Skillshare is an online learning platform with over 25,000 short video courses taught by experts – here’s how it works, and how to get a membership discount

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  • Skillshare provides access to more than 25,000 online video courses, many taught by experts.
  • Below is our review of the Skillshare platform, answers to FAQ, and 10 great classes to take.
  • If you’re a new user, you can try a free trial. There’s also a 30% off Premium sale until March 31.

As college tuitions skyrocket to the most expensive they’ve ever been, online learning resources are popping up to fill a widening chasm.

Whether you want to pick up a new skill to catch a hiring manager’s eye or tap into your creativity, online platforms are helping democratize higher learning for a fraction of the cost required to enroll in universities. 

Of those many online resources, Skillshare is one of the most popular — and currently offers 30% off annual memberships until March 31.


Skillshare offers more than 25,000 online classes for a $99-per-year membership fee.

Like ClassPass for e-learning, a Skillshare membership gives you unlimited access to over 25,000 adult learning courses across thousands of disciplines — which is convenient whether your objective is advancing your career or learning new hobbies. Classes range from beginner to expert and fall into categories like design, illustration, business, technology, photo, film, entrepreneurship, and writing — and you can sign up for multiple without any extra charge. 

Classes are comprised of short, digestible lessons and a hands-on project, which you can share with your class to get feedback from peers or collaborate with the community. 

The basic membership is free for 14 days. After the trial, Premium is $8.25 monthly for the annual membership ($99 total) or $19 per month for the month-to-month plan. We think it’s worth the annual cost for people who enjoy online learning.

There are also volume discounts for teams that sign up together; discounts for members of creative services like Squarespace and Adobe; and, in line with the mission of making learning accessible, current students can get two free months free with a valid .edu email address. 

Lastly, there is currently a 30% off sale on annual memberships until March 31, 2021.

I started my own Skillshare membership because one of my all-time favorite authors, Roxane Gay (best known for “Bad Feminist” and “Hunger“), publicized that she was hosting a Personal Essays with Impact class on the site.

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I took a creative writing class with one of my favorite authors on Skillshare.

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Skillshare itself makes ongoing, high-level learning easier with affordable access, quality materials, and lots of variety. But, unexpectedly, the trial process also helped me figure out if, post-grad, I actually wanted to commit to longer writing courses again. In theory, it sounded great. But, I wasn’t certain of it being put into practice until I tried it with the free trial, focused on a subject I was truly interested in. 

The downsides to Skillshare to note are that, unlike pay-per-class learning communities like Udemy, you won’t have lifetime access to the courses you take while you’re a member. Once you cancel your membership, you lose access to your class videos and any downloadable material provided by teachers at the end of your current pay period. That means you have to make the most of the time you do plan to pay for the service.


Skillshare offers more than 25,000 online classes for a $99-per-year membership fee.

All in all, it’s a good tool for lifelong learners who want variety, expertise, and flexibility, as well as professionals looking for an affordable way to sharpen their career skills or hone their craft — or a blend of the two. For $13.99 or $32 per month, or $139.99 per year (or less if you qualify for a discount), you can take multiple classes across thousands of disciplines. It cuts out the fees and time restrictions of finding and enrolling in a community college course and gives you more variety than most pay-per-class online learning platforms. If that sounds appealing, I recommend trying it free for the first 14 days to see if you can fit it into your lifestyle, too. 

Browse Skillshare classes here.