Knowledge is power. This is something that we’ve all grown up learning. We go to school for 16 years of our lives and then we’re thrown into the real world to work. But why does that mean we should stop learning? I’m a firm believer that no matter what age or what stage of your life you’re in, you can always pick up new skills and learn new things.
Because of COVID-19, many sites and organizations are offering free online courses and classes. Whether you want to get into graphic design (like me), want to pick up photography, or want to brush up on your history, there’s a class for everyone.
So what are you waiting for? Here’s a list of online courses and classes to take!
- Skillshare – Skillshare is currently offering 2 free months of premium which means access to thousands of classes in almost every subject you can imagine. Writing, photography, graphic design, interior design, marketing, music, you name it. There’s a class for it.
- Class Central – Class Central has put together 450 online courses from top universities like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard (just to name a few)
- MOMA – If you’re interested in art, New York’s Museum of Modern Art is offering free courses like “Fashion as Design” and “Modern Art & Ideas”
- edX – edX is another online platform that offers over 2000 online courses from ivy league universities like Harvard, Berkeley, Boston University, and more. You can spend hours exploring all of their content
- Udemy – Udemy recently added 700+ free courses that you can take in subjects such as tech, language, finance, communication, and more.
- Nikon – If you’ve been looking to get into photography but you’re not sure where to start or you simply want to brush up on the skills you already have, Nikon, is offering a wide variety of free courses from teaching the basics to landscape and portrait photography
- Scribd – With libraries closed, finding free reading content has become much harder. Luckily, Scribd is offering a month of free content. This means millions of free audiobooks, e-books, magazines, sheet music, and documents.
- Fender – If you’ve always wanted to pick up a musical instrument but found it to be too difficult, turn to Fender. They’re offering 3 months of free guitar, bass, and ukelele video lessons
- Creativebug – If music isn’t exactly your thing and you would rather get crafty, consider signing up for Creativebug’s free 2-month trial. You can take classes on sewing, knitting, embroidery, painting, baking, and more.
- Milk Street – I don’t know about you but being home more is forcing me to cook and I’ve found that I quite enjoy it. And while I don’t totally suck at it, there’s a lot more I can learn. That’s where Milk Street comes in. From now through May 31st, you can take their entire line of online cooking classes for free. You learn everything from techniques to recipes.
- Rosetta Stone – Calling all students, Rosetta Stone is offering 3 months of free access to their language program. Take your time off to learn Italian, French, German, Latin, etc.
- Photoshop Training – If you’re like me and you’ve been wanting to become better at Photoshop, the Photoshop Training channel on YouTube offers free videos with editing tutorials that will turn you into a pro in no time. And who knows, maybe it’ll spark a new side hustle.
- One Way Journey – This one’s a bit different. With all of the craziness going on in the world, finding true happiness can be difficult. Chloe Gosiewski, a meditation teacher and life coach, has put together a free happiness course.