A sense of normalcy is always welcome in these times. With many countries imposing lockdowns and mandatory quarantines, many people are finding themselves with a lot of disturbed schedules and disrupted routine activities. Experts believe that sticking to a routine that you had pre-lockdown while also engaging in trying to form new habits is a good boost for your mental and physical health.

The best way to keep your mind occupied and active is to learn something new. Learning a new skill or working on a hobby engages your brain in a way that encourages formation of new neurons. The plasticity of the brain means that for everything new you learn, you grow its power and memory retention. The Internet has plenty of things to offer when it comes to finding something new to learn – just as it offers a lot of ways you can learn.

Knowledge retention is unique – not every person learns the same. While some people understand better through text, some are visual learners. It’s important to know what medium you respond best to so that you can make the most of skill acquisition.

TABIIB has compiled a list of the different resources and tools available to help you figure out where you can start your learning journey.

Apps

A shorthand for applications, apps are computer or mobile based programs that offer bite sized educational lessons that you can access whenever you want. Apps can be free or paid and can offer knowledge ranging from languages (such as Duolingo) or art (such as DailyArt). You can also learn computing, coding, artificial intelligence, video editing and much more. If you’re unclear about what you want to learn specifically, start with an app such as Khan Academy or Udemy – which offer multidisciplinary courses – that have thousands of options.

Apps are a preferred mode of learning for many as they incorporate audio-visual techniques along with textual information.

Books

Books offer endless learning opportunities for those who are curious. Ranging from fiction to nonfiction, guides to cookbooks – there’s something for everyone. With thousands of volumes occupying physical and digital shelves, it can be a bit overwhelming. Goodreads is a resource you can use to filter out the books you want to read based on genres and readers’ recommendations. Project Gutenberg is a website with hundreds of classic novels for free downloads. If you learn better by listening, then you can also refer to Audible which gives you access to audiobooks from all kinds of genres.

Internet e-guides are a great tool for anybody looking to learn a new skill as they offer a basic introduction without complicating the subject matter.

Videos

YouTube has millions of videos and many of them are educational and informative. Some college professors even upload lectures from their classes. TedEd is a channel that has short videos with illustrations that deal with history, maths, and physics.
You can find videos from professional painters, make-up artists, animators, coders and so many more who upload to the site as a way to share information. Pick a topic that interests you, search for a video on YouTube, and chances are you’ll find it. 

Podcasts

If you’re more of an auditory learner, podcasts are a great way to gain knowledge. A podcast is a recorded program that is available for free on the Internet. Streaming sites such as Apple and Spotify have podcast programmes that range from news to fictional stories.
Podcasts are a great learning tool; especially since you get new information every episode. You can find podcasts on almost every topic imaginable. Radiolab and Stitcher are two resources that offer hundreds of episodes for free. 


All the above are tools that can help you learn new things during the lockdown. Making it a part of your daily routine can keep you mentally healthy.

I am a writer, covering the sprawling expanse of healthcare, among many other things that I love writing on. I write on healthcare because I want to do my part in informing people about the health industry, When I am not blogging about research and medicine, I enjoy reading, playing squash and backpacking around the world.

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