So what’s wrong with expectations, then?
Expectations make you accountable. Either to yourself or to others. And that’s not what learning new skills is about. You should not feel accountable to anyone when you wish to acquire new skills in programming – or anything else for that matter.
I’m not saying you should never have expectations towards yourself. It’s just that expectations stem from a desire to succeed and to have things go a certain way. If something goes wrong or if things don’t turn out the way you (or someone else) expected, you will feel disappointed. And that is the last thing you will need.
Learning is not about succeeding. It’s about learning new things, gaining new understanding, and acquiring new skills. It’s supposed to be fun and rewarding. That’s when you will start to feel motivated and driven towards your goals for the right reasons.
Alright, let’s cut to the chase!
13 TIPS FOR FINISHING EVERY CODING COURSE YOU START
1: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO STUDY
Make a study plan. It doesn’t need to be anything too fancy or set in stone. Simply be mindful about how much time you can commit to a course per week.
If the topic is new or the course contents are very extensive, make sure you have enough time to go through it all.
Also, if you can, only start one course at a time at first and finish it before starting the next one. If you are starting your very first programming course, you will have enough work with that one already. Trying to finish several courses simultaneously will only flood your head with more questions. You will most likely end up feeling too confused to even finish a single course at that point.
2: DON’T RUSH IT
This is just as important as managing your time. Since you are learning something new, take your time to understand the course contents. It is perfectly normal to need plenty of time to take it all in.
Do one thing at a time. If you have a question, find the answer first before asking yourself more questions. As with all new things you learn, sometimes these questions can make you feel overwhelmed. Keep it cool, write them down and look for the answers for one question at a time.
Also, make sure you understand the basics before you proceed to more advanced concepts. The topics usually build on top of each other. Thus, knowing the basics is simply necessary to understand the following lessons and to keep you from feeling confused.
3: MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Be realistic about what you can accomplish and learn in a given period of time. This is the most important point for creating a study schedule for yourself.
I usually create a schedule for myself and rather set my goals too low than too high. But why? Simply because I prefer feeling like I have exceeded my goals rather than feeling disappointed for not reaching them in the first place.
Feeling like an over-achiever most of the time helps me with finishing every coding course I start, time after time.