50 online courses to sign up for to learn a new skill at home

The restricted movement measures implemented during the circuit breaker period give us the opportunity to say no to social gatherings and yes to online communication. With all that extra time spent at home, why not use it to pick up an extra skill (or two!) that you’ve always wanted to master?

The great news is that there are a multitude of classes with everything from cooking to coding, here are a selection of online classes (many of which are free!) to make your one month stay-home period a more fulfilling one!

(Psst, besides the 50 courses we have curated, social enterprise NTUC LearningHub has recently announced a partnership with GO1, a training platform, to offer access to over 100 courses from now till 31 May.

The classes are geared towards upgrading work skills such as Business Management, Data Analytics, and Graphic Design, and range from nine minutes to seven hours. You can gain access to the platform here, and register for a free account.)


It’s something we use everyday, whether it’s scrolling through Instagram or watching the news. Be on top of the game by updating your Photoshop skills, or learn all about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to improve your business or make your resume more marketable in the future.

Photography and photo editing

1. Photoshop CC: Your Complete Beginner to Advanced Class

With almost 350,000 students enrolled in this 4.5 star rated course, it gives you a comprehensive guide how to use the most updated 2020 version of Adobe Photoshop.

Enrol here, at SGD60.

2. LinkedIn design courses

Take advantage of LinkedIn’s one-month free trial and attend some design courses! Other than Photoshop, they have other fun options such as Lightroom, and Nik, a Google plug-in.

Explore their options here and sign up for a free trial.

3. Photography Masterclass

Photography has been a trendy hobby of late, so jump onto the bandwagon with this course. Learn more about the different types of lighting, editing tips, as well as how to take impressive photos in different scenarios, whether it’s a family portrait or a cityscape.

What’s more, this course doesn’t require a fancy and expensive camera, you can even use the one in your smartphone!

Buy this course here, at SGD209.99.

SEO training and website management

While anyone can set up a blog or website, some tools are needed for it to be a success. Take time off duty to brush up on your media skills to take your site to the next level with these courses:

4. WordPress for Beginners

If you’ve been dreaming of having your very own blog, WordPress is one of the easiest and most intuitive platforms to use.

Kickstart your journey with this course, at SGD204.99.

5. SEO 2020

Boost your website’s popularity with this course: Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is one important factor to consider in operating a media site, so brush up on your skills here, at SGD209.99.

6. Social Media Marketing

If you love social media, try your hand at Social Media Marketing, so you learn something while doing the things you love. In this course, you’ll learn how to expand your social media network, as well as establish branding.

Enrol here, for free for a limited period of time.

Computing and programming

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Whether it’s your love of robots and advanced technology speaking, or your fascination with game development, there’s no harm in keeping up with the fast-paced world of science with these options.

7. Introduction to Computer Science

Start slow with this free course, and see if computing and programming is really for you!

Enrol here for free.

8. Harvard Introduction to AI with Python

Python is a popular coding programme, but it may be intimidating to some. Leave it to the professionals from Harvard to show you how.

Enrol here.

9. Python Bootcamp (make your own game!)

For all the game developer hopefuls out there, realise your dreams with baby steps with this course that goes in depth into the programme, and assists you in making your very first game.

Available here, at SGD204.99.

10. Digital Security and Human Rights

As the technology advances rapidly, our security and private information (and even our loved ones’!) is compromised. Learn how  to protect yourself from online dangers, like malware, phishing, and mass surveillance.
Available here, for free.

Personal development

It’s never too late to start improving. Start your personal development journey and become a better version of yourself with these insightful courses including confidence boosters and spiritual teachings!

11. 40+ easy ways to deal with stress

During this trying time, test out the 40+ techniques in this helpful course to manage your emotions and keep a balanced and calm state.

Enrol here, for SGD109.99.

12. Art Therapy: Arts Therapy For Self Healing

If you’re open-minded enough to try this, you’ll be surprised how relaxing this is! Other than being healing and soothing, this course will also reveal other facets of your personality you never knew existed.

Enrol here, at SGD209.99.

13. Unshakeable Confidence: Become 100% Secure in Who You Are

It’s rare to be completely self-assured, but you can improve your mindset with this course, which shows you how to overcome social anxiety, as well as live free of others’ opinions.

Available here, at SGD204.99.

