François Crabbé

Belgian medical doctor, with degree in tropical medicine and master in public health. Over 20 years of experience in HIV/AIDS program management and M&E. Currently working at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, mainly in program evaluation.

François Crabbé
Basel, Switzerland
Public health in the developing world
Doctor of Medicine (M.D)

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

Written a year ago
As this was my very first MOOC experience, I can't compare it with other courses.

Overall, it was well balanced, between duration of videos, of weekly sessions and assignments/quizzes.

Since lots of new concepts were presented, it would have been nice to start each week with a summary of those presented so far. Of course, it was always possible to watch again the videos. Actually, I did it for a couple of them.

It's always nice to have something in writing to which one can refer during/after the course. I didn't have the time to take notes while listening to and understanding the presentations. I will thus be pleased to refer to Prof. Oakley's book, which I ordered.

I found the quizzes very easy when taken right after the weekly sessions. I would have been interested in taking a quiz a few days later, e.g. before starting a new session.

My score were high enough, but maybe it was the same with most students. I would have liked to know in which percentile I found myself.

The exchange forums were a bit disappointing, maybe because they were now compulsory. Time is limited for most people, I suppose.

This course seems to be intended mainly for university students. Fair enough. However, I would have like to see/discuss learning tips for professionals, whose time organization differs significantly. How about "Learning how to learn in the professionals' world"?

All the best,


My rating
François Crabbé completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.