How to Stay Mentally Sharp During Downtime

Colleges led the way, canceling classes, and taking precautionary measures to slow the spread of Coronavirus as it swept through the nation. As a result, many schools have been offering free classes to the public (it’s true, keep reading). With so many businesses in flux due to shelter-in-place orders and other factors, people need to become comfortable with operating from home. With the “new normal” in mind, we created a list of learning resources you should utilize to make the most of your time:

    • Harvard, yes that Ivy League school in Eastern Mass is offering a wide array of courses that range both in duration and subject matter. From Video Game Design to Biochemistry and Entrepreneurship, there is no shortage of material that you can access to strengthen your skillset. Upon completion you can even get a certificate for your records.

     

    • The University of Georgia provides a solid collection of 3 month-long self-paced tutorials. They can serve as introductions to bigger programs or stand-alone to help you improve your current functions both personally and professionally.

     

    • The Sophia Organization is offering direct assistance to students who need accredited courses with transferable class credits. Sophia offers ACE recommended core courses that will earn you 1-3 credits per class. If Coronavirus has thrown off your educational schedule, this is a great option to make up for needed credits.

     

    • You should also look into LinkedIn, UDemy, and Coursera among many others who also have cost-free educational options available. Experts predict that some industries will need years to adapt and return to pre-COVID levels of efficiency. That means that those with the ability to adapt and function in the new normal will be the most valuable and marketable (Darwin’s Theory still applies!). Take advantage of these opportunities to place yourself in the most favorable position.and marketable (Darwin’s Theory still applies!). Take advantage of these opportunities to place yourself in the most favorable position.