Skillshare is giving away 2 months of free access to thousands of online classes — I took a class with one of my favorite authors and loved it
Skillshare is an online platform that provides access to more than 25,000 adult learning courses — many taught by well-known contemporaries in their respective fields. The courses are curated for both lifelong learning and building new career skills. I once bought a membership because one of my favorite authors was offering a course, and you can read about the experience below. If you're a new user, you can get started with a free month or get two months of the Premium version for $1 here. After the trial, Premium is $15 billed monthly, or $99 upfront for the year ($8.25 per month). There are also volume discounts for teams that sign up together. Check out edX, Udemy, Coursera, MasterClass, and CreativeLive for more online classes. Get a quick rundown on each here.
As college tuitions skyrocket to the most expensive they've ever been, online learning resources are popping up to fill a widening chasm. Whether it's picking up a hard or soft skill needed to catch a hiring manager's eye, jump-starting your recreational creativity, or actually earning a master's degree from one of the top universities in the US, online platforms are helping democratize higher learning for a fraction of the cost required to enroll in universities. Of those many online resources, Skillshare is one of the most popular. Like a ClassPass for e-learning, a Skillshare membership gives you unlimited access to over 25,000 adult learning courses across thousands of disciplines — which is convenient if your objective is advancing your career or learning new hobbies. Classes range from beginner to expert and fall into categories like design, illustration, business, technology, photo and film, entrepreneurship, and writing — and you can sign up for multiple without any extra charge. Classes are comprised of short lessons and a hands-on project, and you can share the project with your class to get feedback from peers or collaborate with the community. Popular Skillshare classes:
Fundamentals of DSLR Photography Productivity Masterclass: Create a Custom System that Works iPhone Photography: How to Take Pro Photos On Your iPhone Intro to Procreate: Illustrating on the iPad Pro Investing 101: Understanding the Stock Market
How much does Skillshare cost? The basic membership is free for the first month and the Premium version is $1 for your first two months. After the trial, Premium is $15 billed monthly, or $99 upfront for the year ($8.25 per month). There are also volume discounts for teams that sign up together, and, in line with the mission of making learning accessible, students can get 50% off a Premium Membership with a valid .edu email address. And for every annual Premium Membership purchased, the site donates one to someone in financial need. I started my own Skillshare membership because one of my all-time favorite authors, Roxane Gay (best known for "Bad Feminist" and "Hunger"), publicized that she was hosting a Personal Essays with Impact class on the site. If I had completed Gay's course in the month-long span of the free trial, then I hypothetically could have taken a class curated by a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts completely for free. In actuality, I defaulted to a slower pace and eventually committed to a full year.
Skillshare itself makes ongoing, high-level learning easier with affordable access, good material, and variety. But, unexpectedly, the trial process also helped me figure out if, post-grad, I actually wanted to commit to courses again. In theory, it sounded great. But, I wasn't certain of it being put into practice until I tried it with the free trial, focused on a subject I was truly interested in. The downsides to Skillshare to note are that, unlike pay-per-class learning communities like Udemy, you won't have lifetime access to the courses you take while you're a member. Once you cancel your membership, you lose access to your class videos and any downloadable material provided by teachers at the end of your current pay period. So, that means you have to make the most of the time you do plan to pay for the service. The bottom line All in all, it's a good tool for lifelong learners who want variety, expertise, and flexibility, as well as professionals looking for an affordable way to sharpen their career skills or hone their craft — or a blend of the two. For $15 per month, or $99 per year (and even less for those with a .edu email) you can take multiple classes across thousands of disciplines. It cuts out the fees and time restrictions of finding and enrolling in a community college course and gives you more variety than most pay-per-class online learning platforms. If that sounds appealing, I recommend trying it free for the first month or doing Premium for $1 for two months to see if you can fit it into your lifestyle too.
