Learning for Life: FREE Online Resources to Increase Your Brain Power

September 10, 2014

The internet has become far more than social media, news sites, and funny pictures of animals. There is a wealth of information and learning to be found online -- the vast majority of it for free. Here are some useful (and again, FREE) online resources I’ve come across, which cover a variety of fields and interests.


Quora is an online gathering of people with questions and answers on virtually every topic imaginable. From politics and economics to cooking and travel, Quora lets you “Ask any question, get real answers from people with firsthand experience, and blog about what you know.”

For example, you might ask or follow questions about exercise and fitness and be asked to answer questions on US foreign policy or Colorado hiking. It’s a useful and interesting community built around intellectual reciprocity and curiosity.


Investopedia may very well be the best online source for financial information and financial literacy education out there. Part investment blog, part financial learning tool, and part market tracker, you’ll be hard pressed to find another site that offers the same amount of financial info for free. A go-to resource for experienced investors and newbies alike, you’ll be happy you gave Investopedia a try.


Because they are taught to read with an inner voice, people are typically limited to a reading speed of 200 words per minute. Spreeder’s software is designed to help users transcend their inner voices and process text at significantly faster speeds without sacrificing retention or comprehension. The free software is available here.

Project Gutenberg and Bartleby.com

These websites are two of the world’s most expansive (and legal!) online collections of literature. Choose from thousands of classic works in dozens of languages.

The No Excuse List

The No Excuse List might very well be the closest thing the internet has to an authority on free online learning resources. Conceived of and curated by an investment analyst in New York, the website is based on the notion that the interconnectivity provided by the internet means that in this day and age, there is no excuse to not learn how to do something.

The List provides links to a plethora of different sites, forums, and software all designed to help the use learn something. It has several categories, including languages, academics, art, cooking, computer programming, music, and more. I’m currently brushing up on my Spanish on DuoLingo and learning how to draw facial contours on Drawspace, both resources I found on the No Excuse List. Take a look, browse, and learn something you’ve always wanted to learn. The information is figuratively at your fingertips.

This post was written by Holden Lewis, an intern in Colorado PERA’s Creative Services Department. Would you like to write a guest post for The Dime Colorado? Send us an email at dimecontact@copera.org