered with 100+ top universities from all over the world to provide quality education at a price everyone can afford and their selection is vast: 600+ courses across 20+ subject areas.

While Coursera classes do follow a schedule, it’s flexible enough that you aren’t locked into specific times of day. Classes are interactive, available in at least 14 languages, and all course contents are provided free of charge to download at your convenience. Get started with these must-learn Coursera courses 9 Coursera Courses To Improve Yourself & Your Career 9 Coursera Courses To Improve Yourself & Your Career It's tempting to learn as much as you can, but your time is limited. Choose wisely from this selection of upcoming and past courses on Coursera to improve yourself and your career. Read More .

Alternatives to Coursera include Udemy, which contains a mixture of free and paid courses, and Udacity, which is an online course platform that focuses strictly on programming-related topics.

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Khan Academy

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We’ve praised Khan Academy multiple times over the years, and we still love it. For those who don’t know, Khan Academy is a free online education platform Where To Study: Navigating The Free Online Education World Where To Study: Navigating The Free Online Education World Now that online learning is commonplace, it also is bit of a nightmare to choose which learning systems to use. We make it easier by giving you an overview of the best options out there. Read More with 4,000+ micro lectures that break down complex university topics into terms that can be understood by everyday people.

With it, you can learn about dozens of subject areas under math, science, economics, humanities, computing, and even test preparation. Khan Academy is pioneering a completely new way to look at education How Computer Technology Will Transform Schools Of The Future How Computer Technology Will Transform Schools Of The Future In the 1800's, students sat in a classroom, listened to a teacher and took tests. In 2014, students do exactly the same thing. So why is educational technology moving so slowly? Read More .

While this is an unofficial app (they only put out official apps for iOS and Windows Phone), it’s still incredibly useful, especially the ability to take topics offline and watch when you don’t have an Internet connection.  The only downside is that it only works on tablets.

Other great video-as-learning apps How To Get An Education For Free Using Only Your Android Phone Or Tablet How To Get An Education For Free Using Only Your Android Phone Or Tablet Thanks to the Internet, a good education is more accessible than ever, and it doesn't have to empty your pockets. Many good-willed organizations out there release educational material for free, and some of it is... Read More include Grace and Mobento, both of which work by aggregating video content from many different educational sources (including Khan Academy).

TED Talks

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Sometimes, education isn’t enough. Sometimes, you need a healthy dose of insight. For that, there are few places you can turn to that are as effective and enlightening as TED Talks. No other organization has built up such a large collection of interesting speakers from all over the world.

Not convinced yet? Take a look at these TED Talks about social media impact 5 Inspiring Social Media TED Talks You Should Watch 5 Inspiring Social Media TED Talks You Should Watch Social media has taken over the Internet. There are many who are actively trying to decipher the power of social media. Some of them have even given TED Talks that are well worth a watch. Read More , revolutionary social relationships 4 TED Talks To Revolutionize Your Social Relationships 4 TED Talks To Revolutionize Your Social Relationships The best TED Talks are the ones that plant seeds in your heart, which later grow into life-altering changes. These videos provide insights into social psychology and give you some food for thought. Read More , human psychology and behavior 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior The human brain is complex and confusing, which explains why human behavior is so complex and confusing. People have a tendency to act one way when they feel something completely different. Here are a few... Read More , creativity and passion 4 Must-See TED Talks On Creativity, Inspiration & Passion 4 Must-See TED Talks On Creativity, Inspiration & Passion Creativity. Inspiration. Passion. These are all concepts of which we are very much aware, but not many of us can precisely pinpoint their source. Where does creativity come from? What is it that causes a... Read More , and even learning how to be motivated 10 Motivational TED Talks To Help You Chip Away At Your Mental Blocks 10 Motivational TED Talks To Help You Chip Away At Your Mental Blocks The valuable lesson from the lives of achievers is that they chip away at their mental blocks more consistently than others. Ten TED Talks underscore one simple thing – it’s all in the mind. Read More . Seriously, take a look!

