Coding is an amazing ability — and it is becoming an increasingly important skill for all professionals to understand as we evolve into a digital world. Learning to code requires logic, creativity and (above all) a lot of patience. Whether you’re a novice or a pro coder, it’s important to stay inspired and remember why you began learning in the first place. Read on for our favorite motivational images for coders.

1. Coding offers job opportunities galore — and parents agree!

2. The late Stephen Hawking offered his wisdom on the importance of coding.

3. Unlocking new possibilities begins with the press of a button.

4. What will you create? The opportunities are endless and vary depending on your unique perspective — give the gift of your ideas to the world.

5. Although coding is heavily math-based, it also takes creativity to turn a vision into a reality.

6. Want to change the world? Code.

7. Taking an abstract thought from your mind and weaving it into a logical formula for the world to see is one of the many incredible abilities of a coder.

 

Video games. If you are an avid gamer yourself, then you know the excitement and joy that comes with playing your favorite game. In fact, many gamers decide they love the interactive entertainment so much that they not only want to play — they want to create! Video game programming and design can be an incredible outlet for bringing both coding and creativity to life, while providing a source of entertainment that truly helps people. Yes, you read that correctly — video games can help people. Read on to learn how.

Improves brain function

Scientific research has discovered that video games improve brain function. According to research published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, partaking in video games increases attentiveness in several different areas — including sustained attention. Additionally, the same study found that gamers are more efficient in general attention activities, which can positively impact one’s day-to-day life.

Relieves stress

You’ve had a long, stressful day at work or school and to you, nothing beats sitting down and playing Call of Duty or World of Warcraft. It’s vital in our modern society to have an outlet to destress, and video games are a perfect medium to let the problems of the real world melt away. A Dale TV survey showed that 55 percent of gamers agree with that assessment. Additionally, 47 percent of respondents in the same survey believe playing games positively affects their lives. That sounds like a win-win.

Opens a cool career path

If you decide to get into a career making amazing games, you may even inspire MORE people to seek a career making amazing games too — and the cycle of creativity continues on! It’s natural for those playing video games to wonder, “how do these games work?” That curiosity can lead to an amazing career in coding, and that’s just the beginning. When one decides to venture into the world of coding, a host of career opportunities opens. From software development to computer programming to business intelligence analysis, coding provides you the tools to opt for a rewarding career in just about any industry. To think, this can all begin from playing video games.

Promotes social skills

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), video games of all genres may positively affect children’s social skills in addition to boosting their learning and health. But beyond science, those of us in the know, understand that video games are a social event. You sign online and interact with others and even learn how to interact as a team.

Video games are great for entertainment but as we have just learned, they can also positively impact people’s lives. Whether it helps you relieve stress or leads to an amazing career, video games are incredible.

It’s time to say goodbye to frigid temperatures and blowing snow and welcome warm sunshine and tranquil breezes. Spring is the time of year that marks new beginnings, so it makes perfect sense to shake off the chill of winter and put your best foot forward. And can you really say you’re giving the world your best if your study area looks like it endured a blizzard or two over the past few months? We’re going to help you clean up your act and make your study area look as pristine as a freshly bloomed tulip.

Clean but don’t overwhelm yourself

If your study area isn’t too cluttered or untidy, this section doesn’t apply to you. However, if your home study area is an absolute disaster, please take note. When attempting to spring clean your study area, or anything else for that matter, don’t overwhelm yourself. Make a cleaning plan and take your time. If your spring-cleaning efforts encompass a day, or two, or even three don’t fret. Just get the job done right.

Declutter and organize

More clutter equals more distractions and when you’re trying to be serious about your work, distractions are your worst enemy. Remove the unnecessary trinkets and decorations that do nothing more than sway your focus and only add items that won’t act as the proverbial shiny object. Furthermore, get rid of piles of paperwork and books and organize them in a file cabinet or bookshelf. Try to have a system so you can find important papers. The toss to the side and forget them method will only serve to frustrate you in the future.

