Still Having Problem Programming? Use These 7 Ways to Get Better

Still Having Problem Programming? Use These 7 Ways to Get Better

Pro­gram­ming doesn’t come easy to many of us. It’s quite com­mon. Per­haps, you might be among those who have had hard time learn­ing it.

It seems hard, even when you try to spend hours reck­on­ing and typ­ing those lines. You give what it takes and put sin­cere efforts towards learn­ing, but the sit­u­a­tion doesn’t change much.

You still find your­self strug­gling and star­ing at the screen and won­der­ing if you’re going to get any bet­ter and still try­ing to fig­ure out what’s wrong.

Some­times you might get frus­trat­ed, or think that you can’t pro­gram. If your inse­cu­ri­ties get worse, you may even mis­con­ceive that you aren’t the right fit for pro­gram­ming and decide to quit.

What you must know

Here’s a truth – you’re aren’t alone.

Although you might think most peo­ple are impec­ca­bly good at pro­gram­ming, every­one falls short some­where and finds pro­gram­ming dif­fi­cult. Espe­cial­ly the begin­ners.

This isn’t because peo­ple aren’t capa­ble of pro­gram­ming, but they find it dif­fi­cult to learn due to some rea­sons. They just haven’t found what works for them yet.

Some­times they can’t get a grip on their con­cepts or fail to grasp the under­ly­ing log­ic. Or they take time to get used to new syn­tax and work­ing of dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

There are lots of prob­lems – all dif­fer­ent.

While you think that you aren’t cut out for cod­ing, you should under­stand that it’s nor­mal to feel like you know noth­ing yet. You might be judg­ing your­self too soon. Sure you might be not good enough yet, but you can get bet­ter.

What you should do when you’re having problem programming

So what is it that you should exact­ly do to make learn­ing pro­gram­ming eas­i­er for your­self and improve at it?

Although there are sev­er­al ways to do that, we’ve list­ed down — prac­tices you can fol­low to even­tu­al­ly improve your pro­gram­ming skills even when you’re fac­ing some prob­lems learn­ing it.

1. Start with something small

Start Small

That’s where every­one starts – by doing that “Hel­lo World!” thing or cre­at­ing those tiny pro­grams print­ed in text­books.

The pur­pose of doing this is sim­ple – you’ll be able to set up a pace and learn to pro­gram in a grad­ual and orga­nized man­ner instead of over­whelm­ing your­self with what you don’t even under­stand yet.

Write small codes first, then get your hands on the milder ones, and raise the bar as you get bet­ter. It’ll make you a bet­ter pro­gram­mer, even­tu­al­ly.

Also, one fair advan­tage of doing this is that it helps you build a ‘pro­gram­ming mind­set’ by mak­ing you used to the usu­al prob­lems which arise often, there­by dimin­ish­ing your fear and lever­ag­ing your con­fi­dence which helps you stay con­sis­tent in the long run.

2. Familiarize yourself with what you do

Familiarize yourself with what you do

Under­stand pro­gram­ming and it’ll sud­den­ly seem eas­i­er.

How­ev­er, as the prob­lem usu­al­ly turns out, some peo­ple don’t put time to know the basics of how it works – they want to do it with­out going into details, which gets them stuck at some stage and makes it longer for them to learn than usu­al.

Study the ins and outs of pro­gram­ming.

Learn con­cepts such as the imple­men­ta­tion of loops, how the com­pil­er works and also try to be agile towards learn­ing the syn­tax and log­ic in your code.

Typ­ing pro­grams and get­ting rid of them is easy. How­ev­er, if you’re will­ing to have a career relat­ed to cod­ing, you should dive deep­er and learn pre­cise­ly.

3. Break down what you learn

Break Down What You Learn

A struc­tured approach can help you learn faster.

Instead of try­ing to learn all the parts of pro­gram­ming at once, break down what you want to learn into some mod­ules and mile­stones and then learn them bit by bit.

For exam­ple, while learn­ing a cer­tain lan­guage, try imple­ment­ing var­i­ous ele­ments one at a time, say arrays, cre­at­ing class­es, using the con­di­tion­al oper­a­tor or some­thing else.

Also, learn all the points indi­vid­u­al­ly if pos­si­ble. Like, if you’re cre­at­ing a pro­gram or app, then try to gath­er details about each step, learn it from some­where or google it, and then pro­ceed.

Not only you’ll be able to track your progress by doing this but also learn thor­ough­ly, and hence remem­ber what you study instead of for­get­ting it a few days lat­er.

4. Carry out what you learn


Carry out what you learn

Start cre­at­ing what­ev­er you can as per your cur­rent capa­bil­i­ties while you’re learn­ing.

This might mean mak­ing a small pro­gram or cre­at­ing a project that requires some basic skill­ful­ness. Begin with what you’ve prac­ticed and put it to some use.

This would be your attempt of cre­at­ing some­thing on your own. If you’re still uncom­fort­able then cre­ate lit­tle codes and then move onto the big­ger ones as you learn.

Each time you cre­ate some­thing on your own, you also solid­i­fy your base of knowl­edge and make it easy for you to remem­ber – even if that means mak­ing some sil­ly mis­takes, spend­ing hours find­ing solu­tions to the same prob­lems repeat­ed­ly, ana­lyz­ing the log­ic over and over, or mak­ing a com­plete mess.

Your efforts don’t get wast­ed. They teach you some­thing each time you do some­thing on your own. In pro­gram­ming, you learn bet­ter when you make mis­takes.

5. Practice the standard programs

Batman Program

You know those pro­grams you’re taught again and again each time you’re intro­duced to a new lan­guage.

Whether it be Fibonac­ci series, Arm­strong num­bers, Recur­sion, or some­thing about cre­at­ing those star pat­terns.

Those pro­grams can be use­ful to build your under­stand­ing of how lan­guages func­tion since most of them cov­er var­i­ous ele­ments in a sim­pli­fied way.

Once you mas­ter them, you can also play around with them fur­ther and use what you learn for cre­at­ing your own pro­grams.

6. Repeat it until you get it

Learn. Practice. Repeat.


Maybe you will still find pro­gram­ming hard in spite of fol­low­ing all the above steps – that’s because pro­gram­ming takes time. More impor­tant­ly, prac­tice.

It’s doesn’t hap­pen instant­ly.

Yet, keep doing what suits you until you get used to it and devel­op a rou­tine of pro­gram­ming con­sis­tent­ly.

Slow­ly, as you’ll get bet­ter, you won’t shun pro­gram­ming but devel­op a con­struc­tive out­look. You’ll dis­cov­er that you’ve actu­al­ly got­ten bet­ter than before. It hap­pens to almost every­one.

7. Be patient

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."  - Samuel Johnson

In the end, patience is some­thing you need to trea­sure.

It’s your long-term super­pow­er.

If you can be patient – you won’t quit too soon and take your time to learn. You’ll be able to main­tain a con­struc­tive mind­set and stick to learn­ing in spite of some occa­sion­al despair.

That mat­ters.

What are some oth­er ways com­put­er sci­ence stu­dents can use to improve them­selves when pro­gram­ming seems hard? We’d like to hear from you in the com­ments.

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