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I just can't cram in the lectures, the extra materials and the problem sets in the time space. I am 54 and have never been to University so am doing Open University in the UK. I suffer badly from extreme depression and anxiety (yes they are REAL diseases, you don't just snap out of them) but have actually had a bad relapse. I feel I could have given a decent account of myself 20 years ago but its much harder now. So I am doing something a little gentler (Java). I will, however come back to these regularly and try to figure them out. I am still viewing the lectures as they run but I wont be attempting the problem sets this time round.
#6.00x To some of you it maybe was intuitive, but one of the problem sets just didn't make any sense to me until I "cheated" and put the code into IDLE and ran it (against what the course suggests - but maybe not until a later post by them) (2:9:2). It would have been great if they'd made reference to the page in the textbook that explained what the third digit did; I think it meant go up by 2? Some of my Computing-teacher friends who have no experience and were basically "typing-teachers"-come-beginner programmers invested more than 12 hours per week and couldn't keep up with the work, so they'll seriously have to consider who their target market really is. I hope they're good at taking feedback. :)
I am 43 and love to learn, especially online.
As for the maths, I have a reasonable intellect and can see things in the world which aren't taught at any university, but John Nash I am not
sorry, who is John Nash? Okay used my google and found: John Forbes Nash, Jr. (born June 13, 1928) is an American mathematician whose works in game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations have provided insight into the forces that govern chance and events inside complex systems in daily life. His theories are used in market economics, computing I take it this is who you mean? I thought I had a very reasonable grasp of most math and logic too!
Yes, he was also a professor at MIT
It least that's what in says in Google so must therefore be true !
#6.00x Just want to say one more thing, the truth about my frustration. It's mostly about commiting to something (6.00x), telling everyone and then believing I could do it and running into some barriers and "complaining". If I committed to the time, then I would have just gotten on with the work and probably not said much. That being said, there are always ways to improve a course and I think it's a great thing what the rest of you are doing. Go Well :)
@sportsguy im sry mate you can not follow it (same for minimallux ofc)!To me it seems such a great course. But still this is a University grade course...and since it is a course u cant expect to do it in 2 hours a week.....when u get to a course u have to have the time to do it!(i believe for those who cant afford the time there is the 6.00 OCW course that is as good as 6.00x:) ) What i have to say is that in 2 years of programming course in the uni i attended (never finished thought) i have have learnt very few ....in those 3 weeks of 6.00x ive learnt double if not more ! im happy and satisfied with it!:)
It is a good course, still following it but the problem sets are too intense for me I have a lot of mental health problems which are exacerbated by them, At age 54 in the UK I am not going to get a job Python programming, so it is not as important that I do them. I can at least read some Python code even if I do not write it very well. I will keep coming back to it though, I too have learned more in a few lessons than in 2 years of other online courses.
its great to hear u wont give up in all!:)
No, not giving up, but seeing this has made me realize I cant do everything and of course there are way better programmers than me, I am more suited to Java which I seem to understand a little better. Check out my blog on a minimal Linux installation if you use Linux http://minimallinux.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/centos-6-minimal-install.html
I've also been learning to say No and it feels good to do it for the right reasons. Thanks for your feedback microbot, that's good to know about "university level" experience and what would be expected in terms of number of hours. Just been out of the loop for so long, would't remember.
@minimalllinux why not just do the 2008 ocw course. i did it and took my time - just worked on it as i could. took a while but i spent a lot of time reading/researching stuff tangential to the course material - it was great to just take my time and go at my own pace
#6.00x Yes, reminded myself I'm an "all or none" kind of guy. I did start with that 2008 course hoping it would give me a headstart on 6.00x, which it did, just underestimated how much time I have. I can still do parts of 6.00x, I liked it.
I am looking for a suitable Java course which will go with Open University course I am starting soon. I thought this course might help but It is not entry level and I have had a relapse. I am 54 years old with extremely bad anxiety and depression problems due to past events in my life which have caused me enormous distress. I wasn't prepared for the level of maths in this course and the speed at which the learning process is ramped up. I have learned I am not 25 anymore !
I am a late starter in computing, just level 1 Linux (up to) so still trying to find a level at which I can comfortably be involved.
Here is my blog post on the course http://minimallinux.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/centos-6rhel-install-gtapecalc.html
I took quick look at the HarvardX course, and again, it is too intense for me, covering too much of a wide variety of subjects and with deadlines etc. All the students seem to be around 20 YO so I think I need something much gentler. The rapid fire commentary in the opening lecture is simply too much, its like hes whipping up a frenzy, some kind of motivational speaker on steroids. I guess that's how the Americans do it and why they are the tops in computer science !. I'm British, slow, old and disabled. Just something in bite sized portions is OK for me