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Grades Don't Matter

    Learn Tricks Of The Trade, Be It Cooking Or Photography, Directly From Pros With This App

    Sreepathy posted on 19 April

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    If filmmaking or writing a novel is what floats your boat, then download the Grades Don’t Matter app. It’ll get you in touch pros in their own field, like Pooja Dhingra in the baking realm, to get you to learn.

    Grades Really Don't Matter

    You might be an IT guy who blogs about food, the engineering geek, who’s actually a super photographer or a writer-chef-model! Turns out, you can pursue your passion and learn everything there’s about it through nine (or more) fun video tutorials. Grades Don’t Matter (GDM), is a fun new alternative education service app and website that features industry stalwarts such as  entrepreneur Ritesh Agarwal (Oyo founder), Siddharth Roy Kapur (film producer), Bangalore Indie music boy Raghu Dixit, macron queen Pooja Dhingra (pâtissier & founder of Le 15), and funny man Sanjay Manaktala offering 30 courses for you to pick from.

    Varun Agarwal, author of How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company fame, is the man behind GDM. And he tells us that it’s all about offering comprehensive lessons under 45 minutes. Basically, each class is as long as an Uber ride. Or less if you’re heading past Silk Board! So on a ride from Koramangala to Indiranagar understand everything there is to becoming a chef, courtesy the Becoming a Chef 101 module by chef-partner Thomas Zacharias. What we love is that these courses really work out for anyone who’s either looking to switch career or just pursue their passion or hobby as a side-project. In the end, you would have learned a little more about the field you are interested or learnt everything there is to know about your passion.

    Watch, Learn, Repeat

    It’s something like a masterclass, so you will have Alicia Souza teaching you all there is to know about illustration through her module Illustration 101. Or Nitesh Tiwari, director of Dangal, talking to you about the basics of filmmaking, what pre and post-production is, and the art of storytelling and more through 15 lessons in the module aptly titled Film-making 101. These courses cover topics such as filmmaking, content creation, film production novel writing, entrepreneurship, music, fashion blogging, baking, illustration, performing arts, and stand-up comedy.

    When we took the app for a spin, on signing up, we were asked to choose our areas of interests, post which our profile had a curated list of tutorials. Now, we hear there are about 350 plus hours of video content present, and all these are split into nine (or more, depending on the course) video lessons. These video lessons are quite immersive given that they use keyword supers, graphs, and graphics to keep the attention locked in. Plus, the short duration also makes it easier for you to pick up the next lesson whenever you have the time. While a couple of lessons are free to the users, in order to complete the entire course, one must buy the workbook, which gives you unlimited access to all the video content for the said course. The workbook also helps you take the course at a slower pace. Once you’ve completed a course, you will get a digitally signed certificate from the course’s tutor.

    We did say that there are 30 lessons people, so one a day, Jack of all trades?

    You can visit the website here and/or download the app here.

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