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Summary List Placement Amazon Prime is $119 for an annual membership or $12.99 per month, though...Summary List Placement Amazon Prime is $119 for an annual membership or $12.99 per month, though there are special discounts for students and EBT and Medicaid holders. Even for $119, Amazon Prime is still ultimately a great deal if you plan to use its features, whether sparingly or frequently. In 2018, JPMorgan estimated that an Amazon Prime membership is actually worth $785 annually. Prime members also get access to Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals once the event rolls this fall. If you're considering starting a free 30-day trial of Prime, right before Prime Day is a particularly good time to do it. Asking the question "How much would you pay for Amazon Prime?" is kind of like asking how much would you pay to keep using Google. It's so fundamentally entrenched in our daily lives (more than 100 million people have access to Amazon Prime benefits in the US alone) that it has reached a ubiquitous status. We are used to near-instant gratification, and, for many of us, it's hard to put a price on that convenience. But that price did, unfortunately, rise in 2018. Amazon Prime memberships went up from $99 to $119 — an increase of 20%. If you pay month to month, an Amazon Prime membership is $12.99 per month, and a Prime Student membership is $6.49 per month. For EBT and Medicaid holders, additional discounts bring the cost down to $5.99 per month. Overall, paying month to month for the average user will cost you about $37 more than the annual option over a year. Is Amazon Prime worth it at $119? In short, yes. JPMorgan has estimated that your Amazon Prime membership is actually worth $785 annually. For the $119 annual fee, Prime members get a ton of benefits (which definitely range in usefulness). 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Here's a breakdown of why Amazon Prime is still a great value, even at $119 per year:DON'T MISS: Amazon Prime Day will be a full 48 hours this year, running from July 15 to 16 — here's a quick rundown of what deals to expect and how to prepare SEE ALSO: Amazon Prime Day 2019: Every deals article we’ve written so far Shipping costs The annual price of $119 includes free two-day shipping on over 100 million items and free one-day shipping on more than 10 million items with no minimum purchase. Without Prime, you'll get free regular shipping if your order is over $25, but no two-day or one-day perk. Two-day shipping (give or take a couple of bucks) typically costs about $10. If, as a Prime member, you place 11 orders of under $25 over the course of a year on Amazon (say, you need paper towels but not much else), the membership pays for itself. And while expedited shipping is an abnormal cost for most of us, it's a pricey one. However, Prime's free same-day shipping on over a million items in 8,000 cities when you spend over $35 can save you money, time, and convenience. On average, Amazon Prime members spend $1,400 US dollars on the platform every year. Non-Prime users spend a little less than half that ($600), but they may be picking up the tab elsewhere, like in the cost of gas to shop in-store, the higher price of items from big-box retailers, and shipping from other stores. Video streaming services One of the suspected reasons for the increase in annual fee last year was due to the amount of money Amazon planned to pour into its digital content, which is one of the best perks of the Prime membership. It's currently on pace to spend $7 billion on video and music content in 2019. Prime Video lets you stream from a large library of movies and TV shows for free, including Amazon Originals content, and rent the latest releases for low prices. Prime members can also subscribe to over 100 channels (and only pay for the channels they want, which is great for saving money without losing convenience), including HBO, Showtime, and CBS All Access. Plus, it's probably only going to get better as streaming competition intensifies. Unlimited photo storage and sharing, as well as 5 GB for videos and files Amazon Photos lets you save and share unlimited full-resolution photos across desktop, mobile, and tablet, as well as share unlimited photo storage with up to five people. If you're paying a few bucks every month to increase your iCloud storage just to make room for the photos on your phone, you can cut out that cost and use your membership to a fuller extent. You'll also get five GB for videos and files. And Prime Photos comes pre-installed on Amazon devices, so you can also view your photos from your Fire TV and Echo Show. Sharing Prime benefits across an entire household at no additional cost If you're using it as a family, Amazon Household is one of the easiest ways to see the return on your Prime membership investment. Two adults and up to four teens and four child profiles may link in a 'Household,' allowing everyone in the family to enjoy Prime benefits (free shipping, Prime Video, Prime Photos and share content like ebooks, audiobooks, games, and apps) without paying extra. This alone makes Prime a good deal if you or your family members use any of the features even sparingly. Another benefit of linking accounts is that adults can approve orders before they're placed (for teens) and set parental controls on digital content (for kids). Prime exclusive rewards and discounts, like Prime Day deals, Lightning Deals, and a rewards credit card that gives you 5% cash back Your Prime membership also makes you eligible for lots of exclusive deals, which are the metaphorical cherry on top of the rest mentioned. The most impactful is access to Prime Day deals, but you also get exclusive access to the following: Early access to Lightning Deals: Prime members get an extra 30 minutes to shop lightning deals (which typically last only for a few hours) before they're officially open. Just look for the "Prime Early Access" label as you shop the page. Discounts or rewards for choosing no-rush shipping at checkout: If you can wait a few extra days for your order to arrive, you can either earn rewards on future purchases or receive discounts immediately. Rewards are automatically added to your account once your free No-Rush order ships and they are automatically applied to qualifying orders as well. 