Having the internet has opened us up to lots of new things. Now you don’t have to go to school or open a book to learn a lot about a lot of things. All you need is an internet-enabled device and internet connection and you’re good to go.

There are so many websites you can log onto and have access to an ocean of knowledge. What’s more? A lot of these websites offer knowledge for free. Who doesn’t like freebies?

Here are 28 websites where you can learn a lot, for free.


1. Wall Street Survivor

Wall Street Survivor is a website where you can learn how to invest in stocks. Their mission is simply to demystify investing and personal finance through interactive and comprehensive education.


2. Wikihow

You know the saying “all things are possible”? Wikihow epitomizes it, in some way. You can learn how to do almost anything on Wikihow, from how to train your bird to how to get a smaller waist. I learned how to pitch ideas from some of the lessons there.

Language & Vocabulary

3. Duolingo

I’m currently learning German on Duolingo (don’t ask me why I chose German). So far, it has been fun. Es ist wunderbar.

4. Lingvist.io

Lingvist’s value proposition is that you can learn any language in 200 hours, no matter the level you are at.

5. Memrise

Memrise is a website where you can learn different languages. It uses science to adapt your learning to your preferred style and performance. So it learns as you do too. You can also compete with friends and other members of the community.

6. Busuu

The content on Busuu are curated by experts and teachers. You can also test what you know by interacting with other users.

7. Lingua.ly

On this website, you have free access, forever, to learn any language of your choice. You determine what you learn. You choose the words and the text you want to learn. The learning style is designed to suit your interests.

8. Merriam-Webster

Learn a new word every day and improve your vocabulary. You can also play word games to test yourself.

Online Courses

9. Coursera

Coursera offers free online courses in a host of fields. I’m currently taking Brand Management classes from London Business School, via Coursera. And it’s free.

10. Coursmos

Coursmos provides education for the “generation distracted.” This simply implies that the courses are short and easy to learn.

11. edX

This gives you access to free courses from some of the best universities in the world such as MIT, Harvard and Australian National University.

12. Khan Academy

The only thing you need to know about Khan Academy is: you can learn anything.

13. Udacity

On Udacity, you have access to courses designed by Google, Facebook and AT&T. You can also earn a ‘Nanodegree’. Some of the courses are free, others are not.

14. Glean.co

This is a website that curates knowledge in videos. The lessons are from subjects like Algebra, Physics, Chemistry and Calculus.

15. Futurelearn

Here, you can discover a range of topics from Digital Marketing to Language and Psychology. The platform curates resources from universities around the UK. You can also learn digital creativity courses as part of the BBC Make it Digital campaign.


16. Codecademy

When I wanted to start learning how to code, I used Codecademy. The style is interactive and you code-learn on the go.

17. Stuk.io

You can learn how to code and create web apps here.

18. Code.org

With the growing importance of computer programmers around the world, websites that teach coding are becoming more important too. Code.org is aimed at educators and students, mostly.


19. World Science U

This is a website where you can get answers to questions you have about sciences. It has options for a Master class and University courses. But you can read up on topics such as String Theory, Cosmology and Black Holes, for free.

20. Experiment.com

Experiment.com is primarily a crowdfunding website for scientific research. People who have research ideas but no access to funds can use the website to raise funds. Even Bill Gates approves it. What’s peculiar about this website is that you can read up on featured experiments, for free. If the experiment interests you, then you can help fund it.

21. Useful Science

Learn science that is relevant to your idiosyncrasies, and briefly too. Resources on the website are short and concise.

General Knowledge

22. Genius

Genius is a website that allows you find annotations on music lyrics and other forms of text. I once read up a Y Combinator startup class note there.

23. Highbrow

Highbrow is a website you can subscribe to and you will get bite-sized knowledge in your inbox everyday. You can read up their materials in just 5 minutes.

24. Quora

Quora is my new addiction. It’s a website where you can ask questions and answer some too. On Quora, you find people like James Altucher, Jimmy Wales and many other ‘celebrities’ providing profound insights to people’s questions.

25. Pianu

With Pianu, you don’t have to disturb that guy in your church choir to give you piano lessons anymore. Pianu lets you learn how to play the piano interactively.

26. Lumosity

Lumosity gives you access to brain games. These games will help you train your memory and broaden your mind.

27. Socratic

Get answers and give answers. Socratic is a website where you can teach and be taught.

28. Chesscademy

Learn how to play chess online. You can watch videos and solve puzzles too, all for free.

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David Adeleke Author

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