Unofficial Udemy Student Guide: Online Courses Free or Cheap
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Unofficial Udemy Student Guide: Tips and tricks to get online courses and training videos free or dirt cheap!
4.6 (733 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
16,189 students enrolled
Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 4/2016
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Locate and identify the best courses on a specific topic
  • Get the best price when purchasing any Udemy course
  • Communicate with course instructors and students
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  • The only prerequisite for this course is a Udemy student account

This course is not sponsored by or affiliated with Udemy, Inc.

Hi, my name is Brian. I'm not only a Udemy instructor, I'm a student too.

In this, my first full year with Udemy, I've managed to acquire 319 courses.

Now, you may think that I spent a lot of money acquiring so many courses, but you'd be wrong. You see, I obtained most of my courses for free and the rest at ridiculously low prices through the use of coupon codes.

Coupon Codes? What's that?

Don't worry, everything is explained in the course.

In this course I'll show you how to find the best courses at the best prices and then how to get the most out of each course you take.

The course is divided into the following main sections:

  • Evaluating the Udemy Course Catalog
  • Never Pay Full Price for a Udemy Course
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Udemy Courses

And it's all explained in under an hour. Best of all, it's free, so what have you got to lose?

Note: If you're in a rush, simply scan the lecture descriptions, which are fairly descriptive, and drop in on any lectures that interest you. Udemy course taking tip #1.

So, if you're ready to Udemy with the best of us then I'm ready to show you the tricks of the trade.

As always, good luck and happy Udemy'ing.


Who is the target audience?
  • All Udemy students should take this course
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:42

For the course overview I simply read the course description. If you've already read the course description, go ahead and skip this lecture. Don't worry, the real meat doesn't start until Lecture 2.

Course Overview
Evaluating the Udemy Course Catelog
5 Lectures 12:03

In this lecture you'll learn to use the search box which is located in the upper left hand corner of the course display screen. Search the course catalog for topics of interest such as "powerpoint 2013" or "gardening". Udemy returns all applicable search results a screen at a time. Use the filters on the left side of the search result screen to reduce the number of search results. Click a filter while enabled to disable it.

Searching and Filtering Results

In this lecture you'll learn how to evaluate the course quality of interesting search results. You'll begin your evaluation by scanning the search results for interesting topics with a large number of high quality reviews. Hovering over a course card will display the number of lectures in the course and the number of hours of video. Click on a course card to display the course description.

Watch the promotional video before expanding and reading the course description. Make note of other courses that people looked at and the quality of the reviews. Next you'll read the course biography to get a sense of the instructor. Finally, you'll make not of other courses by the instructor displayed at the bottom of the screen.

Evaluating a Course

In this lecture you'll learn how to display the course instructor's profile page by hovering over the instructor's name at the top of the course description page and selecting "View Profile". Check out the instructor's biography and see what other courses they teach.

Evaluating an Instructor

When you find a course that looks interesting and passes your quality review, click the heart in the upper right hand corner of a course card or click "Wishlist" button to the right of the course description page. By clicking these buttons you'll be adding the course to your personal wishlist. Later you can review your wishlist by clicking on your face in the upper right corner of each Udemy page and selecting "My Wishlist" from the pulldown menu. Click the "Revmoe from Wishlist" popup link on a wishlisted course card to remove that course from the wishlist.

Building a Wishlist

Note that some courses include lecture titles that end with a "Preview" button. Press the button to preview any of these lectures for free. Click the "Start free preview" link at the top of the course description on the right to begin a five minute preview of any other lectures in the course.

Using Free Previews
Never Pay Full Price for a Udemy Course
8 Lectures 26:53

After displaying search results, be sure to select "Free" as the desired price in order to review the free courses that match your search criteria.

Displaying Free Courses on Udemy

4/4/2016 Udemy Pricing and Coupon Update

The lecture provides an introduction to Udemy coupon codes. Coupon codes are used to purchase Udemy courses at a discount or even to get them for free. Coupons can be issued by Udemy during a promotional sale, but the instructor, or by an affiliate. The three types of coupons are: free, percentage off, and fixed price. The remainder of this section outlines strategies for obtaining Udamy course coupons.

An Introduction to UDemy Coupon Codes
06:07 provides the best selection of free Udemy course coupons. Go give the site a visit periodically to collect the latest course releases for free.

Getting Free Coupons Codes on BestBlackHatForum

In this lecture you'll learn to search the internet for discount coupon codes for a specific Udemy course.

Searching the Internet for Coupon Codes

This lecture provides a brief overview of the Udemy messaging system which can be used to communicate with course instructors and other students.

Messaging an Instructor

This lecture outlines the do's and don'ts of asking an course instructor for a discount coupon to their course and provides an explanation for why they'll provide at least a %50 discount.

Asking an Instructor for a Coupon Code

If you end up with more than one coupon, do the math or try them all out to make sure you end up with the lowest price.

Choosing the Best Coupon Code
Getting the Most Out of Your Udemy Courses
3 Lectures 06:24

This lecture outlines three strategies for taking a course: pick and choose, what a bit and try a bit, or watch the entire lecture.

Three Strategies for Taking a Course

This lecture discusses using the Udemy messaging system to ask a course instructor questions and starting an open discussion on a course.

Leaving Questions and Comments

This lecture shows just how easy it is to leave a review for a completed course and make the plea to please do so.

Leaving a Review
2 Lectures 06:03

Some closing suggestions on what to do with your new knowledge.

Where Do I Go From Here?

An overview of the 14 courses I managed to record during my first year with Udemy.

My Course Catalog
Continuing Education
2 Lectures 08:26
Addendum: The Free List is Gone

Additional tips and tricks including a pointer to udemy(dot)com/courses/top-free.

August 2015 Update
About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
4.5 Average rating
2,933 Reviews
58,153 Students
32 Courses
Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2929+ Reviews, 58,000+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.