23 Step Guide for Computer Science Students to Learn Anything Faster

Won’t it be excit­ing if the pace of your learn­ing could be accel­er­at­ed?

It can be done if things are done in a step-by-step and clear man­ner.

There’s noth­ing astound­ing to it, but rather a steady approach of han­dling activ­i­ties to get much of work done – quick­ly!

This means, you shape your­self to cul­ti­vate a mind­set which favors pro­duc­tiv­i­ty over every­thing else. You sim­ply fol­low the right steps, cut-off the unnec­es­sary obstruc­tions in your learn­ing, and hence com­plete your tasks in less­er time than they might usu­al­ly take.

We don’t feel a need to men­tion here the mess that’s cre­at­ed while learn­ing any­thing new – be it the con­fu­sion while grasp­ing new con­cepts, pile of activ­i­ties that wait to be fin­ished, or the con­stant efforts that are need­ed.

Per­haps, you already know it pret­ty well.

Is this guide for you?

It’s for both begin­ners and the learned, so maybe for you, too.

The con­tent isn’t con­fined to a cer­tain audi­ence. We have put our best efforts to make it work uni­ver­sal­ly for a greater cir­cle of read­ers.

This guide isn’t a man­u­al con­tain­ing a list of any tech­ni­cal details or com­pu­ta­tion com­plex­i­ties. Instead, it holds the right way of deal­ing with any skills to learn them faster, that’s all.

That being said, we assure you that these words are worth your time. Read on.

Here are the 23 steps for computer science students to learn anything faster

  1. Follow what fascinates you

Nothing’s more excit­ing than work­ing on what you love. The same is with things in com­put­er sci­ence. Stay Fascinated

The trends keep chang­ing. The jobs that were once con­sid­ered to be hot just cool down, and some new jobs emerge from nowhere. The change is con­stant.

Peo­ple will always be there to tell you about what might the next world-dominating thing capa­ble of turn­ing you into a mil­lion­aire, they’ll some­times even con­fuse you more than help­ing you, but it’s your respon­si­bil­i­ty to find out what you real­ly care about.

If you just dare to throw your­self to what you like doing the most, you’ll sure­ly be less dis­ap­point­ed and wor­ried about your future.

So take your time to find out what attracts you like a mag­net, doesn’t make you bored, and what fas­ci­nates you each time you do it. If you real­ly have found some­thing that you love then ded­i­cate your­self to it and don’t look back.

You’ll learn faster.

  1. Start with a spark

Ever saw the gleam­ing faces of a chil­dren? They’re hope­ful. You can clear­ly notice their live­li­ness.

Be like those chil­dren. Start

Get excit­ed about the next thing you’re going to learn, let loose the opti­mist you’re con­ceal­ing, and think of all the oppor­tu­ni­ties that are wait­ing for you. This atti­tude def­i­nite­ly helps over a dull belief.

This doesn’t have to any­thing with com­put­er sci­ence in gen­er­al, we know it, but this mind­set def­i­nite­ly works.

Con­sid­er the ben­e­fits of the next thing you’re going to learn and get ready to plunge into some­thing new. That’s the only way to pre­pare your­self for some good things that are yet to cross your way.

  1. Keep your cup empty

Most com­put­er sci­ence stu­dents pos­sess a habit of mak­ing some pri­or assump­tions about what they haven’t faced.Coffee cup empty

They scare them­selves to hell by imag­in­ing how awful the next thing might be and dread them­selves by con­sid­er­ing how worse the future can be. Not only this but some of them also start spread­ing rumors, which makes the sit­u­a­tion worse.

These assump­tions cre­ate an inner resis­tance which pre­vents any­thing from enter­ing into your head because you’ve trained your­self to not under­stand. So rather learn to keep your cup emp­ty before learn­ing any­thing new.

  1. Connect the dots

A bet­ter way to deal with the habit of pos­ing resis­tance (although it might sound para­dox­i­cal) is to con­nect the dots and find a link between what you have learned pre­vi­ous­ly. Connect the dots

The con­cepts get into your mind faster when you grasp them based on your under­stand­ing and knowl­edge, and not assump­tions.

Also, keep things easy, as repelling every prob­lem doesn’t solve it. Give your­self some time to adapt to the envi­ron­ment, be patient while you pick up new achieve­ments and learn as you go.

This atti­tude does less harm than the pri­or one which keeps inter­fer­ing the learn­ing process in some way.

Find a link between what you already know and what you need to learn. It can make it eas­i­er for you to grasp new­er con­cept, so you’ll not need to start every­thing from zero.

  1. Celebrate the tiny steps you take

Remem­ber the joy of writ­ing your first “Hel­lo World!” pro­gram? Most peo­ple do. 

The tiny steps you take inspire you to take the big­ger leaps by giv­ing you enough con­fi­dence. Your belief for doing strength­ens with the actions you take which add-up to the account of your expe­ri­ence.

Soon you find your­self in a state where you embrace doing new things and stay pre­pared for fac­ing what­ev­er you might encounter.

Give your­self a pat on the back when­ev­er you do any­thing new, do it each time. This impels you to take up new ideas flex­i­bly until it becomes a habit.

  1. Become curious

Just hook your­self some­where – that’s enough for a great start! 

Once you become curi­ous, you put your­self on a track where there’s bare­ly any stop­ping. You don’t need any­one to remind you what you must be doing.

To be clear — every­thing starts run­ning on autopi­lot.

Yes, you still have to learn and toil, but you do it will­ing­ly. You don’t do it because you wor­ry about bad grades or the fear of not get­ting a decent job, but because you sim­ply wish to know more.

Curios­i­ty fuels most of the great things in the world, there’s no rea­son it wouldn’t work for you. So become curi­ous about every­thing, ques­tion a lot, and observe what you do from var­i­ous dimen­sions.

  1. Learn to love what’s tough

Don’t claim that you can do cer­tain work for a life­time, no mat­ter how much you love it. 

You’re human, you get tired of doing the same things again and again, what you love to do might become bor­ing some­times, that’s when you need to hold on.

Ask any of the peo­ple who have been in their are­na since years, they’ll tell you how hard they push them­selves for get­ting things done. No one likes to always spend sleep­less nights doing some­thing they aren’t great at, or to labor just to make a liv­ing.

The process of learn­ing is just the same – you can­not like every­thing, yet you need to embrace what isn’t so enchant­i­ng, and stick to your work because it’s impor­tant.

How­ev­er, this prob­lem of deal­ing with hard things can be sim­pli­fied if you love what you do. You can always change your per­spec­tive and deal with what you shun from a dif­fer­ent angle.

By doing this, not only you solve your prob­lem by open­ing doors to learn­ing new abil­i­ties, but also reduce the obstruc­tions that block your learn­ing abil­i­ties.

  1. Get a smart company and ask for help

A smart com­pa­ny makes you smart. It’s obvi­ous.

Stay­ing amid intel­lec­tu­als sig­nif­i­cant­ly affects your thoughts and habits. You’re ben­e­fit­ed by their influ­ence. Once you enter their cir­cle, you can­not stay unaf­fect­ed.

Most of the genius­es keep a pos­i­tive atmos­phere around them and pos­sess high enthu­si­asm when it comes to learn­ing, unlike the rest who com­plain, don’t act, and refuse to get their hands on any­thing new.

These peo­ple are the ones who usu­al­ly keep them­selves involved in some cool things and can­not sit still until they share what they learn. All you have to do is ask them, and they will open up to teach you.

Also, they’re great at solv­ing prob­lems and pos­sess some addi­tion­al tal­ents which set them apart from oth­ers. Their com­pa­ny alone can be of great help.

This sim­ple action of stay­ing among a smart com­pa­ny can be a major fac­tor in pol­ish­ing your learn­ing abil­i­ties.

  1. Make reading a ritual

There’s one habit which is com­mon among the most learned and suc­cess­ful peo­ple – Read­ing.

Read­ing won’t only help you in learn­ing but also make you aware of sev­er­al oth­er areas which often stay buried some­where in your col­lege life, aren’t taught by your teach­ers, and nei­ther are talked about by your par­ents.

Read­ing plays an unde­ni­able role by giv­ing your thoughts a flex­i­bil­i­ty and com­plete­ly chang­ing your way of think­ing.

If not that, it keeps you updat­ed with the lat­est trends which sets you apart from the ape-minded peo­ple who are total­ly alien to what’s hap­pen­ing in their field, it improves you per­son­al­i­ty by mak­ing you more open mind­ed, and expands your vocab­u­lary.

And how can it make you learn faster? Get the right books and read a lot. That’s it. What were you expect­ing?

