1. Come on your own terms.
Learning coding is hard, and it takes time. You have to be patient with yourself, and you have to know that, at some point in your education, you will feel like giving up.
It’s important for you to come at this on your own terms; don’t let anyone else distract you from what’s important or make you feel badly about yourself if things aren’t going smoothly. The most important thing is that you find a way of learning that works for YOU – one that builds YOUR knowledge rather than someone else’s.
You need to accept the fact that not all learning styles are suited for every kind of coursework – but don’t let this discourage YOU! Everyone learns differently and there are plenty of resources online (including our own!) where people can share their experiences with finding ways around these issues
2. Take it slow.
Don’t try to rush. It’s always better to take your time, especially on the first steps of coding. You can always learn more later on. If you feel like you don’t understand what is going on in the tutorial, stop and watch it again (or even 3 times if necessary).
3. Pay attention to how you feel.
You should pay attention to how you feel while learning code. If you’re feeling like giving up or frustrated, take a break. If you’re feeling excited and interested in the material, keep going! If it’s getting too much for your brain to handle in one sitting, then take a break and come back later when you feel refreshed.
4. Challenges are good.
You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to try and fail, again and again. This is normal. And it’s also a great way for you to learn how things work in code, because you can see exactly how the outcome changes based on how you approach your task.
You may even find that some challenges are difficult for you—but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible for everyone else! If something seems too much work or just plain confusing, don’t stress about it; there are many ways of approaching problems in coding, and often there’s more than one right answer (or at least multiple ways of doing things).
So if something seems like it might be too much trouble as a beginner coder—maybe because it looks complicated or requires time outside of class—just do what works best for you!
5. Does bad code exist?
The goal here isn’t to make you perfect at writing good code right away. Instead, we want to give you enough knowledge about how programming works so that when you encounter bad code (and yes it does exist) then maybe someday soon you’ll know exactly why something doesn’t work as well as it should have done!
6. Learn to organize your files.
The best way to ensure you don’t get overwhelmed by the many files associated with coding is to organize them.
There are multiple ways to do this, but one of the most popular methods is through a project-based method. This means that each file represents one specific project or idea for your website or app. Once you have an idea for a new site, start a new file and name it something that correlates with its purpose (e.g., if you want to create an online store, name it “Online Store”). Then add all of your code inside so that it makes sense when you’re done working on it later down the road!
The other option is using folders—this allows us to keep things more organized than just having everything in one giant folder called “Coding Project Files.” For example: Folder 1, Folder 2, etc., until we get down into our fifth folder level where we start naming things like “Pages” and “Homepage”.
7. Show the shiny stuff first.
To get the most out of your coding class, you need to be able to see how your code works. If you can’t see what’s happening, why would you bother going through the trouble of coding it in the first place? A great way to show off what happens when a line of code is executed is by using a screencast:
A screencast is essentially a video recording of everything on your computer’s screen as it plays back what has been recorded. When creating a screencast with Camtasia (the program we teach in our beginner-level coding classes), there are three main things that stand out when making one:
- The quality of the sound – A good microphone helps capture clear audio so that anyone listening can hear exactly what was said or done during the recording (i.e., “I pressed ‘Save'”.) 2) Camera angle and distance – This depends mostly on who will be watching/listening; if they’re sitting right next to their computer then they don’t need anything fancy but if they’re across town then zoom may be necessary so all details can be seen clearly without having any distortion from distance between camera and subject (i..e., person speaking). 3) Lighting – It’s best if lighting conditions aren’t too dark since this might make it hard for someone watching from afar—or even nearby!
8. Make a map and keep it around.
You will forget things. It’s okay. You’re not going to remember your first HTML tag, or the name of your first programming language, or how to use a specific tool or library. You’ll probably forget what you had for lunch yesterday. The point is that it’s important not to get discouraged when you can’t remember something right away—you might just need a reminder!
Make a map (either digital or physical) and keep it around for whenever you need help remembering what certain things look like, where certain functions are located, etcetera.
9. Find and save resources to use in the future.
One of the most important things you can do as a beginner is to find and save resources for future use. Resources could be anything from a template, to an online course, to an article that explains how to solve a specific problem. The point is that you will want access to these things when you need them.
It’s best that these resources are easily accessible so that they don’t have to be searched for each time they’re needed. To make this happen, it’s not just about storing them on your local computer; rather, consider saving them in places like Dropbox or Google Drive so that they’re accessible from other devices too (like if someone else has borrowed your laptop).
10. Take advantage of free trial periods for coding courses, books, groups, and so on.
I think free trial periods are an essential part of learning coding, especially if you’re a beginner. They can help you decide if you want to continue with a course or book, and they can help you decide if you want to join a group or community. A lot of people will sign up for a coding class without doing any research first, then drop out after the first week because it turns out the material is too difficult for them. If there’s no obligation attached, though, you’ll feel less pressure about continuing—and that might help keep your spirits up as the class progresses.
11. You’ll often see things that don’t work or don’t make sense at first glance. Don’t delete them, just mark them for later and move on for now.
As you start to learn and understand more, you’ll find that things that didn’t make sense at first glance often do when taken in context. Don’t delete them just yet! Just mark them for later, and move on for now.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything that doesn’t work or makes no sense – whether it’s your own code or someone else’s! Developers love helping other developers learn as much as possible so don’t hesitate if something isn’t working the way you expect it should be doing so; try asking around on StackOverflow or other places where there are people who specialize in certain areas like security experts who will know what vulnerabilities exist within certain pieces of code allowing them access without permission from their owners…
Plus+. When you’re learning to code, there might be a lot of unfamiliar things but it’s not impossible to learn!
You may feel overwhelmed when you start learning to code. There are so many new concepts, and it can feel like there’s just too much to learn at once. But trust me when I say that it’s not impossible to learn! When you’re trying something for the first time, don’t be afraid if you don’t understand everything right away.
Just ask for help! You can always look up answers on Google or StackOverflow (or even your friend who is a coder). If someone does something wrong, try to figure out why they made a mistake before offering any advice—you’ll be more helpful if your advice is based on facts instead of speculation.
Don’t worry about making mistakes; they’re part of learning anything new! The important thing is that you keep trying until eventually things click into place in your brain and make sense as a whole concept instead of individual pieces floating around aimlessly in space somewhere near Jupiter or something like that.”