Goal to code from an idea

I am going through CSS section and I’m realizing I’m not retaining the information. How do you guys remember these things? What methods do you use? How intense are your study methods? My goal is to be able to look at a blank page and code based on an idea or set of directives (isn’t everyone trying to get there), how did you do it?

FYI this is between long stretches of not coding or practicing on FCC. I really think I should have HTML and CSS down by now. Bah!


I practice in my mind even if I’m not typing code, also watch tutorials of ideas you have; on youtube - it’s a good way to stay inspired, next code small things if even just a nav bar, by continuosly interacting with code in some way, your mind will form habits out of it and start recognizing patterns. Last but not least practice something at least every weak or read about code related topics. https://www.w3schools.com/ is a good place to read up on things you might be having trouble translating to code. Hope it helps.

Hi @admarinnyc !

I think that is completely normal when you are learning something new.
It just takes time and practice to retain more of the information.

My approach has always been to focus heavily on projects. That is where you will learn the most.

The key is to map out the idea and break it down into small manageable bits.
If you are consistent with working on it little by little then it will come together at the end. That is what I did with my first project and that is my approach with my current project.

I don’t think anyone really masters a language. Technology changes to much to master anything.
The goal should be basic understanding and then over time you will start to feel more confident. :grinning:

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Let me ask you this:
How did you learn to ride a bike?
Or to use a phone?

Did you have a manual?
Did you write down a step-by-step guide?
“Now put your right foot on the pedal, then …”.
Probably not. Or probably just to start out for the first week.

Why not? Because this is not how humans learn skills. This is how school/university rote-memorizing works.

And probably this is why we don’t remember 95% of the stuff we rote-memorized back then.

In real life, we learn stuff by doing/using it. We do it, we (subconsciously) see patterns and create shortcuts.


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