Clean

This is spring cleaning, after all, so the actual cleaning part does have to occur. While you are decluttering and organizing, break out the vacuum, broom and dust cloth. Before adding items back to your study area, make sure everything is tidy and dust free. Vacuum around (and under) your desk and try to deep clean. You want to welcome in this beautiful time of year with a beautiful study area.

Add some life and color

Although you don’t want too many distractions, you also don’t want your study nook to feel drab and boring. After you have completed your cleaning, decluttering and organizing efforts, add a bit of color with a painting or a vibrant vase of flowers. You want to set an upbeat mood before and during your study time. The quest for knowledge doesn’t have to dull and colorless.

Upgrade

If it fits into your budget, a new desk or computer can really give your study efforts a nice morale boost. You can also spruce up your study area without breaking the bank. A nice used bookshelf or cool vintage lamp can provide a new look on a budget. Just remember to keep your new and old equipment and furniture clean.

Maintain

Once everything is clean and ready to roll for countless successful study sessions, do your best to maintain. Set a weekly time to dust and vacuum. Additionally, consider continually organizing so the next time you decide to perform a deep clean, you won’t have nearly as much work. You’ll thank yourself.

A clean study area won’t guarantee an A+, but it can at least make your work more pleasurable. So, don’t be afraid to bring out your cleaning supplies and get to work. We’ll give you an A+ for effort.

It’s no secret that having technical savvy can go a long way in furthering your career or helping you land a job. But do you know which skills can set you apart from the competition and improve your chances of being a superstar at work? You are about to discover four vital areas you need to master to become the envy of coworkers and the apple of your boss’s eye. You’ll even impress yourself.

Keyboard shortcuts

Your mouse can come in handy, but don’t let that little gadget get in the way of increased efficiency and productivity. It’s time to reduce your mouse habit and learn the secret most advanced computer users know, keyboard shortcuts are awesome. You probably already know shortcuts like Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V (well hopefully anyway) but there is a whole tech-savvy world filled with shortcuts you haven’t even imagined. Research and discover the plethora of keyboard shortcuts that will make your mouse almost seem unnecessary.

Coding

Even if you consider yourself a bit technologically challenged, you can learn how to code. It may seem intimidating but it’s not when you find the right teacher. An excellent coding school can set you on a path to learning the ins and outs of creating incredible apps and software. And if you’re not interested in discovering the next big thing in mobile applications, having at least a basic understanding of code can help you become a better business owner or employee.

Microsoft Office

Like it or not, most office workers will need to delve into the productivity staple known as MS Office. For instance: When your boss wants a stellar presentation on your newest project, what do you turn to? PowerPoint. Did your coworker just send you a file filled with raw data? It’s time to open Excel. Oh, and speaking of that email you received from your coworker, you probably used MS Outlook to open it. You don’t have to be an expert at Office, but in today’s working environment, having at least an intermediate grasp is vital. If you feel uncomfortable learning Office on your own, find an instructor or school that can help educate you on this important software solution.

Improved typing

In the past, typing was a nice skill to have, in our present day, it’s a must. But it’s a skill we tend to learn and then fail to hone as time passes by. Don’t allow this to occur. Improving your typing speed, and accuracy can skyrocket your productivity. Admit it, how many times have you backtracked because you made an error in your presentation or article? Maybe, you still need to look at your keyboard from time to time. There are classes, apps and even games that can break you free from mediocre typing and help you become a keyboard master.

With an investment in time, and a little effort, you can master these four vital skills. Just be forewarned, once you do, you’ll be in high demand. Hopefully you won’t forget the little people.

You’ve been working from home for weeks, just about every recreational activity you normally enjoy is closed and your choices for entertainment are starting to dwindle. Finally, when pacing around your house and walking the dog for the 10th time is no longer an option, you figure it’s time to tackle a new challenge. But what are you going to do? Why not try to learn a cool new skill? Quite frankly, there is no better time to dust off your hippocampus and become a student. And there is no better skill to learn than coding. Here’s why.

