Skills Improvement

The best of the best all have one thing in common: they are dedicated to lifelong learning. We all love to learn and improve on what can do, so why stop now? There are so many ways to learn and grow in your spare time. We’ve gathered a few that JETs like to help you get started here.

Online Learning


Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organisations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take. Courses are open to anyone, and financial aid is available.


iTunes U is a part of the iTunes Store featuring free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more, that you can enjoy on your iPod, iPhone, Mac or PC. Explore over 350,000 educational audio and video files from top universities, museums and public media organizations from around the world.

MIT Open Course Software

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. There are currently over 2000 courses to choose from.

Offers more than 500 accredited free online college classes that will enable you to use research-based academic resources from some of the world’s best universities. You can use these resources to advance your understanding of a wide range of academic topics. The free courses listed are considered Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). By definition, MOOC means that any interested learner is able to participate in the course. As such, there are no prerequisites for applying.

TED Talks

A TED talk is a video created from a presentation at the main TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference or one of its many satellite events around the world. TED talks are limited to a maximum length of 18 minutes but may be on any topic. All are free to watch and you are sure to find something that piques your interest.


TED Ed takes the TED Talks a step further and has lessons based around your favourtie TED Talk, or even YouTube video. Alternatively, you can create lessons around a TED Talk that you found interesting and help contribute to the growing number of activities.

Varsity Learning Tools 
The Varsity Tutors website is offering a free educational resource that has the ability to help you with not only your own personal education, but also with your classroom management abilities while working as an ALT. It has over 75,000 professionally written problems across 150 subjects. These include practice tests for common standardised tests such as ACT, SAT, GRE and SSAT.  This tool can also help you manage your students and their assessments through the use of a free digital classroom assessment platform. Useful features include creating digital practice tests, flashcards, and the ability to monitor the progress of your students.


WikiHow is an online wiki-style community consisting of an extensive database of how-to guides. The website aims to create the world’s most helpful how-to instructions, thus enabling everyone in the world to learn how to do anything.


Science based courses and even master classes are available. Short courses, typically require two to three weeks to complete and have no homework or exams. There are also university-level offerings that typically require eight to ten weeks to complete. Students work at their own pace and can earn World Science U certification upon successful course completion.