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12 Ways to Keep Learning in the Academic Off-Season

Posted by Danielle Brown on Jul 17, 2020

12 Ways to Keep Learning in the Academic Off-Season

12 Ways to Keep Learning in the Academic Off-Season

Learn new skills from trusted professionals with these platforms and courses.

Have you finished everything in your Netflix queue? Are your loved ones sick of testing your new baking creations? Are you looking for more productive ways to fill your free time? With a majority of the population working from home and schools out for the summer, the need for further enrichment and education is ever-present. At BookPal, we strive to be lifelong learners. We’ve compiled a list of resources to keep learning and growing.

Broaden your horizons by learning a new language with Duolingo.


With interactive courses on more than 35 languages for English-speakers to learn, Duolingo is a digital, affordable way to broaden your lingual horizons. Gamification and cute mascot included at no extra cost.
Cost: FREE, just download the app in your local App Store.

Learn from your favorite celebs with MasterClass.


High production value and average net worth of the instructors make MasterClass a must-watch on the self-education scene. From inspired acting with Natalie Portman to fierce leadership with Anna Wintour, this platform has something for everyone and an all-access pass that will keep you learning for months to come.
Cost: $180 for an annual membership.

Keep up with the rapidly evolving workplace with Udemy.


Self-proclaimed as the world's largest selection of courses, Udemy is ideal for developers, marketers, and entrepreneurs at any stage. Learn something new or simply keep sharpening your skills with 150,000 online courses available to choose from.
Cost: Free+ (prices vary); courses purchased individually.

For hobby or hustle, get creative with tips from the pros on Skillshare.


Start a podcast, a YouTube channel, your graphic design career. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more.
Cost: 14-day Free Trial; $99 billed annually for the lowest tier subscription.

Actively practice communication and leadership skills with Toastmasters.

Toastmasters International

Since its inception in 1924, Toastmasters International has become the leading education platform for public speaking and beyond. Now with most chapters (clubs) meeting online, you can master the art of communicating in video meetings and more with a concentrated, set-your-own-pace online curriculum.
Cost: $45 for a semiannual membership; club dues may vary.

Invest in your professional development path with LinkedIn Learning.

LinkedIn Learning

With classes compiled into targeted pathways like “Become a Digital Marketing Specialist,” LinkedIn takes career-building to the next level. Start for free, and learn the most in-demand business, tech, and creative skills.
Cost: 1-month Free Trial; $29.99 billed monthly.

Boost your career with courses from authors and experts you know and love.

Authors You Know and Love

• Tackle the job hunt with confidence after attending the #ENTRYLEVELBOSS School, hosted by Alexa Shoen, author of #ENTRYLEVELBOSS: How to Get Any Job You Want.

• Immerse yourself in an interactive, simulation-style leadership training program with direct access to Jocko Willink, Leif Babin, and the Echelon Front Team with EF Online.

• Dive into brainstorming, drafting, and crafting your book idea with The Writer’s Roadmap from Tomi Adeyemi, New York Times bestselling author of the Children of Blood and Bone series.

• Simplify entrepreneurship with “The Confidence Course” and more online programs from Fix This Next author Mike Michalowicz.

• Learn how to be a better ally in the workplace, avoid white-centering, and practice anti-racism daily with courses from the Good Ancestor Academy, hosted by Me and White Supremacy author Layla F. Saad.

• Boost your productivity at home and in the office with an annual membership to Maura Nevel Thomas’ Empowered Productivity® Online Training.

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This post was written by Danielle Brown, Ecommerce Specialist at BookPal. She is currently reading The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren.