11 skills you can learn at home

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Finally learn that new skill you’ve always wanted to without even having to leave the house. While there are tons of workshops and creative classes across London and the UK, there are lots of online courses for those who can’t make it in real life to try their hand at, too. From making bread with top bakeries to expert-led photography, these are the hobbies to take up at home.

  • 11 skills you can learn at home

    Upskill at home to teach abroad

    While learning a new skill at home is important to help with relaxation and mental health, it can also help boost your career and income. The legendary Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course – the original qualification for exploring all corners of the world while teaching – has optimised its online training, equipping participants of all ages and circumstances with the skills needed to teach English. Those who complete Level 5 (the highest TEFL certificate there is) can expect a higher entry-level salary and greater chance of being considered for relevant roles. With demand for online teaching soaring, this is a great qualification you can make the most of both at home now and in the most far-flung destinations in the future.

  • 11 skills you can learn at home

    Master the art of making pasta – from an Italian nonna

    This virtual cooking class is led by Nonna Nerina, an 84-year-old Italian grandmother. She streams live two-hour-long cooking lessons at nonnalive.com. Nerina and her daughter take the class through one of their classic family recipes – they’ll send you a list of ingredients beforehand so you can get totally ready. Learn to make perfect lasagne or handmade gnocchi. For more ideas, see our guide to the best cooking classes online.

    Take up photography with the help of a professional

    The website MasterClass provides workshops in creative skills, all led by an expert in the field. Portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz leads 15 video lessons that cover everything from how to work with light to taking pictures of family and loved ones. Dust off that old camera.

  • 11 skills you can learn at home

    Learn a language

    Always wanted to order a café au lait in fluent French or converse easily with locals in Tokyo? There are a number of apps out there to get started – we like Babbel, which offers 14 languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Danish and Russian, and has daily challenges and podcasts to listen to in the language you’re learning. For something more comprehensive, Coursera has a range of online language courses for begginers, while Tandem is a great way to learn socially as you are paired you with a native speaker for practice. See our guide to the best online language courses to try right now.

  • 11 skills you can learn at home

    Get fancy with lettering classes

    Back to Skillshare for a series of how-tos on calligraphy and lettering. Journallers and designers can learn how to do brush lettering with an old-school quill and become a pro at script calligraphy, which means you’ll be able to write all your future invitations by hand. Or take it a step further and create intricate illustrated letters.

    Bake sourdough with Brick House Bread

    This popular Peckham bakery drew locals and bread-loving pilgrims to its South London locations until it closed last year. Now, it’s offering free sourdough-baking lessons on its Instagram account. Making a loaf takes time – it needs a starter, which takes the place of shop-bought yeast and develops over about five days. The bakers at Brick House will take you through all the equipment needed and insider tips to succeed.

  • 11 skills you can learn at home

    Learn Korean with BTS

    The world’s biggest K-Pop group have launched their own language tool that schools fans – and keen linguists – on Korean. The group are part of the website weverse.io which features videos that give lessons on Korean grammar and colloquialisms using their lyrics.

    Animate your ideas to life

    Skillshare is slightly more affordable than MasterClass, and offers two months free to get stuck into its classes, such as the series on animating. Learn 2D frame-by-frame animation for beginners, or try the basics of forming characters. Video sessions are short but pack in lots of information.

  • 11 skills you can learn at home

    Pick up a paintbrush

    Lots of people haven’t tried their hand at art since they left school. But painting is a brilliant way to detach yourself from your phone and practise mindfulness. Udemy has classes in various styles, such as oil painting and comics. And BBC Four is bringing back its popular Life Drawing Live! series, allowing viewers to take part in real-time from their living rooms.

    Create your own film score

    Take any musical skills you have to the next level with this series on MasterClass led by Hans Zimmer. The celebrated composer of Dunkirk, Interstellar and other Academy Award-nominated scores, will teach you how to create unique sound palettes, use tempo and revise your work in 31 lessons.

    Hone your creative writing

    Also on MasterClass, The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood virtually schools budding writers on how to create a dynamic story – from structuring the novel to building characters and crafting dialogue. She even offers words of advice on finding an agent and dealing with critics once that crucial first draft is polished off.

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