There are 1,700+ videos to explore and most of them have been translated and made available in 22 different languages.

Busuu

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Did you know that your Android can help you learn new languages? With Busuu, you’ll be able to learn how to read, write, and speak in 11 of the world’s most popular languages. And the best part is that Busuu’s techniques are more intuitive and impactful than reading dry books.

Busuu courses have been designed according to the CEFR, a reputable framework for effectively learning new languages. You can even interact with the community of 45+ million users and practice your new language by speaking with native speakers. The app also comes with the ability to set goals and track progress.

Other language-learning apps include Duolingo, Memrise, and Lingua.ly.

Star Chart

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For those who love outer space, this app is a must. Star Chart brings the night sky right to your phone (or tablet) and grants you the ability to explore it from any angle. Just hold your device up in the air and the app will determine where you’re pointing based on your location and orientation.

Star Chart’s database includes all 88 constellations and 120,000+ different stars. Tap on an entity to learn more about it, zoom and move around using finger gestures, and use the Time Shift feature to see what everything looked like up to 10,000 years in the past or future.

It’s a wonderful tool to bring along the next time you go hiking 6 Android Apps Every Hiker Needs 6 Android Apps Every Hiker Needs How can your Android device improve your next hiking trip? These six apps can challenge you, help you explore, and provide incredibly useful information. Read More .

For these reasons, we consider Star Chart to be one of the best currently available astronomy apps for Android 4 Top Android Astronomy Apps For Enjoying The Sky At Night 4 Top Android Astronomy Apps For Enjoying The Sky At Night Astronomy is really freaking cool. If you agree, you're going to love these apps. Read More . If Star Chart isn’t enough for you, perhaps you could try one of the others: Solar Walk or Sky Map.

Daily Art

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The recent trend in academics has been to place emphasis on STEM subjects 5 Technology Skills You Should Actively Encourage Children To Take Up 5 Technology Skills You Should Actively Encourage Children To Take Up Crayon drawings still have their place, but technology is no longer only the future. Tomorrow's world is today.Which are the creative technology tasks we should encourage children to take up? Maybe, these five... Read More (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). While those topics are important, they aren’t so important as to justify the neglect of other topics; namely, the humanities.

How much do you know about fine art? There’s a good chance that you think of fine art as pretentious, irrelevant, or even detrimental to society. Part of that is true — fine art could stand to lose some of its elitist edge — but there’s a lot of history and beauty to be found if we would just give it a chance.

Daily Art publishes one piece of fine art every day along with a bit of information about it. Who created it? What’s significant about it? Why should you care? It’s an effortless way to build your appreciation for fine art 4 Online Courses You Could Take Instead Of Going Back to School 4 Online Courses You Could Take Instead Of Going Back to School Going for a university education is an expensive proposition. There's no doubting that. For most people, this is totally worth it. The advantages that having a degree to your name totally outweigh the crushing indebtedness... Read More .

Speed Anatomy Quiz

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How much do you know about your own body? When asked, would you be able to point to your kidneys, pancreas, or spleen? How about your pharynx, appendix, or sacrum? Anatomy is one of the densest subjects to learn but this app will make it 10x easier. Its usefulness cannot be understated.

Speed Anatomy Quiz is a game that asks you to point out various body parts within a time limit. The faster and more precise you are, the more points you earn. Granted, this app only teaches you about body part locations, not functions. However, it’s a fantastic first step towards learning more about the human body.

What’s Your Favorite?

We’ve covered a lot here, but there are plenty of other apps that can provide a free education. What are they? Which ones have you found most useful?

Please share with us in the comments below!

  1. Caroline
    October 26, 2016 at 12:07 am

    We found free application PHONICS from iTunes App Store to learn how to read for kids. Our girls, age 4 and 6, love it and enjoy making steady progress reading. Cute, completely free and effective so far. Here is the link to check it out:
    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/phonics-free-learn-to-read/id1164302436?mt=8

  2. Pratik Gupta
    March 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

    As an former faculty of some top education companies, I feel eligible to answer this. I have used many apps, but didn't find any of the apps good at design and content.
    While few days back, I encounter an start-up who were launching something cool in this space. As promised they have given me private beta access for their new venture "LOGIX". I love their way of making learning easier for everyone, by personalizing and simplifying it with help of data science and cool analytics.

