The coronavirus pandemic has taken a lot from all of us. What it has given us, though, is plenty of time. Rather than mindlessly scrolling through Facebook for hours on end or Netflixing your way through quarantine, why not constructively use the extra time?
Don’t let COVID-19 get you down. Instead, challenge yourself by learning something new. Below, we share several fun online courses to help you learn and grow during the lockdown.
- Take an Online Culinary Course
The Internet is full of online cooking classes, so you should have no trouble finding one that fits your preferences and your budget. A good place to start is Rouxbe. Free for 30 days, this online cooking school offers hundreds of video tutorials in all types of culinary design. Don’t worry if you don’t have the right cookware or you’ve never whipped up more than a grilled cheese sandwich – Rouxbe will have you cooking like a professional chef in no time!
- Learn to Play a Musical Instrument
Music has a way of calming the soul, so what better way to pass the time than by learning to play a musical instrument during the lockdown, right? On Fender, you can learn to play or hone your skill on the guitar, bass, or ukulele with a free trial. Through instructor-guided videos, beginners can learn to play an instrument, while those who are a bit more advanced can hone their skills.
- Pursue Your Photography Passion
If you’ve always wanted to pursue your passion for photography but never had the time, now you can with photography classes from the Nikon School Online. For as little as $14.95, you can get started learning the basics about your camera and photography, and for not much more, there are advanced classes to help you take the best photos possible. Each course is conducted completely online by professional instructors who know their stuff!
- Get to Training!
If training and working out is more your thing, now’s the time to take advantage of Nike’s premium workout plans on the app. The Nike Training Club app is free to download for both iOS and Android, and until further notice, the more than 185 workouts by Nike Master Trainers are absolutely free. So, get off that couch, put down that bag of potato chips, and get moving to avoid the dreaded “Quarantine 15.”
- Animation and Game Development Courses
For those of you who can’t get enough of online gaming, here are some online courses for you. Unity is dedicated to supporting its community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are offering their premium online courses, Unity Learn Premium, for free for three months. You can learn 2D, 3D, AR, and VR development with exclusive access to Unity experts, interactive sessions, on-demand learning resources, and much more.
- Not Sure What You Want to Learn?
If you’re not sure what you want to learn, but you definitely want to keep your mind active during quarantine, check out SkillShare. With two free months of Skillshare Premium, you’ll learn anything from animation to music to business and more. All SkillShare online courses are taught by experts in their fields, so you know you’re getting in-depth knowledge and guidance.
If you’re looking for a way to keep yourself busy during the long hours of lockdown, try a fun online class or two from the list above.