This week's book giveaway is in the OCMJEA forum. We're giving away four copies of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide and have Paul Allen & Joseph Bambara on-line! See this thread for details.
We have our our course, the Cattle Drive. The problems are free - anyone can give them a go. If you want nit-picking, there is a small fee that goes to support this site.
You can also look at sites like Project Euler. It has over 200 little math exercises. All COULD be done by hand, but would be difficult. The idea is to write code in any language you want to solve them. I'm working through it, and it's great fun.
What I'm basically saying is that the best way to improve your skills is to practice.
There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors