Just because school is over, that doesn’t mean that it’s time to stop learning new things. Some people think that just because they are ‘grown up’ that they don’t need to keep learning. That’s nonsense. In the modern world, we have the amazing gift known as the internet and that means that we can learn pretty much anything we want, whenever we want. No excuses here, guys!
If there’s a certain skill that you are so desperately lacking, it could be time to head over to YouTube. There are videos about everything from changing a tyre to learning how to make a cake. That’s practical stuff that will help you out in the long run. So, with all that’s out there, where on earth should you start? Well, take a look at these ten ideas for inspiration!
1. How To Develop an iOS App
So, you have a fabulous app idea, but don’t know what to do about it? Well, don’t we all! You may not realise it but there are actually videos online that teach you (in a simple, step-by-step way) how to develop an app. Of course, you’re not going to learn this black magic overnight. If only it were that easy! However, if you’re dedicated and smart about it, you might just be able to get the basics down over time. It’s definitely worth taking a look at the videos online to see what’s out there.
What’s more, as if that weren’t enough, there’s a whole load of videos on coding for websites and the like too. Basically, all of that crazy technical stuff that seems impossible is laid out before you on YouTube. Browse some videos now until you find one that suits your skill level and needs. You know it makes sense.
2. Learn Self-Defence Tricks
Let’s not beat around the bush here. We could all do with learning some handy self-defence tricks here and there. Sure, you may not want to be a martial arts master, but it’s important that you know how to defend yourself should you ever be in trouble.
Now, of course, you could always pay someone and head to a class every week, but who has the time, patience, or money for that? Instead, why not check out some YouTube videos and learn the skill for free in no time at all? There’s a whole range of videos online from simple techniques to more in-depth tutorials. How much you learn about this topic is 100% up to you so go get started!
3. How to Change a Flat Tyre
Okay, so this one may not be the most exciting of tutorials, but it’s something that all drivers need to know anyway. If you’re not exactly clear on how to change a tyre, you should take just a few minutes to get it down.
Yes, it will be spare time that you will never, ever get back, but in an emergency situation, it could make all the difference. We don’t need to tell you that you should have a spare tyre in the boot of your car at all times. That’s common knowledge. Still, knowing what to do if you unexpectedly get a flat means that you might not have to call the AA or RAC when it happens. Nice!
4. How to Speak a Foreign Language
¡Hola! Bonjour! Hallo! Can you speak a foreign language? Learning a second tongue is a smart move. It makes you more employable, more interesting, and means that you can expand your mind. So, what on earth is holding you back? Gone are the days when you need to sit in a stuffy classroom reciting verbs and the like. Now, you can pick up easy phrases in almost any language in seconds online. That means that you have zero excuses for not learning something new.
Once you’ve picked the language that you want to learn, it’s time to find a video/course that suits you. For example, SpanishPod101.com has a full (and free!) Spanish course on YouTube. You can take short and snappy ‘classes’ or just learn keywords in minutes. The very same thing is available for most languages, so get studying.
5. How to Write a Professional Email
You’re probably thinking ‘Pfft… I already know how to write an email,’ and yes, you likely do. Still, do you know how to make it professional? In truth, most of us treat emailing like a long version of a text. We type away randomly, hit send, and hope for the best. How’s that working out for you so far?
Whether you’re applying for a new job or trying to make professional connections, you need to ensure that your email game is on point. Watching just a few clips on YouTube could be the difference between getting a reply and being totally ignored. Think about it.
6. How to Take Amazing Pictures
These days, thanks to Instagram, everyone thinks that they are a pro photographer. Well, why not up your game here? If you want to take pictures that get more likes than you can handle, there’s a simple thing you can do.
Get some real, savvy advice on how to take pictures on YouTube. Once you search online, you will see that you can get full lessons, hints, and tips for the grand total cost of nothing at all. It really is that easy. Once you’ve learned some new skills here, it’s time to get snappy!
7. How to Speak Confidently in Public
We can be honest for a second here. No one in the history of the world has ever liked public speaking. Okay, I’m exaggerating. Perhaps there are some people out there who love the limelight, but for the rest of us, this chore is hard. Whether you’re giving a wedding speech or a presentation at university, it can be difficult to get your nerves together and get up there to talk!
Of course, no one is going to wave a magic wand and get rid of your fears for good, but having a little advice may be just what you need. There are lots of videos on this very topic (because of course there are!) and so you shouldn’t have an issue finding some support, tips, and general help.
8. How to Make a Simple Cake
Needless to say, you can learn to cook just about anything in the world with a little help from the likes of YouTube. But, for now, let’s start with the basics. Everyone should really know how to make a simple sponge cake. With Bake Off back on air (albeit on Channel 4), there are sure to be a load of people out there aspiring to make some tasty treats in the kitchen. And why on earth shouldn’t they?
Here’s a video on how to make a sponge cake, but don’t stop there. After you’ve mastered this art, there are a whole bunch of other videos you can check out that are way more advanced. Get ready…. BAKE.
9. How to Workout at Home
Gym memberships are expensive. We all know it. So, if you don’t have any spare cash to splash, why not workout at home? Most people just don’t know where to start when it comes to a basic workout and that’s okay. No one expects you to be an expert in this. That’s what YouTube is there for. Just type in ‘basic home workout’ on the site, and you will find that there’s a whole host of videos for you.
Plus, to make things even better, you can also find a load of specific workouts. For example, if you want to flatten your stomach or tone up your arms, there are videos that show you workouts for just those things. In a way, you can tailor your workout routine to suit what you’re hoping to do. Easy!
10. How to Write Your CV
Finally, let’s take a moment to talk about your CV. If you haven’t updated it in forever, it’s time to get on it. Whether you’re looking for a new role or just want to see what’s out there, it pays to have a well-written CV to hand. Of course, you could literally pay a company to do this for you (yeah, that exists!) but why not do it at home for free instead? Watching some handy YouTube videos will help you find ways to tweak and change it in minutes.
Remember, if in doubt, trust YouTube. Often enough, you don’t need to spend over the odds to learn something brand new! Instead, you can just type a few words into the site and get just what you need for… free. Enjoy!