Do you ever think about going back to school, but the memories of tests, deadlines, and class presentations give you cold sweats? If you want to learn a new field of study or even just want to expand your knowledge without the drawbacks of traditional education, then you might be interested in a new kind of learning with The Great Courses, which might be what you didn’t even know you were looking for. Its video-on-demand platform, The Great Courses Plus, offers thousands of streaming videos, covering hundreds of subjects, everything from wildlife tracking to Mozart to trigonometry.
When you find a subject that piques your interest, you will have access to a number of in-depth lectures, as well as a biography on the professor leading the course, and even reviews from previous students. You can rest assured knowing you will have complete freedom to go through the material at your own pace, with “No Homework. No Tests. No Pressure.” The instructors and professors for each course are vetted from prestigious universities and institutions. Bill Gates has said, “They get incredible professors to teach courses on pretty much every topic you think of.”
In addition to some of the most knowledgeable professors from around the world, The Great Courses also boasts exclusive content from its partnerships with National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Mayo Clinic, HISTORY®, and The Culinary Institute of America. To get started, check out the descriptions below for a preview of some of their most popular courses, then head over to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com and sign up for your free trial today.
The Great Courses: Never Stop Learning
How to Plan for the Perfect Retirement
Instructor: Dana Anspach, BS, Certified Financial Planner
“How to Plan for the Perfect Retirement” is a must-learn for anyone looking to build a secure financial future. This 12-lecture course offers practical advice for planners of any age and any income level to create the retirement lifestyle of their dreams. The course includes lectures on “Social Security, Medicare and Tax Strategy,” “How to Make Your Retirement Savings List,” and “Five Ways That Retirees Run Out of Money.”
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
Professor: Jason M. Satterfield, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Jason M. Satterfield’s “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain” is designed to teach you how to modify undesirable behavior and better manage your moods. Strategies covered in this 24-lecture course include setting therapeutic goals, building deeper relationships, and getting a good night’s sleep.
Word War II: The Pacific Theater
Professor: Craig L. Symonds, PhD, US Naval War College
World War II was the largest naval war ever and a true turning point in world history. This 24-lecture course offers a deep dive into the conflict’s earliest origins that took place before December 7, 1941. The course also gives you an inside look at the military strategy, important figures, and tactical locations of the war fought in the Pacific Theater.
Real Zen for Real Life
Professor: Bret W. Davis, PhD, Loyola University Maryland
What do you think of when you hear the word “Zen”? Feeling overwhelmed? Stressed? In the 24-lecture course, “Real Zen for Real Life,” Bret W. Davis explores the philosophical implications of Zen on western culture, as well as tips for how to function in today’s modern world.
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