For the avid learner looking for free classes (+ free printable!)

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One of the things I enjoy the most is learning new things as often as possible. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an entire course on a new topic. I find the little curious facts to be as interesting and exciting. Since this year I’ve been trying to manage my time in a more relaxed way, I’ve decided to take control of my learning and accommodate it to my schedule.

There is a huge offer of free online classes in various things. In fact, there’s so much out there that it gets really hard to choose when you want to learn all of it at the same time. Now, it is equally true that sometimes it is hard to follow and get through an entire class, even if initially you were really pumped. I’ve seen myself enrolling in classes that sometimes I haven’t even been able to start. Since I don’t want to do that anymore, I am trying to come up with a system and a few tips that could help me, and help anybody interested in taking free online lessons, pick the right classes for the right reasons and work on them from start to finish.

So, here are some ideas:

  1. Make a list of your interests and try to specify what you would like to learn on each area. (For example: Design – Design process, creative thinking, lettering, etc.)
  2. Pick your first topic and research the websites to see which one meets your needs in terms of content and time, specially for those courses given on a specific time frame.
  3. Set a goal and make a realistic plan that you would follow and wouldn’t make you feel overwhelmed.
  4. Try to make it a habit, so schedule it in your calendar.
  5. Reward yourself when you achieve your goal
  6. Repeat!
This template can help you get organize and set a plan!

This template can help you get organize and set a plan!

Download it here!

Now that you definitely have in mind some courses that you would like to take, here I want to share with you a small list of the website I’ve been checking lately. Hopefully you will find the useful. Most courses are for free, but some of them are paid. I would recommend to start with a free one, and then when you see that you will be constant and you want to invest a little more than your time, go for a paid one if needed.

Good luck in you learning process!
What do you think you want to learn first?

About Monica Jimenez Sablich

Hi! I am Mónica, a peruvian artist, designer and food enthusiast. I want to share the joy and excitment that I find creating pretty, useful and yummy things. Are you interested in cooking, sewing, and doing beautiful stuff? Well, this is the blog for you then! Come and join me in this journey!
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10 Responses to For the avid learner looking for free classes (+ free printable!)

  1. CurvyLou says:

    Oooh Ohhhh this list is dangerous! I feel the same way: I always love learning new things. Right now I am learning belly dance and American Sign Language, and I just finished a weaving class. In the past 5 years I’ve also learned to knit and spin yarn. I’ve bookmarked this page so I can check out these resources at my leisure. Thank you for sharing!

    • Wow, that’s impressive! Yeah, take a look at that list, you might find interesting stuff. I have been working in some coding classes and some lettering as well. 🙂

      • CurvyLou says:

        Do you find the coding class good? Is it a beginner class? I’ve been curious about coding too.

      • I really enjoyed the Codecademy class, it was extremely easy to follow. I have also checked Code School and Khan Academy. I actually haven’t started any class at Code School yet, but I’ve tried Khan Academy and I really like it a lot as well. They also give you some motivational badges and you can unlock some icons by completing the challenges. I mean, it is just a nice catchy thing they do to keep you motivated, but I fiand it exciting! 😛

      • CurvyLou says:

        Ooh! Badges and challenges! Totally sounds fun. 🙂

  2. Lydia N. says:

    Thanks for all of the course sites to check out! I’ve taken a few classes via coursera but noticed that a few that sounded really interesting weren’t offered more than once every few years. I’ll have to check out these other sites to see if they have something similar!

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