How to Learn from Coding and Development Tutorials: Introduction

A common problem I’ve seen with learners is that they spend a lot of time doing development tutorials, but they never really learn anything from them.  If they had to do a similar project on their own, they usually have trouble remembering and applying skills.

Unfortunately, too often, tutorials become an exercise in following instructions and copying rather than learning the intended skills.  It’s easy to do a project when you’re told all the steps, rather than creating something new on your own.

In general, I believe that the problem is that people don’t know how to properly approach coding and development tutorials.  There’s lots of great tutorials out there, but without the right process, you won’t be able to get the most out of them.  This series will give you some tips for how to really learn from tutorials.

Even as a more experienced developer, I find that when I apply this process, I get better results when I’m learning from a tutorial.  I sometimes have to slow myself down and be more disciplined in following it, but it’s worth it because it makes me more efficient with my time and energy.

The Guidelines

These are the three basic guidelines:

  1. Break things down into pieces
  2. Be actively engaged
  3. Apply what you learn

Each of these guidelines will have their own post.  In the meantime, here is some more help with how to remember what you learn.

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