Learning is the key to growth, whether you’re looking to develop in your personal life or your career. When we stop learning new things, our outlook and ideas become stagnant. In the words of Peter Drucker, knowledge has to be improved, challenged and increased constantly, or it vanishes.’ 

To pursue life-long learning, there are many tools and resources that can help you on your journey. Luckily, many of these tools arrive in the form of free or affordably priced apps. No matter which subjects you’re looking to learn about, these options have got you covered.

1 . Memrise

Memrise is a language learning app with a twist; it has plenty of fun video clips from real locals- helping you to grasp the lingo authentically. Whether you want to learn Danish, Chinese, Italian, German, or Spanish, Memrise can teach you all of these and more. The app prides itself of being ‘the opposite of textbook learning’ and is all about the fun. Memrise uses science-backed methods to keep all those beautiful words you’ll learn safe in your memory. You can even download your course and learn offline if you need to. You might be interested to learn a language to help you with your job, or perhaps for your next traveling adventure? Either way, you won’t regret trying Memrise.

2. Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a free learning resource, designed to inspire learners of all ages. The platform offers content on a wide range of subjects, including economics, computer programming, art history, and science. Khan Academy has also partnered with MIT, NASA, and The Museum of Modern Art to deliver specialist content. The ultimate global classroom, Khan Academy offers French, Spanish, and Portuguese content. The organization is in the process of  translating their resources into over 36 different languages. As a non-profit, Khan Academy wants to ‘provide a free, world-class education for everyone.’ 

3. TED 

TED is a renowned non-profit organization on a mission to spread big ideas. TED content takes the form of short video talks of approximately 18 minutes. The organization began in 1984 as a conference on Design, Entertainment, and Tech. These days TED covers a huge range of topics from mental health to art, science, and politics. TED content is available in over 100 languages. Simply add the app to your phone, and enjoy content on-the-go or while relaxing at home. These talks are perfect for getting the inspiration you need on your lunch break. The TED blog is a further resource for plenty of cutting edge and inspiring articles.

4. Google Arts & Culture 

The Google Arts & Culture app offers users virtual tours of historic landmarks and famous museums all over the world. Don’t forget to zoom in for a close up look at these beautiful places! Using this app, you can learn about artists and history and save all of your favourite items. With Google Arts & Culture, you can subscribe to get content updates, and translate content into various languages. There’s an ‘Art Projector’ feature so you can check out artwork ‘real size’ and a feature to take your own art selfies. Once you’ve explored all these wonderful places on the app, you’ll want to take a trip and discover the real thing!

5. ALISON

ALISON is an app that offers courses across various topics, including marketing, health, business, lifestyle, and languages. Whether you’re looking for a course related to your job, or something totally new, ALISON has something for everyone. Many of the courses offered are Diplomas, these are free, but if you want to purchase the paper certificate at the end, you’ll need to pay a small fee. AILSON is on a mission of empowerment through education, stating that, ‘We believe that through education, everyone has the power to change their lives, and ultimately the world, for the better.’ The course content is high quality, and you are free to make your way through it at your own pace.

6. Code Academy

Interested in learning about coding and not sure where to start? Code Academy is a free platform that helps users to learn the ropes. Once you’ve got the basics sussed, there are several more specific code language courses, including Python, Javascript, or HTML. The ‘Code Hour’ app is a useful tool that offers individuals the chance to grasp the basics in just one hour! Perhaps you’ve never considered learning coding before. But if you can learn for free in just an hour, what have you got to lose?

7. Udemy 

Udemy is an online platform that allows individuals to take a variety of courses, whether in graphic design, languages, or guitar. These courses are not degree-based, but rather shorter vocational courses to learn new skills. One of the best things about Udemy is the variety; you can learn how to start your own company, how to master acrylic painting or earn a certificate as a life coach. When you’re feeling a little stagnant in your career, there’s nothing better than an exciting short-course to learn something new. Udemy courses don’t impose any strict time constraints, so these are perfect for those who lead busy lives. Udemy courses are all paid options, however there are always great deals meaning you’ll be able to bag a usually expensive course for a great price.

8. NASA 

The NASA app is an excellent resource to learn about the latest NASA missions, stories, and watch some awesome videos. The application features live NASA TV, 17,000 amazing images, Earth-orbiting satellite trackers, interactive maps, and social media content. This resource is a great place to learn more and share your opinions with a space-loving community. For a different way to spend your leisure time, download the NASA app.

9. Curiosity

Curiosity began as a show featured on the discovery channel, now it’s an app too! Here you’ll find plenty of audio content, videos and articles in a huge variety of topics. Such topics include everything from science or history to DIY, self-care and more. On the Curiosity app you can also check out plenty of essays, novels and short-stories, themed on your interests. The key features of the app include easy content sharing with friends; app synchronization (to use across devices); and over 5,000 articles available.

10. LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is a popular app to help users advance in their chosen career. There are a huge variety of different topics to choose from, and it’s up to you how much time to commit. Whether you want to learn about web development, illustration, marketing or management, LinkedIn learning has the perfect resources. All courses are offered by industry experts with a real passion about their field. If you’re short of time, there are also fast quizzes that you can practice on-the-go. Such content can help you to briefly review what you’ve learnt so far.

Online degrees 

The rise of the digital economy has afforded us endless opportunities to work or study online. Short-courses and apps are excellent resources, yet if you want to take things a step further, you might consider an online degree. Learning online is the perfect way to earn your qualification while still working and fitting your studies around your lifestyle. Those who are looking for a career change, may well need to return to their studies. Whether it’s a health information management degree or a degree in environmental science, ensure that you conduct thorough research. Without having to commute to university, you’re free of restrictions and are able to access the best courses out there.