Read as much as you can. Blogs, books, news­pa­per arti­cles – almost every­thing.

Although read­ing nov­els and fic­tion won’t nec­es­sar­i­ly harm you (maybe low­er your grades if you only read them), stick to read­ing much of the rel­e­vant web­sites and books which teach you about what real­ly mat­ters to you.

  1. Question often

The peo­ple who raise their hands dur­ing a class are usu­al­ly the most curi­ous ones who wish to learn as much as they can, and they real­ly do learn. 

Ques­tion­ing doesn’t make you dumb, and nor does it make you look dumb. But if you fail to ask enough ques­tions, your doubts won’t van­ish, and unfor­tu­nate­ly you might remain dumb.

I you don’t get some­thing, ask. Ask about what doesn’t get into your head. You can­not afford to stay an idiot by not ques­tion­ing. That would be a huge mis­take.

Ques­tion­ing gets you your answers, and hav­ing those answers can be cru­cial in learn­ing faster.

  1. Analyze your needs and situation

Start with the end in mind, define your pur­pose, and stick to it. It’s sim­ply sil­ly to learn some­thing if you’ve got no pur­pose to do it, because you can­not man­age to go far with­out a pur­pose.

The first step towards learn­ing any­thing is to know where you stand and what your cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is.

You need to know whether you’re a begin­ner who needs to starts from zero or a pro­fes­sion­al who just needs to pol­ish his skills, because your next steps depend on this.

Ana­lyze your sit­u­a­tion, spec­i­fy your needs, and then act. This pur­pose will fuel your efforts till the end.

  1. Make a well-defined plan

A plan might not nec­es­sar­i­ly assure your suc­cess, but it can cer­tain­ly pre­vent you from going astray and save your time spent in con­fu­sion.

Make a clear out­line of how you will achieve what you want to. If you’re plan­ning to gain an exper­tise in cer­tain field, then you should like­ly focus on the rel­e­vant things instead of tak­ing up any­thing ran­dom­ly.

A plan can be a life­saver, espe­cial­ly when you’re deci­sive about what you want to do in future. Your plan will be your map for what you should learn, and help you to focus only on the impor­tant things.

  1. Collect the right resources

There’s a dif­fer­ence between the effects of a knife and a chain­saw, right? A huge dif­fer­ence indeed! 

Using the right tools alone can sky­rock­et your pace of work, instant­ly. Save your­self from the use­less has­sle by tak­ing out some time to find the right tools for your­self. There’s tech­nol­o­gy to help you, the tools are bet­ter now, so why wouldn’t you use them? Use them.

Not only using the right tools will save your time and make you pro­duc­tive but also save you a lot of extra hard work which can made eas­i­er.

  1. Make your goals precise

Unspec­i­fied goals don’t get done any soon­er, and are a clear sign of inde­ci­sive­ness.

You’ll keep delay­ing and post­pon­ing your goals till eter­ni­ty if you don’t know what they are and how will you achieve them. If you already know what you must be doing, then take out some time to make your goals def­i­nite so that you can com­plete them with­in a cer­tain dura­tion.

Although you haven’t got any dead­lines, you are oblig­at­ed to com­plete your pur­pose as soon as pos­si­ble.

Spe­cif­ic goals instant­ly get you to work by show­ing you what you must be doing next. Once you’ve set a mark for your­self, you don’t need to wan­der in search of ideas or spend your time think­ing, but just get to work on what’s already lying incom­plete until you fin­ish it.

  1. Don’t be ignorant

Pre­tend like nothing’s going to hap­pen, and you’ll already have tak­en your first step towards mis­ery.

Unless you don’t get seri­ous about what you’re doing, your chances of suc­cess remain ques­tion­able.

What you achieve depends on what you deserve and do, which indeed depends upon how much seri­ous­ly you take what you do.

You need to be aware to keep your­self mind­ful in the ever chang­ing and chaot­ic envi­ron­ment. Because if you don’t, the con­se­quences might be ruinous. It might get too late and you won’t even get a chance to cor­rect your­self.

Maybe that was too much, yet, all that’s said above actu­al­ly mat­ters.

  1. Grow up

If we had to give just one piece of advice, then it would be this – rely on your­self.

You can’t always wait to be taught by oth­ers or expect to be spoon-fed like a child. Some­day you’ll step out of your safe house and do every­thing on your own.

