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.

...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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