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Udemy is a well-known online learning platform that offers courses at an affordable price. If you want to learn new skills, advance your career, or improve your knowledge gap in any subject or topic you may consider Udmey. Though it has some downsides, overall my experience with Udemy was fruitful.
Udemy is more like a YouTube that offers only educational content (mostly paid) in a wide range of subjects and topics. If you’re inclined to learn some new skills or advance your career with Udemy, make sure you read its review first.
Since I have taken many Udemy courses on different topics I know exactly what you need to consider in Udemy and what to avoid.
So, In this Udemy review, I’m going to tell you everything about Udemy that you need to know before taking a course on it. Take a look at the below ‘Table of Contents.
We have lots of things to cover in this article so let’s dive into it…
Udmey Quick Introduction:
Udemy is an online learning and teaching platform, founded in May 2010 by Eren Bali, Gagan Biyani, and Oktay Caglar.
Udemy offers over 196,000 courses on various topics, including business, technology, arts and crafts, personal development, health and fitness, and many more. Additionally, it has 52 million students and 68,000 instructors teaching courses in over 75 languages.
Udemy offers both paid and free courses. It depends on the course creator whether they want to make their course free list on Udmey or not. The majority of Udemy courses are paid, however, there are many top free courses also available to give it a try. I’ll tell you later about how to find the best Udemy courses.
Udemy has partnered with 360Learning, AWS, Workday, Degreed, Microsoft Viva Learning, ServiceNow, and more top tech and global companies.
So, here I’ve given a brief Udemy introduction for those who don’t have any idea about it.
Let’s talk about…
Who is Udemy best for?
A short answer to this question is that Udemy is best for all learners who want to learn a skill, change their career, or advance their careers in any field they work.
Whether you’re a college student, housemaker, or working professional, you can sign up on Udemy either to learn some new skills or to upgrade your knowledge. Additionally, it may be a great platform for teachers who want to teach millions of students and earn money online.
In a nutshell, Udmey is good for:
- Learning new skills at affordable prices
- Advancing your career by taking courses
- Improving your knowledge gap
- Earning certificates to showcase your skills
- Reaching millions of students and making money
Udemy for business:
Apart from this, Udemy also helps businesses and their employees to grow. For business, Udemy offers professional services, financial services, technology, higher education, and product resources like; human resources, learning & development, and more. So, if you have a company, now you can train your employees and grow your business with Udemy.
However, here I’m not going to talk much about Udemy businesses. This Udemy review will be mostly focused on Individual learners who want to try Udemy but have certain questions in mind like; Is Udemy really good? Are Udemy certificates worth it? and many more.
What you can learn at Udemy?
Udemy courses are mostly skills-focused. You can upskill yourself in a variety of subjects with Udemy.
Whether you want to learn Finance, Python, Photography, Marketing, Health and Fitness or be it any subject you may find hundreds of courses on Udemy.
As you can see in this image, all categories of courses are available on Udemy. In addition to that, every course category is divided into sub-categories. For example, Development covers Web development, Mobile Development, Programming Languages, Game Development, Software Testing, Software Engineering, Software Development Tools, and No-code development.
Further, in every sub-category, you’ll find popular topics and hundreds of courses. Just search for any skill, you want to learn and Udmey provides courses in it.
How good Udemy courses are?
It’s a genuine question that comes to every learner’s mind. Even, when I was taking my first Udemy course on Excel, I was not sure whether I would like the course. However, after taking many courses in different fields on Udemy, I can give you a general overview of how good Udemy courses are.
However, before giving my actual conclusion, I want to let you know something more important.
As I said in the beginning, Udemy is more like YouTube which offers only educational content (mostly skill-based). The reason why I’m saying it is because Udemy’s courses are created by individuals like you and me who have expertise in any field.
Like Coursera, Udacity, and other learning platforms, its courses are not created by the platform itself. Anybody can create a course and list it on Udmey, like YouTube. Moreover, Udemy doesn’t assess anyone’s knowledge of being a teacher and creating a course.
So, It’s obvious you’ll be satisfied with some courses and instructors and for some maybe not. But I must want to tell you one thing. Since all instructors invest their valuable time in creating a course main order to make money and get some value. So it’s hard to say their courses are not worth it.
