31 Things The Internet Can Teach You For Free (2022)

Inside the indeterminatewalls of the Internet, a plethora of useful services and learning tools await. With the infinite resources the web provides, it's not terribly difficult to find websites that will teach you new and interesting skills. What is hard, however, is finding freesites that can educate you, without forcing you to fork over your hard earned bitcoins—or at least a few incriminating selfies—to gain some sterling nuggets of knowledge.

These 31 outlets of digital know-how will enlighten you, excite you, and if you stick around long enough, you may just learn a life-changing lesson in the process. College is overrated. Consider this list your debt-free alternative.

1. Learna new language

In case you ever want to ditch the translation book, or just order food at your favorite taco joint with classy authenticity, head over to Duolingo for a totally free alternative to night classes or Rosetta Stone.

2. Learnthe basics of psychologyfrom a Yaleprofessor

If you are trying to understand why your girlfriend says she's not hungry, when you know she definitely wants you to take her out to dinner, try out this Intro to Psychclass from one of the most renowned professors in the entire world. It probably won't save your relationship, but at least you'll know why.

3. Learn how tocode

In today's world of teenage dot-com millionaires, coding is an extremely valuable skill. Just look at how many jobs have "HTML knowledge is a plus" on their descriptions.Luckily, there are resources like Codecademyto give newbies a place to learn and practice their coding skills. 24 million people have joined. That's 24 million people that are already ahead of you. Get on it!

4. Learn to manage your money competently

Making money is useless if you don't know how to manage it. With an app like Mint, you'll learn to take control of your finances, while getting all the necessary tools to maintain and exploit your newfound knowledge in the process. All for the low, low price of absolutely nothing.

5. Take a Harvard course on American Government

There is no other American school with the sterling reputation of Harvard University (despite what those Yale guys have to say). That's why they're the only people I'd trust to fill me in on American Government, a course you can take for free through their open course channel. You know who went to Harvard? Natalie Portman. That's good enough for me.

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6. Speak in public, without freaking out

Public speaking is the number one fear for Americans. That means most people would rather be inside of a casket than delivering a eulogy (thanks to Jerry Seinfeld for that one). With this course available online via the University of Washingtonyou can learn to deliver a competent public speech, without falling flat on your face.

7. Learn to play guitar

As someone who has been playing guitar for over a decade, I can assure you the hardest part is learning the basics. To start you off, or get you over a tough learning "plateau," you can turn to Justin Guitaror Ultimate-Guitarfor interactive lessons and easy-to-use tablature (sheet music, for people who can't read sheet music) that will have you melting faces in no time.

8. Take photographs like a professional

Photography is halfway between a science and an art. So essentially, it's hard as hell. There's no shame in asking for a little help while you are trying to up your Instagram game, and with thisfree course from MIT,you can learn the basics of photography from some of the guys that make the world turn.

9. Brew your own beer

The only thing more delicious than a beer you went out and bought, is a beer that came from your own hop-stained hands. The guys at HomeBrew Academy have set up a resource that will get you started in the world of home brewing, with everything you need to know about making a tasty, scandalously-named IPA, for your eyes only.

10. Learn Economics and Physics from MIT professors

MIT is known for being the school where the people who make everything you care about go to pull elaborate pranks. And maybe get an education, I guess. So when you get the chance to learn about Econ, or Astrophysics from some of the certified geniuses that teach there, you should probably take it.

11. Cook chef-caliber meals

If you are attempting to be a fully functional adult, you should learn to cook a decent meal or two. And if you are going to learn to cook a decent meal or two, you might as well go full Bourdain and learn to cook like a freakin' chef. Allrecipesis a great resource for...um...all the recipes you'll ever need. While the free section of the site is more than enough to keep amateur-Batalis at bay, there's also a comprehensive "cooking school" for those willing to shell out some shekels. Time to bring that bacon home, and cook it, too.

12. Take a full college course on gardening

If your green thumb has turned pitch black, check out this full college course on Botany from Oregon State, now available in its entirety online. If you don't have the most bitchin' cherry tomatoes on your block, how do you even sleep at night?

13. Become fluent in sign language

I took sign language in college, and I've been amazed at how handy it has become in my life. It's one of those things (like condoms) that you never think you'll need, until you really, really need it. The ASL Browserwas created by Michigan State to provide an online portal for anyone to easily learn sign language, online. As was LifePrint,another reliable online outlet to learn ASL.

14. Learn to knit better than your grandmother

Knitting may not be considered the most macho of skills to be learned, but you know what's manly as hell? Knitting your own jet-black wool sweater, with a big middle finger on it, and wearing it all winter as a big F-U to mother nature. This step-by-step guide to knitting by Instructableswill deliver grandma-level knitting skills in a matter of weeks.

