Self-Education Resources

Want to learn something? I’ve listed here the best free resources for self-education. In addition, I’ve included partner links to the products I recommend for learning better (aside from my own, of course 🙂 ).

Recommended Products

These are products I’ve personally used and can highly recommend. They aren’t free (the free links are below) but they are excellent tools for accelerating your self-education:

  • Language Hacking Guide – If you’re serious about learning another language, I highly recommend this guide. I personally used the tactics to become conversationally fluent in French.
  • Better Explained: Math – Another product I collaborated on, this is a great guide for understanding math intuitively. If you want to learn math holistically, this is a perfect starter resource with HQ videos, examples and a full-length book.

Free Resources

I’ve used most of these resources to fuel my self-education. They are all free (or have a free component) and teach substantial material:

MIT’s OpenCourseWare – I used this as my primary resource for the MIT Challenge, so after having followed over 30 courses here I can recommend it as a high-end resource.

Coursera – This contains a lot of Stanford’s courses. Mostly technology based, the content breadth is more limited than MIT’s OCW, but the course quality is amazing.

edX – This is the merging of a few universities next-gen education platforms (including MITx) and offers high-quality courses in advanced subjects.

Stanford’s YouTube Channel – The breadth of topics is less than MIT, but there are still full courses available as playlists. I followed a programming paradigm class in full and was very satisfied with the quality of instruction.

Harvard’s Open Learning Initiative – I followed the entire Justice course series and it remains a personally favorite as one of the highest quality courses I’ve encountered online.

Yale’s Free Courses – An assortment of intro classes that you can take from Yale. I haven’t done a course here yet, but they appear to be well done.

Khan Academy – This covers everything from middle school to high school and early university-level mini-lectures. Math is the most extensive subject, but it is growing rapidly to include new topics. The lectures are split by topic which means this is the perfect teaching encyclopedia if you want to know something specific, but don’t want to follow an entire 80-minute lecture.

PatrickJMT – Tons of tutorials for math. Worth checking out.

Better Explained – In addition to hosting one of the recommended products, Kalid Azad’s website has dozens of great articles explaining hard math, computer science and business concepts. Excellent stop point to see holistic learning applied.

LingQ – If you want to learn the basics of a foreign language, LingQ is a good starting point. I didn’t find it useful for the intermediate/advanced stages, but it has a lot of beginner material if you’re trying to find a place to start.

More Resources – Here’s a list with other resources I haven’t personally used, but you may find useful.

Saylor Foundation – More open courses




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