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New free courses and hobbies to try while Coronavirus restrictions are in place

Updated Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place which means many people are still staying in their homes. Don't be bored! We've got heaps of topics to keep you and your brain occupied.

You've been told to not socialise indoors, in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but the weather is rubbish. What can you do instead? From writing a novel to stargazing, we've got plenty of things for you to take up while you're isolating. Take a look at the FREE tools and courses below and let's come out of this with more knowledge than ever!

Get writing 

Have you been itching to get your first novel started and haven't known where to begin? Well we know where - here! Start with Ten top tips for writing a novel. Then delve into the resources below:

So you've written your novel, what now?

Find out how The Open University could help you on your literary adventure.

Learn a language

We may not be able to travel far at present but that doesn't stop us from going on a virtual language tour! Where in the world are you headed?

Explore how you can dig a little deeper in languages with The OU. 

Succeed in the workplace

Perhaps this time has made you revaluate your working life? Check out our badged course, and if you are returning to a in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM), feast your eyes on our interactive toolkit. You can also check out our full collection of badged open courses on employability.

Choose health

Quarantine is bound to have an impact on our physical and mental health. Maybe you'd like to use this as an opportunity to go on health kick, or maybe you want to concentrate on your mental health and wellbeing instead - we've got you covered with our free courses and articles. 

  • Make sure you check out our Mind, Body, Media hub for a collection of free resources from Open University academics to ensure the wellbeing of you and your family. 

You can also get healthy by taking up more exercise; it doesn't have to be strenuous - a bit of a stretch every day or some gentle yoga. Take a look at the boxes below for some inspiration and learn about the importance of recovery and rest before and after exercise.

Look at the stars!

You might be confined to a small living space, so why not look to our enormous universe and indulge in some amateur astronomy? These courses will help you figure out what to do:

Get motivated!

Whether you want to mentally motivate yourself for working from home or you've set yourself a squat challenge, we have something to give you that oomph:






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