5 Best Skillshare Classes for self-improvement or self-education

With thousands of courses available on Skillshare covering more than a hundred topics, it can be a little difficult to decide where to start.

After exploring Skillshare and reviewing dozens of classes, I came up with these five best options for anyone getting started with Skillshare regardless of his/her interest.

If you don’t know what Skillshare is, it is an online learning platform or a community where you can foster your creativity by learning things such as photography, music, animation, cooking, drawing, and anything you can think of within the creative domain.

These five Skillshare classes lay down a foundation for how to approach learning. Figuring out what you want to be practicing, how to practice, making time for that practice, and just clearing your life to make the most of your self-education and self-improvement. 

Real Productivity: How to Build Habits That Last by Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank is a Productivity expert and Youtuber. In this class, he breaks down your goals into a smaller piece of the action and then helps to turn that actions into habits that last. Signing on every single day to practice a new skill on Skillshare is a habit that you probably need to develop. If you want to make the most out of Skillshare then his course will help you do that. So, once you’ve figured out what your goals are and things where you want to focus on, you have some tips and tricks on how to make the most of your practice. This course will help you make sure that you are practicing every single day or a few times a week or maybe just once a week.

Whatever you decide is your best schedule for practicing he helps you develop that habit. This course lays out a fundamental skill of how to develop good habits. So no matter what you want to learn and what you want to get out of Skillshare and in life for that matter. this is an excellent course to start with to build better habits.

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Duration1h 2m, 10 Lessons
Key learningsHabit Formation, Professional Growth, Personal Development, Productivity Enhancement, Goal Setting.
No. of learners49,000+

How to Learn: Strategies for Starting, Practicing & Mastering the Skills You’ve Always Wanted by Mike Boyd

Mike Boyd is a YouTuber and a serial learner. On his YouTube channel, he covers how to learn new skills. He himself learned more than 50 skills over his YouTube career. Just by watching his lessons, you can efficiently and effectively learn any new skill for instance solving a Rubik’s Cube, starting a fire, doing a backflip, riding a wheelie, and all sorts of things. In his Skillshare class, Mike goes over how to approach learning. He focuses on the mindset of how to approach a new topic in different ways that you can ensure that you’re practicing adeptly by not getting burned out.

It is an excellent course for anybody looking to acquire new skills or study anything. Let’s say you’re interested in photography and when you go through five classes on photography, you wouldn’t find so much interest and fun but this course is a great place to start. It helps you providing actionable techniques so that you can progress towards your goals proficiently.

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Duration38m, 08 Lessons
Key learningsPractice efficiently, Brain training, Self-diagnose issues, Performance improvement, how to learn.
No. of learners16,400+

Discovering Success: 7 Exercises to Uncover Your Purpose, Passion & Path by Emma Gannon

Emma Gannon started off her career as Social Media Editor at Condé Nast, a global mass media company. This was a status job and the type of job that she wanted. However, over a period, she found out that it wasn’t fulfilling her interest as she didn’t enjoy that job. After that, she goes through a process of self-reflection figuring out what she was interested in. With that, she was able to create her own path and career. Now she is a successful author, broadcaster, and podcaster. Given her journey of self-discovery, she has packaged it into a class to help other people figure out what they are passionate about.

Maybe you already know what you’re interested in and that’s why you joined Skillshare. So, you have an idea of what you want to do but maybe you don’t know where to focus. That’s what the motive of this class. Going through her course you can start to uncover what your core interests are. The things that when you’re doing them you’ll lose track of the time that they energize you more than where you out.

A lot of people don’t know where their passion lies and passion isn’t something that is deep within you, it’s just an interest that you foster over time and it develops into a passion. That’s what this course is all about figuring out what you’re interested in then removing everything else so you can really focus on that interest.

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Duration1h, 11 Lessons
Key learningsProfessional Growth, Career Development, Time Management, Defining Success, Planning,
No. of learners32,300+

Simple Productivity: How to Accomplish More With Less by Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown is known for his famous book, “Essentialism”. And in this course, he covers a lot of details that are in his book. So it’s a great starting point if you are interested in his book Essentialism and his work. In essence, the course talks about finding out what is essential to you by focusing on quality rather than quantity. You can’t do it all but you can do some things really well if you clear away everything else and that’s what this course is all about.

Greg walks you through several different exercises to figure out what you should be focusing on, what’s important to you, how to prioritize things. You’ll also learn how to say No. In this course, he talks about the idea of the Quick No and Slow Yes. It is where most people are the opposite, they’re very quick to say yes and almost hesitant to ever say no. Well, he flips the script and tries to get you to start quickly saying no and being hesitant to add on new things into your life because when you add something, you’re taking away something else. So once you’ve figured out what your focus is, you’re building those habits, how to study; this course is excellent for clearing out everything else all the extraneous stuff so you can focus on what’s important; the essential.

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Duration45m, 10 Lessons
Key learningsProductivity, Time Management, How to say NO, the art of saying slow YES, Professional Growth, Prioritizing Tasks.
No. of learners16,900+

Modern Money Habits: 5 Steps to Build the Life You Want by Justin Bridges

Justin Bridges is a fashion photographer and a former finance professional at Goldman Sachs. In this course rather than talking about photography he is talking about money. You may be wondering why I’m talking about this in the context of self-improvement/self-education classes well because money is really important. If you’re interested in Skillshare you’re probably wanting to level up your career or maybe start a new career, a side hustle or maybe you just want to play around with new ideas as a creative hobby. All of those are perfectly fine. But to be able to do any one of those with any degree of certainty, you need financial security.

He walks you through some basic ideas of just understanding where your money is going. Because a lot of people don’t keep track of that and if you start to keep track of where your money is going you can better manage your time, focus, and attention.

When you decide to do something which is important to you like learning new skills, you’re putting both time as well as money into it. After all, you shouldn’t be pouring time and money into things that are not important. You’ll master money management and learn healthy spending habits.

He also talks about things such as paying off debt, different ideas about mortgages and interest rates and investing, and other good stuff if you want to be financially secure.

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Duration1h 10m, 14 Lessons
Key learningsAccounting, Personal Financing, Financial Planning, Investment Strategies, Retirement Planning
No. of learners23,200+