You’ve probably seen MasterClass ads promoting their classes conducted by the most famous celebrities in the world – but how exactly does MasterClass work?
You’ve heard of SkillsFuture – Singapore’s national movement that encourages you to learn new skills, upgrade existing ones, or just explore something you’re passionate about. What if you could do all that, but also do it with the best in the business?
MasterClass is an online educational platform whose biggest selling point is the fact that all its tutorials and lectures are conducted by renowned leaders and experts in all sorts of fields – from business to space exploration (for all you aspiring astronauts out there).
And these aren’t people who are called experts because they once wrote an academic research paper a long time ago. These are real experts and personalities who have been there, done that. Personalities who you’ve likely heard of!
Who’s Teaching MasterClass?
Wanna pick up culinary skills (and risk getting roasted through a screen) from Gordon Ramsay? Go for it.
Get photography tips and tricks from the legendary Annie Leibovitz? No problem.
Learn how to deliver lines in ways that only Samuel L Jackson can? I double dare you, motherf-
Heck, you can even take a class created by RuPaul. Because why not? Self-Expression and Authenticity, in case you were wondering.
The best part about MasterClass is that you don’t have to pick just one class to join. Once you sign up, you’ll have access to their entire catalogue on all your devices for a whole year. You’ll be prompted to pick the instructors that you’re most interested in, and you’re good to go.
Here are some of the other renowned experts you can also find on MasterClass:
|deadmau5||Electronic Music Production|
|Usher||The Art of Performance|
|Bob Iger||Business Strategy & Leadership|
|Anna Wintour||Creativity & Leadership|
|Marc Jacobs||Fashion Design|
|Will Wright||Game Design & Theory|
|Stephen Curry||Shooting, Ball-handling, and Scoring|
|Neil deGrasse Tyson||Scientific Thinking & Communication|
|Bobbi Brown||Makeup & Beauty|
How Are MasterClasses Like?
Well, it varies, depending on the categories you’re interested in and the instructors you pick. Some of them feature other students in the room, which allow you to see how novices apply techniques taught to them by the experts.
Others feature the personalities entirely in their element, putting their skills on show. You can watch and pick up any tips and tricks or better yet, try to replicate what you see on screen. Because what use is learning something if you’re not able to put it to practice?
And just to make it feel even more like you’re in a school that happens to have the world’s most famous teachers, most classes include a workbook so you can take notes and keep track of your progress.
They each come with pretty comprehensive lesson plans, broken down into several topics. You may even find yourself with assignments to complete before moving on to the next lesson, so it’s not exactly all fun and games.
Is It Worth Subscribing to MasterClass?
Now’s actually a pretty good time to subscribe to MasterClass – and not just because we’re all staying at home and have a bit more time on our hands. MasterClass is currently running a promotion that lets you share an annual membership (US$180) with someone else.
So even though you unfortunately can’t use your SkillsFuture credits to subscribe, you can still find a friend to split the usual MasterClass membership price in half.
And before you start scanning this article for a promo code – no, this isn’t a sponsored post! But you can still save on your MasterClass subscription by using your YouTrip card. That’s because MasterClass subscriptions are charged in US Dollars, and as we’ve pointed out before, most bank-issued cards charge additional fees for foreign currency transactions.
This leads to you forking out more than necessary. Not cool.
|Price||Bank card||YouTrip card||Savings|
Paying with your YouTrip card means you get to take advantage of our Wholesale Exchange Rates and zero transaction fees, which means you only pay for what you asked for. And that’s something that even MasterClass won’t tell you. 😉
So as you stay home, go forth and learn from the best. And don’t forget the best way to make all your overseas online payments as well!
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