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15 Skill-Sharpening Platforms for Students

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Being a student requires a lot of studying, practicing and combining both to really excel at school. You might want to get good grades to help your future career, or just impress your teachers with your knowledge, but whatever the case may be, there’s always more to learn and more to do.

If you’re not getting that extra kick of the wits in your classroom or from the textbook, we have prepared a couple of resources that are going to indulge your knowledge tooth (yes, we just made that up). By visiting these you are going to be able to practice your skills and improve them above and beyond all your colleagues who stick to the regular methods. Keep on reading to find out which platforms we recommend to all students thirsty of improvement.


There’s nothing like a TedEd video to enlighten, inspire and teach you something new. You can find lessons on pretty much any topic you like and want to know more about and explore materials for your own educational purposes. The categories vary from psychology and business, to design and languages.


Are you interested in further developing your skills and actually gain some practical knowledge before you even finish college? Lynda provides courses that are not just going to give you theoretical knowledge, but show you how to take that knowledge and actually use it. When you finish a course, one of over 4000 available on the website, you’ll be able to put your skills in practice.


You might have chosen a few interesting courses at college, but you want more! Sadly, you can’t find them at your school, but you can at Coursera! This website offers a large number of courses for students who have specific interests. And don’t worry, the tutors come from reputable colleges such as Penn and Stanford.

Mental Floss

You might not have time to go through an entire course, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up learning! Mental Floss is a website that caters to all, but especially those who have minimal time on their hands, but a strong will to constantly learn and improve. It’s a database of fast facts and articles that are going to keep you interested.


There’s nothing like an expert essay writer’s website that not only gives you help and guidance with your academic assignments but also enables you to find the right resources and materials to study through and improve your writing. This is the ultimate writers’ central, who want to know all there is to know about writing, and learn from professionals themselves. If you ever get into temptation to order an essay for yourself, you’ll learn more than you ever imagined.


If you’re looking to get more in depth in real life on how things work, BrainPump enables you to watch videos that are going to show you how things REALLY work. It features videos on a large variety of topics, from chemistry and business to history and physics. If you want to know why you get sleepy after a big meal, or go in-depth of the science behind cooking, visit this resource.


Turn off the TV right now, because chances are, you’re wasting time instead of actually learning something. This website helps you find videos that are actually educational and will help you improve your skills and knowledge. They will suggest a video, and if you don’t like the topic, you can simply choose something else to watch. But, all content is educational which is a great advantage.

Open Culture

For those who are hungry of intellectual content and culture, we present Open Culture. You can take an online course, grab an audio book, read an eBook or just watch a movie, and all for free. It’s a community where you’ll find smart content and people only who are searching for more, just like you.


Quora is a huge platform that entails questions and answers on just about any topic possible. You can connect with experts as well as amateurs on a certain topic, and soak in the knowledge people are so ready to share. A lot of bloggers also go there to find fresh topics to write about, since people are constantly posting their questions in search for the right answers.

Khan Academy

Need free lessons? Then visit this website because it’s packed with materials that are going to educate you to a large extent. You are not just provided with theoretical knowledge, but with exercises that put that knowledge into practice.


Sometimes, there’s no better way to gain knowledge and sharpen skills than through conversation. Reddit is the place where people discuss everything and everyone. You can go deep into a topic and explore subreddits in order to educate yourself on any desired topic.


So many students finish college, regretting the fact that they didn’t take on a foreign language. Nowadays, especially if you’re not in a country where English is used, it can be of great essence to learn a foreign language. It aids your career and is a valuable asset because communication with the world is very important. This platform provides lessons along with exercises, so you learn and practice at the same time.


The main purpose of this website is to enable students to seek dissertation help from tutors and professional writers. Whether you need advice, help with a specific part of your dissertation, or you’re simply struggling with writing one, the team of dissertation writers will give you the assistnce you need.


Reading is definitely a necessity if you want to learn and sharpen your skills. Sometimes we improve ourselves in several aspects just by reading. This website offers free books, so you can be the bookworm you’ve always wanted to be, without any guilt. There are plenty of genres to choose from, and you won’t have to worry about your budget.


You just might be curious, or you’re so interested in the topic, you can’t wait to click on the website without even finishing this paragraph. Whatever it is, NASA TV offers free videos on solar system history, aeronautics, education, technology, earth and so much more. You can even find out more about NASA’s missions.

Internet is a student’s best friend and it shouldn’t just be used for fun. It can be used as a tool to gain more knowledge, go in-depth with a topic and even practice your skills. What are you waiting for, go and explore!


Disclosure: I have not received compensation of any kind for mentioning the products or services mentioned in this post. I was not solicited to write this post and I have no relationship with any of the companies mentioned.


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Brenda Savoie is a private English tutor and desperate dreamer. Writing her first romantic novel. Find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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