4 Free Online Courses That Upgraded My Life

Hopefully, they will do the same for you

Matt Lillywhite
4 min readJan 28, 2022


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You don’t need to drown in $100k of student debt to receive an education in the modern world.

Heck, you don’t even need to pay a cent to watch lectures from some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Harvard, Stanford, and MIT.

How do I know?

I’ve spent a lot of time watching online courses over the last few years. They’ve improved my finances, mindset, and overall outlook on life. But most importantly, they taught me that learning can be fun, enjoyable, and worthwhile. After all, more than 70% of high school students have negative feelings about the education system, according to a survey published by Yale.

So with all of that in mind, I want to share several free online courses that improved my life. Hopefully, they will do the same for you, too.

1) Principles of Microeconomics (MIT)

I can’t help but feel amazed that it’s possible to take courses from some of the most incredible universities around the world. That would’ve been unthinkable a few decades ago because a good education was only available to those with lots of money who lived in certain areas.

This course is taught by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It’s perfect for anyone looking to understand the basics of microeconomics — the study of what happens when individuals make choices in response to changes in incentives, prices, resources, and production methods.

The first unit discusses supply and demand and how price is influenced by various factors. The second unit dives into budgets, demand curves, and consumer behavior. Other units focus on competition, business monopolies, and healthcare economics.

2) Fundamentals of Accounting (OpenLearn)

The Open University is one of the largest educational institutions in Europe…