Question of the Week: Biggest Challenge

What is your biggest challenge in reaching your coding goals?

Let’s help each other get unstuck!

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I think I tend to forget that it takes time. A lot of it, sometimes. It can be kinda discouraging to spend weeks on a course and realize you’re not even halfway there yet :pensive:
It happens to me even more because I’m busy with other stuff, so whenever I do find the time to do some coding I for some reason expect to make TONS of progress.

I also tend to get carried away and start too many courses at once…they all just seem soooo interesting to me :upside_down_face:
But I gotta remember that it’s better to put all your focus into 1 goal than to divide your attention and energy into 20 different things. So finish one course first, then the other one. And don’t forget to take notes, they’ll help a lot.

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Sometimes I rush through lessons… I know how to do them, but I don’t necessarily understand why it works that way. I’ve been trying to hold back though and really understand the logic or the syntax behind it by rereading the introductions, looking up for extra course material on YouTube, or asking peers for help, and hey! It’s sort of working :wink:

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My biggest challenge yet is unreliable network. I’m Kenyan and the only network i can afford at the moment is quite poor. The bets network providers have high charge rates and that really frustrates me as I’m unable to study from home which makes me lag behind. Hopeful that things change really soon.

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I keep my code to myself.
I recently realized that there is a very broad and supportive community.
That I should connect with more people and challenge myself and them to do more everyday

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My biggest challenge: my low self esteem coupled with impatience… If it doesn t work, i tend to think it s because i m helplessly stupid. I dread console outputs because on some level i take them as an affront… I m not proud of this but ever since acknowledging this issue, things have gotten a bit better :sweat:

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I tend to forget everything I have learnt. Or sometimes I may fail to understand a concept at all.

As soon as a tutorial stops holding my hand, I’m like “duuuuh!” Whilst staring at a blank text editor.

Like how to bring html, css(sass) and ReactJS all together and in which order.

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Biggest challenge for me is making time/prioritizing my time to practice and improve my skills. Some weeks I’m consistent and some weeks I’m not.

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I always forget about this website. I need to put it somewhere visible.

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My biggest challenge and frustration is that I don’t seem to be good at any of them beyond HTML. I was told Python is easy. Nope! PHP. Nope! JavaScript. Nope! SQL. Nope!

Like a dummy, I keep trying, trying, hoping someday one of them will “click” for me. (That ah-ha moment) has been elusive to me for the better part of 20 years. Good thing for me, I don’t give up on very many things :slightly_smiling_face:

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I had a similar problem. However, I was advised to focus on one course and understand it to some reasonable extent before moving on to another course. I have focused on JavaScript at the moment and things seem to be working well so far.

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Course examples don’t always match the real-world question or need. I find myself always wanting a little bit more detail and explanation. I wish I had a real life mentor.

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Thank you. I somehow forgot that I got the same advice many moons ago, and you reminded me. For now, I’m trying to get good at CSS, so that I can at least make my WordPress sites look more interesting. I think I’ll enjoy the journey.

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Probably lack of motivation. I completely understand the benefits and why I should do it, but watching YouTube and chilling usually comes first. I get home then I chill because I’m tired. Then it’s time to do some sort of commitment and after that it’s a meal. Then it’s too late to do coding and I end up doing nothing. So yeah, I’m lazy.

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Yup, I’ve started entirely too many and I should know better – you finish more by doing them one at a time (that’s a Lean practice).

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Hi there,
My biggest challenge in learning how to code is simply dramatic, lol, as I believe. I tend to forgot how much there to know whereas how much there is to learn. By that I mean to say, I usually end of learning more than one thing at a time, I do have good retaining memory, but nevertheless I don’t want it for learning too many things at a time.

My formula now is:
–Start small, be informative about a topic first.
–Learn things separately, weather you are learning from books or courses.
–Give yourself sometimes to catch up with thing, because you can’t learn in exhausted mode.
–Create you own path, no one learns the same.

There are maybe more answers to that,
but the best answers I can give you is to believe in yourself.

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So many challenges, so little time…
I think my biggest challenge is lack of grit - when things get hard, I lose interest and move on to something else. The result is that I know a little of this and a little of that, but I am not great at anything! And that I am enrolled in 7 incomplete courses and skill paths.

But what everyone is saying about tutorial h*ll turns out to be true for me as well. So Instead of struggling my way through the courses, I am now trying to take breaks to make small projects, before returning to the tutorials. I realized that I don’t need to complete the full JavaScript course before I can start making things, and that has been a huge eye-opener and confidence boost.

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My biggest challenge is to finding a real partner who helps me in my work. Now after becoming a pro member I am feeling codecademy as a great partner with those cheatsheets and those interesting quizzes. I’m glad to say I don’t feel really lonely these days. :smiley: :smiley:

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That’s great @idajhn!

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This is so common, so know you’re not alone! :sweat_smile: Have you seen this post: How to get motivated? It’s quite thought-provoking :slight_smile:

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