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Skillshare Review 2023

8.7
very good
Catherine Miller

In a Nutshell

Skillshare is not a dedicated language learning tool but a multi-subject platform for video learning with experts. When it comes to languages, you can access short video courses, most with a few hours of content, ranging from beginner to more advanced. This is great if you want to learn on the go. However, you’ll probably need to use other language tools in conjunction if you want to progress in multiple skills.

pros

  • Take lessons anytime, anywhere
  • Mix and match short courses
  • Scholarships give free membership to those who qualify

cons

  • Not specifically focused on language learning
  • Need to buy membership

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Skillshare Plans 

Skillshare has only one pricing plan which gives you membership of the platform. With membership, you can access any of the platform’s video courses on an unlimited basis. 

Membership costs $167.88/year. When we explored the members’ registration, it was not possible to pay on a monthly basis. 

How much does Skillshare cost?

Skillshare operates on a membership basis. While you will be able to use your membership free for a trial period (initially 7 days, although we were also offered a month as a special offer as we browsed the site), once your trial period ends you will be charged the annual rate of $167.88. 

It’s possible to get a scholarship to Skillshare membership if you meet certain criteria. For example, students with a valid educational email address get 50% off membership. You can also apply for a free membership if you can prove hardship. However, anyone who has previously purchased a membership would be ineligible. 

How does Skillshare work?

Skillshare is a broad-ranging online learning platform that presents a huge number of different topics, from crafts to marketing. Its courses in all subjects, including languages, are created by expert teachers and take the form of video lessons that may be supplemented with written material and tasks to complete. At this point in time, Skillshare is not offering conversation classes, vocabulary drills, or native-level content, as can be found through other language platforms. However, if you enjoy learning through video, this method could be engaging for you. 

Most courses comprise a few hours’ worths of material, with most lasting 2-12 hours. It’s also possible to find some very short introductions. The courses can be viewed on the web or on Skillshare’s app (available for iOS and Android), so it’s possible to learn on the go. 

Skillshare’s platform can feel a bit overwhelming, as there’s so much to choose from. If you know the language you want to learn, you can use Skillshare’s search function to narrow down the courses. You can then filter by level (“Beginner”, “Intermediate”, or “Advanced”), and class length. You will also get personalized recommendations as you follow certain teachers or courses. 

The learning material is not really structured; some teachers offer multiple courses that may progress in difficulty, but you will need to find and select these yourself. Some courses are more topic-focused, teaching vocabulary for speaking about family or work, for example. 

As a Skillshare member, you can also access the learner community for each class and give feedback for any work others upload. This can make the experience feel more interactive, even though the learning is asynchronous. 

Is Skillshare reliable and safe?

Skillshare currently has 1,279 reviews on Trustpilot, where 55% rate the site as “Excellent”, and 14% “Good”. However, 27% rate the site as “Bad”. Positive reviews praise the great customer service and the useful skills people have learned through using Skillshare. Negative reviews note that some people have had difficulties in canceling their subscription, especially where they did not realize they would be charged after the trial period. A similar theme is echoed on the Better Business Bureau (BBB), where there are 140 complaints registered in the last three years. Skillshare is not yet BBB accredited. 

What’s special about Skillshare?

Skillshare’s asynchronous learning method means you can watch the lessons anytime, anywhere. This could be ideal for you if you’re very busy. Unlike just watching videos through a general video platform like Youtube, Skillshare also offers a learner community so you can interact with others taking the same class. 

Another plus of Skillshare is that its courses are created by expert teachers worldwide. Because the course library depends on what teachers create, there are many languages available, including those that might not be chosen by more structured course providers. For example, there are a number of American Sign Language courses, as well as opportunities to learn Gujarati, Yoruba, and Latin. 

Help and Support

Skillshare offers a rich help center on the website, which should answer many of the questions you might have. You can also raise a support ticket through the website. At this time, there is no phone or live chat support, which would potentially be useful. 

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Bottom Line

Skillshare is a powerful learning platform that lets you learn on the go. There’s definitely an advantage to having access to Skillshare’s library of language courses—you can mix and match topics and levels as you prefer, learn through engaging videos, view the content anytime and anywhere, and interact with other learners, and. Learning a language through Skillshare could work for you if you’re busy and want something you can dip in and out of.

