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Salvador Pio Alonday

Salvador Pio Alonday
Philippines
Currently in Biology, Medicine. Looking to shift towards Computer Engineering or Computer Science
Bachelors Degree

Introduction to Geometry

Written a year ago
I took this course to review geometry because I wanted to take more advanced math MOOCs. I completed it in 2 sittings. It walks you through how to arrive at certain formulas and trains you in calculating. However, it doesn't train you in writing your own proofs.

It is an interactive course. Instead of just watching videos then answering questions afterwards, the questions are within the videos themselves and they facilitate understanding of the topic. You will be given a chance to answer by yourself, but whenever you get stuck, the instructor can 'hold your hand' to lead you towards the answer, but still gives you a chance to get there by yourself. It's like having a personal tutor.

The instructor walks you through the proofs, and yet the interactive lessons still feel short and sweet. However, this course doesn't train you in writing your own proofs. That's a major drawback for me. Also, there's no final exam that integrates all the topics discussed. The review questions are only self-contained within specific topics.
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Salvador Pio Alonday completed this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Written a year ago
The content is interesting for the most part, but I felt that the assessments were lacking. You watch the lectures, read stuff (the TCP/IP Guide readings come to mind) and do activities, but the exams hardly test your understanding. Most of the questions are the easy "what" type of questions, and barely go any deeper than that. As a result, I finished the course (with a 98% grade) without feeling like I have a solid understanding.
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Salvador Pio Alonday completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry

Written a year ago
What makes this course hard are the readings (Precalculus by Stitz and Zeager). The lectures are easy to understand (especially once you're done with the readings for the week; the difficulty of lecture content is A LOT easier than the readings) and the quizzes are easy too. Don't get me wrong, the book is good (and I thank this course for introducing me to a good quality open-source book such as this), it's just that sometimes readings are assigned that tackle topics which have not been discussed yet (or will never be discussed), or which appear in a reading that will be assigned in a later week (in particular, I'm thinking about question 1-h in Example 10.6.1, which is included in Week 4 readings). I would find myself feeling frustrated whenever unfamiliar words pile up. Moreover, the lecturer doesn't inform you about these things; you're just left to wonder if there's a prerequisite that you missed, or if it's okay to not worry about these things because you will learn them later or they're outside the scope of the course. I suspect the book would be a more enjoyable read if I had the time to read it from start to finish (or at least roughly from start to finish).
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Salvador Pio Alonday is taking this course right now, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Financial Planning for Young Adults

Written a year ago
I just finished this course yesterday (excluding the last optional module). What this course does is it walks you through reflecting on your dreams and what's important to you, to setting realistic goals (both short-term and long-term) and how you can go about achieving them. It expounds on why you should do these things while/if time is still on your side, i.e. if you are within the "young adult" category #timevalueofmoney (but people from all ages can find something of value here).

Everything is easily digestible. It introduces you to basic concepts; some formulas were given but you're not required to answer a lot of computation questions involving them (that may either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your purposes for taking this course). It's perfect for laypersons. Overall, it's a good introduction/overview, esp to people who are just starting out with their adult lives.
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Salvador Pio Alonday completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python

Written a year ago
I came to this course after taking some parts of Harvard's CS50x (a really good course), another Intro to CS course, so I couldn't help but compare. This isn't to say which one "did it better"

(since you really shouldn't compare since they have difference scopes) but just to show you how they are different, and to help you choose depending on what you're looking for.

They take different approaches. CS50x explains a lot of what goes on "under the hood" and teaches programming using C (a low-level language in comparison to Python), and also touches on a lot of other CS topics besides programming. It's a more comprehensive introduction. MITx6.00.1x actually seems to avoid mentioning what goes on under the hood, because the focus is on abstraction and modularity, and uses Python to teach programming. Compared to CS50x, 6.00.1x lectures are more "bite-sized", discussing one or a few topics at a time then testing your understanding with finger exercises immediately afterwards.

The lectures in 6.00.1x can be somewhat dry at times. The problem sets are sufficiently engaging. They can be difficult while you're starting out, but they become more manageable as you learn more about the language.

In summary, if you're choosing between CS50x and this course, the points to consider (imo) are:

the approach ("under the hood" vs "abstraction and modularity"),

the scope (programming + touching on more vs just programming hence shorter),

the language used (C vs Python),

and length of lectures (1hr+ each vs ~10min lectures with fexes in between).

Overall, 6.00.1x did well the things that it set out to do.
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Salvador Pio Alonday completed this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

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