The new year is upon us, leaving many feeling inspired to learn a new skill, pursue a new passion, or seek out a new opportunity–whether personal or professional. Fortunately, Omaha Public Library (OPL) offers an abundance of online learning resources, opens a new window for those seeking self-improvement.
Students of all ages can use Tutor.com, opens a new window to connect with a tutor or career coach, get help with homework or a resume, and prepare for standardized tests like the ACT/SAT, citizenship tests, and Advanced Placement (AP) tests. For immediate, personalized help, connect with a live, online tutor or coach between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., or “drop off” a math question, paper or resume at any time for Tutor.com staff to review. The online portal also offers worksheets, practice quizzes, writing tips, job resources and more.
For more practice tests, tutorials and college/career preparation resources, check out LearningExpress, opens a new window. Find in-depth study tools for professional assessments in fields such as civil service, cosmetology, nursing, real estate and others. Brush up skills in subjects like math, reading and science before taking a GED or college-placement exam, or access eBooks to improve your writing or public speaking.
If you prefer more structured learning, browse the thousands of online courses offered by LinkedIn Learning, opens a new window, or sign up for a six-week online class offered by Gale Courses, opens a new window.
Formerly known as Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning, opens a new window allows users to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. These video lessons range in length from a few minutes to multiple hours, allowing you to get an overview of a topic you’ve always been curious about, or dive deep into a particular subject area with successive lessons. Gale Courses, opens a new window have start dates every month, and typically run six weeks with two lessons to complete per week. Browse by category, or by what’s new or popular.
If you’re looking to learn a new language, or resurrect one that’s gotten rusty, Mango Languages, opens a new window may be just the ticket! The highly-rated language-learning app features fun and efficient lessons with reading, writing and listening components. Choose from popular languages like French, Japanese and Italian, or lesser-known languages like Arabic, Hindi or even Pirate! Languages are broken down into units and chapters containing lessons you can complete at your own pace.
Ready to get started? Visit omahalibrary.org/resources/online-learning, opens a new window to access all of these great resources–and more!–free with your library card.