Learn By Doing

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Five Percent Solutions: 6 Sites to Learn Something New

How can we ever find the time to actually learn something new? Use Five Percent of your time on one of these sites everyday and you may be amazed at the results.

1. 5min

5min Media is the leading syndication platform for broadband instructional, knowledge and lifestyle videos. Our library includes tens of thousands of videos across 20 categories and 140 subcategories, which are professionally produced and brand-safe.
5min Media features content from some of the world’s largest media companies as well as the most innovative independent producers. Video recipesyoga and fitness routinestech tutorials, DIY projects for home and gardenhealth videos on specific conditions, beauty and fashion tipsvideo game walk-throughs and much more.

2. MonkeySee

MonkeySee is a website where accomplished experts from all walks of life share their skills and knowledge on video. MonkeySee provides free access to a wide range of how-to videos across multiple content categories.

3. HowStuffWorks

HowStuffWorks, which is now owned by the same company that owns The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, is a great information site that endeavors to clearly explain how things work in layman’s terms. Articles are paginated, illustrated, and written in a format that makes reading and digesting them quickly very doable. Many articles are accompanied by videos that make understanding abstract or unfamiliar concepts even easier.

4. Instructables

Instructables is a huge community of do-it-yourselfers who actively engage in creating and sharing well-illustrated, step-by-step how-to articles on everything from building robots to repairing torn clothing to creating 3D anamorphic sidewalk art (really). The guides are written by the extremely vibrant community, and all follow the same, step-by-step illustrated format that make comprehending the information quickly a snap.

5. eHow

The ten-year-old eHow is one of the largest how-to sites on the Internet, with over 160,000 videos and a whopping 600,000 articles. The majority of the articles, which are often presented in a clear and concise step-by-step format, can be consumed in under 10 minutes, as can their how-to videos.

6. wikiHow

It’s built using the familiar Wikpedia model: anyone can contribute a how-to article and anyone else can edit it and make it better by refining the steps, adding photos, or correcting mistakes. The site has over 61,000 articles and all of them are free and Creative Commons licensed.