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15. Learn how to invest your money in stocks

You probably haven't been investing in stocks much. Which is probably why you don't have stacks of Scrooge McDuck-style money to dive into. Investopediamay sound like a debilitating stomach disease, but it's actually an excellent resource to introduce yourself to the world of stock investing. Always be selling. Or maybe buying? I'm not sure. Consult the site.

16. Brushup on your math skills

Whether you are helping your little brother study up for a test, or just really embarrassed that you can no longer do basic multiplication and division in your head (thanks a lot, smart phones), you can brush up on your arithmetic skills with the aptly-named Shmoop,a site that gives you infinite math drills and/or lessons, and allows you to track your progress. So you can watch yourself go from "grossly inefficient" to "slightly-below-average."

17. Take a course in proper pet training

No one likes a poopy pet or a ball-sack biter, so make sure your little fur ball is a well-behaved pooch with Dog Training Central,a comprehensive online database of doggie lessons and tips for pet owners, with accompanying videos in most areas. It's the second-best thing you'll read about dogs all day.

18. Make your own GIFs

If you have an excellent video of your Uncle Marv falling off the stage at your cousin's wedding into a pot of flaming hot New England Clam Chowder, but would prefer it in GIF form for infinite-looped hilarity, check out Giphy.The site is a Supercompressor favorite, and in my opinion the easiest platform to make good-looking, easily sharable GIFs with the adoring public.

19. Become a better writer

If one day, you'd like to take my job from me, or at least just get better at composing your Facebook rants, check out Macalester College's excellent online course/video series dedicated to honing writing skills. Before watching, I was actually illiterate. Please don't tell my editor.

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20. Learn how to appreciate poetry, with a course bya published author

If you are one of those guys who desperately wants to be artsy-fartsy (like James Franco), but a proper understanding of poetry has always just zoomed over your head (like James Franco), check out this Yale course taught by published poet Langdon Hammer.Discover why a rose, by any other name, would still smell just as sweet. Unless you called them stink blossoms, obviously.

21. Get a crash course in Philosophy, from an actual philosopher

As someone who spent thousands of dollars on a Philosophy degree (I also have a business degree, so don't make fun of me please) it pains me to see a course as well-curated as this oneavailable free of charge to anyone with a computer. It's legit, therefore I'm pissed.

22. Master Photoshop

YouTube is a stellar place to learn Photoshop basics, because you can see people using it in real time. Out of all the clustercuss of videos out there, the bluntly-titled You Suck At Photoshop seriessets itself apartas the most comprehensive and entertaining way to learn how to photoshop Scarlett Johansson out of your dreams and into your vacation photos.

23. Draw like a real artist

I have never been a gifted artist. In fact, I can barely sign my signature without punching a hole through the receipt. But that shouldn't stop you, reader, from joining a site like Drawspace, which features hundreds of online lessons for free. With classes ranging from "beginner" to "advanced," artists of every skill level can hone their craft between shifts at Starbucks.

24. Learn how to program an awesome mobile game

If you've ever wasted an entire weekend playing Temple Run, or an entire lifetime playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, you know just how important mobile gaming has become in our world. If you'd like to try your hand at designing your own game, but don't know where to start, this online course offered by the University of Readingwill get your toes wet in the mobile gaming world.

25. Work out like a personal trainer

Finding info online about working out is just about as easy as finding pictures of Paris Hilton naked. Finding legitimate work-out advice online is just about as easy as finding pictures of Conrad Hilton naked. But AskTheTraineris a respectably thorough site that gives you a multitude of workouts, isolating every muscle group in your body. It's not as good as a real life personal trainer, obviously, but if you don't mind a few annoying pop-ups, it's one of best free site on the web for working out. Another option is BodBot—a de-facto online personal nutritionist and exercise coach. It's not as polished as some options with a price tag...but hey, it's free.

26. Win every argument, even if you are wrong

If you are the kind of person that likes to argue with people, even if you know for a fact that you are 100% wrong, this site will come in handy: Austhink. It will teach you to win arguments you have no right winning. This shouldn't be allowed. Don't argue with me.

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27. Learn how to repair your ride

AutoEducation:Your mechanic hates this site! As they would say, on the the Internet.

28. Finally understand finance, with help from a tenured professor

Finance is a fickle, complicated beast. In order to get a grasp on the world of financial things (like money), you can turn to this University of Michigan courseto help wrap your mind around the world of currency, and all that it entails.

29. Become a Yogi

There's a glut of Yoga advice out there. But it's best to get your moments of serenity by people who are proven to be chock full of positive karma—likeYome. If your downward facing dog is more akin to face-first-in-the-dirt, you might want to check out their library of free videos to namaste for days.

