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Shane Goodwin
Shane Goodwin
545 Points

Build a responsive website

Why do all the project files show the completed project? Am I supposed to just watch the videos and look at the code? It doesn't seem interactive enough and her instructions aren't very clear.

I believe so you can see the final result and refer to if you get stuck. I don't really follow along with what they do in the videos, i tend to extract the information they are giving, and then use the techniques on my own projects. But if your new to web design then you may want to follow along step by step. Which videos are you referring to when you say "her instructions aren't very clear" post a link and i will have a look.

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For me, this is very useful for experimenting and developing new ideas after completing a step. It helps me to remember and understand the functionalities offered by specific items (I found this especially useful when trying to remember all of the pseudo-classes). Especially with web design and coding, I believe that the best way to learn is to actually dive in and start tinkering with it yourself, rather than just watching a video or reading a textbook.

Additionally, I often discover new techniques to achieve specific layouts/designs which I then save as templates for later use.

Hope this helps :)

Wayne Priestley
Wayne Priestley
19,579 Points

The way i do things is to watch the lesson, then once it is complete i re-watch it, but as they are demonstrating code i work along side with Coda 2, by the end of the course i have made the exact same files as they provide with the lesson. I also get to do each lesson twice, but doing the actual code myself means I'm getting a lot more practice, i learn more by doing rather than just watching.

You actually make a good point, which is that the files should probably be distributed at Git repos where you can rewind the code to a particular lesson. The massive downside to this is that most of the stuff on Treehouse is beginner level and throwing another fat layer of complexity on top could be considered a nonstarter.

María Pérez de Arrilucea
María Pérez de Arrilucea
6,490 Points

Hi Shane, The same happened to me. I was doing fine with the fluid layout and the media queries and then stage 4 came a bit too quickly for me. What I did was to compare my files with the project files and try to catch up that way. Good luck! :)

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

> I don't really follow along with what they do in the videos, i tend to extract the information they are giving, and then use the techniques on my own projects.

+1 for this advice from Adam Sackfield

I always say the videos are for acquiring knowledge and the code challenges are for applying them.

Also there's a great forum thread on taking notes vs following along in a code editor when watching the videos