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Learn To Avoid The Most Common Design Mistakes With This Free Course

Beginning designers tend to make the same mistakes. Design Pitfalls is a free course delivered weekly to your email inbox that will teach you how to avoid them.


Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (May 2015 Edition)

Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school — freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web for the latest edition of Lifehacker U, our regularly updating guide to improving your life with free, online university-level classes. Let’s get started.


Learn SQL With Khan Academy's New Interactive Course

SQL, the popular programming language used to manage data in a relational database, is used in a ton of apps. Khan Academy’s introductory course to SQL will get you started writing SQL in an interactive editor.


Six Tips For Learning New Skills (And Retaining Them)

A large part of achieving your professional goals is learning new skills, new techniques, new information. All of this is knowledge that you can then apply to your overall growth. I want to share with you what I’ve learned about learning.


Why You Should Aim To Solve A Problem When You Learn To Code

If you’ve read Lifehacker for more than five minutes, you probably know we have a lot of resources on how to learn to code. You’ll also know it’s still hard. Part of the problem is that coding is a tool, not a goal. To really learn how to use it, start by finding a problem to solve.


Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned In Lectures

Any university teacher who does not harbour a painful recollection of a failed lecture is a liar. On one such occasion, I felt early on that I had lost the students entirely: those who hadn’t sunk into comatose oblivion were listless and anxious. Ungracefully, I threw myself even deeper into my PowerPoint presentation to save me from total ruin. Years later, I can still hear myself reading aloud the bullet points from the overhead and see myself turning around to the students to sell these points to them.


The Best DIY YouTube Channels To Turn You Into A Fix-It Master

YouTube is an excellent resource if you want to be handier around the house. Whether you’re dealing with simple repairs or big improvement projects, these YouTube channels offer fantastic video tutorials that can save you time, money and frustration.


Ask 'What Am I Learning?' To Decide When It's Time To Change Jobs

Deciding when to quit a job is hard. If you’re thinking about leaving — or just trying to get more out of your work — ask yourself “What am I learning?” If you don’t have a good answer, it might be time for a change.


Learn Key Computer Science Concepts With These Everyday Analogies

What’s the difference between computer science and programming? How do you explain Big Data to a non-technical person? Sometimes, everyday analogies are better than the technical explanations. This list has 40 key computer science concepts simply explained.


Life Lessons From Power Rangers That Have Stuck With Me Forever

Kids shows are pretty cheesy. Power Rangers, doubly so. The idea of learning real, adult life lessons from the shows we loved as kids sounds silly, but sometimes things stick with you. Here’s what the Power Rangers taught me that actually stuck around. Seriously.