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14 Best Sites for Taking Online Classes That’ll Boost Your Skills and Get You Ahead

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Alyse Kalish

14 Places Where You Can Find Online Classes

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Looking to pick up a new skill, but don’t have the time to do so? Do you want to go back to school but need to take some classes beforehand? Or, do you not want to go to school at all, but are looking to change careers? We’ve got the answer for all those problems: online classes .

They’re shorter than a college semester, they’re typically self-regulated, and they cover just about every skill, topic, or hobby you can possibly imagine.

But with this luxury comes great responsibility—mainly, the task of finding a site that works best for you. Have no fear, we’ve done all the hard work for you and compiled the ultimate list of resources that offer free, cheap, and quality classes right here on the internet.

Now all you have to do is sign up for one!

1. ALISON

ALISON has a large range of free, comprehensive classes on financial literacy, personal and soft skills, digital skills, entrepreneurship and then some. It targets all kinds of learners, from professionals and managers to teachers and freelancers.

2. Udemy

Udemy has plenty to offer for the learner on a budget, from completely free courses taught by experts, professors, entrepreneurs, and professionals, to frequent discounts and class specials. In addition to classes in tech, business, and marketing, you can also explore options in productivity, health, hobbies, and lifestyle.

3. Coursera

If you want to receive a college education without the high cost of tuition, Coursera is the best stop. This website offers amazing courses in all kinds of fields, from professional development to psychology, history, and literature—all created and taught by professors at top institutions nationally and across the globe. Their universities include Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and plenty more.

4. edX

Just like Coursera, edX offers anyone, anywhere the chance to take university classes in various departments—and get certified. Some of their big partners include Harvard, Berkeley, Dartmouth, Georgetown, and the University of Chicago (and that’s not all!).

5. Udacity

Udacity focuses on software development, offering free courses in programming, data science, and web development. The website also offers a nanodegree program for individuals who want to master a skillset or pursue a full-time career in tech.

6. Lynda

By subscribing to Lynda, you’ll have access to thousands of courses in business, design, art, education, and tech. And it offers a free 10-day trial so you can test the waters!

7. General Assembly

General Assembly offers both online and in-person classes, as well as full-time and part-time options. It focuses mainly on digital skills, covering subjects such as digital marketing, iOS and Android development, data analytics, and JavaScript.

8. Skillshare

Skillshare provides “bite-sized” classes to learners who only have 15 minutes a day. It has over 500 free classes and several thousand premium classes to choose from in topics such as film, writing, tech, lifestyle, and more.

9. LearnSmart

LearnSmart’s orientated toward career development, which is why it’s a great place to learn about IT and security, project management, Office, HR, and business.

10. Codecademy

Codecademy wants to teach you how to, well, code—and for free. It covers all kinds of programming, including JavaScript, Ruby, HTML, CSS, and Python.

11. Pluralsight

After subscribing to Pluralsight (or using its free trial!), you’ll be able to explore classes in software, 3D development, VFX, design, game design, web design, and CAD software.

12. Adobe TV

Not sure how to use Photoshop or InDesign? Don’t worry, Adobe TV will walk you through all its programs with tutorials, manuals, and more.

13. FutureLearn

FutureLearn’s completely free, with classes taught by universities and special organizations. Its big topics are business and management, creative arts, law, health, politics, science, digital skills, sports and leisure, and teaching.

14. Academic Earth

And if you’re looking solely for academic classes, this website is perfect for you. It has courses in the arts, science, humanities, economics, computer science, and more, all for free.

Still don’t know where to start? Try Class Central —it personalizes your class search by asking you from the get-go what you’re interested in learning and from whom. Then, it pairs you with options from Coursera, edX, and other forums to find what best suits your needs, making the process even easier!

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As an Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.

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10 Fun (and Free!) Classes You Can Start and Finish This Week

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Alyse Kalish

10 Free Online Classes You Can Finish in a Week - The Muse

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After what felt like endless years of school, I can imagine it’s tough to force yourself to sit down and learn more things. Without the assistance of a scary-looking teacher peeking over your shoulder, that is.

How about I make it a bit easier for you?

These 10 free online classes are not only fun, but they’ll take you less than a week—if not less than an hour—to start and finish, meaning you can improve your life that much faster.

1. How to Be Happy and Have the Life You Want: Tools For Success , Udemy

You had me at the title. If you’re striving to find more excitement in your career and life, this short course is the perfect way to get yourself in the mindset for success.

Requirements? A desire to be happier.

Length: 1 hour/ 17 lectures

2. How to Write Your Profile Summary on LinkedIn , Skillshare

Tackle this very tricky (but important) task of promoting yourself online with a step by step process and real-life examples for inspiration.

Length: 50 minutes/ 10 videos

3. A Mini Course on Time Management , Udemy

Learning about time management stresses us out when we think we’re losing, well, time. Lucky for you, this class is only half an hour—and covers a heck of a lot.

Length: 37 minutes/ 12 lectures

4. Make Your Own 2048 , Udacity

Kick-start your coding career with this simple—but fun—class on the basics of HTML, CSS, and Javascript. And, if you’re a big fan of the game “2048,” you’ll get to make your own version by the end!

Length: 1 day

5. The Core Four of Personal Finance , Udemy

If just the idea of personal finance overwhelms you, it shouldn’t. It’s super easy to save and spend wisely—and this course will teach you the basics to smart money.

Length: 1 hour/ 17 lectures

6. Learn to Think Differently , Skillshare

If you don’t have all day to get creative, how about 10 minutes? That’s all you’ll really need to finish this super short class on innovation and creative thinking.

Length: 11 minutes/ 2 videos

7. Write What You Know , Udemy

Interested in taking up writing as a side hobby? Learn how to pick out stories from your life and put them down on paper in an effective way, and you’re halfway there to writing a book (or, at least a blog post or two).

Length: 50 minutes/ 6 lectures

8. Video Basics for All: Shoot With Your iPhone, Edit Like a Pro , Skillshare

Shooting awesome video doesn’t require you to run out and buy a thousand dollar camera—and this class is proof. Bring your story to life, impress your colleagues, or just pick up some cool video techniques in under an hour.

Length: 52 minutes/ 11 videos

9. Mindfulness: Professional Sound Training , Udemy

Reaping the benefits of mindfulness and meditation is just a click away. And, it (literally) sounds fun—that is, it’ll use the noises of nature to get you in the zone (or, Zen).

Length: 52 minutes/ 14 lectures

10. 7 Morning Habits to Level-Up Your Daily Productivity and Creativity , Skillshare

Those first few hours of the day are essential if you want to be productive the rest of the day. Know how to optimize your mornings with these seven simple habits.

Length: 13 minutes/ 9 videos

If you end up signing up for one of these classes, bookmark this article: How to List Online Courses on Your Resume the Right Way . Because why not boost your career in the process of become more skilled?

Oh, and while we’re on the topic of more skilled, have you check out our other recommended courses ? Don’t want to brag, but they’re all pretty great.

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As an Editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.

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