It’s our expectations and judgments whether we find a Udemy course helpful or not. Now let me tell you my views and how good I found Udemy courses are…
My views about Udemy content quality:
I have taken several Udmey courses and mostly in Digital Marketing, Content Writing, and Personal Development. A few courses on Mental Fitness and Programming as well.
Based on different instructors and courses, I found many ups and downs in all the courses’ content quality and presentation. The courses I pursued after checking the ratings and reviews, I found most helpful. For some courses, I did not find that much engaging.
For example, the course Energize Your Life by Ashwani Deswal I took one year back was AMAZING and worth paying for.
Whereas, a course that I have taken on Digital Marketing (SEO-focused) was filled with outdated information. In fact, plenty of courses have high ratings but are not yet updated on Udemy by their creators.
However, there are some courses also that you’d find engaging, and love to take them again from the same instructor. For example, there is one course “100 Days of Code” by Dr Angela Yu you’ll really find helpful for Python programming.
So, Did I find Udemy worth it? And, How much I would rate its Content Quality?
All in all, Yes! and I’d rate it 4.6/5 for Udemy’s overall content quality.
How good you find a course on Udmey completely depends on which course you take and what you consider before taking a course.
Look, all Instructors list their courses on Udemy for making money and getting some value. And, nobody wants to share that piece of content that isn’t liked by the users.
Read more: Udemy Vs edX- Which is best?
5 Steps to Find the Best Udemy Course?
I’m not going to tell you the best Udemy course since Udemy offers thousands of courses in a variety of topics rather I’m going to tell you a way to find the best Udemy course that meets your requirement and you find worth paying for.
Hence, here are my 5 steps that will help you to uncover the best courses:
1. Filter out for the best:
First, If you have any topic or category in mind, put the topic name in the search box, or either you can pick any category that you want to learn.
For example, I want to learn Graphic Design. So, I’m going to search this topic:
Now, Udemy will show me all the available courses in Graphic Design.
As you can see, now we have Udemy’s filter system to narrow down my course requirements. This filter system is really helpful in finding a course that matches your requirement.
There is a ‘Topic’ section to find a course on a particular topic like Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Web design, and more. With the ‘Level’ section you can choose whether you want to take a beginner, Intermediate, Expert, or Mixed level course.
Similarly, you can choose Language, Price, Features, Ratings, Video Duration, and Subtitles. Once, you set all the filters then out of 10000 results, you will only get 10-100 results. So, now you have to find the best course with fewer results courses.
2. Check out the ratings and reviews
I’m pretty sure by filtering out you’ll have the list of courses that meet your need. Furthermore, out of the top results keep a bird eye on courses that have higher ratings and reviews.
Pro Tip: The courses which have a Bestseller tag, 4.5 ratings or higher than that, are assumed to be the best courses.
For the Graphic Design course, I consider Graphic Design Masterclass – Learn GREAT Design a good course to pick, as it has a 4.7-star rating and a bestseller tag.
Now, we need to read the reviews of the higher-rating courses. The users who have given only 1 star, must read their reviews. If all the users are reporting the same problem then it is better to look for another course.
Also, take a look at the creators’ profiles and look for what he/she does, how many courses they published the total no. of students enrolled, and reviews of all their courses.
If you find all the ratings and results fine then it is time to land on our 3rd step.
3. Watch the preview and check all the features of the course:
In this step, you’ve to look at all the features of the course like what you’ll learn, Requirements, Description, Who this course is for, what the course includes, and the main thing Course Content.
If you find all these things interesting and not offered by other courses then watch the preview of the courses. Look at the teaching style of the instructor, the graphics, and the quality of the courses.
4. Check out when the course is last updated:
Now, you may be convinced to purchase the course if you like the rating, course features, and the teaching way of the instructor. However, there is one thing you also need to check in the course- When the course is last updated?
It might be not important for some fields like philosophy. But, in fields like Digital Marketing, Business, IT, Finance, and others you should seek the latest information. Therefore, it is mandatory to go with an updated course.
(Check out the above image. The last update is mentioned below the creator’s name.)
If any course on hard skills hasn’t been updated for 1-2 years then it’s better to try other courses.
5. Search the course on forum sites:
Forum sites like Quora, and Reddit are great to take opinions from all around the world. If you’ve found a couple of courses on any topic then search for that course on these sites.
