Top 25 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills

The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills.  You just have to know where to look.  Here are the top 25 sites you can use when you want to learn something new.
  1. Hack a Day - Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth 'How-To hack' guide each week.
  2. Wired How-To Wiki - Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips.  Browse through hundreds how-to articles and then add to them, or start a new one.
  3. MAKE Magazine - Brings the do-it-yourself (DIY) mindset to all of the technology in your life.  MAKE is loaded with cool DIY projects that help you make the most of the technology you already own.
  4. Instructables - Similar to MAKE, Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others as the tackle new projects and learn new skills.
  5. Lumosity - Learn to improve your memory by playing a series of fun and educational brain training games.
  6. HowStuffWorks - Knowledge is power.  While this site isn't exactly geared to help you learn new skills, it contains so much useful information that you're bound to learn a skill or two while you browse.
  7. Howcast - Hosts professional how-to videos as well as how-to wiki tutorials.  Howcast combines user ideas with the expertise of professional studio video to deliver what is nothing short of amazing, informative content.
  8. MakeUseOf - A booming daily blog that features cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive.  Lot's of insightful tips and tricks to learn.
  9. WonderHowTo - This site is focused on one clear organizing principle: aggregating and linking to truly great, free how-to videos from which you can learn new skills.
  10. Zen Habits - The ultimate productivity and self-improvement blog.  Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives.  It's about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what's important, create something amazing, and find happiness.  Lot's of learning material here.
  11. Academic Earth - Online degrees and video courses from leading universities.
  12. PCWorld How-To - Lot's of useful tutorials and guides related to fixing and modifying computers and other electronic gadgets.
  13. Spreeder - This site is focused on teaching you one new skill:  speed reading.  And it does a great job of doing so.
  14. Woopid - Watch free technology training videos.  Get help and answer your computer and gadget questions with thousands of video tutorials for PCs, Macs, and various software applications.
  15. DIY Network - A go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement projects.  The site offers expert answers the most sought-after questions regarding creative projects for DIY enthusiasts.
  16. Scitable - A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms.  The site also expects to expand into other topics of learning and education.
  17. All Recipes - A complete guide to recipes and cooking tips.  If you'd like to learn to be a better cook, this site is for you.
  18. Dumb Little Man - Another awesome productivity and self-improvement blog hosting lots of useful information.
  19. iTunes U - Hundreds of universities — including Stanford, Yale and MIT — distribute lectures, slide shows, PDFs, films, exhibit tours and audio books through iTunes U.  The Science section alone contains content on topics including agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, ecology and geography.
  20. American Sign Language Browser - Teach yourself sign language online.
  21. BBC Languages - Teach yourself a new spoken language online.
  22. Khan Academy - Over 1200 videos lessons covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance.  Lot's of educational material to help you learn new skills.
  23. The Happiness Project - Learn the skills necessary to create happiness in your life.
  24. How To Do Things - Another solid collection of how-to tutorials.
  25. ShowMeDo - A peer-produced video-tutorials and screencasts site for free and open-source software.  The large majority are free to watch and download.