Written by Alyssa Walker

The Harvard dropout and Microsoft founder says that he continually broadens his perspective by reading. A lot.

In a recent Time article, he wrote, “There’s never been a better time to be alive if you’re curious. When I wanted to learn something outside of school as a kid, cracking open the World Book encyclopedia was the best I could do. Today, all you have to do is go online.”

He also has some online favorites.

He goes to the Khan Academy website to “get smarter in just a couple of minutes.” He says that he watches the instructional videos and so have his kids when they need help. With hundreds of free instructional videos and lectures on a wide range of topics, there’s always something new to learn.

In the Time article, he said, I think everyone could benefit from learning how to write even some basic code. Even if you don’t use it in our day-to-day life, computer science forces you to think abstractly and solve concrete problems.” Gates’s choice? Code.org.

For interesting lectures on Great Courses, Gates goes to The Teaching Company. Great Courses offer DVDs and digital streaming of videos on topics ranging from high-end cabinetry to the solar system—all taught by world-renowned experts in their fields. He’s currently studying oceanography, the surveillance state, and physiology.

Finally, he says that all lifelong learners should check out the Big History Project—incidentally, it’s one he helped fund, too. The website covers 13.8 billion years of history in free online modules.  Cool stuff.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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