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How to Get Yourself an Education Online


The internet has completely revolutionized our lives and the way in which we do just about everything. One aspect of the internet which has really changed the face of an industry is in education and these days more and more people are shunning traditional institutes like colleges and universities, in favor of seeking out an online education.

There are many reasons behind why so many people are opting for an online education, for some it is a financial decision and for others it simply comes down to logistics. Whatever your reason for wanting to get yourself an online education may be, here are some of the ways in which you can educate yourself online.

The Great Courses

The Great Courses are an educational program which were designed and conceived by Thomas M Rollins teaching expert and ex-professor at Harvard University. These courses have been created by a number of the country’s top professors and the way in which it teaches is through audio and video material with supporting text documents in PDF format. There is a huge range of topics which you can study with the Great Courses and the level is extremely high.

Khan’s Academy

This non-profit enterprise has been teaching people around the world through the internet since its inception in 2006 and it is one of the best ways in which you can use the web to educate yourself. The range of materials and topics which you can choose from are absolutely he and the fact that the educational service is free is yet another reason why so many students choose these courses. The course materials can be found on YouTube, in PDF and in audio format and feature lectures from the world’s top professors. The course materials can be found in 5 different languages as well as English and each year the Academy seeks to have larger reach and offer more topics. You can study with Khan’s Academy from your laptop, or your smartphone or tablet through the organization’s apps.


If you are looking to learn a new skill such as a hobby or a short history of something, video sharing site YouTube is a wonderful place in which you can do so. There are thousands of people who have used the website to  upload tutorials and lectures about a wide range of different subjects and you can learn through this website with consummate ease. Whilst you of course won’t get a qualification from the website, you can use it to boost your knowledge about a huge amount of subjects and you can even use it to watch real University lectures. Naturally you will need to have some self-discipline when using this site as it could be easy for you to begin watching videos for fun rather than study. Assuming you can mange your discipline however, you can learn a great deal from watching YouTube videos.