How To Learn A Programming Language Fast: 8 Tips And Techniques
This post will help you find awesome ways to learn programming fast, but these tips and techniques can be used anytime you’re trying to learn something new quickly. Learning programming can be very intimidating to many people but if it’s something that you enjoy it will be a whole lot easier. Here are some of the things that I found helped me learn the programming language Java faster and allowed me to retain more information. I started with Java as my first language. Probably not the best idea. But I was very motivated to become a programmer and have gone on to learn many more programming/coding languages. Yes, I think there is a difference. I can’t get enough.
1. Include all of your senses: Everybody is different when it comes to what way they learn the best. It can be through reading, writing, hearing, watching, among other things. But I find that new coders and programmers can get the best results through using all of their senses at once. So if you decide to use a book to learn to program it’s a good idea to read it out loud so that you not only are seeing but you are hearing as well. When it comes to learning programming you should always write the code yourself too. There is only so much information that your brain can retain from just sight and sound. By writing the code out you are giving yourself first-hand experience with the new skill that you’re trying to create.
2. Watch video tutorials: The same thing applies to video tutorials. Although you are getting more visual information and results by learning through a video tutorial series you still need to do the work yourself. The more first-hand experience that you give yourself the more you will remember in the future.
3. Try unique things with the code: By testing out different ways to use the same type of programming you are reinforcing the code learned. Because you are using the same code to solve different problems. And isn’t that the main purpose of programming? Solving a problem by carrying out a list of instructions that you give the computer. Each time you learn something new try to use it in as many ways as you can think of. Then in the future when you need to perform a task or fix an issue you might already have an answer from a past technique.
4. Repetition: Just like with any new skill repetition is key. The more you do something the better you will get at it. You shouldn’t go too long in between lessons without using a skill that you’ve learned. As you go combine everything that you were taught up to that point to reinforce the memory. The longer you go without using a function, method, or what have you the easier it is to forget.
5. Schedule: Set aside a certain time every day to specifically focus on learning. Make sure to pick a place that has absolutely no distractions. You shouldn’t be thinking about anything else but what you’re trying to learn. If you need to write down anything that is on your mind first in order to keep your mind from wandering off in your thoughts. This way you won’t be focused on not forgetting some other detail in your life because you’ll have it safe and sound on paper for you to pick back up after your learning. I found an incredibly useful technique to make this process totally distraction free a while back. First, get your kitchen timer out. If you don’t have one you can download a digital one. What you do is after you have your schedule in place, Make your coffee or whatever else it is that you need with you. As long as it doesn’t divert your attention in any way. Go to your distraction-free spot. There should be no sounds, television, music, or people there. Set your timer for 25 minutes and begin learning. Have total laser focus on the new information. Don’t do anything else unless you absolutely have to for this time period. After the time is up take a 5-minute break to go to the bathroom or whatever you need to do and repeat the process again. These short educational bursts will have way more impact than if you had any type of distraction in the background or put in 10 hours of work straight. When you’re on your break you can evaluate what you just learned. When you have this schedule in place do not break it or make excuses. Stick with it intensely and make it your highest priority at the time you set.
6. Discuss the language with other people learning: By talking to other people that are working on the same goal that you are you those people will be reinforcing the information learned. And much of the time will correct things that you are doing wrong that you thought was right. You should know that by learning a programming language online that you are learning what that person thinks is right. They might not be doing everything the way it should be done. Read multiple books and watch many different peoples video tutorials to make sure that you’re getting all the right information. If you decide that you’re going to take a programming course at a local or online college than doing this extra study time will definitely speed up the process.
7. Write a variety of test programs: As you go through the learning experience you should always be writing your own programs to give yourself the most experience possible. You will find mistakes and things of that nature while making your own sample programs as well. In the beginning, it can be something as simple as a “Hello World” program or a random number generator that picks lotto numbers for you. It doesn’t matter. Just try to make it your own.
8. Have Fun! Most importantly is you need to enjoy at least somewhat the type of work you’re doing. Whether you make programs to calculate huge number databases or create first person shooter games programming should be fun and make you happy. If you don’t like what you’re doing it’s not worth your time.
The more time and effort you put into learning a programming language the faster you will learn it. Practice makes perfect. Put your new skill to use often to remember what you have learned. When you feel like you’ve mastered the language you can move on to another one and another one. Many languages are incredibly similar and you’ll be happily surprised at how much easier it is to learn another one. Take the time to choose what programming language works best for you and what you want to use it for. Try to do things to stay motivated to learn. And just keep pushing to achieve your goal of creating what I feel is a superpower for the future. Good Luck!
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