I am on sabbatical and I am taking this time to rest and relax and also learn new things. I want to share the goodness of Coursera with my readers. I learnt about Coursera last year. They provide free courses from well known universities globally. There is a range of courses from different categories so you will be able to find something from your interest. These are online courses and simple to moderately difficult assignments. They are hosted by high calibre academics. You will be awarded with an online acknowledgement upon completion of the course, or you can pay a token to receive a certificate from the university.

I find this very endearing. I have a friend who moans about him not being able to go to college and all. And when I told him about Coursera, he said he has already heard about Coursera and enrolled himself in a course or 2, only that he didn't get round to completing the courses. Well, what then? I feel rather sad that with all these good people out there who tried hard to make learning easy and free, there are also a group of people who procrastinate and are not motivated enough to receive this good will. 
I guess this is really what separates the movers and shakers from the rest. Without drive and motivation, what are you even if you are smart? You will always be lagging and stuck in that time warp. 
Anyway, for the rest of us who are motivated and interested in learning a thing or 2 for free! How about Coursera? The courses are easy and they usually take only 2-4 hours of commitment per week. That is simply sacrificing a couple of shitty reality TV shows. The courses are easygoing so if you are off on holiday, you can catch up on the modules after that in your pace anyway. 
Do check them out at COURSERA.ORG
This is a course I have signed up for and the pictures on this post will give you an example of what the module is like at a glance.

This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.  
Using these approaches, no matter what your skill levels in topics you would like to master, you can change your thinking and change your life. If you’re already an expert, this peep under the mental hood will give you ideas for turbocharging successful learning, including counter-intuitive test-taking tips and insights that will help you make the best use of your time on homework and problem sets. If you’re struggling, you’ll see a structured treasure trove of practical techniques that walk you through what you need to do to get on track. If you’ve ever wanted to become better at anything, this course will help serve as your guide.

Many of the chapters are presented in videos, so they are easy to digest even when you are folding your laundry or crocheting!

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