What’s the fastest way to learn HTML, CSS and jQuery? This video gives you some simple instructions for self-learning, in general… AND a step-by-step resource list for learning HTML, CSS and jQuery specifically:
Tips for Learning ANYTHING Faster
First, a few tips for self-learning, in general, to speed up the process:
1. Build REAL Things
If you just take courses or tutorials and don’t build anything with them, you’ll lose a lot of what you’re learning, you’ll have to go back and re-learn things and it’ll take you longer.
When you build real applications as you learn… the learning sticks, you remember more of it and learn faster.
Pick 5-10 “things” you can build as you learn and build them as you go through your training.
2. Take Courses
It seems to be a foregone conclusion in the development world that you have to learn everything on your own and you’re somehow less smart or less of a developer if you take courses.
Nothing could be more wrong.
Taking courses (even paid ones) is the smartest thing you could do because those instructors have taken the time to structure your learning for you so you don’t waste time wondering WHAT you should learn. Plus, they can teach you things you might never have thought of.
Don’t be afraid to take professional courses and spend money on them if you have to.
3. Find a Mentor
I was resistant as anyone to getting help from a mentor. I resisted it for years because I thought it would be an insult to my intelligence if I needed a mentor.
I ended up in a situation where I was forced to have a mentor and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I learned faster than I ever had with him because things that were so difficult and frustrating to me were simple and easy to him… and he could explain them to me in minutes.
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The guy obviously knew what he was talking about… I’d just never heard anything like it before. And, as I listened I never would have imagined what he was saying would cause me to change everything I was doing.
But, before I get into the story here’s the tutorials I posted this week in case you missed any:
The Complete Web Developer Course is meant as a one-stop shop to learn all the essential skills a web developer needs:
A comprehensive list to say the least. With that massive list of topics, the course boasts 235 lessons and 28.5 hours of content. You also build 14 websites as a part of the course.
The course is taught by Rob Percival. Rob has a degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University and spend the first part of his career as a math teacher.
After building websites in his spare time for friends and family, he realized he enjoyed web development and it was a lucrative career so he gave up teaching to become a web developer full-time.
Here’s what I like about Rob’s teaching style:
He’s well-spoken and clear in his communication
As a former teacher, he can communicate complex concepts in easy-to-understand terms
He’s very knowledgeable regarding web development
He’s active in the course chat and answers questions promptly
He’s to the point and doesn’t drone on and on
Here’s some things I wish were better:
I think he speaks a bit too closely to the microphone and there are some “pops” in the audio
You catch some of the background mouse clicks, etc.
The audio is crisp and clear and there’s no concern about hearing what he’s saying… but after 28.5 hours you start to notice the few minor audio hiccups.
Who Is the Course For?
I believe this course is a great fit for developers who fall into the following categories:
You’re brand new to web development and want the fastest learning path
You’ve learned a handful of languages but want to round out your skill set
You’re an intermediate developer and want to double-check all your learning to make sure you’re on track
You’re self-taught and looking for clear outline of what you need to learn
You’re just out of college and feel like you’re missing some of the in-demand skills
Who Is the Course NOT For?
I believe the course won’t be useful to developers in the following categories:
You’re an advanced developer looking for very advanced topics
You’re dabbling with code and not yet sure if web development is something you’re interested in
You prefer written tutorials over video tutorials
Pros and Cons of the Course
Here’s a list of the pros:
It really is complete covering all the essential topics
Rob is a talented teacher who explains things well
The course is laid out intelligently
The video quality is excellent
You build 14 real websites during the course
Rob is active in the chat and answers questions
It has a large student base (88,000+) so you have lots of other developers to learn with
Here’s a list of the cons:
The small audio issues I mentioned
I’d learn the topics in a bit different order than what they’re presented in
How Do You Get the Course?
The Complete Web Developer Course is available on Udemy for a fee of $200. The good news is that I’ve worked out a deal with Rob for my online audience and he’s agreed to offer you a 75% discount on the course.
If you purchase his course through my affiliate link, you’ll get the 75% discount:
Full disclosure: I will earn a small commission if you purchase the course through that link. I wouldn’t recommend the course if I didn’t believe it would truly help you. The small commission is just a side benefit.
I believe strongly enough that this course will really help most up and coming web developers that I wanted to eliminate as many of the cons as I could. While I can’t do anything about the audio, I was able to convince Rob to give the 75% discount I mentioned above.
On top of that, if you purchase the course through my affiliate link I will send you my revised Web Developer Learning Guide where I outline the order in which I would learn the various skills necessary for a web developer.
This fixes the con I mentioned about how I’d learn the topics in a bit different order. To get the bonus, follow these steps: