Can you believe that it’s Saturday already?
Today is officially day 11 of my year-long coding challenge. In the greater scheme of things, eleven days isn’t very impressive; for me, however, it’s a promising start to whatever may come next.
I’ve had a difficult and busy week. My pets got sick, work has been hectic and I haven’t been feeling my best, yet I’ve still managed to sit down and find time to code every single day. I may not have managed to meet my original goal of three coding hours per day, but even a few minutes is better than nothing at all…right?
What’s more, this has been an important week for me in terms of mapping out my path for learning and skills development.
The course seems quite intensive and I’ll need to do my best to fit it around my full-time job, but I’m excited to get started.
For me, however, I think that taking this course will really be beneficial.
Sure, I’m studying by myself right now, but that doesn’t mean I’m studying in the most productive way, nor does it mean I’m fully grasping and understanding every concept that I learn.
By working through guided coursework, surrounded by other learners and instructed by someone who can give me instantaneous feedback and help me to identify where I need a bit more practice, I feel that studying at a school will help me to make sure that I’m not missing out on any of the important, basic skills that I’ll need later on when my coding attempts become more complicated and intricate.
Will it be difficult to juggle study and work at the same time? Absolutely, but if I can manage this, then I really believe that I can manage anything else that comes my way.
Switching It Up
Obviously, this would suggest that my using one resource alone isn’t quite enough for me.
After reading the short chapter, you can then follow a link to an accompanying website that provides 20 practice questions (including a few that are timed) to help you put what you’ve just studied into practice and get used to using it in real coding situations.
I love how easy it is to incorporate the book and exercises into my busy daily routine (each chapter plus questions will only take around 15 minutes) and I’ve found that I’m remembering what I’ve learned from the book far better than anything I’m learning on Codecademy.