Is there something that you want to learn to do or are you just in the mood for expanding your horizons? You’ll find that no matter what you want to learn, there is a good chance that the Internet wants to teach you how to do it! People have called the Internet a real meeting of the minds, but what this doesn’t quite capture is the sheer scope of what you are dealing with. Whether you want to learn to play a musical instrument, to draw or to create your own ham radio set-up, you’ll find that the Internet can lead the way.
There are plenty of sites on the Internet that are dedicated to helping you learn how to do things through written instructions. In many ways, it is like getting the information that you need from a book. While following written instructions is not for everyone, you’ll find that it can typically guide you through getting at least small tasks accomplished. For example, there are many recipes online that are text only. Written tutorials are often best if you already have a small amount of knowledge related to the topic at hand. They are also frequently the most prevalent instructions on the Internet when you are looking to find out how to do something.
If you want a very immersive way to make sure that you are getting a well-rounded approach to a certain topic, make sure that you consider reading up on a few blogs. A number of blogs tackle their chosen topics with a delightful thoroughness, so do your reading!
One on One Lessons
Part of the fun of the Internet is that it will put you into contact with people who looking to teach. Through the use of video chat programs like Skype, you will find that you can make contact with tutors and instructors of all types. For example, it is very easy to find people who are willing to act as language tutors. You can practice your language skills on a native speaker, even if you are not on the same continent. Similarly, you can learn to play a musical instrument in the same way. Don’t underestimate the ability of the Internet and of chat programs to teach you how to do new things, even if these things are considered to be very hands-on.
There are many skilled people out there who love the idea of podcasts, which are perhaps most simply defined as Internet radio shows. While many of these shows cover topics like entertainment and politics, you’ll find that there are still quite a few shows that are all about making things. If you are someone who learns best through having someone talk you through things, a podcast with an artist or tutor that you like may be the best way to go. A podcast can be uploaded to your media player and taken anywhere. This is a great way to learn a language while you are on the go.
Sites like YouTube and Hulu are full of all sorts of interesting things, and if you want to learn how to do something new, they should be one of your first resources. Videos allow you to both see and hear the processes involved, and if you are not quite getting something, they are a perfect choice for you and your needs.
If you are someone who wants to learn something new, head to the Internet. Just because there is no local instructor does not mean that you have to give up!
Avery Collins is a school administrator and guest author at Super Scholar, where he contributed to the guide to the best online colleges.