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8 Ways To Learn New Skills While You’re Staying Home

If you’re like me, you might be trying to think of useful, productive ways to spend your time while staying home during this quarantine period. Many businesses are offering virtual classes on all kinds of topics, and I’ve rounded up a list of some of my favorite ones. Let’s exercise our brains, and learn something new! 


Learn a new language  

(Photo: Duolingo)

If you’ve been wanting to learn a new language, it’s the perfect time to do it! The Duolingo app offers free lessons for over 30 languages. I’ve been using this app for a few years now to learn Czech, and I love it! Rosetta Stone is another great program for learning a new language. I haven’t tried it, but many of my friends have enjoyed using it. 

Take an Ivy League course 

(Photos: Coursera)

This is one of my favorites— Yale University is offering one of its most popular courses online for FREE. You can sign up through the Coursera app, and take it at your own pace. The course is called, “The Science of Well-Being.” I recently signed up for it, and I can’t wait to start! Coursera offers tons of online classes from universities all over the world, so you have plenty of options, depending on your interests. Harvard University is also offering a selection of free online classes, including courses like Intro to Game Development, Intro to Accounting and even classes about Shakespeare. 


Cooking classes 

(Photos: Sur la Table & MasterClass)

Check out some of the free online recipes and videos from Sur la Table, and learn to cook a delicious meal! They offer easy, step-by-step guides for a wide variety of meals. If you’re looking for more intense lessons, sign up for Gordon Ramsay’s cooking classes through the MasterClass app


Bob Goff’s Dream Big Classes

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Bob Goff is one of my favorite authors (and humans), and he has a variety of inspirational online courses that will help you with public speaking, focusing your passions and discovering your true dreams! While you’re at it, check out his books: “Love Does” and “Everybody Always.”


Online painting class with Pinot’s Palette

(Photo: Pinot's Palette)

Put your art skills to the test, and sign up for a virtual painting class with Pinot’s Palette! Check out their events page on their website to choose which class/day. They also offer take-home paint kits for adults and kids. This is a great date night or family night idea while you’re at home! 


Watch a webinar from Career Contessa

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Career Contessa offers a wide selection of career-based webinars for free, including topics such as career fit, job search, career growth, money and work/life balance. You’ll have access to expert advice on all of these topics that will help you with your own career. 


Check out the Udemy and Skillshare apps

(Photos: Udemy & Skillshare)

The Udemy and Skillshare apps both offer tons of classes on all kinds of topics. You can take classes on photography, design, marketing, calligraphy, writing and animation, just to name a few. Browse their apps, and find a topic that interests you. 

LinkedIn Learning 

(Photo: LinkedIn Learning)

You can sharpen your career skills by taking LinkedIn Learning courses in areas such as data analysis, spreadsheets, image editing and more.