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French, Week 15

Some weeks, you feel like you go through the motions.
This was not one of those weeks.

Made a small breakthrough that helps me now remember words faster, when I add images to my app.
Now in addition to the images for the word, I also add an image that might help me remember how the word actually ‘sounds’.

For example, this is word I have to learn. Singe.
Singe is monkey, in French.
So here’s a monkey … of sorts.

— image courtesy Max Pixel

The thing with ‘this’ monkey though is that, he’s singing.
And my brain goes … hmmm … singing monkey … singing … sing … Singe!

Like Trinity says, “That’s a nice trick!” :)

Will do this with all new cards now.
And the old ones that I find hard to remember.


Study, Day 9

French

The app! the cursed app!
Just did the bare minimum today.

Programming Practice

  • Didn’t waste tooooo much time today :)
  • Manged to figure out what was actually asked for in Python terms and wrote it down as instructions in the file.
  • working at slowly converting them to code now.
  • All the fussing I did over fonts and setting things up yesterday paid off. The editor has receded to tho background and I can just work.
  • I made progress with the program today.
  • only a tiny bit left.

Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Applications

  • The fourth app kicked my butt.
  • got it working, but it was really hard going.
  • done for this week. will attempt next week

Study, Day 8

French

The app is now buggy, since the last update and crashes on me all the time.
Am at it though.

Python Practice

This is stupid.
I spent an hour just setting up my environment all over again.
This should teach me to do at least a little bit every day.

  • 1 hour of setup
  • 1 hour of tremendous headscratching
  • No practical reasults.
  • Tomorrow hopefully is a better day.
  • The only positive thing is I feel, my mind has begun to crank again.

Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Applications

  • Started watching the videos.
  • Built three tiny apps in rapid succession.
  • Getting my python mojo back.
  • Run out of steam after 3 hours.
  • Ending on a high note, though. will pick up the pieces tomorrow.

Study, Day 7

Was on a roll.
Went and finished the whole geography textbook.
My brains are smoking now.

Next step, spaced repetition exercises of all the chapters for two months.

MITx, 6.00.1x, Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python

Did quite a bit of the course’s exercises. I realise now that I should have just downloaded the course from the Open Courseware site and worked on it at my own pace.
The MOOC is excellent, but not for me.
I keep missing all sorts of deadlines.
My life and the MOOC sadly do not get along.

Or maybe, I just do the MOOCs at my pace, knowing that there will be things I will miss, but as long as I get the learning (and I do the practice), I should be fine.

Did up to Week 4 of exercises.
Will tackle the rest next week.