Learning to code can often seem like you're running as fast as possible but still getting nowhere. The learning journey in the software development world can be chaotic at times. And measuring programming progress is tough to do. One day you may feel like you have something figured out and advanced; the other day, you face too many issues you must solve before writing a code. You may often feel like nothing is happening (you're not progressing) and eventually lose motivation. To prevent that, we've come up with an article that will help you measure your progress and let you understand whether you're advancing or not.
Habit Tracking Techniques and AppsTo progress, you certainly need to be consistent. Sadly enough, a big chunk of students choose speed over consistency and eventually become burnt out. Hence, they give up and quit before learning becomes a habit. That's why we don't recommend trying to get all the topics simultaneously. Concentrating on one particular skill and devoting about 20 hours per week is better. If you have problems with self-organization, you can try some of the methods mentioned in the article Pomodoro And Eat The Frog: The Big Guide Of Time-Management Techniques To Boost Productivity. In addition to that, you may take advantage of CodeGym's Kickmanager. As the name suggests, it's a useful proprietary app that can help you kickstart your learning every day. Just set your preferred schedule, and Kickmanager will notify you when it's time to get down to coding. What also can enhance the results are habit-tracking tools. When implementing habit trackers, you should be mindful of tracking things under your control. For example, it may be something like "how much effort I have invested into learning or a particular project." You can try the following time-tracking technique:
- For one, define how much time you'll invest in the learning. For example, you can decide, "I'll invest 3 hours a day, 5 days a week on studying Java". This is the minimum, and I'll try to invest at least this amount of time in learning.
- For two, define the length of the course.
- For three, start tracking time on a time-tracking app like Clockify, Paymo, or My Hours.
- Finally, try to analyze your progress from time to time.
Bonus Resources for Enhanced Motivation and KnowledgeTo help you stay up on your learning path without deviation, we'd like to finish with some more helpful articles that will keep you more motivated and educated:
- How to Learn Java at Home and Stay Sane. Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Self-Learning Skills
- 8 New Ways to Boost Your Java Learning Abilities. Apps and Techniques
- How To Keep The Learning Path Without Losing Motivation?
- The Best Collections of Books and Videos to Strengthen Your Knowledge
- The Best Сompanions on Your Coding Journey
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