Coding is cool

We may be biased when it comes to this opinion, but coding is downright cool. You get to be a member of a technological community that creates amazing things like apps, games, software and websites. Not only do you get to create but you also have access to the latest cutting-edge technology. Admit it, what part of that doesn’t sound cool?

Coding makes your resume more appealing

Instead of binge watching another crazy documentary on your favorite streaming service, why not make your resume pop? When you can feature an appealing skill like coding on your resume, hiring managers will take notice. Furthermore, if you are looking to change careers entirely, coding allows you to consider job opportunities you couldn’t have in the past. Occupations that allow you to create and have fun.

Increase your earning potential

When you can boast having coding skills, you’ll earn more money. According to one study conducted by Course Report, graduates of coding bootcamps enjoyed a 44% increase in their salaries. Investing an hour or two a day to learning this amazing skill can pay off.

Coding careers are flexible

From flexible working hours to the ability to work anywhere you’d like, a career in coding enables you to work and live the way you want. As current circumstances have taught us, the ability to perform your job functions from home is not just a luxury but during challenging times can be a real lifesaver. And when life returns to normal, working from an exotic beach doesn’t sound too shabby either.

More time for side projects

You have dreams that go well beyond your occupation, and when you have a flexible schedule you can pursue those aspirations. Whether you have a great idea for an app that will revolutionize an industry or even a business idea that isn’t specifically related to coding, your new skill will greatly increase your chance of success. Feel free to dream big.

These were just five reasons to help convince you that right now is a great time to learn coding. You can probably think of countless more. So, what are you waiting for? Start learning.

Teaching children, although rewarding, is not an easy task. It requires patience, an eye for detail and the ability to stay calm when the learning process goes sidewise. So how does a parent who doesn’t have the formal education to instruct children take up the reigns and become a teaching superstar? We’ll go over five tips that will give you guidance in teaching your children coding or any other subject. You’ll just have to provide the patience.

Succeed by planning and scheduling

There’s a theme when it comes to doing just about any task, plan and schedule. Although you have heard it a thousand times, it’s always worth repeating. Before you teach or tutor your children, craft a lesson plan and schedule. If you are teaching your children in place of school, try to adhere to a normal school day routine. Be specific in your planning and ensure there is enough time to tackle all the subject matter you have scheduled for the day. If only one subject is on the agenda, say like coding, most of your efforts will be in the planning phase rather than scheduling. However, regardless of the number of subjects, put effort into your planning.

Meet with your children

Sometimes a meeting can’t be an email. Meet with your children and discuss the day’s lesson plan. Talk over expectations and give them a clear idea of what they will be learning. Utilizing a visual aid, like a tablet or the old-fashioned route, a whiteboard, can help your children see what the day will have in store. There is no need for surprises when it comes to learning.

Take suggestions

Education should be an interactive process. Ask your children for suggestions on everything from lesson plans to teaching techniques. Discovering how your children learn will lead to more success. Which in turn will make your job as the teacher much simpler.

Ask for help

Do you have a friend or acquaintance who is a teacher? If you do, fabulous, because you have someone who has the knowledge and experience to lend you a helping hand. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you feel stuck or confused. Advice from a professional can give you that boost of confidence to become an awesome at home teacher.

Don’t forget the breaks

You may want to power through the subject matter at breakneck speeds but remember, you are teaching children. This is especially true if you are teaching an entire course load of material. Schedule enough time for breaks and don’t forget the food and drinks. Nutrition is vital for young learners

Teaching your children may be challenging but it’s not as daunting when you are prepared. Plan, schedule and allow your children to provide input. With some effort and an investment in time, you and your children will enjoy the entire process. You may not even need as much patience as you originally thought.

You think you have a solid, at-home learning plan but it soon becomes derailed by a litany of distractions and obstacles. It can be quite frustrating. Learning at home has its fair share of challenges, but it also boasts plenty of pluses. If you formulate a proper plan and make a few tweaks to your learning environment it can be a rewarding experience. We promise. Here are 5 tips that will help you become an A+ home learner.

Craft a relaxing and efficient study space

There are easy options when it comes to spaces for learning at home, such as the dining room table or a desk in the middle of the family action, but these are rarely the best choices. Although these areas can work, you want the best possible space to learn effectively. Find a location that is not only comfortable but also allows you to focus with minimal distractions. Good old-fashioned trial and error can be utilized to find the ideal learning space.

Have a plan and be organized

Learning can be exciting, so, understandably, getting down to work immediately sounds like a fun idea. But rushing into your studies without having a plan will greatly reduce your chances for success. Instead, take time either the night before or early morning to create a learning plan. Additionally, keep your learning space organized and clean. Don’t let clutter get in the way of being a superstar student.

Dress for success

It’s an enticing proposition; learning while remaining in your PJs for the entire day. Although, there is an inherent comfort with learning from home, forgoing PJs and opting for something more appropriate for daytime hours can boost your learning potential. You don’t have to dress as if you are going to a job interview, but a comfortable pair of pants and a nice shirt can do wonders for your attentiveness and confidence.

Set goals

How do you know if you are making progress if you don’t set goals? Well, you won’t know. That’s why goal setting is a vital step in the at home learning process. Like how you produced a learning plan in the previous tip, allot time to craft short- and long-term goals. You can have daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly goals. Make them challenging but not too difficult. You want to set yourself up for success.

Take breaks

Yes, even learning from home requires a student to step away and take a break. When you plan for the day ensure that you leave time for at least one 15-minute break. During this breaktime, you should push your studies to the side and focus on something entirely different. It can be reading a book, reading emails or even housework. The key here is to give your mind a break from learning and recharging for another round of studying.

Learning from home can be comfortable, rewarding and fun when you follow these 5 simple tips. Now the only thing you have to prepare for is your exceptional success.

Coding is important work — it’s the backbone of many of the most productive careers and requires the utmost levels of patience and focus. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun too! Scroll on to read through the top 10 jokes only coders will understand.

1. The best knock-knock jokes? Computer knock-knock jokes.

(Very long pause) … (very very very long pause).

2. Try not to get this stuck in your head.

Because we all have had times of programming as tedious as singing this ENTIRE song.

3. A truly beautiful poem.

What coder wouldn’t be impressed to receive this joke on a romantic card?

4. I only accept computers which load every application instantly.

To be fair, once you’ve experience super fast technology, how can you ever go back to anything less?!

5. Use this in your next coding rap battle.

Drop a beat — I’m ready.

6. I CAN’T STOP!

That feeling when you keep thinking you’ve found the fix, but it just digs you deeper into a mess. (Real tip: Take a breath, walk away and revisit in a few minutes.)

7. Should’ve locked the keyboard.

Ouch, was that a cringey one? Or so cringey that it’s genius?

8. A joke? Or great advice?

Version 1.0: Setting up for future success!

9. Bonus points if it’s only a few minutes after falling asleep.

…Or waking up at 3am with the solution right in your mind. Every time.

10. Hunger: 32%, time for a refill.

In the end, we all have basic care needs anyway — what’s so different between us and tech?

 

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Whether you are studying for an exam or trying to solve an elusive coding problem when you challenge your mind, burn out is a real concern. It’s a real conundrum because you know you must put in the hard work to succeed but where do you draw the line in the sand to avoid causing your brain to shut down? It’s enough to make you wonder if there is a way to balance it all. Luckily there are steps you can take to circumvent burn out and still reach your studying or coding goals. We’ll investigate four ways to help you de-stress and succeed.

Plan and organize

It’s understandable, you have a challenging problem you want to solve, and you are excited to delve right in and get to work. Not so fast. Before you sit down and begin flexing your brain, plan and organize. Even if you are just taking on a single problem, you want to ensure you have allotted enough time to get your work done with enough padding to take breaks. Trying to work non-stop is not a recipe for success. Give your mind a rest and you’ll notice your productivity will increase and your focus will return.

