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General Discussion

Vincent Tatan
Vincent Tatan
22,960 Points

Request for more practice

Can TreeHouse release a summary and some more advances challenges for html, php, and Java (with solutions)? So that we could refer and practice with it, just like how University students do? I found it a bit hard to find a certain piece of code structure and scroll through the whole videos to refresh my memory.

I think it's better to take note's on the go instead having a cheat sheet because that will force our brain to remember things, but that's just my personal opinion :)

2 Answers

Mark Hipshire
Mark Hipshire
4,708 Points

I think this question has a lot more behind it than just how to watch the videos. I've actually paused my membership because I don't feel I'm truly learning. The site is very clean and presentable, and it hosts a large volume of information. However, it's lacking in a few areas that I feel are important.

I could talk about the fact that this is an educational site and drone on and on about how we're paying to be taught, but I think I can sum it up pretty quickly. If we're here to learn, we need homework. Homework works. It's practice. I understand that I should be practicing on my own, but the nice part about paying for an education is that teachers can assign homework that you do on your own. And then if you struggle, they can help you through it. They have either worked through the problem themselves, other students can help you, or there's documentation along the way (like a textbook).

I have a strong visual memory, and when it's audio visual together I'm even stronger. But actually typing out the code and learning to recall what you learned or use the tools that are available to us is something that only comes with practice. Frankly, I feel uncomfortable coming to the forums here for help on a problem I'm facing outside of treehouse because the forums are so heavily dominated by questions that relate to the videos. It basically appears like students only have their mind set on one prize, figuring out how to replicate what we saw in the video.

I understand that treehouse is still relatively new and they are doing a fantastic job expanding their library with new content and making tracks available to people. But if I had to be honest, after I finished the some of these courses I felt like I didn't learn much at all. I'm hoping in the future they will add a practice problems section. Until then I'll have to get help elsewhere and I'll return when I'm legitimately ready to learn rails.

Vincent Tatan
Vincent Tatan
22,960 Points

I definitely agree with you. I think practice will come a long way to reinforce our learning. Wish we could have such projects where we could at least test our skills rather than simply a see-go replication.