Like many others here, wanting a change of career, dedicating anywhere from 4-8hours a day studying. I can read code, but not recall syntax.
For example, I haven’t been able to complete a single puzzle/challenge without looking at “get a hint.” I tried breaking it down with comments with NO code. For example:
// 1) Sort by Alphabetical Order
// 2) Remove every four names, etc
// 3) Display the first three and last three.
And then looking at that, trying to think of how I could achieve that. I tried to look at just the hints, etc. And I get stuck. But when I look at the solution, it makes perfect sense and I understand the why and the how. However, I am plenty aware that looking at the solution is NOT the way to learn, especially not as often as I have had to.
I started out with HMTL/CSS, which was pretty easy to complete. Then when it came time to create the projects, I felt stuck. My tribute page looks like something straight out of 1996 AOL. lol So I didn’t finish the other projects and I thought I’d go back to my tribute page at some point to polish it more. I know of websites with HTML/CSS templates that I could go to and copy & paste, and just tweak it here and there to my liking, but that feels like cheating. Like one step above using Wordpress/Weebly.or any CMS.
So, how do you use FCC more efficiently? I feel like some examples are so nice and easy, and then I don’t use it for the next 10 pages, So, it comes back in an algorithm challenge later, and my brain doesn’t go there yet. Conversely, sometimes FCC explains a new function very succinctly , and asks you to put it to work. And I’m assuming that’s because at this point in the course, they assume you got the mindset right and need less handholding or guidance. But I don’t feel that yet. So I don’t think it’s worth continuing this cycle of “easy > easy > easy > hard, but doable > stuck, solution, transcribe (instead of copy & paste) while understanding > easy> stuck (…)” = rinse and repeat.
I’ve become a StackOverFlow junkie and that makes me feel like a fraud, especially this early in my learning. I’d love to hear your thoughts.