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Not retaining JavaScript

HI guys I have been working on JavaScript Foundations and recently hit a wall with my learning (arrays and functions). I have been working solely from the course ware, following along with Jim in my text editor, but when I go to answer a quiz I feel like all of what I am suppose to know is eluding me, and I end up just staring at the screen. What are some ways a beginner like me can start making a project with what I have already learned so that I can retain the info and also start solving real problems? I was even wondering If I should find some open source projects to work on?

Thanks to all Todd

3 Answers

Honestly, from what I have experienced i'ts just one of those things where you keep doing it and one day it'll just click...totally comes with time. I did an intensive class for Front End Development that was 10 weeks long - the beginning classes to totally got and didn't have a problem at all...then we got into JavaScript and I was like I have no idea what is going on...then a couple classes later it just all hit...sometimes it just takes one thing to click to get it all. My step-dad is a web developer and he said that sometimes he still will hit a spot where he doesn't really know what to do...but if he takes a second, walks away and thinks about it without looking at the computer it'll click. Maybe try that - take a little bit to just walk away and let the information sink in then come back and try it again - I know that has helped me in the past too. Good luck and don't give up! It's just like learning a new language - the longer you do it the easier it is and the easier it clicks and retains :-)

Thank you Ashley this was very helpful!!! =D

Glad I could help! Keep it up - it'll stick soon :-)

Tim McEwan
Tim McEwan
19,537 Points

Hi Todd, What i would suggest doing is just taking your time. Some of these things are hard to learn. Sometimes it just takes time. Just review the lessons again and give yourself some time. Thats what I have been doing. I can totally relate to what your saying but be patient with yourself and it will pay off.

Thanks Tim I really appreciate the reply. I believe I will just start taking my time, and see what happens.!!!!!! =D

Thanks Tim I really appreciate the reply. I believe I will just start taking my time, and see what happens.!!!!!! =D

Anneke Crouse
Anneke Crouse
8,199 Points

To be honest, I was surprised by the big jump from learning HTML & CSS to learning Javascript! I'm already used to the programming fundamentals from High School and my Bachelors, but going through the beginner Javascript lessons, I'm thinking "how will a total noob understand this?".

I love learning with Treehouse, but to be honest, if I were you, I would supplement my learning from other sources like codeschool.com or maybe lynda.com where they can introduce you to some really really basic terms and ideas such as "what's the difference between strings, integers, floats, and booleans?" or whatever.

Take a look at Code Academy and Dash from General Assembly