Enormous amount of knowledge is available just a click away, you’re now your only excuse. Now you can learn anything from coding, designing, art, business management, enhancement of cognitive abilities and more. To get started use these 50+ splendid websites which can help you learn a lot in any discipline.
1. Brain Pickings – It’s one of the most interesting, uplifting and timeless websites on the planet. Maria Popova collects pieces of writing and illustrations on psychology, philosophy, language and literature, and biographies and distils them to provide an elixir for you. Like me, if you celebrate intellect more than material then it’s a gold mine for you.
2. TED – TED features powerful talks from leaders and experts in their fields such as – Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Steve Jobs, Stephen Hawking and many more. Here are few must watch TED talks:
Ken Robinson – How schools kill creativity Steve Jobs – How to live before you die Susan Cain – The power of introverts
3. Stack Exchange – Brilliant platform where you get answers to complex and technical questions quickly. Most answers are highly accurate and written by expert in their field.
4. ZenHabits – An inspiring blog by Leo Babauta about implementing zen habits such as simplifying life, living frugally, inner happiness, motivation, health habits and inculcating good habits in daily life. His book “The Power of Less” has helped me make significant changes in life – a great read.
5. Daily Writing Tips – A remarkable website for everyone who is interested in learning how to write. It contains invaluable tips to improve writing.
6. Gibbon – I found this website in 2013 and since then it’s been a joy ride. It’s approach is simple – providing the right resources from the web in a list, to learn the specific skills. There is a lot to learn here.
7. Wikipedia – It’s hugely popular and there has been many questions on the quality of information it offers. Though seeing from another perspective – It’s gives you enormous amount of validated information for free which cannot be found in one well consolidated encyclopedia, anywhere else.
8. Growth Hackers – A goldmine for start-ups and entrepreneurs which focuses on using frugal marketing techniques to sell and gain exposure.
9. Investopedia – Words like investing, stocks and finances, scare the shit out of you? Well, not anymore. Investopedia is an easy to understand online dictionary of finance, credit cards, forex, wealth creation and protection and lots more. Apart from educational content, they offer interactive tools such as Investopedia Stock Simulator which lets you practice stock trading for free.
10. Mental Floss – A website filled with many interesting articles about facts, news, trivia and quizzes. Everything has been presented in a humorous way and is fun to learn.
11. Grammarly – Platform to instantly check your writing for grammar, punctuation, style and more. They regularly post interesting grammar tips and dicussions on their Facebook and Twitter page.
12. Labnol.org – Digital Inspiration is an award winning blog by Amit Agarwal who writes about technology hacks, how to guides, web applications, and consumer electronics. He is also the author of the book The Most Useful Websites.
13. Litemind – A brilliant website which helps you explore ways to use your mind more effectively. It features simple activites to boost your brain power, escape thinking traps, improve problem solving skills, perfect memory and more.
“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” — Sarah Caldwell
14. Entrepreneur – Famous website for established and aspiring entrepreneurs about advice, insights, profiles and guides. Their content is easy-to-understand and follow.
15. Stumble Upon – An easy way to discover new websites, photos, articles and videos from across the internet. It has large number of categories to choose from.
Example: If you are into “Art” you can specifically select the category to discover art related content.
16. Big Think – Many top thinkers and doers such as Guy Kawasaki, Walter Isaacson and Dan Harris contribute to the knowledge available on Big Think. Each idea filters through its significance, relevance and application.
17. The Mind Unleashed – A blog about spirituality, consciousness, health, paradigm shift, world truth and science which makes you ponder and question existence of various things.
18. Goodreads – It’s the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. It’s a social network for readers where you can decide what to read next, see what others are reading, review the book you like, join various reading groups and more.
19. How Stuff Works – It is an award-winning website which features easy to understand answers and explanations to how world actually works. They simplify, complex concepts, terminologies and mechanisms, including articles, images, videos and animations.
21. BBC Future – The ultimate guide to many innovative ideas in science, technology and health that are transforming our day-to-day world. Each topic is well explained with in-depth articles, videos or interactive media.
22. 99U – Award winning website which features action oriented insights from leading researchers and visionary creatives.
23. Fast Company – A marvelous website about technology, ethonomics, leadership and design. It inspires readers to think beyond traditional boundaries and create a better future.
24. eHow – eHow is an online “How To” guides directory with millions of articles and videos offering easy to follow step-by-step instructions. They have an engaging YouTube channel filled with short videos on how things work.
