Masterclass review: is it worth it?

Materclass is a San Francisco based online learning platform designed specifically with creatives in mind. They offer unique classes, taught by the absolute best in the industry. And, they they can be accessed from anywhere in the world… So, I have decide to give masterclass a review!

Masterclass targets a niche of professionals and creates content with writers, musicians, artists, chefs, and creative students and professionals in mind. Classes include acting taught by Samuel L. Jackson, writing taught by James Patterson, basketball taught by Stephen Curry, cooking taught by Gordon Ramsey and directing taught by Ron Howard. This, however, is only a fraction of what is offered on Masterclass, the list goes on.

Not only do Masterclass already have a pretty impressive and niche selection of courses, they also always keep adding more exciting content to the site, meaning there are always fun new things to learn about. For example, in 2020 they added a ‘sports and games’ section, which has content taught by the likes of Stephen Curry.

The courses Masterclass offer

Before picking what course to start, you will be shown an overview which briefly summarizes what the course will teach you and it’s length. Courses are at least 18 sessions long, with most being 25 session long. Each session lasts between five to 30 minutes, with most being around 10 minutes long. This short course and video length are perfect, as they make the information very digestible and engaging.

As well as having access to videos taught by industry expected, Masterclass also gives you a ‘fundamental guide’ and course notes,  which summarizes the key points and provides additional reading materials.

One reoccurring comment from Masterclass students is that the courses vary significantly in the way that they are taught. Some are very structured and give you very practical and useful skills. Whereas others are more like long chats and don’t provide you with any skills that you can put into practice. This will be because each course will be based on the teaching style of the expert and personally, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with this. It is what happens in real life teaching and I think gives each courses a unique touch.

You can do each course at your own pace using either your computer or the Masterclass phone app, which even be connected to an Apple TV. However, one major criticism of the Masterclass courses is that you cannot download any sessions and therefore cannot watch the videos when you have no data or wifi, which limits where you can learn

The Masterclass community

Although I did not create an account for my review of Masterclass, it is apparent that Masterclass places a big emphasize on the community aspect of its online learning platform and they have created a hub where everyone can engage in discussions about the courses they are taken.

Each masterclass student is also free to ask questions on this platform for experts to answer and students are encouraged to share their own work and resources with other masterclass students, which makes the learning experience even more engaging and enjoyable.

The cost of Masterclass

When it comes to cost, there are two options: 1) buy one course for $90 and get it for life; or 2) pay $180 per year and have access to every single course on masterclass.

The payment plan you chose will depend on what you want to get from Masterclass. If there is only one certain course that interests you, then perhaps it is only worthwhile buying that particular course. Whereas, if you’re keen to explore lots of courses, then the yearly subscription may be better value for money.

Unfortunately, Masterclass, unlike other online learning platforms, do not offer a free trial and never have any discount available. However, they do offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you are unhappy with the service, which is something!

With the yearly subscription, you do not get to keep the course videos for a lifetime. However, course workbooks are downloadable so you can refer back to them at a later date.

The site

I was pleased with how the site looked in my review of masterclass. In my opinion, the site appears to look really professional and super easy to navigate and use.

To sign up, just put in your email address and create a password. Masterclass then shows you really quickly how to use the site and you can see what classes are available. This is easy to do as the classes are all put into sections (e.g., culinary arts, film & tv, music and entertainment) and you can decide which one best matches up to your interests.

Before accessing the classes, you have to put in your card details and decide what subscription package you would like.

Customer reviews

I will be honest and say that, due to time constraints, I didn’t take a Masterclass course myself. So, I turned to the trusted opinion of the general public to find out what they thought.

Overall, Masterclass has really good customer reviews. People are saying things such as “overall, every single masterclass I’ve viewed has been superbly produced and well structured“. That it is “informative and interesting” and are complimenting the teachers for their explicit and unique teaching style.

The service that Masterclass offers is great value for money and can provide some really insightful knowledge. However, these types of courses do not replace in-person teaching. They should never be used as a way to learn all the skills and knowledge about one topic.

Customer reviews, from those who are more advanced in their field, expressed that the classes are too simplistic and don’t offer enough depth. Based on this, it is apparent that the classes are useful for people who are inquisitive on the topic but aren’t using Masterclass to change their career.

One final note is that Masterclass is only really for creatives on a budget. It is designed specifically for a niche market, offering people a unique learning experience.

So there you have it.  If you’ve gotten this far, you might also be interested in the recent review of Udemy that we posted a couple of days ago.

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