Blame it on Virgo season for being an overachieving go-getter; but idle time seems so wasteful for type As who just want to absorb all the information available. For them, the learning never stops even when school does. If you’re one of those who are itching for a bit of after-school learning, or if you have a new hobby you want to be an expert of, check out these websites and some of their online courses to get you going. Anti-procrastination pill not included.
Skillshare is an online learning community that encourages exchange of knowledge with actual practitioners. There are currently 17,000 classes that you can choose from, and most of them only take an hour or so to learn. This website is more for casual learners who want to expand their knowledge on a new hobby.
Price: $15 a month for unlimited access
Classes we’d like to try: Video Basics for All: Shoot with your iPhone, Edit Like a Pro by Vimeo, Context is Key: Social Media Strategy in a Noisy Online World by Gary Vaynerchuk, and Making Your First Zine: From Idea to Illustration by Kate Bingaman-Burt.
Unlike Skillshare, you can actually earn a certificate when you finish a class. The material feels more like a classroom video tutorial, which is understandable considering some of their instructors come from universities such as Stanford and Duke. You can either take a short course, take up a specialization, or go ham with an actual master’s degree. Some degrees they’re offering are Master of Business Administration and Master of Computer Science in Data Science, both from the University of Illinois.
Price: Starts at $29 per class
Courses we’d like to try: Journey of the Universe: A Story of Our Time from Yale University, Graphic Design Specialization from California Institute of the Arts, and Music Production Specialization from Berklee.
If you think you can’t get a one-on-one voice lessons with Christina Aguilera, think again. MasterClass gathered all the OGs of certain industries like Gordon Ramsay for cooking, James Patterson for writing, and Hans Zimmer for film scoring for a comprehensive online class. It might look ridiculous at first (I mean, how can Serena Wiliams teach us tennis online?), but we can still learn a thing or two about how they got to where they are.
Price: $90 per class