However, for serious language learners, Skillshare’s language content may not be comprehensive or structured enough to really drive progress. It could be a good way to get started with a language or to add in to a mix of other language tools (for example, taking conversation classes or completing vocabulary games). 

For this purpose, the price tag of Skillshare’s membership might seem high, especially when it’s possible to find video content elsewhere for cheaper, or even for free. So, purchasing a Skillshare membership probably makes most sense if you are looking to build your skills in a range of subjects, not just languages, so you can take advantage of the site’s vast library of courses. 

FAQs

Is Skillshare really free?

Skillshare offers a free trial membership, but you will need to enter your card details to register and will be charged when your trial period comes to an end. After this point, you will not be able to access Skillshare courses for free. 

How much does Skillshare cost per month? 

Skillshare costs $13.99 per month but is currently billed on an annual basis.

Is Skillshare worth the hype?

There are lots to like about Skillshare, but whether it is worth the hype will depend on your situation and needs. For learning a language to a high level, Skillshare on its own probably won’t be enough and therefore it might be hard to justify the membership fee. However, if you want a convenient, on-the-go video resource to add to your language learning toolkit and want to pursue other courses on Skillshare, it could be worth it. 

Catherine Miller is a lead member of personal finance and pension innovator Maji, where’s she’s responsible for content creation and running Maji’s personal finance masterclass, among others. Miller also holds degrees in English and education, and worked as a teacher before moving into writing about finance for Top10. Today, she combines aspects of education and personal finance to help readers make better decisions in finance and beyond.

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5 months ago

Skillshare lets you dabble in new skills, and you might even find some classes that challenge you in meaningful ways. One of the most popular online learning platforms that I know of.

5 months ago

They have been making the site easier for me and for my kids to use anytime I am not there.

5 months ago

This app is very helpful when learning a new language. The way it teaches you helps you remember the new words in your head so you don't forget later.

6 months ago

I didn't use the app to learn any new languages. I used it for other reasons. They offer courses in all sorts of different topics, and I recommend it to everyone.

6 months ago

SkillShare has in-depth classes and guides for all sorts of topics, including language learning. They're dedicated to helping people learn and grow. I'd recommend them over other apps. I've been helping my grandmother learn better English with it and I'm very happy with the results.

6 months ago

I've not used SkillShare for language learning. I used it for their other courses and found their video format is an excellent tool for learning.

6 months ago

SkillShare helps to teach me everything I need to know about learning a language from another country.

7 months ago

I love it! I started using it sometime last year and was able to learn Spanish, Russian, and Japanese! I was also able to learn different recipes. I would definitely recommend it to people to learn more skills or a new language!

7 months ago

It was easy to use and implement into my daily routine. They made it easy to start to speaking a different language.

7 months ago

I think this app is great concept. I have taken many courses with them including marketing and investing.

7 months ago

It's a great way to learn with an easy-to-use app that provides many options, and it is very affordable. So far, I have learned to speak and understand various languages and cultures. You can pick any language you want to learn, and it will teach you about the cultures as well.

7 months ago

SkillShare made the language learning process more understandable, and it's easy to follow along. With their online course you are able to learn a lot.

7 months ago

It was easy to use and I learned very quickly. I wish it was a little bit cheaper though.

7 months ago

It has enough of the details needed to at least get started and help me to improve my language skills.

8 months ago

SkillShare is affordable and easy to use. They offer a wide array of courses, not just languages on their app.

5 months ago

SkillShare is a great program because it offers many different subjects and has a very wide range of categories. It is easy to use and navigate, and the app is very well designed.

5 months ago

SkillShare does a good job teaching you a new skill. It's very efficient and easy to use. I'm able to learn faster using SkillShare than with any other program. I'm able to remember what I learned better because of the variety of activities that are offered on skillshare.

5 months ago

It makes learning a new language easier than ever before. I've only been using it a short time and have already learned a new language.

6 months ago

SkillShare had excellent presenters, interactive videos and great a background. I liked the information they offered, but could not complete a lesson during my work break, so I went back to Podcasts and YouTube because my attention span wandered due to the length of the lessons.

6 months ago

Overall it is good, but they could make it a better mobile experience. That would really help so I can learn using the app any place I am.

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