You’re Never Too Old To Learn, How to Educate Yourself Using the Internet

It is a well known fact that staying younger is best done not with beauty products or anti-aging serums, that stuff only helps you to appear younger, but through using your brain as often as possible. Testing your brain out regularly can help to keep you mentally fit and younger than your years.

Now, whilst something like a brain training game on your tablet may appear that you are giving your grey matter a workout, it will require much more than that to keep the spring in your intellectual step. One of the best ways to exercise your brain is to learn something new, and one of the best ways of doing that is through the use of the internet. If you aren’t sure how to use the internet for educational purposes, here are some ways in which you can get started.

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If you are looking to pick up a new skill or a hobby then YouTube may be one of the best places for you to get started. The video-sharing website is chock-full of tutorials and how-to guides which have been put together by a mixture of beginners, amateurs and professionals. You can comfortably learn something new using the tutorials on the site.

Great Courses

The Great Courses is a paid-for program which gains you access to college-level education on hundreds of different subjects. If you wish to use your new-found time to  learn about a new topic, and you feel that you are self-disciplined enough to study, this is a great route for you to go down.

Khan Academy

The Khan Academy does a similar job to The Great Courses, only it is run by a non-profit company and they make sure that you don’t need to pay a single cent for the wide range of educational tools which the academy offers. If you aren’t sure if you are ready to get back into education and you want to have a risk free trial, the Khan Academy is your best bet.


iTunesU amasses a wide amount of educational material from the likes of Harvard, Yale and Stanford and offers it to you through online literature and audio material which includes actual lectures. Much of the information which you will find here is absolutely free and you can download it straight to your iPod or smartphone so that you can learn as you go.


TED is a widely popular media outlet that regularly hosts events at which many interesting speakers discuss hot topics. The ethos of the company is about sharing ideas and knowledge and they reflect this in the TED-ED arm of the business. Here you will find hours upon hours of free educational videos which can help learners of all abilities gain knowledge of a new subject.


Wikipedia used to be a highly unreliable source of information such was the ease with which you could add things yourself. Thankfully, Wikipedia has cleaned up its act and whilst you should never bank on the information which you find on the site, you can in fact learn a great deal or at least be prompted to discover more, from the vast amount of information which you will find on the site.

It is never to old to go back to education, and you don’t need to go back to school in order to do so.