14. Awaken Your Heart, Creativity & Wisdom

Take a little time for yourself for some peace and quiet and soul-searching. In this lesson, you’ll learn the art of mindfulness, and living in the present, as well as handle your emotions safely.

Enrol here, at SGD39.99.

15. Mind Mapping Mastery

Always wanted to have a super memory? This course uses a graphic and visual methods to help you to recall information much faster.

Enrol here, at SGD209.99.

16. [2020] Career Hacking™: Resume, LinkedIn, Interviewing +More

Improve your desirability by employers with this course that’ll teach you how to make your resume and LinkedIn profile more attractive, as well as receive interviewing tips to ace that job search experience.

Available here, at SGD209.99.

17. Mindfulness and Resilience to Stress at Work

If the stress caused by work or the virus is burning you out, seek refuge in mindful practices, backed by research, and find out why it really works.
Try it for yourself here, for free.

18. Logical and Critical Thinking

This is an essential part of our lives, and helps us make the right and most beneficial choices. Why not take time to brush up on this useful skill?
Enrol here, for free.

19 Anna Wintour on How to Be a Boss

If you love fashion you may have heard of the real life Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada. Other than being known in the world of couture, she is also famous for her leadership skills with over 30 years of helming Vogue, the leading fashion magazine.

Learn her skills at Masterclass, from SGD180 for an all-access pass to other masterclasses by the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Marc Jacobs.

20. Coronavirus crisis: How it can impact your career and what to do

If you’re nervous about how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact on your career, this course will go through three steps that can help you craft an effective short-, medium-, and long-term career strategy.

Available for free here. Live-streamed class will happen on 21 April. Sign up to get the link to the Zoom class.

21. Work-Life Balance and the Impact of Remote Working

With the current situation involving working from home, you may want to enrol in this free course to take away a few useful tips on maintaining the delicate work-life balance!

Enrol here for free.

Languages and humanities

Who said learning about history or studying languages had to be boring? These courses will make you more knowledgeable and understand the world with a better perspective.


22. 3 Minute French – Course 1 | Language lessons for beginners

How could we forget this romantic language? If you lack time but still want to learn a new tongue, this one’s held in three-minute chunks that you can watch while sipping your morning coffee.

Get this course here, at SGD209.99.

23. Korean Alphabet: Introduction to Hangeul

The demand for Korean language courses are now stronger than ever, now that K-pop has gone worldwide. Korean alphabets can be pretty easy to pick up and speak if you put your mind to it – try it for yourself here, for free!

24. Norwegian for Beginners 1

This one’s a little unorthodox, and perfect for the curious or the avid traveller.

Enrol for free here.

25. Online Japanese N5 Course

Love Japan? This course is the one for you! Although Japanese can be a little difficult at first, the instructors make it fun and easy with course materials.

Available here, for SGD159.99.

26. Learn German Language: Complete German Course – Beginners

A fascinating and challenging subject, this course is great for challenge-lovers, or those who want to refresh their memory from their third language classes.

Enrol here, at SGD209.99.


23. Art History Renaissance to 20th Century

Discover the secrets behind those fascinating and intricate paintings and sculptures of the past (as far back as 1300 A.D.!) with this online course.

Enrol here, at SGD34.99.

27. Writing Short Stories: The Essential Guide

Pursue your love of creative writing with this course that’ll teach you how to create pieces for magazines and other platforms.

Available here at SGD104.99.

28. WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film

Study the violent period of the 1910’s through this course, which includes both art and film appreciation.

Enrol here for free.

29. Exploring English: Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s writings are a cornerstone of Literature, so if you’re an avid lover of the subject, dive deep into the language by studying his best texts in this course.

Enrol here for free.

30. Hadrian’s Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier

Lovers of the grand Roman Empire on the other hand, take this course that explores the most heavily fortified frontier in Roman history, as well as livelihood around the area.

Take this course for free, here.

Fashion and Beauty

Staying at home doesn’t mean we should slack on our appearances! Use this time to repair your skin and hair, up your wardrobe game, and practise your makeup skills with these lessons.


31. Bloom Live!

This popular local makeup school by makeup artist Roseanne Tang has gone online to teach students how to do the most important aspects of makeup: a flawless base and captivating eyes! There’s even a one-to-one session that’s fully customised to suit you (including a facial analysis!).

Enrol at Bloom, from SGD39 for a trail Basic Eyeshadow class.