30. Get a crash course on Excel

It isn't the most exciting offering on this list, but basic Excel knowledge is pretty much a must for every job that doesn't involve a deep fryer. Chandoo is benevolent enough to spread their Excel wisdom with the general public. You best take advantage of their generosity.

31. Be a chicken farmer

In case you ever want to give it all up and raise chickens, go here. Rejoice, rurally.

FAQs

31 Things The Internet Can Teach You For Free? ›

31 Things The Internet Can Teach You For Free
  • Learn a new language. ...
  • Learn how to code. ...
  • Take a Harvard course on American Government. ...
  • Learn to play guitar. ...
  • Brew your own beer. ...
  • Cook chef-caliber meals. ...
  • Become fluent in sign language. ...
  • Learn how to invest your money in stocks.
Jul 20, 2015

How can I learn anything from the Internet? ›

To expand your knowledge using the internet, try learning a new language by enrolling in a free language course on a website like Open Culture or EdX. You can also learn about new topics by enrolling in a free online class, like a massive open online course.

What is the most useful skill to learn? ›

Listed are some of the most in-demand skills that you should learn for the future, in order to keep your career secure.
  1. Artificial intelligence. ...
  2. Coding. ...
  3. Cloud computing. ...
  4. Blockchain. ...
  5. UX design. ...
  6. Critical thinking. ...
  7. Emotional intelligence. ...
  8. Communication.

What new skill can I learn at home? ›

20 New Skills You Can Learn From Home In Less Than Three Weeks
  • Learn how to Google. ...
  • Master the art of keepy ups. ...
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  • Learn how to shuffle cards. ...
  • Learn how to pick a lock. ...
  • Learn how to tie basic knots. ...
  • How To Meditate. ...
  • Learn how (not) to break up with someone.
Mar 25, 2020

What skills can I learn in my free time? ›

31 Things The Internet Can Teach You For Free
  • Learn a new language. ...
  • Learn how to code. ...
  • Take a Harvard course on American Government. ...
  • Learn to play guitar. ...
  • Brew your own beer. ...
  • Cook chef-caliber meals. ...
  • Become fluent in sign language. ...
  • Learn how to invest your money in stocks.
Jul 20, 2015

What skill can I learn in 3 months? ›

4 High paying skills in Nigeria you can learn within 3 Months
  • Knowing someone to help you. 2.Helping yourself. ...
  • I will list 5 high paying skills that you can learn in 3 months and start making money.
  • Web Development. ...
  • Digital Marketing. ...
  • Graphic Design. ...
  • Amazon Kindle Writing.

What should I teach myself? ›

10 Great Skills You Can Teach Yourself
  • 1). Coding. ...
  • 2.) Graphic Design. ...
  • 3.) Content Management Systems (CMS) ...
  • 4.) Microsoft Excel. ...
  • 5.) Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ...
  • 6.) Marketing Analytics. ...
  • 7.) Social Media Marketing. ...
  • 8.) Copywriting.
Apr 1, 2019

What are the 7 essential life skills for adults? ›

These life skills include problem solving, critical thinking, communication skills, decision-making, creative thinking, interpersonal relationship skills, self awareness building skills, empathy and coping with stress skills.

What skill is in high demand in future? ›

Critical thinking, problem-solving, resilience, active learning, and a whole bunch of interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills will be essential for the future workforce.

What is the easiest skill to learn? ›

Below, a few easy-to-learn skills that are sure to impress everyone.
  • Juggle. ...
  • Speed Read. ...
  • Do A Split. ...
  • Solve A Rubik's Cube. ...
  • Play The Piano. ...
  • Break An Apple In Half With Your Bare Hands. ...
  • Say The Alphabet Backwards. ...
  • Flip Food In A Pan. One last food trick, because nothing's more impressive than kitchen skills, right?
Nov 10, 2017

What are some badass skills to learn? ›

Table of Contents
  • Badass Skills to Learn #1: Shuffling Cards Like a Boss.
  • Badass Skills to Learn #2: Photography.
  • Badass Skills to Learn #3: Knife and Hatchet Throwing.
  • Badass Skills to Learn #4: Make a Signature Cocktail.
  • Badass Skills to Learn #5: Learn a New Language.
  • Badass Skills to Learn #6: Learn to Play an Instrument.

What is the best skill to learn in 2022? ›

7 high-income skills to learn
  1. Data analysis. Analytical thinking and innovation is the top skill forecasted in the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report [1]. ...
  2. Software development. ...
  3. User experience. ...
  4. Web development. ...
  5. Project management. ...
  6. Account management. ...
  7. Content creation and management.
Jul 13, 2022

What can I learn in 5 minutes? ›

27 useful life skills you can learn in less than five minutes
  • Skill 1: Change a tire or jumpstart a car. ...
  • Skill 2: Speed Reading. ...
  • Skill 3: Enable Undo Send in Gmail. ...
  • Skill 4: Use a fire extinguisher. ...
  • Skill 5: Survive in a rip current. ...
  • Skill 6: Righty Tighty Lefty Loosey. ...
  • Skill 7: Pack a suitcase.

