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Online Courses You Actually Wish You Learned In Grade School

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While you're spending more time on your computer than you probably ever have at home, you might as well learn some new things. Advance your skills at your own pace and take online courses on topics you've always been interested in. Dust off your favorite backpack or book bag because you're about to graduate yourself into some personal higher learning!


Yale University (Free)
Approx. 19 hours, suggested 4 weeks

Via Coursera: In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

Kaist (Free)
Approx. 14 hours, suggested 2-3 per week

Via Coursera: In this lecture, the definition and principle of the mind are explained in simple and clear ways. You can make sure and practice the methodology of finding the true original mind of inner-self by escaping from the false mind of possession.

Happiness is having no worries. You can really relax yourself if there is no bundle of thoughts and you can be successful when you know yourself truly. Worries come from the memorized thoughts of the false mind. Your inner potential of positive power are revealed, your peaceful and happiest mind will be in your mind, and you can live the life you wanted through meditation.

Columbia University (Free)
Approx. 38 hours, suggested 2 hours per module

Via Coursera: The Age of Sustainable Development" gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development - that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

MindBodyGreen (Free)
4 levels of Reiki training

Via MindBodyGreen: A deep dive into the fundamentals, history, and evolution of Reiki healing. A comprehensive guide to accessing new portals within your own mind, body, and spirit, so you can begin your journey toward healing and expansion. A series of energy-shifting meditations and exercises to help you become more self-aware, connected, and spiritually aligned

Masterclass (Buy 1 membership, share one free)
16 lessons (2 hours 1 minute)

Via Masterclass: RuPaul has transformed drag subculture into a mainstream phenomenon with devoted fans across the world. Now the Emmy-winning host, performer, and drag icon is sharing an intimate look at his personal journey to self-realization. From finding your inner truth to owning the room, RuPaul teaches you how to present your best self to the world. It’s your life’s work to shine—RuPaul shows you how.


The Sill on Skillshare (Free for first 2 months)
6 lessons (28 minutes)

Via Skillshare: Plants heighten our creativity, happiness, and even oxygen levels — and this class will give you everything you need to pot and care for your plants so they live long, healthy, and prosperous lives!

Taught by The Sill's Botanist Christopher Satch, you'll learn about how to pot and re-pot your houseplants, how to care and troubleshoot for your plants, and the best ways to ensure your plants grow and thrive.

The Sill on Skillshare (Free for first 2 months)
6 lessons (18 minutes)

Via Skillshare: This class will teach you how to grow microgreens indoors without the need for much space, energy, or equipment. Our goal is to help get you gardening with a minimum of expense and effort so that you can enjoy free, fresh, and healthy plants as a part your daily life. Go from seed to harvest and garden to dinner table in an astonishing 2 weeks.


Blue Bottle on Skillshare (Free for first 2 months)
11 lessons (59 minutes)

Via Skillshare: Learn what it takes to brew an amazing cup of coffee by hand! Go behind-the-scenes with celebrated California roaster Blue Bottle for a one-hour class on sourcing, brewing, and tasting everyone's favorite bean. From the plant to your cup, Michael Phillips brings every lesson to life while also offering options — giving you a process for making a simple cup or going the distance with pro equipment.

Masterclass (Buy 1 membership, share one free)
20 lessons (3 hours 52 minutes)

Via Masterclass: This is Gordon Ramsay like you've never experienced. The seven-star Michelin chef takes you into his home kitchen to learn everything from kitchen setup and buying the freshest ingredients to constructing unforgettable dishes. In this MasterClass, you're not just learning recipes, you're learning how to take your cooking to the next level.

Leyenda on Skillshare (Free for first 2 months)
8 lessons (33 minutes)

Via Skillshare: The best cocktails start with the best inspiration. Join Ivy Mix, bartender and co-owner of Brooklyn cocktail bar Leyenda, for this 30-minute class on making a signature cocktail inspired by her love for the flavors of Spain and Mexico. In step-by-step lessons, Ivy shares:

• How she translates inspiration into a drink's essential flavors

• Tips for matching different flavor profiles (ex: fruity vs. nutty)

• Her process for creating her own signature Palo Negro

Along the way, Ivy shares insider tips including how to work with ice, find the perfect glass, and elegantly present your drink.


Masterclass (Buy 1 membership, share one free)
17 lessons (2 hours 13 minutes)

Via Masterclass: Eclectic and experiential, Kelly Wearstler’s style helped redefine modern American design and influenced the rise of designer hotels. Now the award-winning designer takes you behind the scenes to demystify interior design. Make any space feel larger, and choose colors, materials, and textures with confidence. Curate collections of art and objects, cultivate your own distinct style, and create spaces that tell a story.

Creator Mindset: Creating Video Content with Z 50 (15:26 minutes)

Via Nikon: Get into the creator’s mindset and learn how to easily shoot video with Nikon cameras. Using the Z 50, Kitty Peters will show you simple ways she uses to create a storytelling video, whether you’re tasked with shooting a project featuring people, product or vlogging. She’ll discuss lens choice, camera movements, super creative tips and tricks, storytelling, audio, camera settings and more.

Dash on General Assembly (Free)
4 projects

Via Dash: Dash is a fun and free online course that teaches you the basics of web development through projects you can do in your browser.

Udemy (Free)
4 hours 30 minutes

Via Udemy: Learn every step in iOS App Development with iOS app development tutorial, from creating to submitting to app store.

Fender (Free for 3 months)

Via Fender: This includes step-by-step learning, easy to follow lessons, and a way to track your progress.

IF YOU want to enhance your work skills:

Jeff Staple & K-Swiss on Skillshare (Free for first 2 months)
7 lessons (51 minutes)

Via Skillshare: In this non-traditional class, you'll gain access to a series of interviews that cover essential topics for the creative entrepreneur like marketing, design, and branding. These interviews were originally part of an initiative called The Board, which is a group of 100 creators that are working together to redefine the K-Swiss brand.

Blogger Natalie Suarez sits down with some top creative entrepreneurs to go through their experience building their businesses. You'll learn from Sharmedean Reid (founder of WAH Nails), Scott Sasso (founder of 10Deep), Tyler Gage and Dan Mcombie (founders of Runa Tea), The Fat Jewish, Rachel Wang (fashion director of Allure Magazine), and Jeff Staple (founder of Staple).

Sophia Chang on Skillshare (Free for first 2 months)
7 lessons (15 minutes)

Via Skillshare: This class is built for anyone and everyone, from the student who is working on multiple final projects at once to the entrepreneur who is running their own small business. The course is structured to help creatives optimize their projects and business and channel their inner project manager.

Masterclass (Buy 1 membership, share one free)
14 lessons (3 hours 30 minutes)

Via Masterclass: With little more than an idea and a drive to find her way, Sara Blakely went from selling fax machines door-to-door to becoming the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire in 2012. Now the inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of Spanx teaches you to open doors and close deals. Learn Sara’s customer-first approach and her tactics for prototyping, branding and building awareness, and bootstrapping your way to success.

Claire Lew on Skillshare (Free for first 2 months)
6 lessons (32 minutes)

Via Skillshare: Giving and getting honest feedback is one of the hardest skills for a current leader or aspiring leader to master. Whether you need to tell a coworker something they don’t want to hear, or you need to uncover valuable insights during a one-on-one meeting, understanding how to communicate and extract buried information will help you avoid blindspots, resolve problems, and improve your team’s performance.

New York Post Store ($39)
31 hours

Via New York Post Store: 31 Hours to Get You Started with Shopify to Easily & Effectively Market, Sell, Manage & Ship Your Products or Services Online.

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