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Why not learn a new skill this year?

7 online platforms that can help you learn a new skill

It's no too late to resolve to take up something new this year. Florian Plenge has some ideas to start you off

Posted by Hannah Vickers | January 18, 2017 | Primary

By Florian Plenge, CEO and Co-Founder of Skoove

Learn to play an instrument

The health benefits of playing an instrument are proven to be vast. According to the University of Zurich, learning to play an instrument can result in increased IQ and improved memory, as well as providing a stress-relieving effect. These benefits, combined with the enjoyment an instrument can bring, mean that there are now so many reasons that learning to play an instrument is a great idea. The cost of lessons should no longer put you off, as you can now use online platforms to help teach yourself an instrument of your choice. Platforms such as our own Skoove, which works across web browsers to offer you courses in contemporary and classical piano, can help you learn quickly and easily from the comfort of your own home.  

Become knowledgeable on a range of topics

We often wish we were more knowledgeable, whether it be to impress our colleagues or simply to satisfy our own curiosity. Reading is a great way to develop knowledge quickly and easily and with books available on our phones, there is an opportunity to read on the go. If you don’t have time to read a whole book then you can use apps such as Blinkist which condense the main ideas of a book into an easily digestible snippet of information, allowing you to grasp the main points without reading the full text. Podcasts are also a great way to learn about new things, with a wide variety of shows available on platforms such as Acast that can teach you about everything from world cuisine, to history, science and fashion. Dan Snow’s History Hit podcast, which examines the events behind major anniversaries and explores the history behind today’s headlines, is a perfect example of this. Just choose an area you are passionate about, select the podcast and prepare to learn new things every day.  

Gain the skills to create your own brand

Many people have the desire to start their own company or business but are held back by the belief that they do not have the right skills or knowledge to do this. With the number of start-ups increasing, there are many online platforms aimed at making this jump a little less daunting. Online learning platforms such as Skillshare offer classes on everything from entrepreneurship to illustration, with videos ranging from classes to help you learn a specific skill, to knowing how to promote these skills and build a brand. If you want to learn more about how to create a brand or simply develop new or existing skills, then platforms like Skillshare are a great place to start. 

Learn how to track your wellbeing

With day to day life often leaving us feeling mentally and physically exhausted, a great skill to acquire is knowing how to properly look after your wellbeing. A great way to learn more about ourselves is to use one of the many online platforms which allow users to input and track information over a period of time. Remente is a life coach app which allows you to track your mood and progress, whilst also offering insightful articles to further your knowledge of mental wellbeing. Other health apps such as Lifesum, allow users to log their meals, monitor how much water they are drinking and create tailored food plans based on their desired goal, whether it be to lose weight, build muscle or simply eat a better breakfast. Tracking your own wellbeing has never been easier. 

Learn how to manage money

With the New Year now underway, many people make resolutions to manage their finances more carefully and save money. This can be a hard skill to acquire, but online platforms such as Level can help the process, by helping you track your spending more carefully to see where your money is being spent and enabling you to manage your finances successfully. 

Learn a language

A great skill to acquire this year is to be able to confidently speak a new language. A recent UK survey by language learning app Babbel, found that nearly a quarter of Britons felt that their lack of language skills has held them back professionally, while two thirds admitted that speaking more than one language makes a person seem more attractive. Learning a new language no longer requires you to teach yourself or attend expensive language lessons, especially with online platform Babbel, which can teach you multiple languages and get you speaking confidently from the beginning. 

Learn to relax 

Yoga and meditation can be a great way to ease your worries and tensions at the end of a long day, yet many of us find ourselves too busy to find and attend regular classes. This need no longer be a problem, as you can now learn meditation skills and even create your own yoga class from the comfort of your home. Apps like Yoga Studio contain instructive videos and can help you track your progress. With so many apps designed to help teach you the basics and encourage you to take time out for yourself, there is no reason why you can’t learn yoga and meditation without leaving your home. 

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