Some of my favorite free learning programs

For those of you that don’t know me, I LOVE learning. I am constantly using different websites, apps, reading books, listening to podcasts and watching documentaries. I don’t think we can ever really get enough knowledge. So I came up with a list of my favorite FREE learning programs that I think you will enjoy as well.

Apps

Duolingo

A free language learning app (also has a Spanish Podcast and is available on the web).

Youtube

I use this app a lot on my iPad when I am cooking or even cleaning. I will watch anything that I can use to better my business or learn something new.

Podcasts

I have a few that I will go into a little later, but I love listening to these on the road

Feedly

This is an app that allows you to pick a few subjects that you are interested in and read up on the latest from them

NYTimes Crossword

There is a free portion of this app and it’s just for the daily Mini puzzle. Sometimes they have extra free ones, but it really helps my brain in the morning to wake up and get moving

Audible

If I am all caught up on podcasts or know that I will be in the car a lot, I listen to audio-books on Audible. I don’t always prefer it, but to listen to a book on the go is much more enjoyable for me than to read them in hand.

Apple Books

I love this app. I can store any digital book (or even PDFs) in this app and come read it as much as I want. I can even mark it up to highlight, make notes, and anything else in this app.

Websites

TED

This can also be used in the app form, but I absolutely love this website. There are so many quick videos on anything and everything you could possibly want to know. It’s not a sit-down lecture, but it gives you something to think about.

EdX

I discovered this in recent years because of someone I was training at my job. I told him that I loved to learn, and wanted to further my education but that it was too expensive for me. He asked what I wanted to learn about and I wasn’t 100 percent at the time as I had a lot of different paths I could have said. He suggested this site to me because it was a free resource. You can take classes from all around the world and 100s of universities and take the same classes. You won’t get any “credit” for it for free, but if you get a high enough score to pass, you can pay for your certificate in it. I have used it to help me better understand food and the science behind it and why we need to eat certain foods, to medical terminology (for my job), to communication and so much more.

Skillshare

Not everything is free, but you can learn so many skills. You can gain creative, business, technology skills and more from over 23,000 online courses taught by successful professionals in such areas as business, design, and writing.

Lynda

This is great when you are trying to learn something about a technology or different computer programs.

Books (Library)

To make this a free resource, you have to use your local library. I actually use this technique when deciding if I should purchase the book (especially business related books because anyone can write and publish a book). So I am adding a few of my favorites.

The Storyteller’s Secret - Carmine Gallo

Girl Wash Your Face - Rachel Hollis

High Performance Habits - Brendon Burchard

Daring Greatly - Brene Brown

Podcasts

Goal Digger Podcast - with Jenna Kutcher

Optimal Living Daily (and their partner podcasts Optimal Business Daily, Optimal Finance Daily, Optimal Health Daily, and Optimal Relationships Daily)

BossBabe Podcast - Natalie Ellis & Dr. Danielle Canty

Skimm This

NPR UpFirst

Documentaries

Netflix

Granted this one isn’t free, but if you are already paying for it, you might as well use it to your learning advantage. I wanted to list to you some of my favorite documentary style shows/movies on this platform.

Chef’s Table

This is a documentary style show about the different chef’s throughout the world. I love food and cooking so I am so inspired by all of these people and it makes me want to visit each of their restaurants.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

I’ve always been fascinated with crime shows (SVU: Law & Order is my all time favorite), so this one I was drawn to especially with the popularity of the Netflix Original “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.”

Honestly, there is a large number of subjects you can look up including history, crime, even ones on social media. I highly recommend watching at least one and see what Netflix ends up suggesting.

If you even use ONE of these resources I will be ecstatic. Maybe you will find out something you love to do in your free time because of this. Maybe you will become an expert in a field just because you gave one of these a go. So what is stopping you from starting?