Free Code Camp to Treehouse
Treehouse is a Godsend
Let me say first: I love Free Code Camp; I love what Quincy Larson is doing for busy people to learn how to code at their pace, on their time without needing to go to college to get a job. I love the premise and I still want to use it.
My problem is I don\’t learn well in their model. I have been doing Free Code Camp for about two or three months now (I think). I didn\’t do it everyday but I would go on streaks of doing the Waypoints and then stop. When it was time for me to return I was completely lost. I was learning but what I found is that whenever I had to complete a challenge on Codecademy or write my own program, I\’d continually need to look at the hints or Q&A forums. There were only a few times I didn\’t need to do that and it was frustrating me. I know that I am far from stupid but this type of constantly second-guessing myself was making me feel incredibly inadequate. I thought, a lot, that I wasn\’t cut out for this at all.
So I started the HTML track and skipped it. I then started the CSS track and found just how much I was actually learning in such short amount of time. The key is: videos and explanations, plus following along with Workspaces. These three things help you get a grasp on the material. There are quizzes and challenges that make certain you have a grasp on the concepts.
I am learning so much in such a short time that I have even more app ideas. The explanations behind the concepts is something I appreciate. I often had to reach out to other people to find out the why of something. For instance:
I am certain Treehouse has answers for me about this and I kinda grok it. But I am looking to Treehouse to make it even more clearer.
I have gotten 5 badges in three days and I am excited to get more. The gamification of all these sites really keeps you in them. And the fact I can display my badges is icing on the cake.
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