As I guessed, Graphic Design Masterclass – Learn GREAT Design by Lindsay Marsh is good to pick. Still, to make a final decision before purchasing I’d try to find this course on Quora by searching ‘Best Udemy Courses on Graphic Design.
As you can see, some Quora users who had taken this course admired the course.
Here is another user:
Now I’m pretty sure this Udemy course on Graphic Design is worth taking for me.
Inside a Udemy course while learning you can take notes, and check out the announcements like; going live, Reviews & Learning Tools. You can also download the resources and learning materials.
Are Udemy Certificates worth it?
After finishing any paid course from Udemy, It offers you a Certificate of Completion and lifetime access. But the question is are Udemy certificates worth it? Can a get a job with Udemy certificates?
Well, Udemy is great for learning and acquiring skills but its certificate doesn’t add much value to your resume for getting a job. It is certainly because, like edX and Coursera, Udemy isn’t an accredited institution so these certificates are not legally valid. Nevertheless, these certificates show that you have upskilled yourself in a course with Udemy.
In my opinion, if you just want to gain skills and build something of your own, you don’t require a certificate. For example, I took a few courses on Blogging and Content Writing to start my blog.
So, you might not get a job with Udemy certificates but I’m 100% sure the skills you’ll learn through its courses can make your career.
Price and Value for Money:
Courses are great on Udemy for learning or upgrading your knowledge. Now you must be wondering how much a Udemy course costs. And, Is Udemy worth the money?
Udemy keeps changing course prices. Udemy course prices in India start from around INR 647 and can go up to INR 7900. Additionally, in most of Udemy’s bestseller courses, you’ll find between INR 3000 to INR 4000 price range.
However, If you’re a new student on Udemy then you can grab its bestsellers and many other courses at the cheapest price. This price can be increased on decreased with time. So, avoid impulse buying.
Isn’t it a great deal for a new student like you?
Udemy course fees are very affordable compared to other e-learning sites like edX, Skillshare, Coursera, and Udacity. Additionally, you get lifetime access to all courses you paid for.
How to save money when buying a Udemy course?
Udemy most courses are very affordable and you also get lifetime access with that. Still, if you want to save a few bucks while purchasing a Udemy course, here are two ways that can surely you…
- Register as a new user: As I have already discussed, Udemy offers courses at a huge discount for its first-time users. If you have not registered or never make an account at Udemy, sign up with your email id, and you’ll grab a great discount. If you have already made an account, this time try making a new account with a different email Id.
- Grab courses at an offer: Udemy keeps rolling out new offers to purchase most of the courses at a huge discount. You won’t believe that one time I purchased an INR 3500 at just INR 650. Isn’t it a great deal?
If you also want to grab courses at huge discounts and want to get notified about these amazing offers, you better sign up for our newsletter by visiting our home page. My site is affiliated with Udemy and I first get notified by Udemy to promote the offers.
(Read also: Is Careerist worth the cost?)
How to get a refund on Udemy?
If you have purchased a course and for whatever reason, you are unhappy with a course, you can request a refund within 30 days on Udemy. At the current time, Udemy is not offering Free-Trial but its 30-day refund policy allows students to learn risk-free.
To claim this refund you must check out Udemy’s refund policy page. Along with full refunds, you may also request a partial refund for eligible courses purchased within the last 30 days on Udemy.
Remember these two points at the time of refunding:
- Most refunds are returned via the original payment method. Please note that certain restrictions may apply and some purchases may only be eligible for credit refunds. Learn more about Udemy’s refund policy.
- Refund requests cannot be submitted in the Udemy mobile app (please see the Requesting a refund on a mobile device.
Udemy Free Courses:
If you just want to test Udemy and its courses, its free courses are a way to go. Along with the paid courses, Udemy offers thousands of free courses in all fields.
These free courses are enough to gain some fundamentals and necessary skills in any field. Just put the ‘Free Courses’ in the search box. And there you go!
Now you can set the filter about what you want to learn, the language of the course, Level, Ranting, Video duration, and more.
Remember, with free courses, you get only online video content, however, if you also want to earn a Udemy Certificate, Instructor Q&A, and Instructor direct message, you have to upgrade your Udemy plan.
Interface and Ease of Use:
If you’ve checked out the Udemy platform, I’m pretty sure you must have been satisfied with its interface and ease of use.
