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Nathan

Nathan
UK

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

Written 3 years ago
+ Fun and useful, I liked the presenter's lighthearted style :)

- Could have had more content in 4 weeks or the present amount of content distributed for less weeks. The 3-4 hours/week said on the Coursera website is a lot more than necessary, I spent probably less than a hour a week with the course (though I only watched the videos and did the quizzes, didn't do the written assignment).

- The videos about test-taking were personally irrelevant, but I guess it can be useful for people in formal education
My rating
Nathan completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

Written 3 years ago
Sorry this course is more annoying than useful. The explanations are often confusing, the videos go off on tangents, use way too complicated examples, and I found the videos about language completely irrelevant to the topic. In the mid-video questions the material is often asked before it has been explained, making the course quite a frustrating experience.

(Dropped it at the 7th video of the 1st week.)
My rating
Nathan dropped this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World

Written 3 years ago
This course delivers a really really low value. I feel like it's more of a rough draft than an actual finished course. There's barely any information presented, it more so just points the learner towards potentially interesting topics that they can research themselves if they want.

There are barely any videos compared to other courses, and they are not really useful either. (Plus their technical production quality is quite low too.) Most of the reading material is made up of questions - if you like questions, go for it, but I personally take a course to actually receive information, not just a long list of questions about the topic I'm interested in. I have my own questions, thank you, I'd rather receive answers.

So far most of the value comes from the sometimes thought-provoking written assignments and some of the discussion among other participants, rather than the almost nonexistent formal material.

I feel like the course creators spent less time / week making this course than they expect learners to spend with it. Some of the assignments are unnecessarily time-consuming, so 7 weeks in I stopped doing them.
My rating
Nathan partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Positive Psychology

Written 3 years ago
I started this course without prior knowledge about Positive Psychology. It first seemed somewhat interesting and potentially useful with describing the workings of emotions, but from week 2 it started going in the direction of "forcing" positive emotions on one instead of just witnessing whatever we feel. I started feeling more and more put off from the course (and as I saw in the Discussion forums I wasn't the only one). I couldn't even finish week 2, I always felt so queasy when I engaged with the materials and the fellow students wholeheartedly parroting the dogma of positive thinking. I feel as a whole the course does more bad than good, especially for people without excellent self-awareness of their true feelings.
My rating
Nathan dropped this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Becoming Human: Anthropology

Written 3 years ago
Excellent course, it has very intriguing material, and high production quality. I found it really engaging. Recommended for everyone who's interested in evolution and anthropology.
My rating
Nathan completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Food, Nutrition & Your Health

Written 3 years ago
The course was interesting, though it had a bit too pathologising attitude towards obesity. I wished there was more information about how the absorption of various nutrients interacts with each other, instead of spending many videos on listing all the parts of the digestive system, which is a lot less relevant to most people's dietary decisions than the former.
My rating
Nathan completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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