I took a detour from the technical online courses I was planning to take for the year and embarked first on a mentally light but very useful course from UC San Diego via Coursera’s course offerings. The best part was that they offer financial aid for learners coming from developing countries so I got my certification from them after I finished it. I managed to finish the 4-week course despite my other commitments and it was really one of the best investments of my time that I have made this first quarter of the year. I now call this LHTL or Learning How to Learn course as the glue that holds all my other online course learnings together.
These days, it’s quite unimaginable for me to live my digital life without these online courses at my ready disposal. I am not aimlessly gallivanting my mind with the exercise; in fact, I sort of designed my own curriculum for learning the subjects that I am genuinely interested in. And to have the freedom and flexibility to do so is one of the perks of my present situation.
The LTHL course is currently taught by a pair of multi-awarded neuroscientists who are really awesome at understanding how the brain works especially when mastering tough subjects. I was really fascinated at how the course work was presented. It did not feel like a chore to watch through the videos week in and week out, plus I got a lot of insights on how I can improve my online studying habits. I already knew about some of the methods discussed such as the Pomodoro technique, but they provided the rigorous explanation that really nailed down the reason why Pomodoro technique is super effective.
Certainly, this is not going to be the last time that I will take an online course; this is the fourth I have successfully finished since I dabbled with online courses in 2012. It’s pretty slow compared to other people who manage to finish college-equivalent course work in a year or so; my mother is pretty addicted to these and I think she already has seven or eight finished courses from Coursera! Haha! 🙂 She was really happy when I introduced this platform to her and it really expanded her knowledge on culinary arts and gastronomy.
Right now, I am working on three course work series with Coursera: a photography course series, something about user experience, and the long-standing one on data science. It’s really interesting stuff that has taken up a lot of my time. I think that being a cavewoman or hermit of sorts is a huge advantage when you are trying to pursue non-traditional paths such as this. I genuinely believe that there is a lot of potential to online courses and it will continue to grow. I totally support it because it makes education accessible to everyone in the world, even if they don’t have enough money to spend on tuition fees.