These days, many students in universities and colleges studying computer science and programming already have coding experience from high school. Other students have very basic coding experience and are really first introduced to programming in college, which makes the studies a bit more difficult for them in the beginning. To make things harder, computer science involves quite a lot of math-related topics and courses throughout your 3-4 years, and it doesn’t come easy to everyone. In fact, a lot of students love programming and are very good at it, but struggle with the math and physics courses in their BSc studies. The good news is, that’s perfectly normal and ok, and there are many resources and communities online that are there to help you when you need it.
Connect to Professional Programmers and Software Engineers
Unlike other college majors, when it comes to programming, you can benefit from asking a professional web developer, programmer, and software engineer. Join 2 or 3 groups on LinkedIn specifically for programmers in the field you’re studying, and search for topics that you need help with. If you can’t find anything, post a question and you’ll be surprised at the willingness many users have to help. Before posting, remember to check that the group is active, read the posting rules, and be open about who you are and what you need. Say that you’re a student, an aspiring programmer, and you need a bit of help understanding a certain topic.
Connect with Computer Programming Students
While professionals can be helpful, you should still connect with other students to increase your chances of getting quick answers. Here’s where to find them:
- Many colleges and universities have forums for their students and even teachers. Ask your professor, and join if there is a forum available.
- Join 1 or 2 popular website forums specifically for computer programming or software engineering students. You can search for previous posts or ask your own questions when you’re stuck on a certain topic or need help with a homework assignment.
- Facebook groups and subreddits are great places to find students willing to help. Make sure to join before your courses start in case they require approval, and be active. Don’t post only when you need something, check the group once in a while and answer other students if you can. This will increase your chances of getting quicker answers when you really need the help, and you’ll be helping other students in the process.
Hire an Online Computers Tutor
You can hire an online tutor to help you study for an exam, get through a tough homework assignment, or just understand the material better after each lesson. While it isn’t free like groups, websites, and forums, it is more reliable and you get the support and help from a professional. Online tutors are much easier to find than traditional tutors, since you are not limited by your location and everything is done online. Because of this, the cost is lower and you have more options in terms of availability, specific skills you want them to have, etc.
Research Online Resources
Make a list of websites, tutorials, blogs, and video channels that may come in handy if you need help with a specific topic of course during your semester. In addition, save websites that have introduction lessons to the topics you’ll be studying and go through the introductions before you start your course. This will help you prepare and feel less overwhelmed once the course starts. Save these resources in an Excel sheet or Google sheet so that you can add descriptions. This will make it easily searchable in the future, especially if the list is very long and you’re looking for something specific.