32. How to create Everyday/Work makeup look – Like a Pro

If you’re just getting started with makeup, take your time to brush up your skills with this Skillshare class that teaches you all the basics you need to create a work-ready look.

33. The No 1. Facial Yoga – Naturally Look More Attractive

Facial yoga and massages have been trending for its slimming and contouring effects you can achieve without splurging on creams and facials.

Attend this class for SGD29.99 to learn face slimming secrets too!

34. Natural Beauty: How to Make Lotions, Creams and Body Butters

Here’s one for the hippies out there! Learn how to make safe and unique potions for your skin with your own ingredients, so you can be sure that there aren’t any nasty or harmful chemicals lurking anywhere. Plus, these would make cute gifts for friends and family- just package it up and mail it to them for a fun surprise!

Enrol here, at SGD74.99.

35. Special Effects (fx) Makeup Level 1

It may only be April but no time’s too soon to practise for Halloween! If you have mad art skills or just love the look of special effects like a slit throat, or a zombie get-up, then this one’s for you.

Enrol here, for SGD29.99.


36. Look Your VERY best – Learn about Color, Style & Fashion

If you’ve already gotten the basics down, venture in to the world of colour with this course that’ll help you figure out which colour complements your skin and makes it glow and which one washes you out.

Available here, at SGD74.99.

37. Fashion Blogging: Starting a Fashion Blog

There are the style noobs and there are the fashion mavens, and if you consider yourself the latter, you may even have a blog! Up your game with this course that’ll give you a low-down on how to make your talent into a money making one, as well as how to shoot and style clothes so they look more photogenic.

Enrol here, at SGD79.99.

38. A History of Royal Fashion

Take an exclusive look into the wardrobes of royalty from five dynasties and learn about the history as well as the power that each dress and pair of shoes hold.

Enrol for free here.

39. Learn to draw fashion with Adobe Illustrator CC Intermediate

Learn the unique set of skills you need in fashion illustration with this course that uses Adobe Illustrator to sketch out life-like and proportionate pieces.

Enrol here for SGD54.99.

40. How To Become A Stylish And Well-Dressed Woman

Want to upgrade your styling skills? Weave your personal taste into the basic guidelines of dressing with this beginner course on becoming a fashionable individual.

Enrol here, at SGD209.99.


Don’t see anything so far that you love? Try your luck with some other great ones below!

41. EVOLVE MMA’s live classes

Martial arts school EVOLVE MMA is hosting daily live-stream classes by World Champions on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. These classes are free for everyone! Check out their Facebook page for the latest schedules.

42. Music for Wellness

Music-lovers, here’s your course. Ever wondered why music really calms you down when nothing else can? This lesson will explain the phenomena and more.

Enrol for free here.

43. Plato, Socrates, and the Birth of Western Philosophy

View the complexity of the world through the eyes of renowned philosophers Plato and Socrates in this course, which isn’t actually as intimidating as it sounds.

Available for free here.

45. The Science of Beer

Are you curious about the complicated brewing process of one of the favourite drinks around the world? This course shows you the process and more: discover how its being advertised, and the effects it has on your health!

Enrol here for free.

46. General Overview of Cannabis and the Industry’s Outlook and Professions

Take a closer look at this taboo substance with this course, and learn about the uses of it (it’s even a component in skincare!, as well as the history and industry surrounding the plant.

Enrol here for free.

47. PredictionX: Omens, Oracles & Prophecies

Have you always been interested in the occult or supernatural? This course takes you back to the humble beginnings of divination, by burning bones, to the internet’s current obsession with astrology.

Join the course here for free.

48. Wolfgang Puck Teaches Cooking

This world-famous chef that has more than 100 restaurants under his belt brings you into his pristine kitchen to demonstrate all sorts of dishes, starters, entrees, desserts, and even cocktails, as well as how to create your own memorable dish.

Available on Masterclass from SGD180 for an all-access pass.

49. Food and Mood : Improving Mental Health Through Diet and Nutrition

Improve concentration and brain health with this nutritional course, that teaches you how to incorporate healthy foods to optimise brain and physical health.

Enrol for free here.

50. Sit Less Move More – Office Desk Exercise To Improve Posture

This one’s perfect for the lazy individuals because you don’t even have to leave your workspace for this! Improve your posture and your mood with these simple exercises.

Available here at SGD74.99.