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June 22, 2012

Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills



The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills.  You just have to know where to look.  Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for sites where you can learn new skills, but I figured I’d save you some time.

Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new.
  1. Hack a Day - Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.
  2. eHow - eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.
  3. Wired How-To Wiki - Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips.  Browse through hundreds how-to articles and then add to them, or start a new one.
  4. MAKE Magazine - Brings the do-it-yourself (DIY) mindset to all of the technology in your life.  MAKE is loaded with cool DIY projects that help you make the most of the technology you already own.
  5. 50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do - While not totally comprehensive, here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do.  It’s a great starting point to learn new skills.
  6. wikiHow - A user based collaboration to build and share the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual.
  7. Lifehacker - An award-winning daily blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently.
  8. 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time - Today, knowing how to use Google effectively is a vital skill.  This list links out to enough Google related resources to make you an elite Google hacker.
  9. Instructables - Similar to MAKE, Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others as the tackle new projects and learn new skills.
  10. Merriam-Webster Online - In this digital age, your ability to communicate with written English is paramount skill.  And M-W.com is the perfect resource to improve your English now.
  11. Lumosity - Learn to improve your memory by playing a series of fun and educational brain training games.
  12. 100 Skills Every Man Should Know - Another compilation article with instructions to help you learn new skills.  This one says it’s geared for men, but I think most of these skills are applicable to women as well.
  13. 5min Life Videopedia - Lot’s of great tutorials and DIY videos.
  14. HowStuffWorks - Knowledge is power.  While this site isn’t exactly geared to help you learn new skills, it contains so much useful information that you’re bound to learn a skill or two while you browse.
  15. StumbleUpon - A collective set of recommendations from thousands of hours of searching by web users who share your interests.  It’s basically a recommendation engine.  Users add to this engine by providing their personal recommendations on what sites are worth your time.  If you select topics and tags of interest like ‘Self-Improvement‘ and ‘DIY,’ you’ll be learning new skills in no time.
  16. Work.com - An extensive directory of how-to guides for beginning entrepreneurs.
  17. Howcast - Hosts professional how-to videos as well as how-to wiki tutorials.  Howcast combines user ideas with the expertise of professional studio video to deliver what is nothing short of amazing, informative content.
  18. VideoJug - The video content on this site covers a variety of topics including informative ‘How To’ and ‘Ask The Expert’ films that guide you step-by-step through everything and anything in life.
  19. MakeUseOf - A booming daily blog that features cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive.  Lot’s of insightful tips and tricks to learn.
  20. WonderHowTo - This site is focused on one clear organizing principle: aggregating and linking to truly great, free how-to videos from which you can learn new skills.
  21. SuTree - Another useful aggregator of how-to videos from all around the web.
  22. Zen Habits - The ultimate productivity and self-improvement blog.  Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives.  It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, and find happiness.  Lot’s of learning material here.
  23. Academic Earth - Online degrees and video courses from leading universities.
  24. About.com Videos - Another solid collection of how-to video tutorials.
  25. PCWorld How-To - Lot’s of useful tutorials and guides related to fixing and modifying computers and other electronic gadgets.
  26. Spreeder - This site is focused on teaching you one new skill:  speed reading.  And it does a great job of doing so.
  27. Woopid - Watch free technology training videos.  Get help and answer your computer and gadget questions with thousands of video tutorials for PCs, Macs, and various software applications.
  28. DIY Network - A go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement projects.  The site offers expert answers the most sought-after questions regarding creative projects for DIY enthusiasts.
  29. Scitable - A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms.  The site also expects to expand into other topics of learning and education.
  30. All Recipes - A complete guide to recipes and cooking tips.  If you’d like to learn to be a better cook, this site is for you.
  31. 43 Folders - This site is more about inspiring you to follow-through with your goals than it is about learning new skills.  But I think following-through with your goals is a skill.  Most people never quite get there.
  32. Dumb Little Man - Another awesome productivity and self-improvement blog hosting lots of useful information.
  33. iTunes U - Hundreds of universities — including Stanford, Yale and MIT — distribute lectures, slide shows, PDFs, films, exhibit tours and audio books through iTunes U.  The Science section alone contains content on topics including agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, ecology and geography.
  34. American Sign Language Browser - Teach yourself sign language online.
  35. BBC Languages - Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
  36. Delicious Popular DIY - Lots of popular DIY articles bookmarked by users from all over the web.
  37. Khan Academy - Over 1200 videos lessons covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance.  Lot’s of educational material to help you learn new skills.
  38. The Happiness Project - Learn the skills necessary to create happiness in your life.
  39. How To Do Things - Another solid collection of how-to tutorials.
  40. ShowMeDo - A peer-produced video-tutorials and screencasts site for free and open-source software.  The large majority are free to watch and download.
Please do leave a comment and let us know if you found this post useful. Thanks. 
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Marc and Angel.

109 comments:

  1. thanks Bakeca...don't forget to check other posts as well :)

    hope you enjoy them as well....

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  2. Very Good and extensive list. Thanks for posting!

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  3. Sweet list! Should provide days of reading!

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  4. Bookmarked this gem. Thanks!

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  5. lol @ Walt...will look into it.. ;)

    @ Hondarebelgirl...thanks for appreciating :)

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  6. I would only add codecademy and lynda.com, and you're good to go!

