Our daily schedules often fill up with so many things that there’s almost no time to do something new and exciting that will motivate our brains beyond the daily routine. Thus enter the world of apps as a means of learning.

Apps have become the defacto solution to many of our time related problems, but do you use them to advance your knowledge? If you think about it, apps are the perfect source of information; direct access to the internet world and available offline for your work commutes and daytime slumbers.

LYNDA

If you want to learn something tech-related and new, then Lynda is for you. This online learning resource, founded by Lynda Weinman, is focused on technology and work-related skills. They teach how to be savvy in many software solutions like Office or music production, as well as web design, writing code, etc. It is a bit expensive, but totally worth it and highly effective.

DUOLINGO

This language learning app has a lot going for it. The concept is very simple; it teaches you languages in bite-size chunks through mini-games so you can progress at a steady pace whilst having fun. The furthest you go into these levels, the harder the lessons get but it remains equally enjoyable.

The developers boast that 34 hours with this app is similar to a semester in school (we’ll let you decide this one, but nevertheless proves the confidence they have in the product). Duolingo also supports over a dozen languages and comes with no advertisement whatsoever despite being free up to a certain point.

UDEMY

This app focuses on skill-based learning. You can learn all sort of things, from Adobe Software, Microsoft apps, public speaking and even cooking. They have free courses such as introductions and general characteristics, as well as other paid courses that go more in-depth into the subject you have chosen. These courses are presented as video lectures and include video examples, which you can watch when you please. It’s overall a very positive experience.

VERBLING

This web-based language learning platform differs from other more common language learning applications. It encourages students to be taught by native speakers of the language they choose to learn; so here you won’t be playing games like Duolingo. You’ll have a personal tutor that will guide you through the process and with whom you’ll be able to speak, therefore training you to also understand the local accent. Verbling’s greatest advantage is that all the courses can be taken from your home. No rigid schedule or missing classes.

YOUTUBE

You may wonder what Youtube is doing on this list… well it’s probably the best learning app out there period. Although it is used for many things such as viral videos, music videos and all sorts of media related entertainment, you can find virtually any instructions on how to do almost anything.

It includes all kinds of basic tasks, from changing oil in your car, figuring out what’s wrong with your smartphone or computer, and it also has many educational channels that specifically attack one subject. Although it has ads, you can alternatively pay to get the pro version YouTube Red, which adds options like background play, etc and offers a 3-month free trial.

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