Education is one of the big keys to success and advancement in life. Moreover, we sometimes just cannot imagine how big of an impact education has on our lives. Let us consider an extreme, yet real case of education. Let us say someone did not happen to be able to study math due to the unavailability of education or money. As this person grows up and comes to realize his surroundings, they will not be able to carry out mundane, normal activities of dealing with bills and paying as well as receiving money.

So, as you can see, education and learning are an important part of someone’s development and are keys to success. The best thing is that learning does not stop after school or university and as long as you are alive, you can keep on learning.

Moreover, we are very blessed in this generation to have the Internet as an option. The Internet provides a very good source of online learning. All you need to do is just hop onto a search engine and start typing key words regarding whatever you want to learn about and sure enough, before you know it, there pops countless search results displaying something that contains the keywords you typed.

Old generations would have not imagined the technology would reach this place and be as advanced as it is right now. Besides, who knows what the future holds?

Furthermore, besides just having access to the internet and simple search results that relate to keywords you input, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other important sources have been integrated to present an online version rather than a book version. That is a huge step to the front. However, although there is easy access to all these different online sources, it is not like all the information you need will jump right at you, you need to exert enough effort and perform researches depending on the task.

Whether it is math, physics, chemistry, documentaries, or even IT work, there are resources available for online learning. Here are 9 of the best resources for free online learning:

1. Google

Who does not know the most famous search engine, Google? Maybe you know the search engine but did you know how many searches Google get per day? Take a wild guess. It is so crazy, check out this website link that shows the number of Google searches today alone.

Google processes around 1.2 trillion searches per year, which is 3.5 billion searches per day. That translates to a whopping more than 40,000 search queries every second. This is hard to imagine. Anyway, Google is the ultimate search engine that could be used for anything. More specifically, Google is a great resource for online learning where there are countless and countless articles. Also, if you want to search something scientific, you can head to Google Scholar by typing that in the normal Google search or visiting scholar.google.com.

Google Scholar contains various scientific articles about different scientific topics which is just amazing and can act as your research source. Furthermore, many people use Google to quickly search for the definition of a word by typing the word you the definition of followed by “definition.”

2. YouTube

Similar to Google, YouTube is another big source for free online learning that is really beneficial and a huge video-sharing platform. Two simple facts about YouTube that confirm its popularity are that it has over 1 billion users and around 300 hours of videos are uploaded on YouTube every minute.

People usually do not stick around if they feel a certain source is not good enough; however, these statistics prove that YouTube is useful. You might ask, “Well, YouTube relates to videos, where you could watch pranks, funny videos, and game reviews, so how do the previously mentioned areas relate to online learning?” Well, just like you can watch prank and game videos, there are individuals with channels created for the purpose of education including chemistry, physics, and math. Even more, YouTube has a large database of documentaries and topics that could be useful.

3. HowStuffWorks

Are you an individual that is interested and has a passion for science? Are you a person that is curious to know how things work and learn more about the world even though you are not into science that much? Well, whatever your case is, HowStuffWorks is a good choice for you.

This website lays light on many of the different scientific lessons and explanations that could be of help to you. More than just science, this website actually has a bunch of other categories such as money, technology, lifestyle, and health that provide a number of articles about various topics in that area. This could be of very good use if you are interested in any of the many areas the website provides.

More than just articles about the various topics this website possesses, there are also videos that can be beneficial and teach you something. People usually prefer watching videos rather than reading a long article full of words that just boggles the eyes.

4. Khan Academy

Are you facing trouble with certain topics in mathematics or just want to review a certain concept or practice more, head to Khan Academy to join a global classroom. With video lessons covering concepts including algebra, differential equations, basic arithmetic, physics, chemistry, and biology, Khan Academy could prove a very useful source for your needs.

This website provides instructional videos and practice exercises. Moreover, it has a personalized learning dashboard that gives students the ability to study at their own speed, without having to struggle to catch up or finish all the material in a certain period of time. There is also no need to go to a classroom in order to learn and thus this provides extra ease.

