Why you should take advantage of free online courses
Various platforms are making it easy for us to sign up to online courses. While for some, the thought of doing any extra learning after having recently completed online University assessments is very off-putting, keep reading and see if I can change your mind!
Learning, contrary to what we might believe based on our education system, does NOT have to always refer to the typical memorisation of material only to regurgitate it in an exam. Learning can be fun and exciting, and you can do it for yourself, without the expectation of having to memorise anything or complete a test. Bear with me…
The Open University has SO MANY amazing courses available, check them out here! https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue
I have recently completed a course on Child Psychology and Exploring Anxiety. These two topics do not relate to my English degree in any form, but I have increasingly found psychology interesting over my time at university, through talking to students who study it and reading various articles. As for the latter, mental health is something I am really interested in, and write about in my spare time.
This is me having fun whilst learning! The best part is that there is absolutely no pressure, you just read the information, taking as long as you like, and answer a few questions along the way. So far I have not had to complete any tests, and you receive a statement of participation after completion!
Still haven’t convinced you? Ok, here’s a few key reasons for why you should get involved with some free online courses:
- Explore an interest that is outside of your degree – Of course, if you stumble across a course that is linked to your degree and you like the look of it, by all means go ahead. But learning should also be about discovering things we know little about, because this makes the process more exciting! No matter how wacky, how different the course is, if you think it’ll grab your attention then go for it!
- Use your spare time productively – I don’t know about everyone else, but I don’t have a lot to do for the rest of summer. This is a great way to keep me occupied, and keep me learning! I am one of those people who, if isn’t doing a lot gets quite agitated, so these courses have been really great
- They’re FREE! – Need I say more? You are being offered these great courses for NOTHING in return!
- Rediscover your passion for learning – I feel like after years of education whereby learning has often seemed more stressful than fun due to the inevitable exams and grades attached to subjects, these courses are allowing me to take part in stress-free learning. I don’t HAVE to make notes, or memorise anything! Yet, I still found myself telling my parents some interesting stuff that I had gained from the courses, so maybe learning in this relaxed manner actually improves my memory recall!
So, I really encourage you to check out these free online courses. There is so much on offer!