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From there, return your unwanted items for free using the resealable box and prepaid shipping label. If you don't frequently shop online this might not save you much money through your membership. But if you've ever gotten burned by a short return window and a busy schedule, the try-before-you-buy is a great feature to save money in the long term. Access to books, magazines, and comics Prime members get access to Prime Reading which means they can choose up to 10 titles at a time from more than 1,000 options as a perk of membership, and Amazon First Reads gives you access to one free Kindle book every month. And if you have kids and find yourself spending a lot on kids' books, movies, TV shows, or educational apps and games put-together, Prime members can pay $2.99 per month for a single child or $6.99 for a family of four kids for FreeTime Unlimited, which gives members unlimited access to thousands of options. Start a trial here before committing. 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EBT and Medicaid cardholders can get 50% off an Amazon Prime membership — here's how to sign up for the discount
EBT or Medicaid cardholders can save 50% on an Amazon Prime membership, bringing the cost...EBT or Medicaid cardholders can save 50% on an Amazon Prime membership, bringing the cost down to just $5.99 per month. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of an Amazon Prime membership and how to qualify for the discount. Check out all of our Prime Day 2020 coverage here. Without knowing all of the benefits of Amazon Prime, the membership might seem like another unnecessary expense, but in most instances, the perks and savings can outweigh the cost, even if you're on a tight budget. For those that are EBT or Medicaid cardholders, you can sign up for a Prime Membership at 50% off, bringing the rate down from $12.99 per month (or $119 per year) to $5.99 per month for qualified users. If you are ineligible for the EBT or Medicaid cardholder discount, another way to save on membership is to sign up for Amazon Prime Student if you have an active .edu email address. Read more: Every college student should sign up for Amazon Prime Student — it doesn't cost anything for the first 6 months The benefits of Amazon Prime: In addition to free next-day or two-day shipping on millions of items, Amazon Prime can you save money on essentials like groceries, diapers, and baby food — not to mention trips to the store. It's also worth noting that Amazon now accepts SNAP EBT on qualifying grocery items. With access to a massive library of TV shows, movies, and original content through Prime Video, membership can also help you cut the cord if you're still paying for cable or satellite TV. Prime Day, Amazon's big two-day sale is another major benefit of having Amazon Prime. Members will have access to thousands of exclusive deals, many of which are just as good or better than Black Friday sales. Although the sale usually happens in mid-July, it's expected to be held later this year in September. Read more: What is Amazon Prime Day? Everything you need to know and what to expect. Sign up for Amazon Prime as a qualifying EBT or Medicaid cardholder, $5.99 per month Sign up for a traditional Amazon Prime membership, $12.99 per monthJoin the conversation about this story »
Coursera's 23 most popular online courses right now — from public health courses on COVID-19 to the science of happiness
One-third of the global population is currently under quarantine, and as a result, online courses...One-third of the global population is currently under quarantine, and as a result, online courses are seeing spikes in enrollment. Coursera is a leading online learning platform and revealed their most popular classes of the moment — from brand-new CME-eligible global health courses on COVID-19 to the science of happiness. Read more: 100 online courses from Coursera are $0 now through May 31 More people are now under lockdown to protect against COVID-19 than were alive during World War II. And of the 2.9 billion people under quarantine to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, millions are enrolling in online courses like The Science of Well-Being at learning sites like Coursera and edX. There are many class offerings, but below are the 23 most popular Coursera courses around the world right now, according to the company. The list includes individual courses as well as Specializations and professional certificate programs, which represent a series of related courses bundled together to help students master a specific skill or interrelated concepts. Rather than offer courses that are free to audit with a one-time fee to enroll, Specializations and professional certificate programs typically offer a free week-long trial and are billed monthly afterward. Since they contain multiple courses, they can take anywhere from a few months to more than a year to complete. So, the faster you complete each program, the more money you'll save. If you're looking to take just one course included in a Specialization, you can usually do that too. And, if you expect to spend more than $399 on your months-long program, consider the Coursera Plus annual subscription — just make sure your courses are included in the 90% of classes it gives you access to. Looking for more e-learning? Here are some of the best online classes you can take 6 places to take free and affordable classes online, on everything from programming to