Learning something new is a popular yearly goal for personal development, and it’s no surprise; it’s an essential part of life and can propel you towards a bigger and better career. What makes increasing your knowledge even easier is that you can do it from anywhere using your smartphone, tablet, or even a Chromebook that can run Android apps. The different courses chosen for today’s roundup prove that learning new things doesn’t have to take years or cost thousands of dollars.
Learning a new language can open up a whole new world for everyone. This language learning app offers 19 beginner and intermediate level options; languages include Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish and Yoruba. Each session guides you through new words and phrases to familiarize yourself with their pronunciation and spelling. Plus, you can keep track of learned words and revise them as needed.
Memrise is free and ad-supported; however, subscription options are available for those who wish to remove ads and unlock all content and features, such as “Learn with Locals”. With this feature, you get access to thousands of native speaker videos and a quiz at the end of each one. Fortunately, there is a similar “Immersion” section for free accounts. Every day you’ll receive a new stream of short video clips with subtitles, and you can switch between your native language or the language you’re learning. However, these clips do not include knowledge checks.
The mission of this app is to make learning fun using rewards, multiple exercise types, and unlockable stories. There are 40 languages to choose from, including Hindi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Latin, Indonesian, Welsh, Klingon and Zulu. Before starting each lesson, you can view helpful tips and hear the pronunciation of its key words. Talking and listening are two of the most beneficial exercises you will encounter. Additionally, you will be rewarded with gems, XP, and badges as you progress.
There is also a heart system to maintain balance. You’ll start with five a day with a free, ad-supported account. You will lose a heart for each incorrect answer; however, you can restore lost cores by practicing the previous material or waiting for them to replenish every 5 hours. Super Duoling is a subscription plan that removes ads and adds extra perks like unlimited hearts, progress tracking with custom quizzes, and the ability to test at any level. As a bonus, Duolingo also has an app for kids that teaches them to read.
This app is a great option if you’re looking to increase your knowledge of math, science, or computer science. Topics include logic and deduction, algebra, mathematical thinking, geometry, statistics and probability, contest math, calculus, and advanced math. Each lesson contains guided interactive exercises, helpful tips and detailed explanations to break down even the most complicated topics.
Brilliant is free and ad-free, but also limited in what you can learn in each area; you’ll only get an overview of each course (some offering more free courses than others). While it’s great for personal use, you’ll need a monthly or yearly subscription for professional development or educational use. A subscription unlocks all courses, all daily challenges and offline mode.
Like Brilliant, this app is geared toward math, science, and computer science. Additionally, you can learn economics, arts and humanities, reading and languages, and life skills. It also offers preparation for SAT, LSAT, Praxis Core Math, Praxis Core Writing, Praxis Core Reading, and MCAT. Khan Academy is completely free and does not include ads.
You can choose as many courses as you want, and each is divided into lessons. Each lesson includes video instructions, hands-on exercises, and a unit test; some courses even include quizzes. Step-by-step tips and instructions are also available if you get stuck. There’s also a free Khan Academy Kids app for kids ages two to eight (K-2). It offers educational lessons, activities, books and games that your children will love.
When it comes to advancing your career, this app is one of the best in its league. EdX offers over 3,000 well-curated courses, programs, and degrees from top universities and institutions around the world. Most courses offer two paths: verified (paid) and audited (free). The one-time fee for the Verified Track differs by course and is usually between $50 and $300. Payment of this fee unlocks unlimited access to course materials, a verified certificate upon completion, and access to graded assignments and exams.
When auditing a course, you will have access to reading material, video lectures (which you can download to your device), ungraded labs (if available), and discussion forums. You will only have access to the course materials for the duration of the course; however, you will have the option to upgrade if you wish. You will need to do this before the verification upgrade deadline. However, not all content is optimized for the mobile app and you may be directed to a web browser for some parts.
With a focus on preparing for a promotion, a new job, or a new career, this ad-free app offers various courses, online boot camps, professional certifications, and postgraduate programs. Its main categories include software development, data science, digital marketing, project management, DevOps, and quality management. All content is free, including the certificate you receive upon completion.
Many courses are short and can be completed in just a few hours. Plus, all lessons can be downloaded for offline viewing, making it easy to learn on the go. Simplilearn’s “SkillUp Bytes” section is also beneficial, especially for those short on time. These rewarding videos are less than 60 seconds long and new videos are added daily. Other valuable resources available in the app are articles, downloadable e-books, and webinars.
This app is great for those who want to focus on computer programming, data science, or web development. Its use is free with the advertising medium; however, a Pro account unlocks unlimited practice lessons, removes ads, and lets you set daily learning goals, among other things. There are 17 programming languages to choose from, including Python, C++, Java, C#, Kotlin, R, Go, PHP, Ruby, and Swift 4.
Anyone can create a project and share it in the app. The exact code used can be seen and edited, whether it’s sharing or viewing projects. Tweaking the code lets you put your own clever spin on someone else’s project and vice versa. In addition to seeing the creations that others have come up with, you can compete in coding challenges against other Sololearn users to test your knowledge and see how you stack up in the public leaderboard.
Why wait until the beginning of next year to set an educational objective?
With plenty of apps to suit everyone’s interests, some of which are even the best apps on Android, it’s never a bad time to start a new career, improve your skills or learn new languages. Even better, you can do it while lounging on the couch at home, traveling, waiting in line at the grocery store, and more. So what’s the next step to learn on your list?