Are you dreaming of learning something new, but there is no time available at this point in time?
If so, you may want to refer back to my last blog post ‘Early starters conquer time – 31 Day Challenge Day 2’.
As you may already know, I am a HUGE fan of personal and professional development and since leaving school 17 years ago I have been learning and added to my knowledge and skills in vocational and academic courses on a continual basis.
If you believe that learning is expensive, think again and check out this list of #FREE interactive courses you can discover and make use of:
Alison currently offers 750 online based courses for free, in the following categories:
- Business and Enterprise Skills
- School Curriculum
- Finance & Economic Literacy
- Digital Literacy & IT Skills
- Health & Safety & Compliance
- Health & safety (Irish Legislation only)
- Personal Development & Soft Skills
- Health Literacy
Some course providers are British and US based Universities and some courses have been developed and are offered by private learning institutes. While all courses are free, you have the option to get a Diploma for just above £60 or Certificate for about £20 send out to you, after you have completed a minimum of 80% of the course and have passed a number of tests.
Creative Life offers several daily live classes and tutorials in the following categories:
- Photo & Video
- Art & Design
- Music & Audio
- Craft & Maker
- Money & Life
All live ‘on air’ classes are free of charge and you have the option to pre-register for classes and get a reminder of the upcoming live session. There is also an option to purchase a class after it has been on air, but that is no requirement to take part in any sessions.
Future Learn currently offer 58 online based courses, in the following categories:
- Language & Culture
- Business & Management
- Science, Maths & technology
- Health & Psychology
- Creative Arts & Media
- Teaching & Studying
Most courses are offered by British Universities and while all courses are free, you have the option to get a ‘Certificate of Participation’, for just above £30 after you have completed a minimum of 80% of the course and have passed a number of tests.
Memrise currently offer several hundred online based courses for free, in the following categories:
- Arts & Literature
- Maths & Science
- The Natural World
- History & Geography
- Professional & Careers
I love the fact that not only the typical languages (English, Spanish, German etc.) are offered, but also languages like Mandarin Chinese and Japanese and even Ashanti Twi, the language I ‘really’ want to learn to speak, read and write fluently, as I am half Ghanaian 😉
Vision2Learn currently offer 12 NCFE Level 1 and 2, online based courses for people who are 19 years or older and who live in the EU, in the following categories:
The courses are offered in collaboration with British based colleges. After completion of the online course and passing of written assignments, each participant receives a Certificate free of charge.
If you really have no time to spare to sit down and learn, why not try to enhance your knowledge by listening to an audio book instead?
Amazon currently offers 27,116 results for “free audio books” in a mix of categories, including:
- Classic Literature & Fiction
- Children’s Classics
- Suspense Thrillers
- Mythology & Folk Tales
- Horror Literature & Fiction
- Literature & Fiction
- Coming of Age Fiction
- Sea Stories
- Children’s Action & Adventure Books
- Children’s Books
So if you prefer to download and listen to new things, rather than learning at your PC or MAC, this may be the ideal way to listen on your mobile device while you drive, do house shores or lay in bed.
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All the Best & Speak to you tomorrow,
P.S.: By the way, I am not affiliated with any of the course providers mentioned above, and I have sorted them in alphabetical order, as I have no special preferences for any of the courses mentioned.
I find them all to be great, as they offer you and me a learning opportunity in the comfort of our own home at a convenient time, plus being free of charge.