Lifelong learning Tools – Part 1

Tommy Kan
2 min readAug 10, 2020


With today’s Internet ecosystem, knowledge is vastly available as free contents all over the world.

As a self-claimed lifelong learner (Triple-L: LLL), I want to share my learning experience and tools I am using regularly.

Hope you could studied in top selective university like Ivy League or Stanford? Who does not!? While actually lots of Harvard’s lectures are fully available online like my favorite one “Justice” by Professor Michael Sandel.

First — YouTube: The go-to place to find out these FREE and world-class educational contents is called YouTube, and I think most of the elite university has their own web site to share their open course for free.

Source: Harvard University / Content Hosted by: YouTube

If you are interested in learning A.I.(Artificial Intelligence) from Standard, here you are.

Source: Stanford University / Content Hosted by: YouTube

Or you want to watch a heated debate in Oxford, you got one for free, and more!

2nd — Online Education Platform: The next type of self-study tool are also ONLINE, while not like YouTube which has all kinds of videos and you need to spent some decent amount of time to really *find* good educational videos, these sites are dedicated for high quality online education incl. Coursera, LinkedIn Learning, Udacity etc. The contents on these platforms are mixed, some for free, some are paid, while it’s extremely cheaper than one year admission fee of any top level university. So relatively, it’s close to free.

Below is my recent favorite LinkedIn Learning course, highly recommend to silicon valley product manager or engineers who knows a lot about HTML5, Java and Machine Learning, while does not know how to read a company’s financial reports.

3rd — Books: Highly classic and traditional — Books (paper or e-books, or Audible), while never outdated as a key source of learning.


Btw, reading is NOT easy, I mean, a good reading. It’s NOT about browse all the words and sentences word by word, line-by-line, nor about memorizing everything, it’s about making sense of the content and eventually extract some new dots to be connected to the dots you’ve already collected so far. Also, a book should be read multiple times since every time you read it again, you will for sure find some new dots from it, guaranteed!

Learning is the repeating of 3 steps: Learn, Un-Learn and Re-Learn.

Welcome to the journey of lifelong learning, the most meaningful way to live in a great life!



Tommy Kan

A lifelong learner and explorer! Grew up in Asia, now enjoying the dynamism of Silicon Valley in the sunny California.