the new trailer for Fast and Furious 8 was surprisingly underwhelming
- Write what you are learning down in a text book, make sure to put it in your own words so you aren’t just copying and pasting
- When coding, write down in the window what the code is about to perform and why (see below)
- Make sure you 100% understand what you are attempting to learn before moving forward, if you don’t, go back and keep at it until you do
- Spend 5 minutes at the end going over what you have learned, try and summarise
- Spend the first 10 minutes of the new study period going through what you went through the last
- If you have trouble remembering something specific, make up some flashcards and test yourself in your spare time
- Break up your study periods into blocks, the Pomodoro Technique can be great for this
- Remove distractions, this is a killer for me, out of an hour of study I can lose nearly 60% of that time just wondering what people are tweeting about or what delicious foods my girlfriend is instagramming atm, you will be much more effective if your phone is off and you are focused on the task at hand.
- Take it slow, take it slow, take it slow, this isn’t a race, the more time you take to reinforce your understanding, the stronger you will be
But please, please, please trust me, this book is fantastic and I couldn’t recommend it more, there are mountains of information to gain here, if you feel overwhelmed, just trust the process and take it slow, if you fail to understand something read it again and write it out, and if you still don’t understand by then, then go and jump on stack overflow, google the problem or even send me an email, there are heaps of resources out there to help. This book takes you on a very smart path to learning JS and I’ve really enjoyed slogging through it. Also as a bonus the book is available free in electronic format from his website so you don’t have to spend a dime (or ten cents if you live in Australia like me).
Good luck and keep moving (slowly) forward!