Kids aren’t the only ones who can do their learning from home in the UAE.
Adults can take a cue from the kids and keep sane in this period social distancing by expanding their minds through study.
Luckily, a lot of organisations have free and open resources for our use, from coding classes to language learning, and lessons from history to science.
The following resources are completely free and don’t require any sort of payment.
From picking up a new language to mastering a new subject, there’s lots to learn and there’s never been a better time to boost your brain power.
Hank Green and John Green’s video production company Complexly, which is behind SciShow, Crash Course and other popular YouTube learning series, offers its fun and educational shows for free on YouTube. Lean about the science behind our weird universe, the future of artificial intelligence, and the way our minds work through Complexly’s energetic videos that explain everything like you’re five years old.
Been wanting to learn that second (or third) language but haven’t gotten around to it? Well, now’s the time. Duolingo is a free language learning program you can access on your computer or via its mobile app that teaches you through games and quizzes, which is more fun than your old school or university flash cards. Apparently, 34 hours of Duolingo is equal to one university term of a language course. For more language learning apps to use in the UAE, head here.
Ivy League courses
Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Yale University and more are offering 450 free online courses through Class Central, a search engine and review site for free online courses. We’d recommend The Science of Well-Being course from Yale psychologist Laurie Santos, and Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science from renowned American university Harvard.
If you’re looking to brush up on your grammar or looking to improve your skills in public relations, communications or journalism, Poynter has several free intro classes you can take such as Broadcast Writing: Write Like You Talk and The Language Primer: Basics of Grammar, Punctuation and Word Use, as well as journalism fundamentals courses for free through Sunday May 31 with the code “20COLLEGE100”.
The Hour of Code
Want to get into coding but not sure where to start? Start with the Hour of Code – a one-hour introduction to computer science through activities and games that make it all digestible.
Looking for more interesting ways to keep busy home? We’re rounding up loads of top ways to spend Time In, here for Dubai, here for Abu Dhabi and here for Sharjah.