What Should I Do?

Hello, I’m not too sure where to go from here. I would say about 2-3 months ago I used this site and got up to the Tribute Page but stopped because I was too busy finishing the school year. I would say I have some experience but overall I didn’t learn much from the lessons, which made it very difficult to create projects on my own. I graduate high school in a year and I believe this might be something I would like to study in college. I have at least 3 hours a day to learn coding, but I’m not sure which resources you guys would recommend. I don’t want to be an expert, I just want to make sure this is something I’m truly interested in and if not, it can just be a hobby. I can get over 1,000 hours of experience if I work 3 hours a day which I surely have time for. However, I don’t have any money to pay for courses. The coursework on this site is fantastic, however, it is not enough to help me understand it fully. Should I use the FreeCodeCamp videos on YouTube? I noticed that there were a lot of HTML, CSS, and Javascript tutorials on their channel. I want to use those videos to create mini-projects on my own, while also doing the coursework on the site, but not making it the biggest priority. The coursework on the site can easily be done, but they are essentially holding your hand and don’t allow you to understand and create your projects. I’m just not sure if there are other free resources out there that can help me. I want to try and make this work out for me. I always see these YouTubers recommend Udemy, but I’m a teenager and don’t have the money for it. Free resources are my only option, unfortunately. This community is nice and helpful. I had a different account where I asked questions, but since I took that long break I want to start fresh again and grind it out. I know this sounds crazy, but they never made me take math in high school. Covid messed me up and they gave me a finance class instead. I currently do online and never made the switch. I don’t know if that will be an issue. I’m using Khan Academy to try and learn these things, but it stresses me out because the videos are sometimes unclear and confusing. I’m just teaching myself at this point. I just want to do whatever it takes to finish all the math I would have learned in high school. I’m not sure if the math Khan Academy goes into depth and is equally as good as in-person math. I heard good and bad things about Khan Academy. I finished Algebra 1 and have some work done in Geometry and Algebra 2. I’ll be able to finish those two in about 2 weeks, after that I gotta go on a one-week vacation. I start the school year right after I come back, that is when I can fully focus on coding (3 hours a day). It should be easy to eliminate Trigonometry and Precalculus just by working on it for about an hour every day. I do struggle in math, but that is mainly because of the poor teaching. I can calculate numbers quite fast and do mental math, but when it comes to understanding how to solve the problem it gets confusing, but I always figure out a way to solve it. With enough trial and error, I should have no issue eliminating all of those math classes. I’m not sure what advice you guys can give me. I will officially start in 3 weeks, I just want to get a lot of that math out of the way so it doesn’t haunt me like it did before. I cannot focus on this if that math is not done. The real question is if you were in my position what would you do? I want to hear from people who have experience in this field.

Hello @6mof speaking from experience, I myself started with the FCC curriculum just like you. At some point it got frustrating as I wasn’t understanding anything even when it looked so simple and I sometimes had to cheat my way through it back then by looking at answers out of frustration but eventually I decided I need to bear the pain and keep learning until I got a hang of it. I’m still a work in progress anyways.

You don’t have to pay to learn how to code. Like you said yes there are tons of very useful video tutorials on the FCC YouTube channel and I highly recommend using that to your advantage, it’s free!

One thing I’d advise though is don’t get stuck in tutorial loop. If you learn how to build a navigation bar today watching a video, practice it the whole day tomorrow with no video and struggle as much as you can until it begins to make sense to you cause it will eventually make sense. Practice as much as you Learn if not more.

3 hours a day is more than enough. Start over with the basics and try not to move to advanced topics too soon without getting a grasp of the basics.

Lastly, as you try to figure out if you’ll be interested in making this a profession or a hobby, you’re not alone. There are lots of experienced developers especially here on the FCC to guide you on your journey and I assure you, it’ll be fun.

