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Luke Buśk
Luke Buśk
21,598 Points

Any tips how to get back on track?

Hey guys.

Recently i aspired to become a Front End Web Developer. I spent all my free time on Treehouse and reading books + some articles on the internet. I ended up with good HTML and CSS3 knowledge and slowly started my way into the JavaScript ( i started from scratch as a complete newbie. Even HTML was new thing for me).

Then me and my fiance decided to marry and because of all the wedding preparations i had completely NO time to study or read. 3 months passed, now im a married guy but i think i also forgot major part of the CSS3 and other tricks that i learned here.

And here is my question...any tips how to get back on track? Some recap or article to "remember" what i forgot? I dont want to waste time reading same books again and again or watch same videos so im looking for some kind of shortcut.

Sorry for bad grammar :P

6 Answers

I'm in a similar situation. The best thing for me was to just go back to the beginning and start all over. Some things I remember, some I don't. It's just a matter of re-familiarizing yourself with the material. Review what you have, see what you remember, go from there. Sorry I can't offer anything more concrete. :)

Lee Hughes
Lee Hughes
8,380 Points

This also happened to me. I started Treehouse around 8 months ago and quickly started built up my points. I then had a break which lasted a few months and felt like I didn't get anywhere. I thought I had wasted my time.

Now that I'm backing learning everyday. I've changed the way I'm started to learn.

I now use Evernote to take notes of the videos, these are my own notes with added extra information from around the web. I find this helps me learn the key points of the video and I can use it as a reference point in the future so I don't have to watch the video again. The good thing about Evernote is the tags, you can spilt up your content more and more so you can easily find key ideas and concepts.

I don't think there is some sort of shortcut to this, the best advise I have is just to play around with the code you want to learn, start reading people's code and understand why it's like that and what they are trying to do.

Writing code and making mistakes will help you remember a lot deeper than trying to remember sections of a book.

You could try and do the challenges without the videos to see how much you can remember, it may surprise you how much information you still remember :)

Do a little everyday - that is how I have approached it - even if its 30 mins, even if its a badge you know you can do blindfolded just do something. As the saying goes a positive anything is better than a negative nothing.


Giuseppe Elia Brandi
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Giuseppe Elia Brandi
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 69,630 Points

Hi Lukasz, I think that going back and refresh your memory is not a bad idea. Personally I have gone throw the same lessons at least 3 or 4 times and there is always something new to learn. My best advice is the following: Schedule a few hours a day for past lessons and a few hours for new topics so you do not get bored. If you really want to get back on your feet and become a Front End Web Developer there is a price to pay: DEDICATION!. Think about injured athletes that have to start almost from scratch to get back in top shape - it is not pleasant but it is necessary. I hope this helps. Best Regards.


James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Programming is pretty much use it or lose it.

In my experience in a few weeks you tend only to forget the syntax pretty quickly and remember concepts a little longer.

So I'd suggest you watch the CSS Foundations course, it was re-done a few months ago, it goes pretty quick and covers all the CSS3 stuff.

Thanks @ Above.