Everyone knows school is cool, but too few realize how much cooler it can be when you don't have to climb out of your pajamas to go to class. That's just one of the many benefits of online classes, which come in a range of topics that can help you to explore a passion or advance a career. Below are a few of our favorites. So get dressed (or don’t!) and find something fun to learn.
Who knew you could become an ace bartender at home? Online bartending courses will walk you through the tools of the trade and (of course) proper mixology with classic recipes. Elevate your next cocktail hour without resorting to calling everyone “Old Sport.”
There’s nothing like the upbeat sounds of a ukulele to add a dose of optimism into the world. What’s more, the four-string ukulele is easier to learn to play than its cousin—the six-string guitar—not to mention a lot more portable.
You probably knew you could take Spanish or French classes, but did you know you can take online sign language classes just as easily? Aside from finally being able to talk with your mouth full, the skill can open doors for you and help you build relationships with the deaf community and maybe even make a few new friends!
There can be an awful lot of distractions in contemporary life (while writing this, about 1,783 notifications have flown across our screens). A mindfulness course can help us recognize harmful patterns, as well as teach us to mitigate some stress and anxiety with techniques for mindful meditation and breathing.
An online interior design class might just be the thing you need to reinvigorate your space. Aside from offering great inspiration, these courses dive into how to make a mood board, discuss the finer points of the color wheel, and talk about what to do if you wanna go pro. They can even show you how to market yourself.
If you’re curious about natural and alternative methods to healing, then this could be a fun, enriching class for you. A holistic therapist leads this course in charging, programming, and fixing crystals. And there are also tips for harnessing good and blocking bad energy.
Perfect your cat-eye flick, give yourself a new nose with contour, and learn the ins and outs of highlighter, all without having to show your missteps along the way to anyone but the mirror. Online makeup classes can help you gain confidence in your skills or help you prep for a special event. And they often include makeup-artist certification.
Maybe you've been sitting on your idea for the next great American novel for years or maybe you've just always wanted to take a stab at it. Either way, online writing classes can help you get it done. You can choose from courses dedicated to things like plot and structure, or you can do an all-in-one workshop that covers everything. You can even get a little frisky with a course designed specifically to help you with your erotic novel, ooh-la-la!
Saving money is something a lot of people struggle to do, but if your problem stems from a lack of budgeting, rather than a lack of funds, consider a personal finance course. Starting with general tips and advice for setting a budget and sticking to it, courses also lead students through common financial milestones, such as saving for retirement, managing credit, and planning for big purchases such as a car or house.
There can be a lot of conflicting information out there about cannabis and CBD oil. Especially as more states move to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational uses, it can be tough to keep up. This 10-module course covers a lot of ground in its 150 hours, touching on history, varieties, and an intro to pharmacology.