Learning is FREE
Being the publisher of Retirement Media I read a lot about retirement and live the retirement lifestyle since I am age 66. Something that does not get too much press is lifelong learning. You may click that link to see a good article explaining what the term is and why it may be useful throughout your life and especially in retirement.
There are plenty of free opportunities to learn. You really don’t need too much to learn, just be observant; however taking a class is a excellent way to learn.
When you learn for free it is even better. Here are some free classes listed below that I have taken this year. This may give you some ideas.
FREE Learning Opportunities in Retirement
1. Free Dance Lessons – Many dance clubs give free lessons not only to beginners but advanced also. Some feel the dance lessons are the most enjoyable part.
2. YouTube Videos – I am convinced you can learn to learn how to do anything watching YouTube Videos.
3. Smartphone lessons – My wife and I just took a two hour class covering all the features on her new Galaxy 5 phone at our Verizon store. Just go to your provider’s web site to find a class.
5. AARP TEK – AARP TEK provides all sorts of workshops to learn about technology. We took the workshop on tablets and smartphones.
7. Book Clubs – Join a book club that will select a book of the month and then have a discussion about the book. Reading is a great if not the best free learning tool. Libraries have author lectures.
8. Meetup.com – Tonight I am going to a free two hour course on how to use Instagram. They also give free classes on Facebook and Twitter. For almost any subject you are interested in learning about, there usually is a group on Meetup.com that will help you learn.
9. Colleges – Many have free audition classes for seniors.
10. Free on-line courses – Get 1000 free online courses from the world’s leading universities – Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more.
11. Free Computer Classes for Seniors – available at senior centers, libraries and other places. Kids love teaching seniors about computers. Professionals volunteer their time teaching also.
12. Free Day at the Museum – I went to Atlanta’s High Museum on the first Saturday of this month because they offered FREE admission for that day. Ask your museum if they have a free admissions day or evening.
13. Volunteer – Volunteers get some free training. My wife volunteers at a hospital and they have a auxiliary meetings with guest speakers too. You can also volunteer to usher and see free shows and lectures.
14. Hospitals – have free health fairs and health screening where you can learn how to improve your health.
15. Arts in the Park – We just went to a free concert by the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra in Newtown Park. Funded by the Arts Foundation. Your area park probably has something like this.
16. Book TV – I love watching Book TV on the weekends on TV. They also have free videos of their authors talking about their books on the Book TV website.
17. Free Arts Classes – I signed up for a free arts class “senior to senior” where they match you the senior with an arts senior in high school. Check with your arts center for free classes.
Well I was able to come up with these 17 free learning opportunities from my own life. I hope there are ideas that inspire you to check them out.
If you think of other free learning opportunities you should comment below.