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  7. gonna use this stuff! thank you!

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  8. Perhaps we should include failblog.org which is a great way to waste time and burn brain cells.

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  9. @Sustainable Lifestyle: love that site...but don't know how it helps...

    may be learning from other people's mistake? ;)

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  10. Great list. I will be using several of these. Didn't even know most of them existed.

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  11. interesting and helpful shared on G+

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  12. that's brilliant

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  13. Itunes U...very cool. Love the list.

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  14. Thanks bunches. So many great sites to help w/so many things! Awesome!

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  15. Marc and Angel know what time it is!

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  16. Great list! Found it with Stumbleupon. Bookmarking it for sure!

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  17. Excellent list. Of course, it you want to learn everything there is to know about trails, you'd visit Trailsnet.com.

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  18. thank you for the sites - great ideas in there - and I was surprised at how many I have used already - thank you

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  19. Found this page on Stumbleupon. Great list!! Several of those sites I intend on checking out. Thanks for compiling and sharing.

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  20. Definitely useful. I will certainly use some of your suggestions in class with my students. It is really great that there are people like you out there on the web, people who love sharing the interesting websites they themselves tried out. Thanks tons.
    Cristiana

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  21. very good collection.
    I have bookmarked the list!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Excellent list with links to valuable stuff and services.

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  23. This is great. Thank you. Appreciate that, Kev

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  24. This rocks! Thanks for taking the time to compile this list :))
    ~Ana

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  25. Thanks Ana and all others who appreciated... :)

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  26. As always, you give us great stuff and this list is just awesome!

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  27. bookmarked. thanks!

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  28. Great list indeed. Small suggestion/correction: Change your instances of "lot's" to "lots." :)

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  29. Undoubtedly beneficial. I most certainly will absolutely make use of most of ones suggestions with class along with my own individuals. It is definitely great that there are individuals like you out there on-line, those who adore expressing this exciting websites they them selves used. Many thanks all kinds.

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  30. The best bookmarks set ever. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Most of them I new about,But the ones I don't sound very promising.thanks

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  32. This is a helpful list. There are some that I use regularly, but thanks for those I didn't know about.
    Blessings - Maxi

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  33. Great list. Thanks for compiling and sharing.

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  34. this list is make faster to search for about skill things.
    than you

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    1. thanks for the work, excellent compilation

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  35. Great Article...Nice job in listing all things needed for self improvement. This will also ensure better relationships with the family..

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  36. ""Tolzoh
    Last I checked, people don't come with a description ;) Life would be so much easier if they did..so I don't have a description either :)"" <---- (Love that by the way)

    Got here from StumbleUpon :)
    Thanks for all the cool sites!!

    BNDGTY

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  37. Thanks for appreciating anonymous and all others ;)

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  38. I've been on a few of the sites such as DIY Network and All Recipes but several on your list are great new finds! Thanks for putting so much thought into this and sharing.

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  39. Thanks for appreciating Greg :)

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  40. thanks for share all great post Can you share with me about this post because i have great idea about it.


    Thanks all of my friends

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  41. Great article indeed.....Thanks a lot for sharing and listing out all the great things required for self improvement.

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  42. Self improvement is a daily journey. Enjoyed you sharing these things that can be helpful and are also good reminders that learning helps us gain power to a stronger inner self.

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  43. Thank you. Very resourceful!.

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  44. oh my god!! this is an amazing list..thank you so much.

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  45. Cool. I think I'll bookmark this! - Daclaud Lee

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  46. One should never stop learning! Good compilation.

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  47. great list! going to get a lot of miles out this one...

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  48. great list! I'm going to bookmark to so to reference in the future.

    - Allison

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  49. Such a useful compilation of sites. Thanks for sharing

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  50. Http://www.lingorilla.com for learning Languages with Videos

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  51. Greetings from South Africa.

    This is absolutely brilliant - thank you for your time and efforts. I stumbleupon it and i am so glad I did!

    Keep up the good work!

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  52. Good list , Thanks for the good work

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  53. Thanks for this awesome list, it inspired me to learn more.

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  54. Can you suggest a website to learn web development.

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  55. What about Skillshare, Codecademy, DontFearTheInternet and VideoCopilot? Great list overall, though.

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  56. This post can provide an entire afternoon of exploration into the mind and personal development.

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  58. wow dating platform is seem rock on man

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  59. Some of these links are cool lol nice work

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  60. Thanks for collating these cool sites. They're all very useful.

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  61. Thanks for sharing. I used some of them,others are new and exiting

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  62. You really did a great work in this article. Quite an excellent compilation. Kudos!

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  63. Hi Stumble.......great way of communication!

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  64. Now this is really awesome. Great collections... I should certainly use some... I've already made notes :) Thanks!

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  65. thanks for all..and go with stumble..

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  66. This is a great list and I will definitely use it......Thanks!

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  67. I am happy to be taking part in a great family

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  68. thanks for the list :D loved it and have signed up for most of the interesting sites :D

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  69. A remarkable list you've gathered here. Many of which are already personal favorites of mine, but I also notice a few I haven't had the pleasure of visiting just yet. So, thanks a lot for putting these together for future references. It will surely serve as a handy resource for the hungry learner in me. ;)

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  70. Bookmarded a couple of these. Zik

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  71. Really, very useful post. Thanks for sharing.

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