I hate tutorials. I don’t watch them often, and when I do I get bored and stop watching because I get distracted. When I see someone doing something in a tutorial, I try it myself and usually run into issues most of the time, its a huge pain.
Now, I just skip the “tutorial part” of the process and start doing what I want to learn as soon as possible. If you want to learn React, then go start building something with React. If you get stuck, look up what your trying and find specific solutions to what you want to do. Odds are you will get stuck with a lot of things, and need to look up a lot of things but that is expected.
As long as you know enough to have a rough idea of what your doing, you can start. For example, you can’t go make a web-sever using React. But if you want to build a calculator, Facebook clone, or complex UI web app, React can be your tool of choice. Take this further (I need to do X with React), and you should be able to learn as you go, but you only learn what you need rather than trying to soak up everything from a tutorial.
Its not that tutorials are bad, its that the idea “I need a tutorial for this” isn’t the best way to go about things for most people. If you have a great memory, yea its good place to start, but that’s about it. Its a start for most people but is not the answer.
The best way to get experience with something is to use it. Deal with the common issues, handle them, and find the answer(s). Taking this approach will result in being better off than the person who just “watched” someone who went a tutorial without any issues.
I’m not saying taking this approach is easy, rather it is really difficult, and if your not used to failure it gets rough. Failure in getting things going isn’t a bad thing, its a good thing. If you fail 500 times getting something to work, then you learned 500 different ways to overcome an issue, and 500 different ways someone could fail. That’s experience.
Skip the tutorials and go start trying to build what you want. Embrace the failure, learn as you go and good luck!