In addition to the subjects and topics mentioned earlier, Khan Academy tackles science, math, history, economics, computer programming, and more. You might be wondering if this website is for all ages. The good news is that their math mission targets learners from kindergarten all the way up to calculus learners. These learners get to make use of advanced, adaptive technology that is capable of recognizing strengths and areas of improvement.
Outside the academics context, Khan Academy has also partnered with large corporations such as NASA, The California Academy of Sciences, The Museum of Modern Art, and MIT enabling them to offer specialized content.

5. Open Yale Courses

This resource ties in with the previous resource is that both are related to academics and courses. Now, the Open Yale Courses link Yale College lectures and other materials relating to their college courses. These resources and materials are found on the Yale website and are free of charge. There is a full range of majors, spanning from liberal arts disciplines to physical and biological sciences.

The website provides a selection of introductory courses and the best part is that they are taught by well-known teachers and scholars of Yale University. The purpose of this access is a very noble one. This access is provided to extend educational materials to those who wish to learn.

Lectures conducted in the Yale College classrooms were recorded and are available in different formats including video, audio, and text transcript formats. I mean how much easier can learning get? Do not forget to notice that Yale University is one of the distinguished universities in the world. To make it more convenient for those who really want to enrich or expand their knowledge, there is no registration required.

6. Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine that is really helpful. Are you stuck with a certain math concept or need further illumination? Then go ahead and visit WolframAlpha.com, where knowledge and answers are introduced in a fundamentally new way. Knowledge and answers are not presented by searching the web, but by having dynamic computations performed based on the wide collection of built-in algorithms, data, and methods.

Wolfram Alpha has a long-term goal of making all systematic knowledge available, computable, and accessible instantaneously. It provides expert-level knowledge to all class individuals with a lot of useful information. This is something you need to give a try. Hop on to the website link provided earlier and write in any function and click ‘enter.’ You should be surprised by the amount of information that will come your way. It provides you with the function, range, domain, possible differentiation, and most importantly the shape of the graph.

7. FreeTechBooks.com

Are you a person that is interested in IT work or engineering work? Do you like to casually read about various engineering schemes or learn more about electricity and circuits? If that is the case then head to freetechbooks.com and check out this site’s lists of free online engineering and computer science books. The best part about this is that the books, and lecture notes are all legal and free, where you can download them.

8. TED

TED is an organization that is non-profit and dedicated to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks of about 18 minutes or less. So, now is your chance to explore these topics and make up your opinion about some of the ideas that are talked about. TED originated in 1984 in the form of a conference on technology, entertainment, design, etc. Today, TED covers all kinds of topics including science, business, and global issues in more than 100 languages.

In the meantime, TEDx events are independently set and represent an effort to help share ideas around the world. TED features great videos showing a number of the leading names sharing their know-how. Go check TED’s website and be sure that there is something in there for you, no matter what topic you prefer. Thus, this is a great way to learn new information online.

9. National Geographic Kids

Are you a big fan of learning new general knowledge in the few hours you have a day during your busy schedule? Maybe your kids have a strong personality and want to learn about various things in life. If your kids are into learning and education, a great website is the National Geographic Kids website, which provides free, online education for its younger users.

If your kids are not that big on learning in general, perhaps you need to get them to enjoy and love learning by guiding them to their first step. National Geographic Kids provides a kid friendly education, puzzles, various games, photos, and videos that will keep your kid interested while on the website. The good thing about this website, depending on how you look at this, is that it provides a good, casual learning environment as it does not organize learning into courses. It makes its materials available by choosing the topic and medium making it a good choice for your kids.

Parents, do you feel left out? Well, do not feel this way, because there is the general National Geographic website and so you can join your kids through their learning experiences.

There is a point of view that mentions that all education is self-education. Do you have any ideas what that could mean? Well, learning is considered self-learning because of the simple fact that whether you are in a school, university, or home schooled, you are going to learn something if you are interested and want to learn it.

Forced learning is bad from the point of view that it forces something against your will and so usually the results are not as good as when you perform something out of your own desire. People who take the initiative and dedicate the necessary time to pursue learning are the ones that learn something in this world.

Consider well-known scholars, entrepreneurs, or historical figures you can think of. Formal education is important, but if someone is not capable to go through that for one reason or another, self-education could take them far.

To help you out, the above are some of many resources for free online learning that are available for various fields and interests.

The community we’re building here is thankful for your input. Are there any other free online learning resources you’ve found particularly helpful? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

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