Udemy has a very simple, easy-to-use, and navigate interface. Each course category is divided into sub-categories, furthermore, sub-categories are divided into the popular topics that allow students to find easily what they are actually looking for.
However, the most interesting thing is that Udemy provides complete transparency with the course features and the course creators.
Now I’m not going to tell you how to open a Udemy account. It’s very basic and you can do it easily by yourself.
Once you make an account on Udemy and enroll in any courses, you’ll get a separate page i.e. My Learning. This page will contain all the courses you have taken and a few other things Wishlists, Archived, and Learning Tools.
Online learning or any other online platform can be useless if they don’t provide contact support. Right?
Udemy has a great support system by the way. If you want to contact Udemy, visit its Help and Support page. Now you can find your issues or any kind of questions in FAQs or you can select a topic to search for help.
Udemy provides help mostly through articles. These articles will tell you to take a few steps to resolve your issue. Whether you have to request a refund or need some troubleshooting help, these articles work great.
Additionally, Udemy also has chatbot help. If your query is a bit different, you can send your problem in the form of a message and they’ll get back to you soon.
Udemy review conclusion:
Udemy is a great online learning platform that offers courses in many fields. It’s a well-known platform for its quality courses at very affordable prices. Whether you want to learn any skills quickly or want to show your expertise in any field by teaching, you must try Udemy.
Yeah! It is certainly true that Udemy’s certificate doesn’t help you to get a job. However, the skills you’ll learn can definitely make your career.
The main downside? Udemy does not assess the knowledge of course creators. In addition to that, the prices for the courses that you see today can be increased or decreased tomorrow.
Overall, Udemy is a great platform to learn and develop skills quickly in any field at an affordable price. If you want to start something on your own but lacking in some skills then Udemy’s bestseller and high-rating courses are worth trying for you.
To finish up, below I’m going to highlight the key pros and cons of Udemy which are the most important part of this Udemy review.
Pros of Udemy
- Udemy is a trusted and popular online learning platform that offer courses in all range.
- Its high-rating and bestselling courses always serve you high-quality content.
- Udemy course prices are much more affordable. For new students, it offers courses at huge discounts.
- Udemy allows students lifetime access to its paid courses which means they can revisit the course anytime.
- If you are dissatisfied with any of Udemy’s paid courses, It offers you a 30-day money refund policy.
- Udemy offers you thousands of Free courses in the form of online video content.
- This learning platform provides complete transparency with the course features and the course creators.
Cons of Udemy
- Udemy keeps changing its course prices.
- Udemy doesn’t take any tests of instructors or course creators to assess their knowledge.
- Udemy isn’t an accredited institution so its certificates are not legally valid and they can’t get you a job.
- Udemy all courses claim doubts session but in some courses, you may struggle to find it.
Our Overall Rating: 4.2/5
Udemy is not the only platform in the online learning market. There are many other platforms that you should also check out.
Coursera, edX, Skillshare, Udacity, and many more offer courses in a wide range, and these platforms have head-to-head competition with Udemy. While reading this Udemy review, you must have noticed many times I compared Udemy with other e-learning sites.
Well, there is no doubt Coursera Degree & Professional Certificates, Udacity Nanodegee can be way more valuable as compared to Udemy certificates. Still, Udemy has more than 35 million users learning new skills from 57,000 expert instructors who’ve produced over 130,000 online courses.
Here are a few reasons why Udemy is better than others:
- Affordable course prices and lifetime course access
- Offering thousands of courses in each and every field
- New students can grab bestselling courses at very cheap prices
- 30-Day refund policy
Now It’s your turn:
So, in this Udemy review, I shared all about Udemy including its key pros and cons and my experience with its courses.
Now I’d like to hear from you: Got any thoughts or questions about Udemy? And, Did you satisfy with my Udemy review?
Let me know in the comment…
Is Udemy really good?
Udmey is one of the best online learning platforms that offers thousands of courses on a variety of topics at an affordable price. If you want to learn some new skills or advance your career in any industry, you may consider Udmey.
Are Udemy courses worth it?
For every course you finish on Udmey, you earn a Certificate of Compliance. It is certainly true that Udmey certificates are not accredited or legally valid but they make a good impression on your resume and showcase your skills.