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WSYA: Learn something creative for free

Life has been undeniably stressful for well over a year and we all had to find our own coping strategies. Learning something new and creative can be an incredibly positive way of relieving stress, expressing yourself and adding something unique to your CV. Today we are looking at some creative skills you can learn online for free.

Learn a new language

Learning a new language may not be one of the easiest ideas on this list but it can be one of the most rewarding. It can even have a positive impact on your future income. On top of that, learning a new language can enhance your problem-solving skills and improve your long and short-term memory.

The Duolingo app allows you to choose from over 35 languages, including Korean, Navajo and Welsh. Or if you fancy something a little more unusual, there’s always Klingon or High Valyrian (although the job roles where these might be useful are limited). Their research shows that 34 hours of Duolingo are equal to 1 university semester of a language course.

 

Learn to code

Codecademy’s mission is ‘to create a world where anyone can build something meaningful with technology and everyone has the learning tools, resources, and opportunities to do so.’ Whether you want to improve web development, programming and computer science or data science, they can recommend the optimum language for you.

Don’t worry if it all sounds a bit overwhelming; beginner sessions take you through it step-by-step, so you never feel lost or out of your depth. Before you know it, you’ll be building your own website or creating an app - all while enhancing your CV.

 

Learn to play a musical instrument

Learning to play a musical instrument teaches patience and improves your coordination. And, especially if you’re playing the drums, it can be a good stress reliever too.

With over a million YouTube subscribers and positive feedback from the likes of Queen’s Brian May and Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits, Justin Guitar (real name Justin Sandercoe) is a much-loved guitar teacher. His free website hosts lessons for beginners or people who already have some guitar skills.

If you prefer the idea of learning to play the piano, it’s time to download a piano or keyboard app on your phone (unless you happen to have one hanging around the house) and head to pianolessons.com for a wealth of fun, free lessons.

Fancy something a little different? Have you been playing Zelda and been inspired? You can learn to play the 12 hole ocarina with David Erick Ramos with his easy to follow, step-by-step video tutorial series on YouTube.

If making your own beats appeals more than a classic instrument, check out the app Moog Model D for iOS. Or try Roland Zenbeats on Android. Learn by replicating pre-made music or start entirely from scratch and make the music you want to hear.

 

Learn to draw Disney style

There are numerous tutorials out there for drawing still life or classic scenery but who doesn’t want to learn to draw their favourite Disney character? Over at the Disney Parks YouTube channel, you can learn to draw over 40 characters with real-life Disney animators. Highlights include Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Simba from The Lion King.

If you’re looking for fun things to do online with your friends, these tutorials are really fun to do in a group too.

 

Study Law or Business online with us (not free but scholarships are available to help)

Knowledge of the law or enhancing your business skills are incredibly useful no matter what career you choose or where you want to go in the future. You can study with us at home online and part-time whenever it suits you.

 

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