Brain fitness is a thing: Practice it with great online classes at Udemy — starting at just $13

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Learn to knit (or do thousands of other things) with Udemy. (Photo: Getty Images)

Been having trouble getting started on that plan to step up your skills in 2019? No worries. Udemy, the online learning platform, is here for you, whether you want to develop artistic talents, learn a language, or train for the job you wish you had. With affordable classes in everything from app development to zoology (see what we did there? A to Z!), Udemy is the place to go.

Modern science tells us that learning new things is good for our health. Not only does it exercise the brain, firing synapses that may otherwise lie dormant, but it also elevates the spirit, which plays into overall wellness. Cultivating your mind and body just for the joy of it is, in a way, doctors’ orders.

Where are we going with this? To Udemy of course. No Udemy is not a mythical city where folks experience glorious self-actualization. It’s an online learning platform that can lead to…well, self-actualization.

The range of classes is insane. Pizza-making? Yes! Tap-dancing. Of course. Kombucha Basics? For sure! Also Planting a Garden that Attracts Birds; Working Your Abs; Character AnimationMachine LearningPhotoshop; Salary Negotiation; Spanish, German, Mandarin, Esperanto!; Dog CPRKnitting; there are even courses in How to Make Friends. And this is just the tip of the massive iceberg that is Udemy. It’s a veritable playground for lifelong learners.

Have a brilliant idea for an app? Among Udemy’s most popular offerings is The Complete iOS App Development Bootcamp which brings you multiple coding lectures so you can build said app all by yourself (we’re talking from wireframes to prototype).

More inclined to refine your art chops? There’s a photography masterclass that helps turn you into an expert whether you’re shooting portraits, nature, food or products (say for your future Etsy store). And believe it or not, these multi-session classes start at just $13.

Udemy can teach you how to make pizza like a pro. (Photo: Getty Images)

There’s actually a vast range of prices on the site, and an impressive range of teachers too. Udemy is a platform where anyone (including you) can set up and promote a course. Keep in mind that just as a great teacher can make or break a class in real life, a great teacher in the online learning space can turn blah material into something engaging.

So read reviews. Feedback on Udemy is easy to navigate—the site is not top loaded with rave reviews, and you won’t need to scroll endlessly to find complaints. Just click on the stars and see why folks gave certain classes great marks—or what their specific gripes were. There’s so much choice on Udemy, you can easily find the right fit for you.

One of the best things about the setup of Udemy is that there’s no pressure to speed through a course—or even to start one till you’re totally ready. Once you enroll, you have access to that class for life. So you can take your time, pause when life gets too busy, and pedal back to review (or totally restart) as needed.

Whether you’re looking to jumpstart a hobby, investigate a new career, dig into something academic, expand your repertoire in the kitchen or just have a good time, Udemy is a win-win.

There’s nothing we can think of that offers so much growth and enjoyment at such great prices, right in the comfort of your own cozy home.

Shop it: online classes for adult learning, starting at $13, udemy.com

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