Saturday, November 17, 2012

2012-11-17 Saturday - Scott Young's MIT Challenge

Scott H. Young set a goal of 1-year to learn the entire 4-year MIT curriculum for computer science, without taking any classes.

http://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/mit-challenge/

...he completed his goal on September 26, 2012, just under 12 months after beginning October 1st, 2011.

Regardless of any question of qualitative aspects of his acquired/retained knowledge - the idea of challenging yourself to cover such a breadth of material (whether on a compressed timeline or not) - cannot help but to improve you in so many ways:

  • A forced-march refresh of material you may not have covered in a long time
  • A forced-march exposure to potentially new material that wasn't available to you before
  • A real stretch of your learning habits
  • A way to go back and fill in (or reinforce) concepts that you may not have solidly internalized before
  • A way to challenge you to achieve greater efficiency in how you acquire new knowledge / and assimilate and organize that knowledge

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