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9 interesting sites to check out instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media

Sharika S Nair
20th Feb 2017
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We all tend to waste time on social media and various websites, browsing aimlessly for hours together and checking Facebook even though we know nothing much would’ve changed in the last five minute. It’s time to aim for something productive from the internet. But there are a lot of websites that allow you to spend your time more productively and even learn something new and different. The content that they offer can even help you in your work and improve your intelligence. Here are nine of them:

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Dualingo

Dualingo allows you to learn any new language, giving you a college-style education free of cost. It offers both a web app as well as a mobile app. For instance, as an English speaker, you can learn Spanish with over 20 million other learners. Some of the languages you can learn on Dualingo include French, Portuguese, Czech, among others.

Investopedia

If you are someone who doesn’t have a business background, it might become tough to understand financial jargon and happenings in the business world. Investopedia is the perfect place to learn about finance and investing, offering great insights on trading, personal finance management, and other subjects. You can also access free educational tools and content.

Snapguide

Snapguide is a way to create, share, and find how-to guides on all your favourite topics. The guides are short and simple. It also has an app that you can download onto your phone. You can even create videos and photo guides directly from your phone.

Coursera

Coursera is a platform that offers over 800 informative courses from top universities, and most of which are free. At the end of the course, you get a certificate. In case your learning resources are limited, this is the perfect place to go to. All you require is a computer and a net connection, and you are good to go.

Digital Photography School

Digital Photography school features numerous articles that can enhance your photography skills. It is also a forum where people of all levels share their experience and thereby learn together. This way, you can acquire several tips and tricks of the trade from experts.

University of Reddit

Everyone has heard of Reddit. But do you know Reddit created a new site to offer courses by college graduates? It was created by redditors to learn and teach. You could learn just about anything and it helps you to learn something from everyone. Millions of students have taken courses, and many people have involved themselves in teaching something they are passionate about.

Quora

This is a platform wherein users collaborate on various topics and answer each other’s questions. Knowledgeable individuals are recognised here, and it is a great way to learn and grow together. Its simple question-and-answer interface makes Quora a highly popular medium and its users continue to grow every day.

TED

Covering topics spread across business, technology and global issues, TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is one of the world’s leading organisations, followed by billions across the globe. Initially launched s a conference in 1984, TED Talks are short videos from some of the most influential speakers around the world.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a catalogue of books that you can read online free of cost. If you love reading but don’t have the money to keep buying books, then this is the right place for you. It even offers books by non-English authors.

So what are you waiting for?

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