What better way to start a new year than to learn something new?
I’m not one to make New Year resolutions, but I like the idea of continuous learning. There was a time when an old friend called me a professional student. Whether she meant it as a compliment or not, I really don’t know. I took it as one though because learning is never a waste of time.
Just because I’m out of school doesn’t mean I want to stop educating myself. And by educating myself I don’t necessarily mean obtaining a graduate degree. Learning for the sake of learning doesn’t mean you have to make a career out of it. You can learn about any topic that appeals to you. Curious about middle eastern cuisine, learning another language, or how to play an instrument? Or how to start your own business? There’s a Master Class for that.
There are several platforms for online learning such as Skillshare, Coursera, and of course, MasterClass. Most of them focus mainly on the interaction between the instructor and the participants rather than lecturing. Depending on who’s giving the course, they can be quite fun and very entertaining.
At the beginning of the pandemic, I wanted to give learning German a real try. Since I fly to Germany often and many of my European friends speak it, I thought it was a good time to start. But without a teacher, I found it really hard and stopped after a few lessons. Who knows, maybe I will succeed this year. You never know!
How Do Those Platforms Work?
Most of those online e-learning providers have a subscription fee that allows you access to the classes on that particular platform. The classes are not live, therefore you can go at your own pace. There are no exams or grading, it is purely for learning’s sake.
The fees are reasonable too, and they vary between $15-25/month, depending on the type of subscription you choose.
Categories vary from gardening to cooking, science & tech, entertainment, and so on.
Whatever your interest, you should find a category for that, and choose the instructor as well.
Without further ado, let’s see some of those classes we could try in 2022!
Note: these are some of the courses I would like to try, but feel free to choose according to your interests!
Ron Finley – Gardening
This is one hobby I’ve been promising myself to get into for ages. The only thing stopping me is a lack of a garden. But Ron Finley’s class teaches you the basics of gardening, whether you have a large backyard to play with, a small balcony, or even just a windowsill. Even if I only succeed in keeping my house plants alive! I think it will be an accomplishment that is definitely worth it.
Yotam Ottolenghi – Modern Middle Eastern Cooking
I don’t know about you guys, but cooking the same thing year after year is surely getting old. I need something more spicy and exciting in the kitchen! And Yoatm Ottolenghi delivers! With plenty of flavors and less known condiments, it is a great course if you want to expand your culinary experience. He shares 26 recipes such as dukkah, labneh, and shakshuka, with many options for non-meat eaters.
Bobbi Brown – Makeup and Beauty
As a woman, I try to look presentable and bring out the best assets I have to work with. But learning the basics of makeup application, as well as new tips are always welcome. This course, given by a renowned makeup artist who owns her own makeup line, will give you tips you never even thought of. But from over 40 years of experience in the industry, she has a lot to teach, even some more adept makeup gurus.
Tan France – Style for Everyone
We all want to learn to present ourselves better to the world, and that starts with our exterior appearance. If you’re familiar with the shows Queer Eye and next in Fashion, then you’re already acquainted with stylist Tan France. He will teach you how to create your personal capsule wardrobe, how to dress for your body type, and so on. Something that is high up on my priority list as I’m approaching 50!
Robin Roberts – Effective Communication
One of America’s most popular daytime broadcasters gives this interesting course about how to communicate properly. And not only talk show hosts should master the art of communication. We all can use the valuable information she’s willingly sharing with us. How many arguments due to miscommunication you might save down the line? Count me in, this seems like a very interesting class indeed!
Sara Blakely – Self-Made Entrepreneurship
Since the pandemic started a couple of years ago, many people changed the way they viewed their lives. Priorities changed, and many people tried to start their own businesses. Sara Blakeley, the Spanx founder, teaches relatable skills in a style that is humane and approachable. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and she gives valuable tips on how to be persistent. Success in business comes from never giving up, take it from her.
Anna Wintour – Creativity and Leadership
Truth be told, the woman scares me a little, but her online course downright intrigues me. She is a very successful businesswoman who has been editor-in-chief of Vogue for decades. So she must be doing something right, and now she’s willing to share some of her expertise with us mere mortals. Her course includes decision making, evolving a brand, and nurturing talent, among other skills. Very valuable for those aiming to venture into the fashion field, or others like me, purely out of curiosity.
Kelly Wearstler – Interior Design
Beautifying our spaces has become a very popular hobby as of late. Whether you have a large budget, or you’re planning to work with what you already have, this class will help you recreate your space. Learning about color experimentation and how to better work with spaces are great skills to have. Whether you’re doing it for fun, or you’re planning to make a career out of it, this introduction to the world of interior design is always a plus.
Annie Leibovitz – Photography
Who would be the better person to teach you photography skills other than Annie Leibovitz? I can scratch my brain all day, but no other names pop into my head. World-renowned international photographer, she has worked for best-selling publications the likes of Rolling Stone magazine. If you’re really into photography, this course will be very valuable to you. She teaches skills such as how to master your camera and how to work with your subjects.
Chris Voss – The Art of Negotiation
Former FBI hostage negotiator is probably one of the best-skilled people in the world to teach about negotiation techniques. I know, I’m not planning on doing any hostage negotiations, but it would have come in handy when my daughter was a teenager! He takes down the skills necessary to be able to negotiate on different levels and breaks them down into concrete and easy-to-follow steps.
Dan Brown – Thrillers
For a huge fan of reading thrillers, this comes very close to a dream come true. Who knows, maybe someday I will finally try my hand at writing a novel in my favorite genre. The renowned best-selling author teaches you how to find inspiration for your story and other techniques that help you create a cohesive story. Lots of great general writing tips that will help you no matter what type of writing you’re into. Also, you will learn how to communicate with publishers once you’re ready to sell your novel.
Lynette Marrero & Ryan Chetiyawardana – Mixology
I’ve always wanted to take a bartending course back in the 90s. But since I never had intentions of working in a bar, I iced that project for many years. That is, until now. Since many lockdowns and restrictions were imposed on us in the last couple of years, the time has come. I want to get my mixology game on before I host again, hopefully in the near future. Until then, even if I mess up a lot of recipes, at least I will not be behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle!!
There you have it guys, some of the MasterClass classes that have grabbed my attention. Honestly, there are so many more, but this seems like a great start. Which ones are your favorites?
Stay safe and keep reading friends!