Everyone needs a hobby, right? Whether you are looking for hobbies to take up for some extra know-how with a favorite pastime or branching out to try something new, the online classes on this list will help inspire you. All but one of these classes can be taken any time, at your own pace, so have fun exploring your hobby your way this summer.
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1. Shall we toast?
Beer has more than one hobby associated with it. You can drink it, you can brew it yourself, and you can put a notch in your belt for every brewery you visit. But do you know what it is or how it works? For the science guru and beer lover in everyone, The Chemistry of Beer starts August 18.
2. They say a photo is worth a thousand words.
In that case, you want your photos to tell a good story. Photography is a challenging art, however. Not all cameras are the same, and between the right shutter speeds, which ISO to use, and what aperture setting you need, there are a lot of possible combinations. In this National Geographic course on the Fundamentals of Photography, you’ll learn from seasoned pros so you can save some of the best moments in life forever.
3. Math is a hobby. Music is a hobby.
So why not see how the two relate? If you’re interested in both, How Music and Mathematics Relate is the best of both worlds. If you have a history with only one or the other, you’ll learn more about either subject by seeing how it pertains to the other. You might even find a new hobby in the process!
4. Share your story.
The best thing about a life well-lived is sharing that story in a meaningful way. There’s no better way to share your story than through creative nonfiction. Writing Creative Nonfiction will give you the tools to coax your story out onto the pages. Creative nonfiction is rapidly rising in popularity. Alter the way you think about your life experiences, and the experiences of others too, by putting a creative spin on them.
5. All the world’s a stage.
Not many would argue against the idea that Shakespeare is the greatest author in the history of literature. But for those well-versed in modern English, Shakespeare can be hard to grasp when you’re reading on your own. The best place to fully experience Shakespeare’s works is with a guiding hand, be it a classroom forum or the sage professor in How to Read and Understand Shakespeare.
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6. Make a convincing argument.
Writing is an integral part of many aspects of life. If you’re looking for a more scientific approach to writing, then Research and Persuasive Writing will teach you to hone your writing skills. Go beyond storytelling and learn to craft an argument and accurately defend that argument through valuable research.
7. ¿Cómo estás?
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, and if you’re a language enthusiast at any level, a Spanish 1 course is a great investment of your time. Everyone knows that practice is the fastest way to learn a language. In your down time, take a refresher on the basics or get started at the beginning. The great thing about this course is it’s free and self-paced, which means you can come back to it again and again if you need to.
8. Launch something new.
Sometimes hobbies have a way of becoming money-making ventures. What is it that you love to do that can help others? If you think your hobby has reached a point where you can use it to provide a service to others, be it products you make or processes for getting something done, then it may be time to start learning how to turn it into your own business with an entrepreneurship course.
9. Look your best.
Everyone loves sharing photos with others, but sometimes you feel like you look at your worst when you should be at your best for those captured moments. Photoshop is a great tool for enhancing and touching up photos, and if you take a course on Beauty Retouching, you can watch the process as it happens step-by-step. Even if you’re just sharing your photos on Facebook, you can have the confidence to make them look the very best.
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Yoga has many benefits, and it doesn’t require you to be a yogi from India to get it right. As long as your body feels good, you’re doing it right. Follow along with the Authentic Yoga Experience series from basic to advanced, and find the inner peace that yoga can bring you.