Just all the best free and discounted online courses you can take during self-isolation.

While all of us are stuck inside for the foreseeable future, there is no better time to do an online course. You know the one you’ve been wanting to do for months (maybe years), but haven’t had the time to?

Yes, that one.

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Or if you’ve never considered doing an online course, now is your chance.

Courses are great if you want to learn a new talent such as creative writing or a new language, or if you’d like to upskill.

And not only do you probably have the time to do one right now, but many have become discounted or free.

So to help you choose which one is right for you, here are the best courses to take during this period of self-isolation.


1. TAFE NSW Courses

It was announced yesterday that TAFE NSW would be offering 21 online courses for free to anyone who would like to upskill during this period of self-isolation.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian explained that this initiative would be a fantastic resource to help job seekers diversify their skills.

“It means people can start preparing for when these difficult times are over,” Berejiklian said.

“Rather than not having a job or not working from home, it’s an opportunity for you to upgrade your skills or acquire new skills so that you can enter or re-enter the workforce after this crisis.”

There are many courses to choose from over five categories: develop administration skills, enhance your digital impact, grow health and medical knowledge, improve leadership performance and practical business skills.

The free courses include:

  • Learning eMarketing for small businesses.
  • How to engage customers using social media.
  • How to use Excel Spreadsheets.
  • How to build a basic website for small businesses.

You can view the whole list here. 

2. Ivy League Courses

Prestigious Ivy League universities including Harvard, Columbia and Yale are now offering over 450 online courses. And you don’t have to spend a thing.

There are courses across various disciplines including computer science, programming, humanities, business, art and design, science, social sciences and medicine.

Some examples of courses you can take are Moralities of Everyday Life at Princeton, Shakespeare’s Hamlet at Harvard and Introduction to Psychology at Yale.

Whilst each course has varying time frames, most entry-level classes will require a commitment of about two to five hours per week and will run for around six weeks total. How perfect!

Who wouldn’t want to come away from self-isolation and tell everyone they know that they took a class at Harvard University?

You can check out the full list of available classes here.

3. MasterClass

MasterClass offers a variety of online courses taught by some of the most talented individuals in each respective industry. Think, Anna Wintour teaching you about creativity and leadership, Gordon Ramsay teaching you how to cook and Natalie Portman teaching you how to act.


With over 80 courses to choose from, taught by these professionals, now is the time to hone in on that skill that you’ve always wanted to learn or improve on. Especially, when you have teachers as talented as this lot!

Now, MasterClass is offering an annual membership with access to every course for $240 for two people. So, you and your friend, partner or family member can learn over 80 new skills for $140 each. Pretty bloody good.

View the offer and all the available courses here.

4. The Anxiety Course

During this period of overwhelming uncertainty, anxiety might be something you are faced with for the first time. Or, it might be something that has become increasingly worse. Whatever the case, this brand-new course aims to help you cope with both.

For the past 12 months, Mamamia has been working with leading psychologists to develop a course to help people struggling with anxiety.

The course, led by Associate Professor Amanda Gordon, will provide you with the tools to help you reclaim your life when anxiety takes over. It includes how to understand the basics of anxiety, knowing your triggers, how to change your perception on its role in your life and various ways to improve it.

The Anxiety Course has been reduced down to $89 from $197 and includes lifetime access.

You can see read all about the course here.

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Which course will you be taking during self-isolation? Let us know in the comments. 

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