Learning a new skill has never been easier. You can learn a new language while on your daily commute, or watch a five-minute video on how to re-wire a plug socket.
Whatever type of skills you are looking to develop, there are some fantastic free or reasonably priced tools and apps that can be used to quickly learn something new.
Video has fast become the most popular way to learn. Being able to consume information quickly, with a visual demonstration is deemed much more effective and engaging than reading a book on a subject.
Interactive online tests and gamification have also become hugely popular in the learning sector, as learners find the learning style more interesting than traditional methods.
Here are some of the best online tools that you can use to boost your current skills:
As mentioned, video has become the top format for learning, so YouTube is unsurprisingly the source for many educational videos. The ease of uploading content onto YouTube and the ease of searching for content makes the platform such a great option.
If you are looking to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop or you want to learn how to hang wallpaper, YouTube has it all and you can watch these videos for free. If you are looking to gain formal qualifications then YouTube isn’t the right option but if you are simply looking to learn how to do something, the chances are that a YouTube video will exist for what you need to learn.
This website has a huge library of free online courses for you to sign up for. There is such a wide range of subjects covered that you can learn anything from yoga to accountancy.
There are over a thousand free courses available on Alison.com.
TED talks are a set of videos of people giving talks on a range of subjects. Many of the talks focus on the business sector and cover useful, current topics. There are also a lot of motivational/inspirational style talks for you to view.
Regardless of the skill that you are looking for, companies will often offer free tests to help you to prepare for exams.
You can even practice your driving theory test using online tests.
Have a look around for companies that provide the types of tests that you are interested in – you can simply Google them to see if you can find any free online tests.
For anyone who is looking to learn the basics of HTML markup/website coding, W3Schools is a great starting point.
It breaks down the key elements into easy to follow sections and gives you the opportunity to practice your coding skills in a demo environment.
Whatever type of skills you are looking to develop, you are only ever a few clicks away from launching yourself into a whole new online learning experience.
They say knowledge is power and developing new skills is one of the best ways to help boost your career.