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General Discussion

Learning while using treehouse

When i am watching the web design video and they are coding HTML,CSS should I code using workspace at the same time as the video is playing and coding. another words should i have workspace up and running at the same time so I can code in sinc with the video.

3 Answers

up to you. I will code whilst it is playing if i understand what is happening, but once I don't understand and need time to think I will pause every 10 - 30 seconds think about what just happened and then code it myself

Kyler Smith
Kyler Smith
10,110 Points

I agree with Adam Jansen. I write the code exactly as the instructor does throughout the whole thing. I feel like it helps get a better grasp of the syntax if nothing else. It also helps a lot when you want to go back after a couple of videos for a quick refresher. Good Luck!

Jennifer Nordell
Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

That's what I do. I code while watching. Now, that being said, it does make the video somewhat choppy as I wait until I think they're almost done writing the line then pause the video and code what they just coded. Then I start the video again and rinse and repeat.

However, and I cannot stress this enough, if you feel something was unclear go back and review the video. This time keep your finished code up and just look at it for reference. Also, keep a small window with some text editor up. Then play back the video (I generally do this at 2.0x speed) the second time. And when you come close to the part you feel you were getting lost, slow it down to 1.0x speed. Then really listen to the instructor and see if you can wrap your head around the point they're trying to make. Sometimes it seems like it gets lost a bit when shuffling around and trying to code simultaneously. This is where your notepad/text editor will come in handy. If there's something they said that you missed the first time around that finally clicks with you... write it down. Because ultimately, this is what we're after. Those light bulb moments :bulb:! Save that thing, because likely as not you'll need it again.

The second best way to learn to code is to code. The best way to learn to code is to code, break it, and then fix it! The third best way to learn to code is listening to someone talk about coding. But very often we need a combination of these to achieve our desired learning results.

Hope this helps! :sparkles: