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Java Java Objects Creating the MVP Storing Guesses

Sam Asghar
Sam Asghar
800 Points

Am i DOOMED?

Hi everyone!

I have been using treehouse for a 5 days now and everything was great until i stoped understanding. The "Java Basics" course was so easy and nice i was so happy and pumped when i finished it and understood everything. But this "Java Objects" course is hard as hell for me. I restarted it two times and still didn't get half of it. I really don't understand what is going on with me. Even writing about my failure and sharing it with you makes me question myself "Am i DOOMED on not being able to become a programmer?".

What should i do? Did anyone of you faced the same problem at the beginning? How did you get out of it?

All this made me rally upset and for the past 2 days i went from a happy guy that makes shit done to a lazy sad dummy.

Simon Coates
Simon Coates
28,693 Points

Some concepts take a while for the human brain to acclimatize. I've hit similar walls and then years later paused and thought it odd how difficult a particular concept seemed. I don't remember having had any epiphanies about how code works. Just given a little time and watching other sources when i get stuck and eventually things click. You don't have to get everything immediately. Also, I've seen people unable to work something out and then someone explains it in slightly different words (and maybe comes up with a metaphor or comparison that makes sense) and then it clicks. It's too early to get discouraged.

And hard content is good. It challenges you and you grow. More than this, over time, you learn that you can pick stuff up, and stuff isn't as intimidating as it once was.

Pedro Araya
Pedro Araya
1,912 Points

I was in the same boat, in fact I got stuck for like 4 months in Java Objects, but I repeated again and again the videos till I finally understood, don't worry, life has alot of obstacles and so programming :D

7 Answers

Jonathan Grieve
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Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,028 Points

You're not doomed!

We're all capable of learning the basics even if we learn in different ways. I would encourage you to watch the videos again. Sometimes that is all it takes, especially the longer videos.

Sometimes you watch a video and you "get it" first time. I love the feeling when you're taught something new and you feel good that you picking up a useful skill or piece of knowledge. But if you didn't, that's okay. There's no rush, you can learn at entirely your own pace, and you'll find after you know what to expect in a video, you'll pick certain things up you never realised before.

Don't get disheartened. We're all here to learn and sometimes you'll get a few bumps along the way but this is a learning environment so it's to be expected.

Christopher Mlalazi
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Christopher Mlalazi
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 17,305 Points

I had the same feeling the first time I did Java objects and I left the course and went to read textbooks and also learn from other sources basic Java. Now I am back here again and I think I am beginning to understand these lessons a little, although they are still difficult. DOn't give up, try other Java sources you might be surprised at how much you can pick up there. Last week I wrote a little program in Java that made a simple calculation, and you can imagine how sweet that moment was!

Pedro Araya
Pedro Araya
1,912 Points

I had the same problem, but JUST DO IT! and don't give up.

Nitish Nagar
Nitish Nagar
565 Points

Yes it happens to most of the learners out there trying to learn something new, but I would say that just don't give up easily. I sometimes even took an hour trying to find a solution to a code challenge and when i tried so much with so much dedication i finally got the answer to that challenge.

Magdalena Frankowska
Magdalena Frankowska
15,501 Points

You're not doomed, that's called being a human. Everyone gets that feeling. Me too. Objects are more of an abstract thing, our brains just got to get used to the way we perceive them. I'm thinking of re-watching the objects part like ten times maybe, cause it's hard for me as well.

Chris 16
Chris 16
623 Points

Whats been a sticking point for many of us is just learning the tricky syntax, that or I have typo's or left out the semi-colon. I started out the same way as you , and I do think we should get more help when we are paying good price for this monthly , Im stuck in objects and I already looked at the code used in the video I now copy that every time. There are easier tutorials for java that dont give as many challenges that STOP you from progressing or learning more, feel free to look for some of them. Perphaps team Treehouse sees this as a more professional way, I think the answers should be revealed some where not just hoping... that someone else posted it.