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Programming: Is it Hard to Learn?

Programming: Is it Hard to Learn?

Thanks to television’s portrayal of coding as a genius-level skill that only the tech geeks can master, programming has become a skill that easily scares away people. But is that really the case?

POSTED ON MARCH 26, 2020

Let’s clear this up before we go any further: programming is not rocket science. Anyone can become a programmer if they’re willing to put in the time and effort.

With that being said, even going all in will never be enough if you don’t take the right approach — which is following a well-thought-out plan that ensures your success.

Now, before we get into what sort of approach the ideal programming study plan should take, let’s talk about the three most common reasons why people find programming hard.

1. Too many programming languages

When you decide that you want to learn how to code, the first thing you have to do is to figure out which programming language you will learn.

From HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to Python and SQL, there’s an overwhelmingly long list of options to choose from.

2. Complex setup

Before you can even begin to code, you have to first set up the programming language environment.

Sadly, many programming languages are complicated to set up with many intricate steps involved — which can leave you frustrated before you even get a chance to learn.

So when beginners struggle and get frustrated by the setup process alone, they can’t help but feel that programming is too hard. They think that it’ll always be a struggle for them and they’re simply not cut out for it — which, as we’ll show later, is not true.

3. Most online tutorials are aimed at experienced programmers

Since most online tutorials target people who have some programming experience, you can (unfairly) feel that you’re not smart enough to code.

So if you’re overwhelmed by online tutorials quickly, please know that it’s not you but the tutorial itself.

Just like you learned to crawl before you could walk and run, you have to start with the fundamentals first. Only then should you try to follow tutorials aimed at intermediate and advanced programmers.

However, knowing those roadblocks is just the beginning. The next thing you need is a plan that can help you overcome those roadblocks. So let’s talk about the four essential ingredients that make up the successful start of your coding journey.

Ingredients of a Successful Programming Study Plan

1. Bite-sized lessons

When people try to learn something new, they usually start by mustering up tons of willpower in an effort to push through a long session of learning.

While deep work definitely has its advantages, you’ll be far better served by keeping your studying sessions, both short and sweet. The old saying that you should only bite what you can chew is precisely the mindset you need.

There’s a reason why bite-sized lessons are the future of learning: they’re simpler, more comfortable, and a lot more engaging.

That’s why an ideal programming study plan breaks down large programming lessons into smaller, bite-sized chunks. That way, you won’t need an infinite quantity of willpower and motivation to start learning.

2. A clear path

If a plan does not have a clear path, then it will lead you nowhere. An ideal program always has an outline that clearly states what you’ll learn, and when you’ll learn it.

When you have a clear path with specific targets, you’ll be motivated to achieve your goals. Without one, your desire for learning will fade away quickly.

3. Practice, practice, practice

We know this is a cliché, but it applies perfectly to programming: practice makes perfect.

As a beginner, you should spend as much time practicing your coding skills as you do learning new concepts. After learning a new concept, you want to make sure to go back later to practice what you learned.

4. Real-world projects

Taking coding lessons and practicing your coding skills is not enough. You also have to learn the art of turning individual ideas into tangible projects.

Any study plan without this last ingredient isn’t worth following.

Now you must be wondering: is there a plan that has all four ingredients? Yes, there is, and you can find it on Mimo.

With Mimo, you get:

  1. Bite-sized lessons you can complete within only a couple of minutes.
  2. A clear path starting from HTML — an easy introduction to coding that will get you to results fast — and going all the way to build complex and interactive websites and apps.
  3. A coding environment to practice your coding skills.
  4. Real-life projects you can complete within only a few days after starting.

We help you pick the right language to start with, remove the pain of setting up a coding environment, and we personalize the course to your level, so you’re neither overwhelmed nor bored.

Are you ready to start your journey to becoming a programmer? Then what are you waiting for?

POSTED ON MARCH 26, 2020

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