Practice makes perfect: the best self-learning platforms for data science

Laura Gommers - May 2, 2023

In today’s digital era, data matters most. With the amount of data being generated every second, companies are constantly looking for skilled data analysts to help them analyze and derive insights from data. What better way to learn the tricks of the trade than from the comfort of your own home or at your own pace in the office? In this blog, we highlight some of the best data self-study platforms.

Self learning platforms come in a wide variety of formats, including online courses, tutorials, videos and e-books. They cover all the interesting topics, from data analysis to visualization to machine learning and artificial intelligence. One of the most significant advantages of self-learning platforms is the flexibility and convenience. It allows you to fit learning around your existing schedule.



The first platform that deserves a spot in this list is DataCamp: an online learning platform that is dedicated to teaching data science skills. The platform offers courses in a variety of topics, including data analysis, data visualization, machine learning, and more. The courses are designed to be interactive and hands-on, with users working through exercises and projects to apply what they’ve learned. These courses are the most useful if you are starting from scratch.

Recommended Courses:

  • Introduction to Python for Data Science
  • Introduction to R
  • Introduction to SQL


If you are looking for a platform that is dedicated to teaching all the ins and outs about coding and programming, Codecademy is your place to go. The platforms offers courses in a variety of programming languages essential for data-related roles.

Recommended courses:

  • Python Tutorial
  • Master a Skill: Analyze Data with Python
  • Master a Skill: Visualize Data with Python


A platform you might already know is Coursera: an online platform that offers a wide range of courses, including data related ones. The courses are designed and taught by instructors from top universities and institutions. With more than 75 million users, it has proven to be one of the best interactive platforms. Since reading all the different courses will take you hours, we made your life easy and highlighted the best ones:

  • Exploratory Data Analysis with Python and Pandas
  • Data Analysis with Python
  • IBM Data Science
  • Machine Learning


Another platform that is worth your attention is Udemy: an online learning platform that offers a wide range of courses related to data science and analytics, as well as other tech-related fields. The courses are created by experts and possibly the best thing about Udemy is that the courses are often updated to reflect the latest industry trends and practices.

Most recommended courses:

  • The Data Science Course
  • Machine Learning A-Z
  • Data Science and Machine Learning Bootcamp


Last but not least: Kaggle: a popular platform for data scientists and machine learning enthusiasts. Kaggle started off as a platform just to participate in competitions, but is much more now: it made it easy for anyone to learn form the best data experts. With more than 50.000 data sets with real-world examples, the courses are designed to provide the best hands-on and practical experience.  They are suitable for beginners as well as more experiences data scientist.

The best courses:

  • Python
  • Data Cleaning
  • Machine Learning
  • SQL

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