100 Free Online Tools to Learn a New Skill in Almost Anything

June 6, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More

Wake-Up World

While there is much to be learnt from taking a course or learning from a professional instructor, there are many online tools that can help you learn just about anything you’d like and for free.

With a little dedication, these online tools can help guide you through the learning process step-by-step. Whether you want to learn how to cook healthy meals, renovate your kitchen, play a musical instrument, learn a new language, discover the intricacies of calculus plus so much more. You’ll find the assistance you need through the below resources.

General

These tutorial-filled sites offer instruction on a wide variety of topics.

  • eHowFormerly Expert Village, this site it full of detailed instructions and videos that will take you through the basics of activities in categories like health, food and drink, legal, parenting and more.
  • SuTreeHere you’ll find thousands of user-submitted videos on just about anything you could possibly want to learn more about.
  • Khanacademy.orgThe Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. They are a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.
  • TrickLifeCheck out this site for how-to instruction in computers, crafts, electronics, hobbies and a whole lot more.
  • MyTutorialsYou can search through the existing tutorials on this site, pose your own questions and get help or share your expertise in a video or lesson of your own.
  • Find TutorialsSearch through this site to find instructions on how to improve your skills in a variety of different topics from technology to fixing up your house.
  • Learn ThatWhether you want to learn how to make awesome salsa or just navigate through all the new features of the latest Photoshop, this site can help you find the guidance to do so more easily.
  • WikiversityJust like the bigger Wikipedia site, the information offered here is free for the taking and easily searchable.
  • Instructables: This site encourages you to get creative, share your skills and learn from other users.
  • 5min: Got five minutes? Then you’ve got enough time to watch one of these short but informative videos.
  • Knowledgehound : Knowledge Hound is the web’s biggest how-to directory, and was its first. The site also features original tutorials on a wide variety of topics.

Language

Learning another language can be a great way to challenge your brain and improve your resume. Check out these tools for some help.

  • Google Language ToolsWith Google’s tools you’ll be able to search for terms in foreign languages, translate, and even use Google in another language.
  • BBC LanguagesCheck out what the BBC has to offer, with lessons in more than 36 different languages.
  • LiveMochaFind a friend and trade your language expertise through this social learning tool.
  • italkiThis tool allows you to hook up with a native speaker and get free help learning a new language.
  • BabbelThis site is chock full of resources to help you learn a language, from flashcards to more extensive instruction.
  • lingroHave a website in another language you want help understanding? This site will allow you to click on the words you don’t know, instead of translating the whole thing.
  • busuuJoin this language learning community to get a leg up on learning a new language.
  • MIT Foreign Language and LiteratureRead through the free course materials offered on this site to get access to the same instruction offered at world-class college MIT.
  • Rosetta ProjectIf you want to learn more about the history and relationships between languages pay a visit to this site which is working to catalog information about all human languages.
  • LingoPassThis site operates by asking users to exchange their language skills with someone else who wants to teach and learn as well.

Music

Take advantage of these lessons to learn to be more musically adept at everything from a violin to your own vocal chords.

: This site is a great place to watch some free instructional videos on the basics of playing guitar.

  • ActiveBassLearn more about all aspects of playing the bass, as well as some free lessons, on this site .
  • Violin MasterclassIf you’ve ever wanted to know how to play the violin and want to learn the basics before taking more professional courses, check out these freebies.
  • Brass TrainerThis site will test you on your brass playing skills, helping you master some of the fundamentals.
  • Danman’s Music LibrarySign up on this site and get access to numerous instructional videos on playing everything from the ukulele to the stand-up bass.
  • Sing SmartThose who are looking to improve their vocal skills can visit this site to get a little vocal coaching.
  • Hear and PlaySimply sign up with this site to get lessons in how to play by ear.
  • Online Flute LessonsThis site will help you learn to play the flute or to play better if you already know a little.
  • How to Play the AccordionThose whose musical tastes differ from the norm may want to try to learn to play the accordion, and this site can help.
  • Music Education Centre: An absolutely free centre providing lessons on piano, guitar, jazz, classicalmusic, song writing, composing and MIDI archive.