  3. Manipal Digital
    November 22, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Hello everyone,

    We have come up with a new app for kids called Wild Animals Fun and its absolutely free.
    Wild Animals Fun is an easy to use interactive app that will allow little ones to explore a variety of animals and their sounds. The fun animations will keep kids engaged and entertained as they learn.

    check out video: http://tinyurl.com/ox9z9ff

    Download app for free:
    For IOS users:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wild-animals-fun/id933710233?mt=8"
    For Android users:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mds.apps.wildanimalsfun&hl=en

  4. Niklas
    October 22, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Very nice collection!
    Another one I'm currently using is Geography Quiz Game by Yam Learning - great way to finally learn all the worlds countries and capitals. It has a training mode and a play mode where you can compare yourself with other players. Sure is worth checking out if you're interested in learning this!

    • Joel Lee
      October 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      More quiz games, awesome! I'm a bit rusty on geography so that will be useful to me. Thanks. :)

  5. Lian
    October 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

    That's an interesting list of useful android apps. Smartphone are with internet ready tools and internet has both good and bad. You have listed here some of the good learning apps. I use safeparentalcontrol.com parental control program to give a safe web presence for my kids.

  6. lance
    October 10, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I have the following and find these easy to navigate and enjoyable.
    National Flag Quiz by Fractal Gate
    Periodic Table of Elements by Paradee

    Thanks for the post and new ideas.

    • Joel Lee
      October 11, 2014 at 2:20 am

      The flag quiz is an interesting one! Definitely showed me how little I know about country flags, lol. Thanks.

  7. Alpha
    October 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Those are great. But is there anywhere I can find videos teaching subfields of Linguistics like syntax, phonology or morphology?

    • Joel Lee
      October 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Unfortunately I don't know anything about those topics so I can't point you to any useful resources. If I run into anything, I'll let you know.

  8. Jakes Rawlinson
    October 10, 2014 at 8:27 am

    The Doors of Knowledge are definitely opening up and the trend can't be reversed. The more informed society becomes, the harder a time the not so pure will have on our planet! Do an article on the best of the Open Access world and also the F - OSS world in similar fashion. Please??????

  9. j-massive
    October 10, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I have a lot of Android app favorites, here are the first places: SwiftKey, Titanium backup, Dolphin Browser hd, Google+, Google search (ok google, new on desktop), Modern Warfare 4, AdAway and many more!!!

  10. Cathy Wilson
    October 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Don't forget WeSpeke for practicing languages.

    • Joel Lee
      October 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      It's lesser known but worth checking out. Thanks for bringing it up!

  11. Riley
    October 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    DUOLINGO! After using it on my phone, tablet, and computer I feel confident speaking to native Spanish speackers when I go out in public. I took 5 years of Spanish between high school and college and never felt as confident with my skills as I have since using this software/app. I have tried others language learning apps and this is by far one of the best. Oh yeah and it's free.

  12. gurvi
    October 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Hello,
    You have provided the amazing educational android apps that are beneficial. I have used various android apps. But I haven't try these apps now I am eager to try this.

  13. Aba
    October 9, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Udemy?

    • Joel Lee
      October 11, 2014 at 2:19 am

      Udemy was mentioned as an alternative to Coursera but thanks for the recommendation. :)

  14. sininenkuu
    October 9, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Duolingo!

    • Joel Lee
      October 11, 2014 at 2:20 am

      Thanks! Duolingo was mentioned as an alternative to Busuu and I must say that Duolingo is indeed good.

  15. frank
    October 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks to duoLingo I was able to learn Italian. It's definitely worth checking out

  16. FoEsuEkame
    October 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Quiz Up is also one of the great education apps

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