As it is back to school time and we are preparing the kids to return to school we should also be considering what we have done lately for our own learning. Whether you are trying to find out what your passion is, or you want to become better or more valuable in any field in your career or to learn new skills to grow and develop your business you should always be scheduling in time for skill acquisition. Not only does learning and acquiring new skills help us hone our interests, look great on our resumes, and help us gain new insights it also serves us in becoming well-rounded people and ensures that we are continually challenging ourselves to become better.
Overtime this skill development continues to compound making you more and more valuable which of course will only contribute to your goals and success. The best thing about investing in yourself is that no matter what happens this knowledge can never be taken from you so even if there is an economic downturn or you run into financial challenges you are never starting back at zero.
To help you up-level your life through skill acquisition I have put together for you a list of the best 5 platforms that offer free online courses in all fields. Given that these are free and flexible, as they can be done at your own pace and online, there is no excuse but to start planning some learning into your life and investing in yourself!
1. Harvard University
Yes, that Harvard University. They provide free online courses over a large variety of subjects that you can enroll in. There is no more prestigious school then Harvard out there so if your looking to wow, this may be the place to start.
Check out Harvard's Free Online Courses HERE
EdX is an online learning Platform that I myself have used more than once. It has courses from over 140 leading institutions like MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and more respected universities. They make learning super easy with an online app and they have thousands of courses across all subjects to choose from.
Learn more about EdX HERE
Udemy is another online platform that offers free courses. I have recently just bought one of their paid courses on financial analysis that I will start soon, I will keep you posted on the progress. Just like the other platforms they have tons of amazing courses that you can try and at your own pace but if you have knowledge in any given subject, which we all do, you could also teach using their platform and making an earning from it. Win/Win!
Find out more about Udemy Free courses HERE
4. Khan Academy
This platform I actually came across as my son uses it and it is the online tool that his private school uses for all grades to support their students. So for any parents out there, you will want to check this out, I have to say it has done wonders for my son in some of the subjects that he was struggling in. It of course is also free and while I know it from my son, it has a ton of courses that can and will benefit adults as well.
Check out Khan Academy HERE
This is another learning platform with programs offered from top universities such as Yale, Michigan and Stanford. They have tons of free courses across a huge range of subjects and millions of students that have already taken the courses and rated them so you can have feedback on each course before deciding to move ahead.
Learn more about Coursera HERE
As all the youth get ready to go back to school why don't you consider doing the same and giving yourself the gift of knowledge. I would love to hear which courses you have signed up for, share them with me in the comments below!
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