What skill can I learn in a month? ›

Here's 11 skills you can learn in a month:
  • #1 Learn to Code. ...
  • #2 Learn to Converse in a New Language. ...
  • #3 Learn to Draw. ...
  • #4 Learn Speed Reading. ...
  • #5 Learn a K-Pop Routine. ...
  • #6 Learn First Aid. ...
  • #7 Learn to Play a Song on the Guitar. ...
  • #8 Learn how to Create a Great Photo.

Which language is best to learn? ›

The Most Important Languages To Learn In 2021
  1. Mandarin Chinese. With over one billion Mandarin Chinese speakers in the world, of course it tops the list of most important languages to learn in 2021. ...
  2. Spanish. ...
  3. German. ...
  4. French. ...
  5. Arabic. ...
  6. Russian. ...
  7. Portuguese. ...
  8. 8. Japanese.

What skill makes the most money? ›

15 Top High-Income Skills That Will Make You More Money
  • UX Design.
  • Video Production.
  • Software development.
  • Audio Production.
  • Translation.
  • Sales Leadership.
  • Mobile app development.
  • Business Analysis.
Jul 12, 2022

What can I learn in 7 days? ›

Here are just a sample of the many hobbies or new skills you could pick from.
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  • Learn to drive stick shift. ...
  • Learn to solve a Rubik's cube. ...
  • Learn to tell a great story. ...
  • Learn to parallel park. ...
  • Learn to cook an amazing dish. ...
  • Learn the basics of coding. ...
  • Learn the basics of martial arts.
Apr 15, 2020

What can I learn in 4 days? ›

8 Practical Skills You Can Pick Up In Four Days Flat Without Leaving The House
  • Basic sign language. I've always wanted to learn sign language. ...
  • Knitting. Knitting is a skill that requires time and patience; two things we have in abundance right now. ...
  • Cocktail making. ...
  • Bread making. ...
  • Calligraphy. ...
  • Coding. ...
  • Nail art. ...
  • Fudge making.
Apr 8, 2020

How can I study harder and smarter? ›

Studying 101: Study Smarter Not Harder
  1. Reading is not studying. Simply reading and re-reading texts or notes is not actively engaging in the material. ...
  2. Understand the Study Cycle. ...
  3. Spacing out is good. ...
  4. It's good to be intense. ...
  5. Silence isn't golden. ...
  6. Problems are your friend. ...
  7. Reconsider multitasking. ...
  8. Switch up your setting.

How do you learn something deeply? ›

  1. Expose Yourself Multiple Times to the Same Information. ...
  2. Drill the Basics Until They're Automatic. ...
  3. Test Your Knowledge Before You're “Ready” ...
  4. Slow Down to Understand Better. ...
  5. Get Clear on What Confuses You. ...
  6. Never Multitask. ...
  7. Don't Get Too Far From the Real Thing. ...
  8. Pretend to Teach It.
May 9, 2021

How can I learn big answers in one minute? ›

How to Remember Long Answers Quickly | Memorize New Things

How can I learn without school? ›

22 Unique Ways to Continue to Learn Without Going Back to School
  1. Listen to a financial podcast. ...
  2. Forget happy hour and take a pottery or painting class with your friend. ...
  3. Cold email someone you admire and ask them for an informational interview. ...
  4. Learn how to speak Spanish while you do the dishes.
Feb 21, 2018

What is an easy skill to learn? ›

Speed reading is one of those skills that's super useful and easier to learn than you think. Once you get it down you'll find reading is a breeze.

What are some badass skills to learn? ›

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  • Badass Skills to Learn #1: Shuffling Cards Like a Boss.
  • Badass Skills to Learn #2: Photography.
  • Badass Skills to Learn #3: Knife and Hatchet Throwing.
  • Badass Skills to Learn #4: Make a Signature Cocktail.
  • Badass Skills to Learn #5: Learn a New Language.
  • Badass Skills to Learn #6: Learn to Play an Instrument.

Where can I learn something new everyday? ›

10 Websites to Learn Something New in 30 Minutes a Day
  • Lynda.
  • Skillshare.
  • Hackaday.
  • Codecademy.
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  • Big Think.

What skill can I learn in a month? ›

Here's 11 skills you can learn in a month:
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  • #2 Learn to Converse in a New Language. ...
  • #3 Learn to Draw. ...
  • #4 Learn Speed Reading. ...
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