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I understand when I watch the video, but I blank and don't know what to do during the quiz and challenge?

Hi everyone,

I've been subscribing on treehouse for one month, but I think I've just been using treehouse for only two weeks due to my busyness and time limitation.

I have a problem when I learn with treehouse and to be honest, I have no programming experience at all. I started with Java first, and passed the Java basics. But when I continued to study more with Java, it turned out to be very confusing and I decided to change myself into Python.

Well, I'm still learning with Python basics, though I'm confused too. I always feel that my brain is completely blanked and don't know what to do when it comes to quiz and challenge from treehouse. However, I understand most of the concepts from the video when I watch it and mostly, I just copy what the instructors do.

Can anybody help? I just feel like I'm not learning and just copying what the video did.

I do this so that I can have programming experience before I go to computer science college this September.

Thank you in advance.

3 Answers

To put you at ease, we've all felt like that. It takes some time for it to sink in, in most cases. The more that you type it out and see it the more familiar it will become. Learning syntax was very hard for me. Many times I'll be up late at night trying everything I can think of to find a solution. I'll even Google to find the answer, but sometimes that doesn't even help me figure it out. I find that when this happens taking a break is a good idea. Usually I'll just go to bed and many times after resting and giving my brain some R&R I'll sit down and try again and I get that "Ah HA!" moment. Coding is not easy, but the good news is that you're not in it alone. It takes time and discipline, but the rewards are great! I've skipped some subjects that I just could not get my head around and after learning some more I'll go back later and they make so much more sense. Every person learns differently. Just keep at it. And most importantly, Don't give up! ;)

Also, after you copy from the instructors, if you have time to, create a simple project all on your own using what you've learned. I have an IronMan bobble head toy that I actually explain what and why I'm coding the way I am to. It sounds silly. but speaking out loud as to why I'm doing something forces me to think about what I'm doing, and when I can't explain what I'm doing I know I need to study that area some more. Also, IRC chat rooms have all kinds of rooms with people learning to code.. 2 heads are better than 1!

Hope this helps!

Hi Felix,

Have you got any experience of HTML and css?

I started with html and css and have moved on to javascript, jquery and some PHP. I think it was easier to start with basic mark up and get my brain wired for much complex concepts of programming.

Programming sure is hard but little by little things start to make sense.

LIke Jonathan said DON'T give up! :)

Hi Felix, As long as you keep doing as you learn, it will become easier. I cannot focus too long at something unless I am "hands-on." I found that coding while watching the video, helped...or even writing it down. I also understand more as I do while, or after, I watch.

Don't give up, it will be a common language to you soon.