How to Get Coding with Codecademy
Codecademy's a great site for beginners learning to code. Since I've been using it for awhile now, here are tips for getting started:
1. Make Peace with Failure
Learning to code is messy. And you're going to make mistakes, which will be be frustrating.
Your best option? Embrace it.
After all, your failures show that you're pushing yourself outside your comfort zone.
2. Remember Your "Why"
You'll hit a place where you're starting to get things and you feel good, but not great about your skills.
When that happens, focus on your "why." Think of why you started learning to code. Was it for work? For fun?
Whatever your reason, use it as motivation to keep going.
3. Find Your Groove
With enough practice, you'll reach the sweet spot where things are starting to click. Getting there may not be straightforward, though.
It took me a couple tries.
After coding off and on for a few months, I wasn't really getting things. I went through the lessons, but the material wasn't sticking like I'd hoped it would.
So I made tough decision: I reset all my progress, then started over.
The second time around, I thought about what went wrong, then I made some changes by:
Taking notes on everything. - On my first try, I was over-confident and didn't take notes.
Practicing consistently. - Instead of going several days between practice sessions, I started coding a few times a week.
Now I can proudly say I'm confident in my skills and understand what I'm learning.
In Parting . . .
If you sign up for Codecademy, let me know!
I'd love to hear how your journey's going and what you've learned.