So, you are taking lessons on IT with a private lesson teacher. Once in a while they come to teach you, and you enthusiastically cram everything they say. A few hours of private tuition each week with a tutor will give you an edge in IT, but you can do more.
There are several ways to improve on the lessons you are receiving, and it is by practicing some more after the IT lesson is over, or more accurately by practicing in-between your classes. To improve on your IT courses you can read computer magazines, watch video tutorials online, or even, talk to people you know who are into Information Technology.
Practicing will enhance your IT skills, and it is a good use of your time too, if you want to improve on those skills. Here are some of the ways you can practice between your IT classes.
Study Using YouTube Videos
YouTube is the biggest video sharing platform in the world, it has all sorts of videos from different creators. Some of them are from big names like MIT while others are simply individuals who know their stuff.
On YouTube, you will find a lot of educational material, including videos on IT courses and computer training, from those videos that will instruct you on the basics of Information Technology to those that will teach you how to troubleshoot, you can know much those about advanced HTML and web development, and many more.
The videos are usually uploaded by IT experts in their various fields. The most-watched type of videos is probably how to videos, searches related to “how to” on YouTube are said to be growing 70% year over year.
“How to build a website, how to how to learn programming fast, how to develop android apps, how to create a PHP database” are just typical examples of some of the how to questions asked on YouTube.
Among the most popular types of videos are explainer videos, this is where the IT expert or creator of the video explains stuff to their audience, just like in a classroom. Only this time, you can rewind back what you didn’t hear the first time.
If you are struggling with a concept from your IT course, maybe you read it but did not understand it, or you had no one to explain it to you, YouTube could be a lifesaver. You will find dozens of videos explaining that same concept, you just find the best video and press play.
The fun part is, you can watch videos related to your field and get motivated by them. You can watch interviews of top geniuses and tech billionaires such as Elon Musk, watch inspiring TEDx videos from people whose lifework consisted of improving on the current IT world. Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX and invented the Tesla electric car. Source: Unsplash.com.
Your moment away from your tutor shouldn’t be wasted on things that won’t benefit you, but your time should be spent on things that will improve your knowledge on the subject of IT.
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Read Computer Science And IT Books
Is there a better way to gain knowledge than by reading books? We don’t think so. Books are available in their thousands for those who want to learn more about Information Technology.
There is hardly any ICT topic that has not been written into a book, you will find books on any topic under the sun, so just pick up one and read. You stand to gain a lot from reading.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Nowadays, you can simply download or buy the book you desire as a PDF or epub file. Most eBooks are not even big like a novel, they are 20-30 pages long and can be found on IT websites. Ebooks are great for passing the time and for learning in-between classes.
Some notable books on IT and computing are listed below, and you can buy most of them online as PDF files to download and read later at your convenient time.
The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs By Harold Abelson
This book is a computer science textbook, it is the ultimate introductory book to Information Technology. You will learn about programs and how they are made from it, you will learn about programming languages, the practical applications of almost all the programming models known to us today.
The book was written by professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and it has been an influential handbook for over a decade now.
The Art of Electronics by Paul Horowitz
This is not exactly what people would have in mind for an IT book, it is actually an Electrical Engineering textbook, one of the best. But the computer is an electronic machine, so why not learn how it’s made.
Written by Paul Horowitz in 1980, this book will allow you to understand how the computer is built and how it works.
Adobe Illustrator Classroom In A Book By Brian Wood
Even if you have never had any experience in design, this book will put you through step by step until you master every trick as a graphic designer.
This book is the official training book for those who want to learn Adobe Illustrator, it is the official book by Adobe Systems Incorporated.
Python Programming By John Zelle
This book, despite its misleading name, is actually a thorough explanation of the concepts behind all programming languages, Python is only used as a framework to explain the inner workings of the computer programs, and how you can start from zero-developer to expert coder.
Books are learning tools and you should try to find all the ones important to your IT sector to read and understand it. You can ask your IT friends for recommendations, you will be surprised at the number of books that will be recommended to you simply from asking.
Often, your computer tutor will even recommend you get a book before you start the lessons with them. They will tell you the name and author and where to buy it.
So, read read read, it is important practice for your brain as well as beneficial to your general performance during lessons. Learn to read books related to Information Technology. Source: Unsplash.com
Become A Geek And Immerse Yourself In Computer Culture
There is no other way to become well-versed in IT without acknowledging that you have become a geek. You don’t necessarily have to watch the entire Star Trek series or start raving about the latest RPG game, but you will have to immerse yourself completely in everything computer.
You should know the latest tech trends, take notice of the specs of new gadgets, know who’s who in different IT sectors, know where to get the best IT courses online, which company is making the best smartphones? Which programming language is making waves recently? etc.
That means reading up news on IT, whatever you watch, read, send or download, should have something to do with computing. We would suggest subscribing to the best IT websites you can find.
Medium is a good start. You can follow the tags that discuss computers, maths and programming, and you are sure to learn a lot from the topics. Also, there is techcabal, a leading website on Information Technology news in Nigeria and Africa. You can subscribe to their daily/weekly newsletter.
Being in the IT culture might all seem like a difficult thing to do in Nigeria, but it really isn’t, thanks to the internet, you can connect to IT communities from the comfort of your home.
The internet is (unsurprisingly) dominated by computer enthusiasts, so you shouldn’t have a problem locating online communities of computer gurus. They are there everywhere you look, Stack Overflow, Quora, and so on.
These communities are a good place to ask questions, know more about IT, but most importantly, it allows you to meet people with the same interest as you.
Regularly Practice Your Programming
There is a belief about programmers, that they never step out of the house because they are too busy punching keys on the keyboard and they always don’t know what time it is.
What they say about them is entirely true, most programmers spend hours trying to perfect the code they are working on, not knowing if they have eaten lunch or not.
To learn how to code fast in Nigeria, the best way is to be completely committed, programming needs a whole lot of practice and dedication from you. Become a computer geek and pick up computer magazines. Source: Unsplash.com
There are plenty of websites that help new programmers and expert ones alike to get info and new resources on the programming language they are studying. Check out Sololearn, it has a great responsive community and possibly the best app to learn how to code.
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Talk To IT Professionals
Talking to an IT expert could be just the boost you need, you will learn a lot from them, as the saying goes, better to hear it from the horse’s mouth.
You will have a better overview of what it means to be in Information Technology, and you will also be able to learn the tricks of the trade from the masters themselves.
There are so many sectors in IT, they can help point you in the right direction if you made up your mind to choose a career in Information Technology. You can count on their experience to lead the way.
Don’t forget, practice what you have learned, practice makes perfect. Read IT books, make it your mission to focus on IT content on YouTube and other online forums, and always hang out with the people in the field, you will gain from them, more than you can imagine.