Self-teaching programming skills -- some bumps in the road
September 7, 2013 11:57 AM Subscribe
I know MOOCs have like, a 7% success rate and I'm starting to viscerally understand why.
How do you keep yourself on track, as a self-guided learner?
How do you shift gears between multiple programming languages?
How do you refresh yourself on material after a lapse?
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posted by dee lee to computers & internet (6 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
So I've been learning to program in Python for a couple of months now. I started off with Learning Python the Hard Way and MIT's 6.00 course, but when I got stuck, those were soon overmatched by the ease of doing Udacity's CS101 and Codecademy's Python track right in my browser.
This was all before I discovered Coursera, which is not self-paced like the others. I neglected my coding for nearly a month-- I don't even remember why-- and now I'm taking a course in program design which uses Beginning Student Language. I'm ahead of the schedule and it's given me a yen to do more coding. The problem is, I look back at the projects I was doing before (in Python) and they seem far too advanced for me to understand, like I'm back at square one. I'm not sure what to do to get my head back in the game, and I don't want to keep starting over with new resources.