November 6, 2017 Blog
It’s true that not all learning is done in the classroom, but without the structure of tests, assignments, and deadlines, it can be easy to let education fall to the wayside while other aspects of our lives take precedence. Fortunately for those who want to continue learning beyond school, there are a number of free educational resources that make learning easy, fun, and engaging. You can learn just about anything online these days, and these 5 resources are great starting points.
Better Explained operates under the mantra “math without endless memorization”. The articles on the site give thorough explanations not just of how math formulas work but why they work. For students who have difficulty understanding the abstract properties of math, this site can be a great resource for giving them a more grounded understanding of what they’re learning.
Duolingo is a language-learning application that turns language activities into fun and addictive games. There are 23 languages available to learn through the platform, and the activities on the app are split between grammar, conjugation, and noun memorization.
EdX is an online learning destination that consolidates courses from the world’s top universities, places like Yale, Harvard, and Oxford, and offers them for free online. The courses offered cover everything from architecture to chemistry. It’s a great way to get access to a world class education without having to spend a penny.
Khan Academy started when founder Salman Khan found that making doodles online was an effective way of teaching math to his cousins. Khan realized that this was a highly effective way of teaching online, so he branched out into other subjects and made his animated doodle videos available to the public. The videos are great at simplifying complex subjects, and making difficult or dry subjects more engaging.
Crash Course is an engaging and informative YouTube resource led by renowned YA author John Green and his brother Hank. The YouTube channel posts playlists divided by subject, with videos that focus in on specific topics and explain them in an often hilarious way. The videos don’t just make learning easy, they make it fun.
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