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To be modern today means to study online everything that's possible. Programming, design, art, law and many other things. I would like to propose you 5 most popular sites to study. You can spend your evenings practicing programming or creating outstanding stuff for your home. 

1. Codecademy.com

Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, Ruby and different frameworks, like, AngularJS, FramerJS and many others.

Once I decided to start learning programming. As it seemed to be the madness of the world - everyone suddenly decided to become a programmer. I started surfing the web and found this amazing site. Everyone was satisfied and I thought it would be a perfect place to start my journey. I spend few weeks there and learnt the basics of JavaScript and Python. So, if I decide to create a personal site for myself I know where to start. The content is always can be ordered from essay writing service.

2. Skillcrush.com

I took a Web Developement course through Skillcrush for $450 instead of $399 (because they charge more for 3 payments instead of paying all at once) and came out very disappointed. In fact, I never finished it. 

I am not a newbie when it comes to websites. I have a thorough knowledge of HTML/CSS and UX so I understand how to construct a web page and have been doing so for years. I took the course to learn programming languages like Javascript, JQuery and Ruby so I could branch out in my career. Needless to say, I didn't end up learning much from the course. I could not understand Javascript to save my life. I cannot even write one correct Javascript statement after doing 2 weeks of lessons. I really liked the idea of Skillcrush and the daily lessons and was super excited about it. I thought it would work, but it just didn't. There are too many holes in the lessons. They skim over basic information quickly and you cannot learn JS that way! 3 minute videos and diagrams don't work in practice. Really it's just basic instruction you can find on the web for free or pick up in a $30 book. So, I have wasted well over 3 months and $450 trying to make it work.

3. Udemy.com


I was always hesitant to take any Udemy course, because I was always worried that someone could just collect Youtube videos and form a course from them - without being the actual author of the content. Besides, Udemy does not have quality standards that Coursera, edX or Udacity have - anyone can create a course there.

4. Howcast.com

Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how.

Known for high-quality content, Howcast streams tens of millions of videos every month across its multi-platform distribution network. Approaching two million downloads across iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry phones, Howcast is the #1 mobile app for instructional content — wherever you are.

Launched in February of 2008 by a senior management team with deep roots in traditional and new media as well as technology, Howcast has quickly become the authoritative source for instructional video content. With tens of thousands of short, helpful, high-quality videos to choose from, Howcast will help you with pretty much anything you need to know about; from How to Bake a Cake to How to Survive an Alien Abduction, Howcast has you covered.


5. Сoursera.org

I passed on Coursera online course in Data Science specialization (completed three modules of nine, the rest are also going to take).

Acquired new knowledge, systematized existing, tried in practice in conditions close to combat (just from the book not so interesting). On one of the modules was very close to reality task: you have a very trash set this and a very rough description. Assume that contact with the original no — do what you want, but it is necessary to get what you need. Met with relevant people from different countries of the world. Well, as I wrote above, resumed the practice of English.

Free (I pay extra for a certificate, but a basic education is free), similar to a traditional learning (lectures, homework, tests, communication with other students on the forum). While there is cross-checking assignments (peer assessment) that can further delve into the material and see other ways to solve problems. Dive into an international specialized party. For the theoretical and (about) IT-subjects very effectively.

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Comment by Alicia Mayson on August 29, 2016 at 3:41am

Coursera.org is by far my favourite one :) If one has time, there are really some great courses there!

Comment by Leona Hinton on August 18, 2016 at 4:59am

Brilliant websites,Walter! I'd only add FutureLearn - free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Students can learn anytime and anywhere! 

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