If you’re in the workforce, interested in learning more in a particular topic, or simply bored and can’t find anything better to do in the summer break between school years, you might be interested in homeschooling yourself with free classes.

Adults like doing this because they can juggle their job (or jobs) with education, occupy themselves with something other than mind-numbing TV in the evenings, and fill their minds with fascinating things. Some people just never stop loving learning!

High-school dropouts may have left school for any reason – personal, family issues, not liking public school, not feeling challenged by it, and more. Often, situations change and their outlook towards education may be positive, but it may not be possible to actually go back to high school. Doing free classes can help fill in any gaps in knowledge and it may even be possible to write a high school equivalency exam with self-study from free resources, boosting their credentials.

The unemployed also can benefit from free classes, which can fill any free time while they are waiting for phone calls and give them additional skills that might help them gain an edge over other competitors for the same jobs.

Homeschooling yourself with free classes allows you to enhance your employability, benefiting your current and future employers, and lets you instill in yourself a love of learning. Perhaps you have been “turned off” by public education – homeschooling is very different, and you may find yourself turning into a bookworm. With homeschooling, you aren’t forced to stick to the same subjects all the time. Rather, you are free to explore subjects you like.

You can find free classes online, offered at major universities or community colleges, and in your community. Some of the Ivy League schools have videotaped classes and made them available online, meaning that you can get the same benefits as those students paying top dollar for a formal education without exam stress, admissions hassles, or the huge dent in your bank account. Other major universities and sometimes community colleges will offer free classes to members of the community as a way of furthering education in the community and reaching out to those who ordinarily wouldn’t be served by them. Other community groups like churches and charities sometimes offer free classes in various subjects, so keep an eye on your local advertisements, newspapers, and email lists for ads about free classes in your area.

Depending on the format of the class, you may simply have a list of videos to watch, or you may have to attend a class with others and write tests. You’ll have to use your best judgment about the requirements of the class and the situation you’re in to schedule time properly, make studying a habit, and share your goal with others to help keep yourself motivated.

Free classes are a great solution to the problem of having too much free time or interest in learning and not enough money to take formal classes. With free classes, education is truly accessible entertainment for the masses.