Sleep and eat well

It’s the stuff of studying legends, the overworked student staying up all night chugging coffee while cramming for the big exam. Although there are times when working late is a necessity, getting plenty of sleep is vital. So, before beginning your study session, have a hard stop time in mind. Try to allow enough time to get at least six hours of sleep. Oh, and speaking of chugging coffee. Unfortunately, along with everyone’s favorite caffeinated beverage, students tend to eat poorly during study sessions. Instead of opting for unhealthy snack foods that provide empty calories with very little nutrition, try to eat solid meals and snack on fruit and vegetables. It doesn’t sound exciting, but your brain needs fuel, healthy fuel.

Ask for help when you’re stuck

You’ve tried for hours but you just can’t conjure a solution. When you encounter a problem that seems nearly impossible, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you ask a friend, tutor or an instructor, don’t let your ego get in the way of receiving a much needed helping hand. You’ll notice a significant drop in your stress level once you clear that difficult obstacle.

Remove distractions

You have three friends trying to text you and the café you chose for your study session is becoming a bit too lively. Does this sound familiar? Distractions are the enemy of successful studying, so putting away your phone and locating a quiet place to do your work is prudent. If you need to use your phone, try your best not to get tempted to converse with friends, play games or browse your social media accounts. Additionally, find a quiet location that enables you to concentrate on your work. When you focus, stress tends to melt away.

Now you’re prepared to solve any problem or study for any subject with less stress and more success. When you plan and organize your study time, provide your brain with plenty of rest and nutrition, ask for a helping hand when you’re stuck and eliminate distractions, burn out will become a thing of the past.

Imagine a skill that would make you more marketable as a job candidate and increase your earnings potential. Now envision that you can start learning this skill at any age and at any time. Of course, we are referring to coding. Having a background in coding will open doors to dream careers with outstanding future possibilities. If you need more convincing here are four reasons that coding improves your chances for success.

Exceptional high-paying career opportunities

STEM jobs are all the rage in our modern economy, and yes that includes coding. A study conducted by Burning Glass revealed careers that require coding pay an average of $22,000 more per year. Just imagine, in ten years that would equate to $220,000. The same study also found that half of the highest paying jobs (in the top quartile) require coding skills. A rewarding career that makes more money chalk one up to coding.

Flexibility

Would you like a career that would enable you to work from home either part- or full-time? Jobs in coding tend to offer flexible schedules allowing you to work from just about anywhere. A high paying career that allows you to choose your work environment and, in some cases, even your schedule is appealing to those who want to spend more time with family or travel to other cities. Or perhaps someone who just doesn’t enjoy the office life. Regardless, having a background in coding provides more opportunities for high-paying jobs that offer more flexibility.

Choice of industries

Whether you want a job in technology, banking or health care, having a background in coding will help you land a great career. Looking for more excitement? Being a skilled coder can catapult you into a cool, fast-paced field like artificial intelligence. A field that is growing at a rapid rate. A report by the World Economic Forum states that AI will create 58 million new jobs by 2022. You can work on the cutting-edge helping to develop new technologies that will shape the future world. No worries if you opt to steer clear of advanced fields like AI, with a background in coding you’ll have your choice of incredible industries.

Coding improves your problem-solving abilities

Beyond providing a tangible skill you can add to your resume, coding can teach you to become a better thinker with improved problem-solving abilities. Why? Because coding takes attention to detail and an ability to break down problems into smaller pieces. This approach can be utilized in different areas of your professional and personal life. The more you practice coding and solving the issues that arise, the more skilled you will become at tackling problems.

From high-paying job opportunities to more flexibility and even improved problem solving, coding is a skill that will increase your chances for success in business and life. Don’t wait, start your coding journey today and get ready for an amazing future.