Whether you’re just starting to learn the basics or advancing your coding skills, it’s likely that you’ve experienced overwhelming moments of frustration when learning to code. It may come from trying to get your head around a new concept, fix a bug, or tirelessly searching for a missing semicolon in your code. Regardless, feeling stuck is a common issue for beginners and expert programmers alike.
When we have the opportunity to speak to our students about their experience learning to code, we often ask what advice they’d share with other aspiring developers. Although our students have different learning goals, they encounter similar challenges and there is one piece of advice we hear time and time again. Don’t stop. Keep going.
We asked three Treehouse students to expand on why that’s the most valuable and important piece of advice you can take on as a beginner learning to code.
“Don’t stop. What you are attempting to learn may feel overwhelming at times but try to learn in chunks at a time. Make sure you understand and apply whatever concepts you are working on before moving on.” – Brian Polonia
After 10 years of working as a professional hairstylist, Brian Polonia decided to make a big career change. After applying himself to learning to code and working incredibly hard at it, Brian is now a Python QA engineer. The most valuable piece of advice he has.
“Always keep going. There may be things you don’t understand, but if the tutorials don’t answer your questions the community can definitely help. Perseverance is the key to success.” – Sam Glister
Sam Glister was working as a data administrator when he began learning to code. Now he’s a full-time web designer and developer. Getting to where he is today wasn’t easy, but by persevering, using every spare moment he had to learn, and not giving up, he was able to achieve all he wanted to and more.
“Don’t think that you can’t learn to code. Anyone can. Appreciate the small beginnings and celebrate the small successes and accomplishments that you achieve while on your journey learning to code.” – Ellis Woods III
Ellis Woods III has been learning with Treehouse for years to continually expand his coding skills. Today he’s a programmer and technologist, which gives him the freedom to have fun and solve problems at the same time. He’s also found the skills he’s learned can be applied to any area in life. Not just coding.
So next time you feel frustrated with your code and want to stop, give yourself a break but always come back to it. Don’t give up and it’ll pay off. Whether it’s through the satisfaction when you fix a bug, the winning feeling when you feel comfortable with a new language, or the accomplishment of being able to help another developer with their code, you’ll be rewarded.
Now it’s your turn to share! What advice would you share based on your experience learning to code?