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Self-improvement starts here: Thousands of online courses are on sale for just $10 right now

Anne Mandler
·6-min read

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Remote learning for adults—a great way to make the best of extra time this winter. (Photo: Getty)
Remote learning for adults—a great way to make the best of extra time this winter. (Photo: Getty)

Hooray for the launch of 2021. A new beginning, with hope on the horizon. We’re not out of the woods yet, but if we can just sit tight and wait our turn for the vaccine, normalcy will return. What makes the time pass better than anything else? Learning something new and exciting.

Udemy is the place to begin—and it’s offering an amazing New Year’s sale right now to help get you motivated. Not familiar with Udemy? It’s the vast online learning platform with tons of targeted classes to expand your skills and broaden your sense of possibilities. Udemy has thousands of multi-session online courses, all taught by instructors at the top of their field. From to digital photography to floral design to coding, Udemy offers anything you might want to learn.

Whether you long to grow your tech talents, start your own business, level up your skill set for your current job—or just have some fun, it’s literally never been a better time to explore this online playground of learning. Right now Udemy is offering top courses for just $10, a tiny fraction of the regular price—and throwing in a free learning guide, to boot. This offer is only in effect for today, so find your dream class and sign up now—then take your course when it’s most convenient for you: Once you purchase a class, you have access to it for life.

Open your mind—and your laptop—to new possibilities. Take a multi-session course for just $10 total. (Photo: Getty)
Open your mind—and your laptop—to new possibilities. Take a multi-session course for just $10 total. (Photo: Getty)

Udemy has excellent classes in a huge array of disciplines, but many people come to the platform specifically to bolster their marketability in an ever-evolving workplace. We’re all seeing the world a little differently these days—watching some industries struggle while others thrive. Udemy is a great place to dip your toe in the water on various fields. Its classes help you master new tech skills, even if you’re a total beginner.

Want to become a whiz with data? Among Udemy’s most popular offerings is Microsoft Excel - Excel from Beginner to Advanced. Looking to break into web development? This popular course is the place to start. Interested in exploring Photoshop? Machine learning? Character animation? Udemy’s got that.

Master new skills for this evolving world—at your own pace. (Photo: Getty)
Master new skills for this evolving world—at your own pace. (Photo: Getty)

How does it work? Udemy is a platform where anyone (including you) can set up and promote a course. One of the best things about the platform is that there’s no pressure to speed through a class—or even to start till you’re totally ready. Once you enroll, you have access to that course for life. So you can take your time, pause when your day-to-day becomes too busy and pedal back to review (or totally restart!) as needed.

There’s a broad range of teachers on Udemy, so read reviews. Feedback is easy to navigate—the site isn’t top-loaded with raves (as in, you won’t need to scroll endlessly to find honest opinions). Just click on the stars and see why folks gave certain classes great scores—or what their specific gripes were.

Scroll for some of Udemy’s most popular classes—all with amazing reviews:

The Complete 2020 Web Development Bootcamp

Learn how to build that brilliant app you've been thinking about, for just $10. (Photo: Getty)
Learn how to build that brilliant app you've been thinking about, for just $10. (Photo: Getty)

With more than 50 hours of training, this bestselling comprehensive web-development course will enable you to build websites on your own. Whether you want to be able to make a site for yourself or launch a career as a web developer, this is the course for you. You’ll learn back-end development, front-end development and become comfortable with the latest technologies, including Javascript, ES6, Bootstrap 4 and MongoDB. Not sure what any of that means? No worries. You will soon.

Much of the feedback for this class celebrates the teacher, Dr. Angela Yu, and her clear methods and communication. Says one five-star reviewer: “This was an amazing course! I can't say enough good things about [it]. Angela is an amazing instructor, and did an extremely great job teaching all that was promised in the course description.”

Shop it: The Complete 2020 Web Development Bootcamp, $14 (was $130), udemy.com

Microsoft Excel - Excel from Beginner to Advanced

Learn Excel from scratch or refine and develop your existing skills. (Photo: Getty Images))
Learn Excel from scratch or refine and develop your existing skills. (Photo: Getty Images))

Maybe you’ve used Excel at work but are...not so great with it. Perhaps data sorting and V lookups are special nightmares for you. Or maybe you’ve never even touched Excel. The program—known for spreadsheets and databases but capable of so much more—can be intimidating. But this popular class can make you a whiz, no matter where on the Excel spectrum you currently reside. With more than 200 lectures available, you can start at the top or jump in on a topic you specifically want to learn about (adding borders, say, or inserting pie charts). Folks of all skill levels rave about this robust class and its patient instructor, Kyle Pew.

“Great course whether you are a beginner learning Excel for the first time or you are a seasoned Excel veteran,” says one of many five-star reviewers. “The examples Kyle provides make concepts easy to grasp...This course exceeded my expectations! Kyle is a great instructor! Would definitely recommend.” And another wrote this: “This was a great introduction to what Excel can do. I’m buzzing with ideas of how to implement what I've learned in my own work.”

Shop it: Microsoft Excel - Excel from Beginner to Advanced, $16 (was $150), udemy.com

2020 Complete Python Boot Camp: From Zero to Hero in Python

There are so many opportunities in the field of coding. Want to learn? This course in Python is the perfect place to start. (Photo: Getty)
There are so many opportunities in the field of coding. Want to learn? This course in Python is the perfect place to start. (Photo: Getty)

This top-selling course teaches you the programming language Python 3 from step one (as in, from installation) all the way to advanced methods. Reviewers praise the teacher, Jose Portilla, and the thoroughness of the curriculum.

Here’s the scoop from one of many grateful five-star reviewers: “Amazing course especially for someone who has no idea about Python. This course starts from very basic and slowly goes into advanced topics in a very detailed manner. There are lot of hands-on exercises to assess your learning and real-world projects to apply your knowledge....”

Shop it: Complete Python Boot Camp, $15 (was $140), udemy.com

Udemy is the online learning platform whose virtual students can train for the job they wish they had. Learning from great teachers in the privacy of your own home means you never have to be shy about trying something new or moving at your own pace. It’s like having a private tutor secretly ramping you up to conquer the world. Now’s the time to dive in. Or to help someone you love get started (every course has a “gift this course” button on its landing page). Signing up for a course—especially at this wildly reduced sale price—may just be the nicest, and most fruitful, thing you can do yourself as this brand new year launches.

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