I have a lot of computer learning to get through in the next 3 months. Given my current pace of learning and productivity system, I have no chance of succeeding.
The courses are similar to those offered by Coursera right now, some are all CBTs, some have some video lectures with exercises. They are all technical and have "tests" at the end.
How can I comprehensively and thoroughly improve every aspect of my productivity system tailoring it to learning and retention of computer courses delivered over the web?
Any technique, routine, system, useful tool, insight, etc. would be really appreciated. Reference material would be appreciated as well, but I will probably put that specific question to another forum on this network..
Material to learn
- Video lectures (can control playback speed: 1.5x, 2x)
- CBT, connect concepts, find answers, some interactivity to cement learning
- Books, available as PDF
- Slides, available as PPT and PDF (just for revision, all slides are in videos)
- Topic: computer science
- 3 months, give or take a few days (exam dates unannounced)
- Learn material enough to pass the exam (mixture multiple-choice / exercises)
- Multiple exams in the same week (can't just retain one, then another...)
- Laptop computer
- Old graphics tablet (doodling, mind-mapping, handwriting side notes, etc.)
- Very limited money (very!)
- Almost unlimited time in the day, adaptable sleeping pattern
- Flat-rate Internet connection
- All required software already installed, tested, working
- Can use/find quiet place to study, uninterrupted, undisturbed
- Age: in my 30s
- Disposition: tranquil, motivated
- No health problems (e.g. no back pain, ADD, etc.)
- Good memory but below-average patience
- Learn best by reading, understanding, applying concept, moving on (with some revision later on)
- Have been successfully learning in the last years (not "rusty")