10 Tips to Learn Programming Faster in 2022

10 Tips to Learn Programming Faster in 2022

Are you learning to program on your own? Is it difficult for you? Get 10 tips on how to quickly learn to code, we will make your life easier. So let's get started.

1. Find the right motivation to learn

A clear rationale for why you are studying programming will help you focus. Be sure to formulate a specific goal for yourself. Consider your motivation in detail. "I want to be able to", "I'd like to learn" is a bad goal. Examples of good goals:

  • Advance further in your current career.
  • Change your line of work.
  • Earning extra money thanks to outside projects.
  • Develop your own product (game, mobile app), create a startup.

No matter whether or not the items listed above coincide with the ones you define for yourself, don't forget them. Remember that the ultimate goal will save you in the most difficult moments.

To remember your goal, you can write it down on paper and keep it in sight, make it a wallpaper on your computer desktop or phone (which I like better).

2. Choose the right language

In the beginning it can be very hard to decide what to learn. Some programming languages are easier to learn, some have narrow fields of application. But don't get too hung up on this. It's better to start with anything than spend hours looking for the "perfect" option. Because once you've mastered one programming language, it will be easier to switch to another.

If you already know your end goal, determine what is needed to achieve it. Learn languages that match that goal. You'll need one language and tools to develop 3D games, and another to create websites.

If you don't know where to start, try learning JavaScript. Whether other programmers like it or not, JavaScript is becoming more and more popular and is being used not only in website development, but in other areas as well. That way, you'll cover as many uses as possible.

3. Make a schedule

A clear class schedule increases the likelihood of success. But set realistic deadlines for specific tasks. Don't expect to complete a programming book of hundreds of pages in less than a week - unless you drop all other responsibilities for that time.

When I first started learning programming on my own, I had a space set aside in each calendar box for 25 minutes of practice.

4. Do one thing at a time

Many people try to do a hundred things at a time. Huge mistake! Do one thing at a time. Don't study HTML, JavaScript, Swift, or anything else in parallel. You'll drive yourself crazy!

This point can be hard for you (speaking from experience), because you always want to learn everything at once.

In his book, "Start with the Basics!" Gary Keller said: "Extraordinary results are directly determined by how much you can narrow your focus." This can be applied to anything, including learning programming. Don't be afraid to be late - languages and technology aren't going anywhere. Start small and move forward.

5. Divide everything into small portions

As in the previous advice, you don't need to cram too much information into yourself at once, even if it's on one topic. It's much easier to learn something new when it's broken down into small portions.

Focus on one topic and break it down into digestible chunks. Make sure you fully understand and grasp a concept before moving on to the next one.

Entrepreneur Tim Ferriss came up with the acronym ABC - Always Be Compressing. The idea is that each block of information should try to be as brief as possible. Then summarize it in a paragraph, create a diagram or picture, use a mnemonic scheme - anything, as long as it helps you quickly remember what you need.

6. Change the ways you do things

Research shows that the more types of information you use, the more likely you are to absorb it. Books, videos, interactive lessons, quizzes, podcasts, and more can help you do this.

Absorb information in any way you can. According to Judy Willis, author of "Teaching Your Child to Learn Easily," the more areas of the brain that hold information about a subject, the more connections are made.

Their redundancy gives the learner additional opportunities to retrieve information from different repositories in the brain. These cross-connections of data mean that we have learned something, not just memorized it.

7. Teach others

Having to explain a concept or process to someone else ensures that you will fully absorb it yourself. You can do this in a number of ways. One of them is to lead a course or workshops for teenagers.

You can make your own YouTube videos explaining some concepts. Don't like the idea of a video? You can do without it. You can teach in different ways. Alternatively, you can write. For example, with my blog, not only do I help others, but I also learn much more effectively than if I were learning alone.

In any case, teaching others what you are learning yourself helps reinforce the concepts formed in your head.

On educational platforms, there is usually an opportunity to help others. It's usually something like a forum with student questions. Look there, and if there's a question there that you know the answer to (or at least have thoughts on), post, don't be shy. Good educational sites have a healthy atmosphere, and your help will be appreciated. And don't be shy about asking questions yourself! Give others a chance to explain things to you.

8. Find a like-minded person

This can be done through a face-to-face meeting or online. You could try teaming up with a friend or family member who also wants to learn programming. Just as people go to the gym with others and aim to lose weight together, you too can find a partner online.

9. Find a mentor

Chat rooms and forums on educational platforms aren't bad places to find like-minded people and possibly mentors.

Online forums are certainly a valuable source of information, but nothing beats face-to-face support when you can get an answer directly.

10. Introduce game elements into the process

Make up a system of rules and incentives for yourself, this will help make learning more enjoyable. Incentives will help develop positive reflexes in your brain when you successfully complete an important task. They can turn the learning process from a chore into a game. For example, after you finish a particular programming book, buy that very backpack you've been thinking about for months.

Set goals and work toward them. Reward yourself when you achieve them.