New Year, New Skills

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With 2020 just around the corner it is time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions and top of many resolution lists will be to learn something new, a new language, a new skills, a new you and with so many great learning apps it is easier than ever to fit new skills into your busy daily routine.

Below are five apps to help you learn new skills in 2020:

Duolingo (iOS, Android)

Duolingo is a great way to start learning a new language in 2020, with personalized lessons and an easy to use interface you’ll notice your confidence grow within weeks. Duolingo is designed to make learning a new language feel like playing a game, rather than a task. You can practice your reading and writing skills through a range of different activities and using the intelligent chatbot you can test you conversation skills. Lessons are broken down into manageable chunks, making it easy to fit learning a new language into your daily routine and become fluent in no time.

TED (iOS, Android)

The TED app allows you to learn even when you’re on the move with over 3000 inspiring TED talks to watch and listen to you’ll be sure to find something to suit your interests. TED talks are a great way to listen to talks given by experts in their field, so whether you are looking to learn more about a subject you’re passionate about or dip into a whole new area of knowledge TED is the perfect place to start. You can download talks to listen to offline for those long journeys when you know you won’t have wifi access but still want to improve your knowledge. If you’re looking to put your language skills to the test at the same time as learning something new TED offers talks in 100 different languages.

Skill Share (iOS, Android)

Skill Share is an online learning community where you can learn new skills with more than 25,000 classes available to watch, what better way to start the New Year than with a bang and learn those skills you’ve been interested in for ages. Whether you’re looking to learn how social media really works to take your YouTube channel to the next level or you’ve been wanting to learn how to make your own jewellery Skill Share is the perfect place.

Master Class: Learn New Skills (iOS, Android)

Let learning become part of your everyday routine with Master Class, a learning app that offers easy to access lessons and even workbooks so that you can practise your skills and test your knowledge and track your progress. Whether you’re looking to improve your culinary skills or improve your writing skills Master Class offers courses created by industry specialists. Course videos vary in length so that you can always be sure to fit personal development into your daily routine and learn at the speed that suites you.

Coursera (iOS, Android)

Coursera is an amazing service that can be accessed both through their app and their desktop site providing users with access to online courses that have been created by lecturers and experts in their field. You can download courses to work through at your own pace even when you don’t have internet access. Coursera has a wonderful community where users can chat with tutors and other students which is a brilliant feature that makes you feel like you are part of a real university. You can even earn credits that you can put towards earning a certificate as proof of your new skills and show off all your hard work. Coursera is a great way to improve your skills whether for personal reasons or to enhance your career ready for the year ahead.


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