50 Best Educational Websites & Apps[Free]

Once upon a time, if you wanted to learn something, you had to a) pay a bunch of money, and b) go to a school or classroom, a place specifically dedicated to learning. Those days are over. We have listed below the 50 best educational websites and apps to learn new stuff for free.

Now, a profusion of apps, websites and institutions offer us a wider variety of (often superior) educational experiences than ever before- and we can access them from anywhere in the world, often for free. The apps and websites on this list can teach you practically anything- from coding and cooking to surfing and negotiating.

In this day and age, there is simply no excuse to not know something you’d like to know. You can learn anything, for free, at your own pace, anywhere you can access the internet. We’re out of excuses not to educate ourselves- short of downloading knowledge directly into your head, this is as easy as it gets.

Take free online courses on a variety of subjects


Khan Academy High-quality free courses on a variety of subjects.

Alison Free online courses from the world’s top publishers.

CourseBuffet Free online courses created by universities.

Udemy Huge selection of free and premium courses- mostly on technical skills.

Highbrow Free 10-day courses, divided into 5-minute daily lessons and delivered by email.

Academic Earth Free online academic education for everyone.

Learnist Print and video content, crowdsourced and curated by experts.

Degreed Unlimited learning. Free forever.

Get healthier, be more productive, and learn faster


Memrise– Learn a variety of subjects via digital flashcards and crowdsourced mnemonics.

Greatist Articles on becoming healthy and happy.

ZenHabits– Minimalist productivity advice, with a focus on psychology.

Anki– Free flashcard software.

Hello Healthy– Short, actionable health weight loss and fitness articles.

Fitocracy Free workout, fitness tips and fitness tracking.

Coach.me– A free habit-building app with a sleek design and simple, effective UI. You can also use it to hire coaches to help you build the habit of your choice- I use the platform to coach clients on weight loss and building healthier lifestyles.

Learn coding and other technical skills


Codecademy Learn Javascript, HTML, CSS, Python and more.

Free Code Camp Learn to code, meet other coders, build projects that help non-profits.

Code.org Introductory coding lessons, designed for k-12 students.

Data Camp Free and freemium courses on R, Python and data visualisation.

CodeCombat Introductory coding lessons, in the form of a fantasy RPG.

Lrn- Phone app with free interactive coding mini-quizzes.

Learn a new language


Duolingo— Learn over 20 different languages, including Klingon for some reason.

Babbel Free language learning with integrated speech recognition.

Drops- Study a language on your phone for just 5 minutes a day.

Busuu– Community-based language learning. Interact with native speakers.

CoffeeStrap Practice a new language by voice chatting with native speakers with whom you share common interests.

Lingvist Learn a language in 200 hours.

Sharpen your social and career skills

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Improve Your Social Skills Free social skills guide from a guy who overcame Asperger’s.

Succeed Socially Free social skills guide for awkward people.

Job-Hunt.org– Free articles on job hunting, getting promoted, freelancing, personal branding, and other career skills.

Mind Tools Free tools and videos for improving career, management and communications skills.

Make something


Makezine– Online magazine for makers with guides, projects and news.

Snapguide– Free user-created guides for makers.

ChefSteps Mix of free and premium cooking classes.

Instructables User-created guides for making everything from cookies to buildings.

Allrecipes The web’s largest collection of recipes.

Become a human encyclopedia

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InstaNerd Read a never-ending series of random factoids.

TED-Ed Curated, high-quality educational videos.

Brain Pump Watch a random educational video.

Now I Know Fun facts delivered in a daily email newsletter.

Curiosity- 5 fun new facts, delivered to your phone every day.

Zidbits– Huge collection of articles on fun and unusual (mostly scientific) topics.

Big Think In-depth videos by experts.

Curious Sharpen your brain with daily “workouts”

Do something fun

Yousician– Learn your favourite guitar, bass, piano and ukelele songs.

Parkour & Freerunning World- Free Parkour and Freerunning video tutorials. Be careful!

Chesscademy Learn chess from the masters, and solve chess puzzles.

Pianu- Learn to play the piano online.

Surfedukators Free surfing videos, tips and tutorials

Flowkey Free piano training app.

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Harshit Srivastava

My name is Harshit Srivastava and I am a Digital marketer + Blogger + managing online marketing strategies for brands big and small. I’m a specialist in brand development, website design, online community management and ongoing web marketing strategy. Whether you need a few hours of consultation, a new website, or ongoing help with your online presence, I can help you with that. I have an innovative spirit, I enjoy what I do, and I bring positive, creative energy to my work!

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