My projects

In July of 2016, I did a 30-day challenge to see how much improvement I could make in drawing faces. I’ve done a rather extensive write-up which explains why I undertook the project, what techniques I used and implications for learning other subjects. Here is a comparison of three self-portraits I undertook. The first was […]

In 2014, I went with Vat Jaiswal on a trip to learn languages around the world. We traveled for just under one year, learning Spanish in Spain, Portuguese in Brazil, Mandarin Chinese in China and Taiwan and Korean in South Korea. For each language we had minimal preparation and aimed to learn with one rule: don’t speak in English! See the progress we made for each language in just three months each, as well as Vat’s stunning videography from each country.

In 2012, I decided to try to learn MIT’s 4-year undergraduate computer science curriculum in 12 months, without taking any classes. I was successful in passing the final exams for 33 classes and completing the required programming projects. You can view my TEDx Talk regarding the challenge, see links to all the free material I used, and see all the exams and projects I posted.

  • Hey Scott, your MIT challenge has inspired me to up my self-learning game, and I’m getting started now on 6.042J: Mathematics for Computer Science. Do you know where I could get my hands on an answer key for some of the problems in the free PDF “book” for the course. I think these would make a great addition to self-checking my progress, besides just using the previous exam solutions.

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    Hey Scott, your MIT challenge has inspired me to up my self-learning game, and I’m getting started now on 6.042J: Mathematics for Computer Science. Do you know where I could get my hands on an answer key for some of the problems in the free PDF “book” for the course. I think these would make a great addition to self-checking my progress, besides just using the previous exam solutions.

  • Ishraki Kazi

    🙂 thank you

  • Ishraki Kazi

    🙂 thank you

  • TheNameIsPhantom!

    Can We see your textbook list

  • TheNameIsPhantom!

    Can We see your textbook list

  • Eric Kimn

    This is fantastic. Before I saw this, I had the exact same idea (albeit years after Scott started in 2011). I also spent time putting together a curriculum. I also incorporated courses from Stanford, UC Berkeley, however. I’ve been putting this together for my own education, and I also bought all the books. It is super cool to see that someone has done exactly what I’ve been doing. I don’t really have 60 hours a week to dedicate to it since I have a full time job as well as family, so 4 years in 1 year sounds a bit unfeasible. The problem I’ve been facing has been genuine retention when I go too fast.

    Scott, if you’re there, how did you handle that? Did you take time off of work to finish it?

  • Eric Kimn

    This is fantastic. Before I saw this, I had the exact same idea (albeit years after Scott started in 2011). I also spent time putting together a curriculum. I also incorporated courses from Stanford, UC Berkeley, however. I’ve been putting this together for my own education, and I also bought all the books. It is super cool to see that someone has done exactly what I’ve been doing. I don’t really have 60 hours a week to dedicate to it since I have a full time job as well as family, so 4 years in 1 year sounds a bit unfeasible. The problem I’ve been facing has been genuine retention when I go too fast.

    Scott, if you’re there, how did you handle that? Did you take time off of work to finish it?

  • Atoms

    Inspired by your book and your spirit:)

  • Atoms

    Inspired by your book and your spirit:)

  • David Bingham

    I’ve been debating taking off a year to do something like this and I was ecstatic about finding this series today! Seriously feels so good to discover others like me. I am also interested in the answer to this.

  • David Bingham

    I’ve been debating taking off a year to do something like this and I was ecstatic about finding this series today! Seriously feels so good to discover others like me. I am also interested in the answer to this.

  • Nick

    Scott what you have done is amazing and very inspiring.

  • meez

    hey .. first of all thank u so much Scott .
    I need help .. I want to major in computer science .. but it is not available in my country .. so I’m confused ..
    the college gave me only two options :1/computer engineering 2/electornic engineering .. so please what should I do ? I want to major in computer science (software engineering)

  • Dudovsky

    You should take computer engineering since it is a discipline in the middle between electronic engineering and software engineering.

  • vayar

    Confused.
    I’m trying to learn some physics this way… did you have videos for the 8.01? Can’t find any on OCW.

  • Ketan

    Scott what you did is really amazing and a lot inspiring. I myself would be joining college in India in a few months. I would really like to thank you for the course curriculum and links you provided.

    Could you also provide the names of the books or journals you used (the two feet tower stacked beside you). It would be really helpful. Thanks again.

  • Julia

    Me he quedado a cuadros.

  • Gherardo Pertile

    Hi Scott, Gherardo from Italy here, …I’m 50 years old and I’m an architect, school teacher and now …musician too
    ; ) …. One year ago I took up my bass guitar again, which I played since I was twenty years old, and in one year I’ve made quite good improvement.

    But now I’m starting learning reading music and I’d like to have some suggestions in doing it as fast as I can…

    Thanks for all your inputs and kind regards!
    Gherardo.

  • is it a project

    you started a book club online

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