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The best online classes to take in Singapore

Never stop learning and keep upgrading your skills, especially with more free time on your hands now

Dewi Nurjuwita
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Dewi Nurjuwita
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You know the drill. Now that we're all staying home, we've got more time on our hands to upgrade our skills, learn new languages, pick up a paintbrush, or even start dabbling in new age practices. With various classes available all over the internet, the sky is the limit when it comes to acquiring knowledge. Whether you're thinking of picking up practical skills like how to manage your finances or learning a new art form, here are some online courses you can take.

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iPhone Photography
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iPhone Photography

It's time to upgrade your iPhone photo-taking skills on Skillshare, an online platform offering classes taught by the world's most skilled practitioners. Let professional photographer Dale McManus be your guide with this photography course that will teach you to take top-quality shots on just your iPhone. The basic course will give an in-depth lesson on how to optimise your iPhone camera settings, create depth in photography, utilising light to properly light your subjects and how to professionally edit photos in Lightroom. 

FEE Free with a Skillshare membership 
HOW TO JOIN To sign up, visit the official website here

The Science of Well-Being
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The Science of Well-Being

In case you didn't know already, you can sign up for over 450 free online courses offered by Ivy League schools on Coursera. Here's your chance to take a class from Yale – on the science of well-being, that is. The course, led by Professor Laurie Santos, help us look at a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. After all, we can all benefit from incorporating more wellness activities into our lives. 

FEE Free 
HOW TO JOIN To sign up, visit the official website here

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Improv Classes
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Improv Classes

If you have a flair for the dramatic, get started from the comfort of your own home. There are various virtual acting classes and theatre workshops you can sign up for. Last year, Improv's Company brought its taster sessions online – including a limited number of improv shows via online channels. The company has hinted that it's doing the same this year too with Improv for Everyone, so keep a look out for more updates. 

The 1.5-hour mini-workshop is a casual and fun introduction to improvisational theatre, suitable for any level of acting experience. Through the workshop, you'll explore the core principles behind improv, and how they can be applied in daily life.

FEE TBC
HOW TO JOIN Watch out for updates here

Digital Marketing
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Digital Marketing

In this day and age, everything has gone digital. Pick up a new skillset with General Assembly's digital marketing course, which includes a deep dive into the essential channels and tactics behind effective campaigns, hands-on experience with social media, search strategy, Google Analytics and more. By the end of the course, you'll be ready for the real world.

FEE $5,350 
HOW TO JOIN Register here

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Classical Music Composition
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Classical Music Composition

Learn to write like Mozart with the National University of Singapore's introduction to classical music composition course. Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition introduces you to strategies for style writing of common practice European art music. And while it's a free online course, there's an option to acquire a paid certificate. 

FEE Free
HOW TO JOIN To sign up, visit the official website here

Tarot Workshop
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Tarot Workshop

Yes, you read that right. If you've always been interested in the new age and have gotten into tarot and astrology, why not take things further and learn how to read tarot? YQ, an experienced tarot practitioner, conducts tarot reading workshops that will help you to understand the meanings behind the Rider-Waite Major Arcana and Minor Arcana cards, interpret the meanings on your own, and master useful tarot spreads, so you can read confidently for your friends. 

FEE $47 
HOW TO JOIN Sign up for the workshop here

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Personal Money Management and Financial Planning
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Personal Money Management and Financial Planning

Unsure how to manage your finances? Singapore Polytechnic's course will help you develop good personal money management skills, which can be helpful to anyone – especially those in the debt trap. The course outline includes setting financial goals, assessing your expenses, understanding loans, and managing debt. At the end of the course, you'll get a certificate of attendance.

FEE $21.40
HOW TO JOIN To sign up, visit the official website here

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