Everyone knows the internet is filled with useful (and not so useful) information. But while learning to make gold carrot cake and DIY grills is great, you can learn more practical skills, too, if you know where to look. And best of all, many of the best sites won’t even charge you a penny.
Why spend your hard-earned dollars on a class when you can gain tons of new skills online for free?
Here are 10 sites that will get you up to speed on everything from chess to Spanish to sketching to HTML coding.
Instructables.com: Learn how to DIY just about anything (seriously!) with instructions from hundreds of contributors offered up free of charge. DIY solar food dehydrator, anyone?
Lifehacker.com/Night School: Hidden among the hacks on this uber-useful site are posted tagged “night school” where you’ll find freebie lessons on everything from how to build a computer to photography basics.
Skillshare.com: Find out how to brew a perfect cup of coffee, pickle like a pro, knit, sew, and 100s of more skills. Cram your head full with the site’s complimentary 14-day trial, stat!
JustinGuitar.com: Always dreamed of becoming a rock star? You won’t even have to busk to take advantage of this site’s 850+ gratis guitar lessons.
Drawspace.com: Sharpen your drawing skills with lessons from pros. About 15% of Drawspace’s content is on the house.
YogaMeditationAtHome.com: YOME is made up of 100% free online yoga videos that will get you saying ‘omm’ in seconds.
Chesscademy.com: Become a chess master by watching videos, solving puzzles, and playing games, all free of cost.
GoHighBrow.com: Sign up for unpaid bite-size courses delivered to your inbox daily, aimed at expanding your knowledge on topics ranging from philosophy to Greek mythology.
Spreeder.com: Quick: How fast can you read these words? Use this Spreeder’s completely free reading program to double, triple, even quadruple your reading speed.
DuoLingo.com: Learn a new language from this site’s extensive costless online courses. Bonus: The ‘lessons’ are set up like games!
Codecademy.com: Get yourself up to speed on the in-demand skill of coding—all without spending a dime.