Life Skills

If you never learned how to sew or cook, these resources can help you learn the basics.

  • What the Craft: Even if you’re not a crafter there’s a lot to be gained from the tutorials on this site that will teach you the basics of sewing as well as some more advanced techniques in creating clothes.
  • Sewing TutorialsFrom creating patterns to sewing basics, this site is full of tutorials that will help you mend, hem and create.
  • FreeNeedleThis site will help you sew aprons, curtains, pillows and a whole lot more.
  • Elemental StitchesHere you’ll find some tutorials on basic sewing projects for you, your pets and your home.
  • Cooking TutorialsWhether you need to know how to properly cook a Thanksgiving turkey or make your own pasta, this site has lessons for you to learn from.
  • Gourmet SpotFrom the basics of cooking to the finer points of entertaining, this site offers a wealth of information.
  • Do Laundry the Right WayIf you have a tendency to shrink your sweaters and turn your whites pink, get some instruction from this site.

Around the House

You can learn to be your own handyman or woman with these great DIY tools.

  • Organic Authority: Information on organic gardening and foods.
  • Make MagazineListen to this podcast to learn how to make and do just about anything around the house you’d like.
  • ReadyMadeGet creative with your DIY projects with a little guidance from the projects featured on this magazine’s site.
  • DoItYourself.comWith a little elbow grease and expertise gleaned from this site, you can fix just about anything in your house.
  • SkillVidsWatch the videos on this site to learn some valuable DIY skills.
  • The Bicycle TutorIf you’re more of a bike person than a car one, learn how to keep your bike working and well-oiled from this site.
  • Easy2DIYThis site will help you learn to fix a wide range of things around your home.
  • DIY Home Improvements DepotFrom dry walling to removing carpet, this site offers you a wealth of information on home improvements.

Technology

Whether you’re technologically impaired or just want to learn some new skills to add to your repertoire, these sites can help you learn more, faster.

  • W3Schools: Learn how to build great websites through the great tutorials offered on this site.
  • How-to-GeekThis site offers a geekier take on how-tos, dealing with computers, electronic and gaming tutorials.
  • InPicturesIf you need some basic instruction in working with a computer, this site offers illustrated tutorials to get you through.
  • GeekpediaWant to know how to work with Java? Do computer programming of other kinds? This site will teach you.
  • MuppetLabsUse this site to learn how to work with C++, Perl, Python and much more.
  • actDENBoost your business skills by learning the ins and outs of PowerPoint, Office and Internet Explorer on this site.
  • The Internet ArchiveExplore the history of the internet with this site that has archives of sties on the web from years past.
  • Productivity PortfolioThis site is home to five minute tips to help improve your computer and technology skills.

General Academic

These tools and resources can help you get a free education on your own.

  • Open Courseware Consortium - An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality university?level educational materials.
  • Curriki - A non-profit organization, Curriki is the leading K-12 global community for teachers, students and parents to create, share, and find open learning resources that improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes
  • Forum NetworkListen to lectures from great universities, PBS and NPR from this site’s collection on hundreds of topics.
  • MIT Open CoursewareYou can take courses on your own time through this prestigious university’s open site.
  • Harvard@HomeGet access to some of the most well-known researchers and scholars and their lectures through this site.
  • Princeton WebMediaLearn more about a wide variety of topics from the free lectures on this site.
  • iTunes UUse your iTunes for more than listening to music and download free lectures and videos from world class institutions through this facet of the program.
  • OpenCourseware FinderSearch through thousands of free courses using this tool that you can download and take when you like.
  • Project GutenbergYou can do quite a bit of reading right from your own computer with this collection of classic books.
  • WikiBooksRead through some of the selections on this site to learn about a huge range of interests from science to new languages.
  • Academic EarthThis collection of lectures will help you expand your mind and learn from professors and academics at famous institutions.
  • ConnexionsCheck out the learning modules offered on this site for delving into a plethora of topics.
  • Google ScholarIf you’re in need of some reputable reading material, this search tool will help you find journals and articles on your topic that you can trust.