Happy Coding :clinking_glasses:

Here are a few thoughts on where you can go from here:

  • Use FreeCodeCamp videos on YouTube. This is a great idea. FreeCodeCamp has a lot of high-quality tutorials on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You can use these videos to learn the basics of these languages, and then start creating your own mini-projects.
  • Focus on projects. As you learn more about coding, it’s important to focus on projects. This is the best way to apply what you’ve learned and to really understand how coding works. There are a lot of great resources available online for finding coding projects.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you get stuck, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are a lot of online forums and communities where you can get help from other people who are learning to code.
  • Don’t give up. Learning to code takes time and effort. There will be times when you get frustrated, but it’s important to keep going. If you stick with it, you’ll eventually reach your goal.

As for your math question, I think Khan Academy is a great resource. It’s free, and the videos are clear and concise. If you’re struggling with a particular concept, you can always watch the video again or try the practice problems.

I think it’s great that you’re taking the initiative to learn math on your own. Math is an important foundation for coding, and it will help you to understand the concepts more deeply.

If I were in your position, I would focus on learning the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. I would also start working on some small projects to apply what I’ve learned. And I would definitely not give up!

Thank you, however, I struggle so much. I’m trying to do the math and I can’t, I spend hours and I’m still not any closer to being done. It stresses me out, the Khan Academy videos are so unclear it is crazy. Most of the quizzes you have to do only have like 1 video that is a few minutes that long that will help you understand it. Sometimes the video isn’t even related to the problem, which is exactly what is happening right now. I’m not sure what I’m gonna do, it haunts me. I’m essentially being held at gunpoint to finish all this math I don’t understand one bit. There are no YouTube videos to help me understand it more. It is just so frustrating, I’m not sure if I’ll make it in time. Skipping the problem and coming back won’t help either, you can’t understand the other problems without doing the first problems first. There is nothing you can do to help, just figured I’d let you know.

I understand how frustrating it can be to struggle with math, especially when the resources you’re using aren’t helpful. It sounds like you’re feeling really stressed and overwhelmed, and that’s understandable.

I know you said there’s nothing I can do to help, but I want to offer some suggestions that might make things a little bit easier for you.
If you’re not comfortable reaching out to your teacher or professor, you could try finding a tutor. A tutor can help you work through the problems you’re struggling with and give you personalized instruction.

I’m also bad at math :confused:
According to my mother I was ahead of my class until I got ill.

Because I was behind, when I went back to school years later :confused: I was pulled out of classes and put into catch up classes… You cant catch up by being pulled out of class :frowning:

I find learning hard. To the point I started looking into why it was so hard.
What I found, changed the way I approached learning.

The brain is a lazy organ, if it gets stressed it looks for a way to make it easier next time. To make it easier your brain, must remember what its being shown.
If your feeling stressed, you are learning.

I’ve come to expect learning to feel hard. When I don’t feel stressed at all, I know I’m not learning anything new.

Applying the things I’ve learnt tends to help.
Building small projects, then combining and improving them is not as stressful but shows I’m making progress.

At the beginning its hard to build anything without feeling stuck. Or to know where to apply the knowledge your learning.
Its often a case of trusting the process, while still looking for opportunities to apply what your learning outside of your learning enviroment.

Consistency tends to be necessary, but if you’ve taken a break, don’t be discouraged, life can be very disruptive.
Get right back to it, you’ll learn what you feel you’ve missed if you put in the extra effort as you seem to already be doing.

But it won’t be an easy process :confused:

Often I find links to other resources on this website, that I can use to better understand what it is I’m learning.
Mathematics Stack Exchange

I don’t know what their community is like to ask questions to.
but have found it a good place to start looking for links.

Wow, I never viewed it like that, thank you. I feel as though over time when I transition to mainly learning and quitting the bad habits, like video games and meaningless activities like scrolling on social media, life will get easier. Apparently when you quit those activities your brain becomes so much clearer and makes learning fun. It is has been difficult but I’m trying to get rid of those activities. They are hard to get rid of because of how addictive they are. These apps on made to keep you in for as long as possible. I haven’t fully quit video games but for the most part all of that is gone. Mainly just social media now, which is a bigger problem. It ruins people’s attention spans. Anyway, I’ll try and do my math right now, thanks for that advice. I haven’t been doing math these past few days at all because of how much stress it brings to me. I suppose the stress is a good thing.

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