Never stop learning, y'all. Even once you finish your degree, your goal should be to learn something new every day. I love to learn interesting but some would say "useless" information. I mean, you never know when you are going to need it, and sometimes having that knowledge does change your life. If you are an information nerd like me, I am going to be sharing 9 sites that you can use to learn more interesting facts and figures.
I think that when most kids and young adults think about education today, they often go to YouTube. There are SO many educational channels that call YouTube home and you can always learn something new while checking the site out. Some of my favorite educational channels on YouTube happen to be Mental Floss, Crash Course, and College Info Geek. There are SO many more YouTube channels who are devoted to providing great content though!
YouTube is more than just funny cat videos after all!
Skillshare is a great site for anyone who wants to take classes in a wide variety of subjects. Skillshare pairs you up with excellent instructors to take classes on everything from design to business to technology. Here are just some of the courses you can take:
- Hand Lettering Essentials For Beginners
- Street Photography: Capture The Life Of Your City
- Modern Flowers: Arranging a Stunning Centerpiece
- & so much more!
For just $15 a month or $8.25 a month billed annually you can unlock unlock and get unlimited access to over 17,000 courses making lifelong learning a possibility. If payment is not in your future, you can take a number of completely free Skillshare courses!
Statista's knowledge is more business driven, but it is still such a cool site. I believe I ended up on their email list when I was doing research for my Master's thesis, and then it spiraled from there.
Statista is definitely not for the fact weak. It contains a TON of random information about things like social media, gaming, the United States, the film industry, etc. It is basically a hodge podge of facts. If you like just looking at graphs and getting lost in data, this site is for you. You may also find some useful nuggets of information there for your research papers and presentations.
Statista does have some pretty hefty prices associated with more complex data and reports, but you don't have to sign up for those things. There is plenty of free data on this site.
Wolfram Alpha is another site for all you who just love data! This site collects data on all sorts of things like education, art, physics, sports, earth science, and more. You can type in all sorts of phrases, people, places, etc. and pull up facts about it using Wolfram Alpha.
Plus, for just $4.75 a month for students, you can get a ton of additional data to help you with things like your math, physics, stats, economics, etc. homework. With Pro, you can get step-by-step solutions to your math woes, download access to data computed by Wolfram Alpha, and so much more!
I know, I know, the first thing your professor tells you is to stay away from Wikipedia, but this site can be genuinely helpful if you know how to use it. That means, doing extra outside of Wikipedia research. Yes, anyone can write for and change Wikipedia articles, but the site does a lot of clean-up and many users add citations for many of their big claims.
Be smart about your usage of this site and you are bound to find a treasure trove of useful information about the subject you wish to learn more about. There is a reason that it's one of our go-to sites when we want to learn more about a topic. I don't think any of us can go a month without landing on the Wikipedia site at least once!
Daily Infographic delivers an image filled with information about all sorts of topics on their website, daily. It's a very simple concept. Some of their most recent infograpics? How Instagram Dictates Fashion Trends, Most Expensive Cities In The World, Louis C.K. Quotes For Every Stage of Your Life, and A Timeline Of Elon Musk’s Race To Greatness just to name a few.
If you are interested in a list of random facts, quotes, etc. every single day, Daily Infographic will be the place for you!
I don't know about you, but I love a good TED Talk! I recently had to put together a list for Aventr of employee engagement TED Talks and it was so fun to put that entire list together.
You can find so many inspiring talks on the TED website, and they have talks about a variety of topics. So many places hold TED and TEDx events that you are bound to find all sorts of inspiring speakers there and on the TED YouTube Channel.
8. Khan Academy
If you have been around the internet for a while, chances are you have used Khan Academy for help with something you have done for school. Khan Academy offers courses on things like math (algebra, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, etc.), science (physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, etc.), computing (programming, animation, etc.), test prep (SAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc.), and so much more.
Best of all? Khan Academy is a free learning resource. With so many subjects, it's easy to see why so many students trust Khan Academy as a resource.
A while ago I mentioned Quizlet in my best apps for college students post, but I had to mention this site again in my post for information nerds. You can legitimately learn SO much from Quizlet because you can add your own flash cards while also checking out decks made by other students and lifelong learners.
By checking out decks made by other students you can learn about a wide array of topics like languages, art, math, and so much more.
So many people think of Quizlet as only the cards you upload, but it's so much more than that!
Today we talked about 9 websites that you can visit everyday to learn new information. I am a loud and proud information nerd so I hope that this post helped you find new sites so you can value education and information as much as I do.