Business

Brush up on your business skills through these free courses and tutorials.

  • Business Tutorials: This site offers some great advice and information for new and young entrepreneurs.
  • Change ManagementIf you’re hoping to improve your management skills, this site can give you some helpful pointers.
  • KnowThis?Here you’ll find some indispensable information on marketing and selling products– essential for the success for your business.
  • Small Business AdministrationThis government organization offers some great, free courses on setting up and running a business.
  • LearnThat: BusinessFrom starting a business to paying your taxes, these tutorials offer you lots to learn and think about.
  • My Own BusinessTake this free online course to get some help in understanding what it takes to start your own business.
  • HP Learning CenterLearn how to harness the technology aspects of business with these free courses.

Health and Fitness

Use these sites to get yourself in shape, find out more about your body and learn about important health issues.

  • Get Body Smart: Learn more about how the human body works, inside and out, from this site.
  • WebMDHere you’ll find a ton of resources on just about every illness, disorder and all kinds of health issues.
  • MedlinePlus Medical EncyclopediaIf you want to learn more about medical terminology or specific illnesses, this encyclopaedia is a great tool.
  • Fitness OnlineThis site offers a wide range of fitness advice and information to help you learn how to get fit and healthy.
  • Health.comFind important health information for working out, eating right and caring for your body on this site.
  • eMedicineUse this site to learn more the latest and greatest in medicine.

Math and Science

Go through these tools to learn more about space, scientific principles, and the earth itself.

  • The Chem Team: Get a refresher or a basic run-through of some of the most important principles in chemistry with this site.
  • The Physics ZoneIf you know little or nothing about physics, this site will tutor you in the basics.
  • NASALearn more about the world of outer space– in our own galaxy and further out– with the photos, videos and information on this site.
  • Real World MathIf you’re the type who has always hated math because it seems useless in everyday life, then check out this site that shows how math can be applied to real world situations.
  • S.O.S. MathematicsThis site will give you a math review from the basics of algebra all the way up to differential equations.
  • Science A-Go-GoHere you can keep up with the latest research and developments in science and learn something new each day.
  • Geology RocksWant to know more about the inner workings of the ground under your feet? This site offers interactive tools for learning.

Liberal Arts

From exploring the great artefacts of American history to learning about the social sciences and humanities, these resources will help round out your education.

  • Library of Congress: The Library of Congress is home to thousands of documents, photos and recordings that provide a multi-media telling of import events in American history.
  • Digital HistoryThere are numerous online exhibits, lectures, and interactive learning experiences available to the inquiring mind on this site.
  • BiographyHere you’ll be able to learn more about some of the people who have shaped the path of history.
  • The History Channel :You don’t have to have cable to take advantage of the videos and information this TV channel provides.
  • H-NetHere you’ll find peer-reviewed essays, multimedia learning tools and more to help you delve into the humanities.
  • National ArchivesSearch through the hundreds of thousands of records this site organizes, and talk to the archive employees for more specific research needs.
  • Encyclopedia SmithsonianThe Smithsonian is one of the largest museums in the world, with a collection of unrivalled depth and breadth. This tool will let you search through the items the museum holds.
  • SparkNotesNeed a little help understanding a work of ancient literature or classic poetry? These free study guides can act as free tutors.

Fine Arts

Take a look at these resources to get a better handle on art history, learn to draw or brush up on famous literature.

  • Artcyclopedia: Explore the history of art through this site that catalogues some of the biggest movements and names in art.
  • Photography MentorImprove the quality of your shots with some tips on this photography site.
  • Duey’s DrawingsEver wanted to learn to draw but never had the time? This site will teach you whenever you feel like learning.
  • Media CollegeLearn some new videography, cinematography, and editing skills from the tutorials on this media-focused site.
  • Digital ArtsIf you want to learn to edit videos and photos, this site is an ideal place to find a little help.
  • BartlebyUse this site to read and learn a variety of famous quotes– some of which you might have heard but not known from where they originated.

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  1. tdurant says:

    Thanks for compiling your list. I can’t wait to share it.

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