Day 79: August 10, Thursday
Today’s Progress: More going through Coursera and continuing to be a bit annoyed that the quizzes (and problems) cannot be turned in. With that said, I do appreciate that you can at least look at them. This means folks can still generally test themselves, even if they can’t submit their work.
Thoughts: Even though this first class in Coursera’s Python specialization is super basic I’m taking it slowly. That’s mostly because it seems that when I get home from work my time is a bit more restricted with other tasks. Well, hopefully it’ll be completed this weekend.
Time: 1 hour and 0 minutes.
Day 78: August 9, Wednesday
Today’s Progress: So, my initial Coursera course gave me a bit of an unfair look at the platform. The one I’m currently taking does not have as great a layout (in my opinion). More than that, however, the quizzes require a subscription/payment to be graded. I really don’t get why that is the case… Obviously to rake in more money, but it annoys me that’s for sure!
Thoughts: I would be much more willing to pony up for a Coursera subscription if it were not so pricey. $50 a month makes sense from the perspective that buying a certificate for one course in particular is a little bit more expensive than that. With a sub you get access to all courses. However, most people are not likely to finish one course in a month in my opinion. You’d have a few overachievers, sure, but that would be balanced out by tons of folks who pause learning but still leave their subscription active for months at a time. Oh well!
Time: 1 hour and 14 minutes.
Day 77: August 8, Tuesday
Today’s Progress: Oops, so I’ve discovered that I enjoy Coursera (more than other resources I’ve found for ‘class-like’ learning thus far). As such, I started up the Python specialization. The first course is almost certainly too simple at this point so I’ll blaze on through until things start to get complex, which is presumably in later courses.
Thoughts: Courses are absolutely my crutch. With that said, it feels amazing to “sit” in a course and find it makes sense. This is far different from my formative experiences with multiple programming courses over the years. Perhaps those initial terrible encounters are why these “easy” courses now are so uplifting.
Time: 1 hour and 38 minutes.
Day 76: August 7, Monday
Today’s Progress: It was a fun ride but today I completed the Python course on Coursera. The content was split up into seven weeks but thanks to its self-paced nature I was able to finish it in six days. This at least shows that I’ve learned a bit about Python, though not as much as could have been the case.
Thoughts: All in all it was a fun course, but one that was obviously below my level at this point. It would have been great to see more assignments jammed in there, rather than simple quizzes.
Time: 1 hour and 0 minutes.
Day 75: August 6, Sunday
Today’s Progress: Just completed week six of the seven week course on Coursera. As far as I can tell, this would have been a kinder introduction to Python than MITx’s course. However, it holds you hand to a degree that is not conducive to truly being prepared to start doing things once the class is over. In any case, there’s only one week left to go which I’ll probably finish today or tomorrow.
Thoughts: Coursera, Coursera, Coursera. Beyond taking my same old class I also looked at their Specializations. The concept is cool – especially when you realize you can “audit” everything for free. I just don’t know if their other classes will entice me like this one is, or if that’s just a matter of me actually enjoying the teachers.
Time: 4 hours and 01 minutes.
Day 74: August 5, Saturday
Today’s Progress: As is the rather obvious norm at this point, I’m still working through a Coursera course on Python. Right now I’m on week six of seven weeks total. This week isn’t particularly long except for a video detailing the creation of a program from start to finish. That’ll be interesting to watch, I hope!
Thoughts: Once this course is done it’ll be back to resuming other things I’ve been working with (most likely). Honestly, it’s hard to say for sure. As, prior to spontaneously taking this course, my drive hit an all-time low. My goal is still to complete this code challenge without skipping days like before. We shall see what transpires.
Time: 1 hour and 59 minutes.
Day 73: August 4, Friday
Today’s Progress: Yup, spent more time with Coursera. That was really all, but I am having fun with it fortunately. This marked my completion of the fourth week of material. It will probably be completely over in just a few more days unless something else catches my attention.
Thoughts: Looking through the forums for this Coursera course is really revealing. So many people just do not grasp the core concepts required to succeed in this class – at this point. And the thing is that I know exactly how they felt as I was the same way. It wasn’t just a failure to remember syntax. It was an inability to grasp even the simplest concepts or even realize that you need to be 100% exact with typing to make sure everything doesn’t explode.
Time: 1 hour and 27 minutes.