What comes to your mind when you hear “Rubik’s Cube”? A cube? A toy? A puzzle? Colourful? Solved it! Haven’t solved it yet. Don’t think I will ever be able to match the colours! The Rubik’s Cube is all this and more. It’s an enigma that seems impossible to unravel at first sight. Once you have learnt all of its secrets, you understand its importance.
We have all taken the 3×3 Cube in our hands and twisted it this way and that in an attempt to restore it back to its original state. It’s no surprise that for most of us this has been a futile effort seeing that the cube has over 43 quintillion combinations! The number alone is enough to have us breaking out in sweat. If you are someone who’s looking to learn the skill online, then you are in luck. A number of avenues are available in today’s digital world!
Where Can You Learn to Solve the Rubik’s Cube Online?
- Online courses by Cubelelo – India’s No. 1 Puzzle Store:
Set up by a bunch of cube heads, Cubelelo aims to become the one-stop solution for your speedcubing needs. They not only provide various cubes, puzzles and speedcubing accessories, but have also launched several online courses to help you on your journey to becoming a master speedcuber! Some of their courses include-
- 3×3 Beginner Course
- 3×3 Intermediate Course
- 3×3 Advanced Course
- 3×3 Expert Course
- 10×3 Solve Analysis Course
The courses are offered for individuals as well as groups. Wish to learn without getting
distracted? Get private training! Love hanging out with friends while learning? Group
training it is! Choose the course that corresponds to your proficiency level. Each one of
their courses are well-thought out and planned. They are immersive and challenging.
Cubelelo even conducts sessions with experts who share their expertise with you.
- YouTube Tutorials:
If we are talking about online courses, then YouTube needs to be mentioned. You will find millions of “How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube” tutorials uploaded on the second largest search engine. These tutorials range from beginner to advanced level ranging from 1×1 to the other variations of the original cube. There are videos with voiceover in a number of languages- English, Hindi, and more depending on your location.
- Master Speedcubers:
The master speedcubers, the ones who have set world records and have been felicitated have set up their virtual schools to share their knowledge with others.
- Feliks Zemdegs– Considered the master of all speedcubers, Feliks has set up his own website where he has uploaded tutorials for people with all levels of skills.
- Erik Akkersdijk– Holder of 33 world records, Erik has uploaded a number of tutorials on his YouTube channel. He has taught the speedcubing skills to over 100k+ people.
- Jessica Fridrich– She has shared the system used by her to win the First Czechoslovak Championship in 1982. Her efforts to document and popularize the CFOP (the most commonly used speedcubing method) have been appreciated.
- Edtech/Education Platforms:
The various edtech platforms too have jumped on the “How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube” platform with their various courses. These virtual teaching institutes have courses ranging from the beginner’s level to the advanced level. Some of these edtech platforms are-
- Brain Studio
- Mind Mentorz
- You Can Do the Rubik’s Cube Program:
This is an outreach program which was developed to impart problem-solving skills through the Rubik’s cube. They have uploaded the solution guides to Rubik’s Cube (3×3,) Rubik’s Mini (2×2), and Rubik’s Master (4×4). These guides include visual representations and handy tips in order to improve your solve time. In addition to these solution guides, they have posted resources to aid teachers teach their own students. All they wish for is to help the future problem-solvers attain essential life skills.
- Rubik’s official website:
How could the founder of this puzzle which had taken the world by storm in the 1980s and which still rocks the boat in the 21st century not upload their own tutorial? Yes, their official website has solution guides to this magical object! Their easily downloadable pdf files and video guides include-
- 2×2, 3×3, 4×4 and 5×5 cubes
- Edge solution
- Magic solution
- Void solution
- Pyramid solution
The route taken doesn’t matter as long as at the end of the day you have learnt to solve the cube. The analog has been rescued by the digital! These online resources have led to renewed interest in the cube. While learning to solve the cube, you learn a number of skills along the way. It not only sharpens your brain and improves your dexterity, you also gain critical life skills.
As Cubers say, “Life is Like a Rubik’s Cube”. It can be messed up, but anything’s fixable! What beautiful words and a wonderful lesson to be taught.