The world in under quarantine. The novel coronavirus turned our lives upside down and brought new routines to many of us. Most people have now more free time, which is terrible on one hand, but a fantastic opportunity in another.
Let’s imagine the quarantine lasts for two or three months. Who do you want to be when all this ends? What do you need to do to make the best out of a bad situation?
The answer is different for each person. But I am certain that a goal many of us aspire to, is to learn. For professional progression, for a career change, for personal pleasure, it doesn’t really matter. And the good thing about staying at home in 2020, is that we can do exactly that from the comfort of out couch.
There are hundreds of websites out there that you can use. I give you 8 recommendations, all based on personal experience.
Udemy is my go-to platform whenever I want to learn about a new topic. It offers over 100,000 courses on any subject you can imagine. You pay per course, and prices vary but are often around 12€. Or you can get course bundles for 20€.
They also have a mobile app, and you can download the courses to watch on the go. You know, when you can actually go further than your living room… Because the good news is that you have access to any course you purchase forever.
Lynda is LinkedIn’s learning platform. Personally, I don’t find the content there as useful as on Udemy but, if you really are committed to learn extensively, Lynda has a great feature: you pay per month, not per course. That means you can spend all your quarantine learning about anything you want.
Coursera takes online learning to another level. On this platform, you can enroll on courses that are taught by leading universities and companies (Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Stanford, Sciences Po, Imperial College London or Google, for example).
You follow a curriculum, the course is taught over a period of some weeks or months and at the end you get a certificate.
Codecademy is a platform where you can start your journey on learning how to code.
Being upfront, I must tell you that the learning contents in Codecademy are very basic if you want to learn real programming. But if you just want to take the first steps and figure out if you like it and should invest more time and money on it, Codecademy is a great resource.
It offers courses on all the main programming languages, and you can follow their learning paths, according to your interests. One great thing about it is that you can have access to many courses for free. If you would like to unblock all courses though, then there is a paid version.
If you have a goal of learning a new language, you have probably come across Duolingo already. Nevertheless, it’s worth mentioning because it is still, in my option, the best free option to learn a language on your own. It offers more than 30 languages and it even has local communities that gather to study the language together. Of course, this is a tip for later, when you can actually go out…
Preply is a platform that matches tutors and students, in several subjects but mainly in language learning. You can browse the website and look for the many tutors available to teach your target language and select one based on your goals, time availability and budget. It’s a great resource whether you are a complete beginner in a new language, or looking to practice it with a native.
We all know TED talks, right? But maybe you are like me and, sometimes, you forget they exist. Now, under quarantine, it’s a good time to remember them — you can learn so much in so many different topics! You can be inspired, amazed and moved, all in one talk.
If you are working from home these days, you could probably use some form of entertainment and education that doesn’t tire your eyes even further, after all those hours in front of the computer. Podcasts are a great way to achieve that! You will not get certifications in the end, but you can learn so much! There are thousands out there, on any topic you are interested in. I recommend you my favorite, The Tim Ferriss Show, where he interviews world class performers from eclectic areas to extract their tactics, tools and routines that you can use in your daily life.
Do you have a favorite platform to learn? Let me know in the comments below!