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Online Courses To Take Up While Self-Isolating

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Make the most of extra time at home by learning a new skill

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It’s a scary time for us all – but it’s really important to try and find positives amid the madness. One thing we can do is make the most of the extra time we’ll inevitably have over the next few months. And what better use of your time than learning a new skill? Here are some suggestions for online courses you can do from the comfort of your own home, from gardening to cookery. The world may seem like it’s on standstill, but that doesn’t mean our brains should be. Let’s emerge from this as better versions of ourselves.

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  • Gardening


    Spring is almost upon us, which means we’ll be spending more time in our gardens – particularly as many of us are confined to our homes at the moment. So: it’s time to get green-fingered. ‘Gardening and spending time outdoors are activities which enable us to put down our phones, slow down and actually appreciate the world around us and the beauty and inspiration that can be found in our plants, gardens and green spaces,’ says Poppie Jamie, founder of wellbeing app Happy Not Perfect. ‘Caring for plants and watching them grow can give us a real sense of purpose and help us feel grounded.’ The RHS has joined forces with MyGardenSchool to offer a series of online gardening courses, the first being Gardening for Wildlife. This four week course consists of video lectures, an ebook, a virtual classroom, and feedback on your own garden from expert Andy McIndoe.

  • French Dictionary


    There’s never been a better time to become bilingual. Whether you haven’t studied a language since your GCSEs or you’re fine tuning your grammar, there are a whole host of online language courses available covering pretty much all languages around the world. Alison, for instance, offers language lessons in everything from Arabic to French, with courses ranging from basic to advanced.

  • Cookery


    Practising social distancing and self-isolation means lots of us are finding ourselves cooking all three meals at home, seven days a week. So why not use it as an opportunity to brush up on your skills? Udemy run several different online cookery courses, covering topics including healthy eating, how to make noodles and wild food. Alternatively, learn from renowned chefs via Masterclass, which offers video tutorials from the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Dominique Ansel.

  • Photography


    Whether you’re keen to become a pro photographer or are simply looking for ways to jazz up your Instagram feed, now’s the time to learn. Those interested in the former should sign up to a professional diploma course at the Institute of Photography, which covers everything from shutter speeds to portrait lighting. For the latter try the London School of Photography, which offers shorter workshops on topics including food and product photography, photojournalism and street photography.

  • Coding

    Computer programming

    As technology continues to grow, coding is becoming an increasingly valuable skill across all kinds of industries. It may look confusing – but you don’t have to be a genius to understand the language of the internet. And, naturally, it can all be learnt online. There are numerous websites offering courses, many of which are completely free, such as Codeacademy. Udemy also offers a variety of good courses, many of which are suitable for total beginners.

  • Minimalism


    Many of us will be gearing up to channel our inner Marie Kondo over the coming weeks – but decluttering can feel overwhelming. Luckily International Open Academy are here to help with their Decluttering Your Home Masterclass, which offers advice on how to say goodbye to items that are no longer serving you, as well as providing information on how clutter affects your overall wellbeing. Tidy home = tidy mind.

  • Sustainablility

    Sustainable Living

    The coronavirus pandemic is understandably taking over the entirety of the news right now, but we shouldn’t forget about another hugely pressing, worldwide issue: climate change. So over the next few months, why not dedicate some time to our beloved planet? The Sustainable Living Course from Centre of Excellence teaches students about everything from energy conservation to recycling to food waste, offering practical tips on how to be more eco-friendly in all aspects of life.

  • Chocolate

    Chocolate Making

    Learn the art of chocolate making with one of the world’s leading chocolatiers, Paul A Young. Launching just in time for Easter, Paul’s new course includes in introduction to the world of chocolate, alongside teaching on how to make truffles, ganaches and moulded chocolates. It’s available through online course provider Learning with Experts, with classes limited to 20 to allow real-time feedback from the master himself.