Like many here currently so and before me, I struggled a lot when I was learning how to code.
I started August of last year and just over a year now, have secured a full time position as a junior web developer.
When I look back and reflect, it took me a long time, but I finally figured out what the one piece of advice I would give myself when I started…
Have patience, don’t expect every concept to stick straight away.
One of the biggest stumbling parts of the FCC curriculum for me was the intermediate JS challenges.
When I was struggling, it was very easy to say negative things to myself such as “I’m not good/smart enough”
As someone with low self esteem, it did make it more difficult to manage these thoughts. This may have ‘‘delayed’’ my speed of learning.
But you know what? That’s completely okay.
There is no rush, there is no race.
When I was learning React, I faced the same problem with feeling like I was not smart enough to learn it. I was using the Scrimba 5 hr course and got stuck about halfway through.
5 months later, recently, I now have finished that course and am now able to understand parts which I previously found difficult.
Currently, I am now delving deep as much as possible into PHP and WordPress in prep for my new role.
PHP seems very popular. I would recommend new learners to keep in the back of mind as it might also be necessary to learn
As a side note, for anyone who knows PHP, how would you best learn it?
I hope I can look back at this post one day to help remind myself what to do when I struggle
I sincerely wish the best luck to all those currently learning - which is essentially everyone, as the learning never stops!