Design

Balancing Coursework with Project work

I'm currently working towards completing my first Track Web Design, in hopes of eventually starting a career in Web development. However, I can't decide if it would be better to begin building projects immediately, balancing that workload with the track coursework, or power through the course and begin building projects later. I think it'd be easier to focus on a single goal with 100% attention, however I'm pretty anxious to begin building something with the skills I'm learning.

Any advice?

I started the same way you did. Im working to become a full stack developer getting the core done 1st will help move you to your goals.

At a minimum and more importantly, is to ensure that your foundational skills are rock solid for establish your long-term goals. If there is a gap in your understanding of these core principals it can limit everything else that you are trying to build on top

It can be really helpful to build projects as you learn. It reinforces all the concepts and skills you are learning. Of course, you may find you run into a problem you haven't yet learned the skills to solve, and then you can focus on the learning until you're caught up and resume building. It's something you'll have to try and see how it works for you.

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Craig Dennis
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Craig Dennis
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Thanks for the heads up!

It is always good to start the project work as for the practical world you might need to unlearn quite a few things from what you have learned.