When you learn about something you are interested in, it is a good experience. When you learn about something you love from a professional, it becomes a fantastic experience. With MasterClass, you can learn about a variety of topics from over 85 celebrity experts on the A-list.
Welcome to Quick Tips, a series where we offer tips and tricks that are not necessarily new but that may have gone under the radar or are otherwise not well known.
The great thing about MasterClass is that on-demand expert access is now available to anyone for just $ 15 a month. No longer do you have to join an elite school or program, or rely on your contacts (or sheer stupid luck) just to have a chance to hear what experts have to say about working in their field, their process or tips. It’s an important way to reconnect with learning and dive into topics you’ve always been curious about – especially if you love educational things like TED talks – and a great way to continue your education as an adult.
MasterClass has a flat impressive list of over 85 instructors, including Gordon Ramsay, Hanz Zimmer, Ron Howard, Misty Copeland, Nail Gaiman, Shonda Rhimes, Stephen Curry, Tony Hawk, Garry Kasparov, Paul Krugman, Anna Wintour, Frank Gehry, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Lessons cover topics such as photography, violin, interior design, game theory, poker, reading poetry, economics, negotiation, electronic music production and very More.
It is safe to say that MasterClass has something for everyone. The monthly subscription gives you access to each lesson, as well as PDF workbooks, audio lessons only, and the ability to download course videos and watch them offline. New standard and live classes are added regularly, and you can also enjoy the fact that MasterClass has a Grants program that donates All-Access passes to accredited charities.
By clicking on a class, you will come to a page where you can watch a class trailer and an example of a lesson video. MasterClass clearly did not save a penny when it came to filming, and the super high production value (which includes relevant sets and even background music) makes it easy to see and hear your instructor all the time. Individual videos are usually grouped into current sections and run from 10-25 minutes, give or take. These shorter lengths of videos make them easier to digest and easier to fit into your schedule.
On the same page you can also see a short class overview. You will be able to see the title of each section of the course, a quick blurb about it and review each corresponding video in a section, along with brief descriptions for each. The careful design and curation of the syllabus is clear in how well thought out, but still beginner – friendly it is.
When you go through a course, you can also participate in the course community. Here you can talk to other students about the concepts taught in the course, as well as discuss questions together and get feedback on your courses.
MasterClass is available online so you can access it on any computer or you can find it as an iOS app, an Android app or in the Roku Channel Store. The company previously offered the option to purchase a single course rather than the subscription without access, but now only seems to stick to the $ 15-per-month subscription plan.
Although MasterClass’ course choices are more limited than those from other online learning sites, such as Coursera or Skillshare, it is difficult to argue with its A-list talent and high production value. The binge-worthy service is an easy way to learn something new and expand your mind while watching the pros approach their craft.