There’s never been a better or easier time to learn! There’s no excuses anymore. Live in a small town? You can still learn! Unable to leave your home? You can still learn! Digital resources and apps have made learning on-the-go or in your living room easier than ever. Studies show that learning new things can help maintain your brain health and even prevent memory loss. So, what are you waiting for? Here are our picks for the best apps for lifelong learners.

TED, By TED Conferences

The mission of TED is spread ideas and that they do with thousands of short videos given by celebrities, inspirational speakers and even children. Their no-frills format gives ideas and inspiration the opportunity to shine. If you have a few minutes, you can learn something with this free app. And check out Tabitha’s own Christie Hinrich’s TED Talk!

Frog Dissection

This one comes at a cost, but it’s worth it. For under $5, you can get an anatomy lesson by dissecting a frog. Learn about the frog, take quizzes and watch videos - all without the smell or squirm of the real thing! Into learning about science? this one is for you!


Duolingo was voted the top language learning app by nearly 3,000 Lifehacker users and won the iPhone App of the Year in 2013. It’s definitely worth checking out. The app is free and users say it’s easy to use and follow, with mobile apps and desktop usability. According to Duolingo, 34 hours on their program equals one college-level language course. Over 20 languages are available to learn, including Klingon.  

Hello Brain

Do one healthy activity for your brain each day. Sounds simple, right? Exercising your brain is a lot like exercising your muscles, if you don’t use them, you lose them. Through this easy, and free, app, there’s no guesswork, just logon.