25. Power Searching With Google – Google has become a vital part of our daily lives yet not many people know how to harness its true potential. This will help you lean how to find the most relevant information through Google.
26. Make Use of – A large website which covers recommendations, guides and answers to internet, Windows, Mac, iOS, android, gaming, hardware and other related topics. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi
27. Quora – A large community of people who engage in questions and answers. Questions can range from simple life problem to the world epidemic, or anything for that matter. It’s quite addictive and a huge source of knowledge.
28. Fact Slides – Compelling website which showcases proven facts about large number topics such as money, psychology, Google, pollution, women, countries and many more. Some great facts from the website: “The first mobile phone call was made in 1973 by Martin Cooper, a former Motorola inventor.” and “India has the largest slave population in the modern world with over 14 million slaves.”
29. 8 Facts – Various random facts in pictures. You can go through the facts easily using their Facebook page.
30. Reddit – A platform which allows users to submit and curate content. There are hundreds of topics where new information is added in every few minutes.
31. Code.org – Simple and interactive tutorials to learn code, develop apps and games. It’s a non-profit organization that attempts to encourage students to learn computer science.
32. Writer’s Digest – A gem of a resource for beginning and established writers. It features tips, stories, how-to guides and courses for writers.
33. Makezine – For people who love making things and working on complex projects which can be accomplished with household items or cheap materials. Make features electronics, computers, robotics, wood working, metal works, paper craft, 3D printing, art & design and more project fields.
34. Scribd – A large digital library of digital books and audio-books which can be subscribed for a monthly payment.
35. LifeHacker – A successful web blog about life hacks and application recommendations. It provides solution to simple problems to save time and efforts.
36. Learn Genetics – Learn about genetics, cell biology, human health, evolution and ecology, neuroscience and scientific tools in an interactive way.
37. Outgrow.me – A marketplace for successfully crowedfunded products. Learn and generate ideas from various creative and innovative products.
38. The Good Men Project – Great source of stories revolving around the question – “What does it mean to be a good man?”. It has covered topics such as stereotyping of men, relationships, social problems, age and raising boys.
39. Forvo – The largest pronunciation guide website on the Internet. All pronunciations are submitted by users and reviewed by volunteer team of editors.
40. Hyper Allergic – The site describes itself as a “forum for serious, playful, and radical thinking”. Their articles are in-depth and quite insightful.
41. Geek Wire – Covers the most widely followed topics and technology based companies. Its focus is to share news on consumer electronics that matters.
42. The Daily What – Covers latest trending topics from all over the internet. Animals, art, celebrities, geek, news, politics, sports, tech, videos, viral and WTF, are the topics covered in the website.
43. The Whole Brain Atlas – A website by Harvard which explains various aspects of brain. – How it functions and what causes specific brain diseases.
44. Human Anatomy – This website will help you learn about human anatomy and its functions. Each topic is explained in simple terms along with pictures.
45. Today I Found Out – A daily blog about interesting facts such as – why New York is called “Big Apple” or what causes arms, legs, and feet to “Fall Asleep”.
46. Wikiquote – Run by Wikimedia Foundation. It’s a large collection of quotes from notable people and creative works in different language and translation of non-English quotations.
47. Instructables – Collection of user created DIY projects. All projects can be commented and rated by other users for quality. It has lots of simple step-by-step DIY projects which can be completed using household materials or cheap materials.
48. OpenIDEO – An global open platform by IDEO to solve big challenges for social good with innovative ideas and techniques.
49. GOOD.is – A website with lots of interesting content about the stuff that matters. Some of their best posts are: 16 Images That Perfectly Capture How Completely Nuts Modern Life Has Become and These Amazing Designs Are Helping People Tackle Rising Sea Levels
50. Hack A Day – A daily blog about computer hardware and software hacks for convenience, novelty, functional and creative reasons.
51. Farnam Street – A mind blowing blog by Shane Parrish, about learning new things and connecting ideas across multiple disciplines. He says “I want to go to bed each night smarter than when I woke up.” Information on the blog is thought-provoking which will make you ponder. Suggested by Apoorv Gaur. Isn’t there so much to learn? I constantly come across new resources which will be updated here. Stay tuned and don’t forget to share the wealth of knowledge, you have just discovered.
Written by Anubhav shukla:-