In the world where no one is there to take your care, your exis­tence depends on how much pre­pared you are to tack­le what’s on your way.

If you’re already used to the sit­u­a­tions in which you’ve done things much by your­self and have dealt hands-on with some prob­lems, then you’re less prone to being doomed.

  1. Become productive

How do you define pro­duc­tiv­i­ty? Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty isn’t just about doing work but get­ting results. 

The illu­sion of work is fatal. It makes you feel like you’re busy doing some­thing impor­tant when you’re not. Although you might think that you’ve got a lot to do and you’re buried below a work­load of ten tons, you’re actu­al­ly just jus­ti­fy­ing your improp­er work habits.

Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty is nec­es­sary to avoid being trapped in this illu­sion of work­ing. When you aren’t being pro­duc­tive, you’re doing only the use­less things like wast­ing time, day­dream­ing, dis­tract­ing your­self with ran­dom stuff or google search­ing your usu­al prob­lems with­in every ten min­utes.

  1. Play around with what you learn

There’s no bet­ter way to learn things than exper­i­ment­ing with them. Behave like a mad sci­en­tist, do dif­fer­ent things to your PC and explore your tools (but please don’t blow up the PC itself or for­mat the hard disk). 

Prac­tice dif­fer­ent­ly to remem­ber for a long time. That’s how you learn faster.

Doing what oth­ers ask you to do is alright, but you’re like­ly to remem­ber your own thing than what some oth­er per­son taught you.

  1. Push beyond your limits

Don’t stop after you’ve mas­tered a cou­ple of skills. If you ever get sat­is­fied with what you’ve learned then your sit­u­a­tion might get trou­ble­some in future. 

You job is to learn cease­less­ly. There’s no end to it. Learn­ing is a part of sur­viv­ing which has to be car­ried with you as you progress.

If you’ve accom­plished the goals you had aimed for, then set some new ones and work on them, but don’t stop learn­ing.

Don’t restrict your­self to a tiny cir­cle of skills, push your­self a bit, take up new activ­i­ties, and get involved in what’s nec­es­sary to upgrade your­self to a new lev­el.

  1. Be consistent

The biggest strug­gle while learn­ing any­thing new is con­sis­ten­cy.

It takes less effort to start than doing the same thing each day, con­sis­tent­ly. What mat­ters in the long is whether you can hold on to what you’ve start­ed in spite of how bad­ly busy you are and the obstruc­tions that stop you.

Pri­or­i­tize your tasks. Focus on less. Devel­op new habits. Find ways to be con­sis­tent.

  1. Finish what you start

Cast away your excus­es, and just fin­ish what you had start­ed some­how. Any­how.

In the end, that’s what mat­ters above all. Whether you work like the Flash or behave like a sloth, you have to kill the job you take up.

You don’t need some­one to remind you of your respon­si­bil­i­ty or to tor­ture you. Just be sin­cere towards what you care about and sur­ren­der your­self to it until it’s fin­ished.

  1. Practice

Per­haps it’s the most dis­liked step.

Prac­tic­ing is about deal­ing with your prob­lems in the real world instead of just the­o­ret­i­cal­ly imag­in­ing them. Practice

When you make up your mind to learn a new skill, be pre­pared to get your hands dirty. Do it joy­ous­ly.

The rea­son why some peo­ple have flawed and incom­plete skills is because they don’t prac­tice enough. They push away the real work.

The bor­ing old truth still holds true – the more you prac­tice, the bet­ter you get.

Sor­ry – no oth­er way out.

  1. Revise

Do it and for­get it.’

Isn’t it a com­mon atti­tude? Revise

It isn’t your fault if you don’t ever look back at a task after it has been done. But, you should.

It is quite essen­tial to keep up with the skills and hone them again and again. If not revised prop­er­ly, they fade away as time pass­es.

You don’t need to start all over again.

Have a quick look at what you had learned, prac­tice it a bit, and get to your cur­rent work. That would be enough to keep the con­cepts fresh in your mind.

It’s the sim­plest step since your mind will work for you by recall­ing all that you had once learned.

This keeps what you’ve learned fresh in your mind and pre­pared you for what you still have to learn.

Finally

Tell us what do you do — when tons of tasks over­whelm you and learn­ing seems hard?

Are there any spe­cif­ic steps you take? We’d love to lis­ten.

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