Zig Ziglar once said if you are not willing to learn no one can help you but if you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.
Learning is part of our everyday lives and the moment we stop learning that is the moment we die. Believe it or not, learning is one of the things that make us human and once learning cease, an individual is said to have died even if he is still young and bubbling. We learn every day and sometimes we are not even conscious of the fact that we have learnt something until we begin to the little changes in our lives. For instance, If you live around a DJ that consistently plays certain kinds of music, after a while, you’d find yourself singing to the lyrics of the song without necessarily making a conscious effort to learn the song.
The psychologist sees learning not just as taking in information but as something that causes a relatively permanent change in the behaviour of the individual that was exposed to the new information. This simply means that the end result of learning is not just to consume information but to change our behaviour. You have not learnt anything if you do not see a change after the information was communicated to you. You can’t say you have learnt how to cook Afang Soup after watching a Video until you try to cook the soup yourself and the result is same as the Video.
The beautiful thing about this generation that we live in is that learning is much easier than it used to be about thirty years ago. When our parents were our age, they had limited access to information because they had to rely on visiting public, private and school libraries to get on with research. This is so because books were either too expensive to purchase or not readily available.
But for us, we have a lot of materials at our disposal that we can take advantage of to become a better version of ourselves personally and professionally. We no longer have any excuse for not bringing our A game to the table because the internet has provided us with a lot of learning platforms that are free, reliable and can be taken in the comfort of your home.
Without much ado here is a list of some free places where you can learn how to improve yourself personally, spiritually and professionally.
The first time I heard about Alison was when I just left secondary school and I was bored as hell. In my state of boredom, I stumbled on this learning platform and was taken aback by the fact that there was something like a classroom staring at me through my phone. I immediately registered on the platform but I, however, didn’t take any course until about two years later when I was forced to sit at home for six months because of ASUU STRIKE. That’s a long time right? Well, don’t be like me.
Alison is global learning resource centre founded in Galway Ireland in 2007 by serial entrepreneur Mike Feerick with the aim of helping people gain the basic education and workplace skills. Courses you can learn from Alison are not limited to languages, Social media marketing, copywriting, graphics design, Maths, programming etc.
My first contact with Coursera was in 2016 when I began to work as a social media manager in a Digital Marketing Agency. We were in the middle of strategizing for a new client and I wasn’t coming up with a profound social media strategy for the brand because I wasn’t even sure what a social media marketing strategy meant at that time. To help me understand the task before me, my boss me sent a link to one of Coursera tutorials on social media marketing strategy and since then, I have been an ardent student of their tutorials. The interesting thing about this online learning platform is that it is affiliated with Universities abroad and some of the course tutors are University Professors. You can also request a paid certification of you so desire. If you have interest in biology, medicine, computer science and business then Coursera is a place you should check.
This academy is home to over 3,000 videos on subjects ranging from history to calculus and every other maths-related courses. This online learning platform was created to create a set of online learning tools to help students improve their education. The beautiful thing about the platform is you can leave a comment in form of a question if you are not clear on the lesson and you are sure to get a response from the instructor.
I love Ted Talks! I can’t remember for sure how I stumbled on them but they have become a reliable source for me to learn something new in a relaxed way. Ted talk has a legendary record of churning out information and discussion that eventually aims to educate the listeners and viewers of the video. On their website thousands of videos relating to several topics are available and the good thing is it is not in a very formal educational setting but you are sure going to learn something that will change your life. If you want me to do a post on some of my top Ted-Talk videos kindly leave a comment below.
Udemy Website houses over 65,000 online courses that range from programming to photography to entrepreneurship and much more. I discovered this online learning platform recently and the aim of this platform is to help young professional adults get better at the profession. Udemy provides tools which enable users to create a course, promote it and make money from it if they wish.
Yes I know I say 5 online free learning platforms but how can I talk about free online learning Platforms and not mention YOUTUBE?
Well, this is my first go-to place where I’m not sure of what I want to do whether cooking, writing, singing, and sewing or even wearing makeup. Everything you want to learn about is readily available on YouTube for free these days. Just use to search button properly to look for what you want and I promise you that you won’t be disappointed at all. Please leave a comment if you want me to do a post on my Top Youtube Channels.
You see that you do not have any excuse not to improive yourself in all aspects because information is all around you, all you have to do is get ready to find and engage with such information.
If you want me to do a post on my favourite Ted Talk shows and YouTube Channels Kindly leave a comment below and I’d work on the posts as soon as I can. Thanks, guys for reading this to the end. I love you all