Fall means back to the books for grade school and college students, but you shouldn’t let a lack of a classroom hold you back. If you’re in a learning state of mind, online courses from edX, Udemy, and Coursera all offer worthwhile lesson plans on everything from cooking to the arts. Check out some of the most notable courses on offer this September.

1. Understanding Einstein: The Special Theory of Relativity

If Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity seems hard to grasp, you’ll benefit from this intensive course that explores every nuance of the famed theoretical physicist’s approach to explaining the nature of physics. Recommended study time is five to 10 hours weekly—although time is, of course, relative.

Sign up on Coursera for free. The optional certificate costs $49.  

2. Modern Art & Ideas

Explore the intricacies of modern art with this tutorial from the Museum of Modern Art that examines contemporary works through the lens of personal identity, everyday objects, and society.

Sign up on Coursera for free. The optional certificate costs $49.

3. Child Nutrition and Cooking

Confused as to what to serve your little person to maximize nutrition during their formative years? This course serves up information on menu items and ways to ensure sensible eating habits for life.

Sign up on Coursera for free. The optional certificate costs $39.

4. Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography

Learn the ins and outs of capturing moments in life and nature with this beginner’s guide to photography. Use your understanding of lighting, camera settings, and image composition to take photos that will stand the test of time.

Sign up on Udemy for $24. A certificate of completion is included in the price.

5. Bake the Best Pizza Crust

You don’t always need to depend on delivery to get a great pizza. This series highlights the secrets of a delicious homemade pie, including the ideal weight—make sure to have a kitchen scale handy—and the secrets of sourdough.

Sign up on Udemy for $19. A certificate of completion is included in the price.

6. Shakespeare’s Life and Work

Gain a deeper understanding of the Bard and his creations with this course that will allow you to form your own literary analysis of his famed works. Discover how Shakespeare was received by his contemporaries and what role his writing plays in the present.

Sign up on edX for free. The optional certificate costs $49.

7. The Secrets of Body Language

Pick up on nonverbal cues with this tutorial on how to determine what people mean to say with gestures, posture, and expression.

Sign up on Udemy for $20. A certificate of completion is included in the price.

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