It is important to stress that Masterclass isn’t offering practical courses in improving your basic skills. These are more like tips from experts who are acknowledged world leaders in their fields. If you are looking for advice the practical aspects of business or professional writing you will probably need to look elsewhere. But there are still plenty of great opportunities to learn on offer too.
Reputation of tutors at Masterclass
This is one area where Masterclass really excels, of course. Who would not want to be taught film making by the likes of Werner Herzog, or learn tennis tricks from Serena Williams. You do need to bear in mind, though, that these tutors are not offering interactive lessons. All lessons are delivered by one of the experts basically talking straight to the camera, almost in the manner of a YouTube video. How much you pick up from the courses depends on how much attention you pay, basically.
You also need to bear in mind how much you will be paying for these insights before you decide to opt to study a course or not. There is a wide range of expert advice offered, but there are some areas that are not covered in depth. You will not find any computer coding courses, for example. So while there are plenty of great artists, chef and athletes teaching courses at Masterclass, there are no tech wizards teaching programming.
Course length — too long, too short?
There are over 70 courses available at Masterclass, with an average of 24 lessons in each of those courses. Each lesson lasts for an average of 12 minutes, which is probably just about right. It can be hard to concentrate on someone talking to camera for longer than that if you need to absorb everything that they are saying. That length of lesson also means that one topic can be covered in detail, without you having to work hard at remembering too much. Given that there is little interactive material available to help with learning, this length of lesson works well when it comes ro retaining the attention of learners too.
With 24 lessons in each course, course length is also long enough to offer enough detailed insight without overwhelming learners. Of course, given the prices of the courses, it is also gratifying to see plenty of expert insight on offer too.
Many online reviews state that some of the Masterclass content is actually replicated elsewhere on the internet, with some of Gordon Ramsey’s classes, on taking apart a whole chicken for example, also being available on YouTube. There is also a feeling from some reviewers that you do not learn enough of the basic skills of, for example, screenwriting from the likes of Aaron Sorkin. Rather, you are being given the inspiration to become better at a chosen skill.
There is a really positive view among many people on social media about the gift giving options that Masterclass offers. This seems to be an especially popular aspect of Masterclass’s services, and it perhaps offers an insight into the kind of market that Masterclass is aiming for. These are not necessarily courses for people who want to improve their CV, but are rather for people who aspire to be great at their chosen skill, and want to hear insights from experts.
There are generally positive views among many learners that the courses offer good value for money. The quality of the experts teaching the courses is a particularly important factor when it comes to judging this aspect of Masterclass too, with many students delighted to be learning from the likes of Martin Scorsese. Some do express disappointment at the level of interactive involvement, though.
Some reviews have also expressed reservations that there is very little in terms of practical help on offer in the courses. This, though, is a relatively minor quibble for many, with most thinking that the opportunity to learn from such great minds outweighs this consideration.
Overall, learners tend to view Masterclass in a very positive light, though there are some minor reservations about course content and the practical application of what is being taught.