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Our Top 3 Picks From The Great Courses Plus

There's nothing better right now than guilt-free screen time and with The Great Courses Plus, that's exactly what you get.

We've loved using this platform for their expert-created audio and video lectures with thousands of hours to stream.

That being said, having such a wide selection makes it hard to know where to start. We've done it for you - here are our top 3 picks on The Great Courses Plus for March:

1. How to Play Chess: Lessons from an International Master

While we've been spending a lot of time at home, there have been many bingeable shows to grace our screens including Netflix's The Queen's Gambit. Millions fell in love with chess on-screen but taking the board in real life is a different matter. International chess master, Jeremy Silman takes you through the fundamentals, strategy, and more all in just 24 compact lessons. It's perfect for beginners or seasoned players. With the lectures, you can learn at your own pace, skip around, or rewatch old lectures. Refer to a course guidebook whenever you want and build your chess skills to take your game to the next level.

Nowhere else do you have access to a U.S Open champion as well as the consultant for the chess scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (you know the one). This is a course you can't miss.

2. The Complete Guide to Baking Bread

2020 taught us that nothing beats a homemade loaf of bread. The sourdough movement took over and kitchens everywhere have been baking ever since; though it's not as easy as it looks.

The Great Courses Plus takes you through it all with their complete guide to baking bread in 26 courses. The best part is that you don't just get one expert here… you get three!

Chef Michael Kalanty has more than 20 years of baking experience and teaches at the International Culinary School. He takes you through the beginning and then passes the baton, or in this case, the baguette to Chef Zoe Francois - author of "Artisan Bread in Minutes." To top it off you'll also learn from Chef Richard Miscovich, an assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University teaching bread production.

Between the three you'll learn everything you need to know to create the perfect loaf, from the chemistry of gluten to stuffed bread. Move past sourdough with these expert teachers right in your kitchen.

3. The Great Tours: Ireland and Northern Ireland

With international travel still limited, we're taking every chance to explore the world from our living rooms and we've fallen in love with Ireland.

In this eye-opening travelogue, you'll explore the country with Marc C. Conner, professor and President of Skidmore College. Over 24 lectures you'll make your way from prehistoric and Celtic Ireland to modern-day Dublin. Plus, you'll get insight into Irish film, sports, pub life, and traditional music - it's all the knowledge from the safety of your home.

It's definitely not a substitute for the experience itself, but The Great Courses Plus feeds your wanderlust for the time being.

Our top 3 courses are just a sliver of what The Great Courses Plus has to offer.

When you subscribe with a monthly, quarterly, or annual plan you get access to everything which means videos as long as 60 hours or 60 seconds - it's all yours. You also get content that The Great Courses Plus produces in partnership with renowned organizations such as National Geographic, History®, Smithsonian, the Mayo Clinic, and The Culinary Institute of America. It's a valuable resource and a must-have subscription.

Learning is limitless with The Great Courses Plus and our editors love keeping you in the loop on what's at the top of our list.

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