photography I use Coursera to take all the fun classes I never got to take in college, like the history of modern art — they're completely free and I can work at my own pace 10 affordable data science courses and programs you can take online — offered by Harvard, MIT, and companies like IBM, Google, and Amazon The best cheap or free online resources to learn a new language 12 affordable online courses that could help advance your career, according to a professional career coach These are Coursera's top 23 most popular courses right now:The Science of Well-Being Free to audit, $49 to enroll The Science of Well-Being is an online version of Professor Laurie Santos' Psychology and the Good Life course, which became the most popular class ever taught within Yale University's 317-year history in 2018. The class helps quantitatively increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. You can find out more in our full review here. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects Free to audit, $49 to enroll This course teaches you how to learn using techniques used by experts in art, music, math, science, sports, and other disciplines, as well as best practices shown by research to be the most effective for tough subjects. Students will come to understand how the brain uses two distinct learning modes, how it processes and packages ("chunks") information, as well as illusions of learning, memory techniques, and effective ways to deal with procrastination. Business Foundations Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This Specialization includes six related courses to improve literacy in business so you can switch careers, start a business or optimize one, or apply to business school. In five courses, students focus on the fundamentals of marketing, accounting, operations, and finance. In a final capstone project, they develop a go-to-market strategy to address a real business challenge. Google IT Support Professional Certificate Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after Google's IT Support professional certificate includes five courses designed to prepare beginners for an entry-level role in IT support. Students are introduced to troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, and security through video lectures, quizzes, and hands-on labs and widgets. You can also earn a CompTIA and Google dual credential when you complete the Google certificate and pass the CompTIA A+ certification exams. IBM Data Science Professional Certificate Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after IBM's professional certificate includes nine courses that will give beginners job-ready skills and techniques. The program covers a range of data science topics, including open source tools and libraries, methodologies, Python, databases, SQL, data visualization, data analysis, and machine learning. Students practice in the IBM Cloud using real data science tools and data sets. Upon completion, students will have completed a portfolio of projects and hands-on assignments. In addition to a professional certificate from Coursera to add to your resume and LinkedIn, you'll also receive a digital badge from IBM recognizing proficiency in Data Science. COVID-19: What You Need to Know (CME Eligible) Free to audit, $49 to enroll This course is regularly updated with current information about COVID-19, aggregating information issued by the CDC, WHO, and other leading agencies. It covers the basics, as well as personal protective equipment, diagnostics, and other related material. Healthcare professionals can earn CME credit. Science Matters: Let's Talk About COVID-19 Free to enroll This course features insight directly from experts about the theory behind the analysis of COVID-19 and its spread, as well as how to interpret new information using core principles of public health, epidemiology, medicine, health economics, and social science. Students will be able to watch regular situation reports about the state of the epidemic, provided by the researchers of J-IDEA and its director, Professor Neil Ferguson. Epidemiology in Public Health Practice Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This Specialization offered by Johns Hopkins is intended for those already working or aspiring to work in public health locally, regionally, or nationally. It includes five courses that teach students to use the core epidemiologic tool set to measure the health of populations, assess interventions, collect and analyze data, and investigate outbreaks and epidemics. Achieving Personal and Professional Success Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This Specialization is based on four of the most popular courses at the Wharton School, and is engineered to give students the tools and techniques for defining and achieving success in their lives. Using exercises, self-diagnostic surveys, quizzes, and many case studies, students will learn how to define what they want and the best way to get it. Unlike business courses that heavily emphasize organizational practices, these four courses focus on personal practices, from communicating effectively to even how to say sorry. Financial Markets Free to audit, $49 to enroll This course is an overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions involved in financial markets, with an emphasis on financially-savvy leadership skills. Students will receive an introduction to risk management and behavioral finance principles to understand securities, insurance, and banking industries in the world. Python for Everybody Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This Specialization, and its five courses, builds on the Python for Everybody course and will introduce fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases, using the Python programming language. In the fifth course, students complete a Capstone Project in which they apply what they've learned to design and create applications for data retrieval, processing, and visualization. Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This Specialization, and its five courses, introduces students to the foundations of positive psychology and its key theories and research. In a final applied learning project, students design and justify small-scale positive interventions to improve specific aspects of their personal wellbeing based on what they learned in each course. Excel Skills for Business Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This Specialization focuses on developing advanced Excel Skills for Business. Students will practice the skills they learn in workbooks, quizzes, and challenges, and use spreadsheet software in a variety of business contexts. Entrepreneurship Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after Wharton's Entrepreneurship Specialization offers five courses on conception, design, organization, and management of new businesses. These include guidance from Wharton professors and insight from current Wharton start-up founders and financiers and will take students through launch, growth, financing, and profitability. Deep Learning Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This Specialization is designed for students looking to break into Deep Learning and teaches theory as well as how to see real-life industry application. Over five courses, students learn the foundations of Deep Learning, understand how to build neural networks, and how to lead successful machine learning projects. All ideas will be practiced in Python and TensorFlow, which will be taught as part of the program. Students will work on case studies from healthcare, autonomous driving, sign language reading, music generation, and natural language processing. Digital Marketing Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This Specialization explores the new digital marketing landscape including digital marketing analytics, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and 3D Printing. Students will learn new examples, concepts, and tools for digital creation, distribution, promotion, and pricing products and services. Once students complete the courses, they will have the opportunity to apply their skills to a real-life capstone project setup in partnership with Grainger. This Specialization is also part of the University of Illinois Masters of Business Administration degree program, the iMBA. Science of Exercise Free to audit, $49 to enroll This course will give students a better understanding of how the body responds to exercise, including a number of significant adjustments required by it to respond to the physical stress of exercise. This includes changes in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, causes of muscle soreness and fatigue, and more. Students will also be able to identify behaviors, choices, and environments that impact their health and training. Students will complete nutrition logs, heart rate monitoring, calculations of total daily caloric expenditure, and body mass index (BMI). They'll also examine the scientific evidence for the health benefits of exercise including the prevention and treatment of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity (weight loss), depression, and dementia. Career Success Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This career success Specialization combines ten courses on skills meant to improve employability and advancement, like project management, time management, problem-solving, and more. Academic English: Writing Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This Specialization focuses on the skills needed for a college-level course or professional field, such as how to conduct academic research and express ideas clearly in an academic format. In a final Capstone Project, students will demonstrate what they've learned in an academic research paper on an issue of their choosing. Graphic Design Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This four-course Specialization focuses on the fundamental skills of graphic design: process, historical context, and communication through image-making and typography needed to "make and communicate" in graphic design. Students will apply what they've learned in future interface design, motion graphics, and editorial design. In a final project, students complete a branding project for a professional portfolio. Investment Management Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after In this Specialization, students will learn key concepts for investment management. Students will start by developing a global understanding of financial markets, how rational and irrational behaviors impact finance at micro and macro levels, and then focus on how to build and manage a portfolio with a longterm view, among other things. The courses teach the theory that underlies strong investment decisions, as well as real-world skills you can apply with your advisor when discussing investment proposals, managing personal assets, or a client's investment portfolio. In a final project, students will create a 5-year investment plan that accounts for an investor's goals and constraints. Creative Writing Specialization Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This Specialization covers the elements of the short story, narrative essay, and memoir formats. Students will learn the techniques of good writers as well as how to constructively analyze peer writing. In a final project, students will draft, rewrite, and complete an origin story in the genre of their choosing. Introduction to Psychology Free 7-day trial, $79 per month after This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics like perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, persuasion, emotions, and social behavior. Coursework also examines how those mental elements develop in children, how they differ across people, how they're affected by illness and injury, and more.