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?

 

Want to see more hilarious, pun-filled computer jokes? Make sure to follow our social media pages, where we regularly post the best coding memes. 😎

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.

Learning a new language can be difficult, no matter the origin. That’s not to say that it’s impossible! We have put together some tips for learning almost any coding language:

First off, there are over 100 languages that coders and programmers use (actually, we’ve heard that there’s even more than 2,000, and that’s just because languages are developing every single day!), so don’t feel overwhelmed. You can just simply pick from a list of 10, or whatever serves your coding goals best! Some of the most popular are JavaScript, Python, Java, Go, Elixir, Ruby, Kotlin, TypeScript, Scala, and Clojure.

You know what one you want to learn? Great! (If not, don’t stress, these tips apply to ALL languages.)

1. Actively practice.

You can’t just read something and then let it be. You have to continuously keep practicing and using the language in order to become fluent in it. A fun way to practice is by solving coding challenges. There are websites such as LeetCode that can help you increase your fluency, and will teach you more about the structure and syntax of the language.

2. Write things down.

While typing on a keyboard is the way you’ll be using the coding language in the future, writing it down helps burn it into your memory and store it somewhere where you can easily access it. We’re no brain experts, but have you ever noticed that you remember something better after writing it down? That’s why. Give it a shot!

3. Don’t over-do it.

It’s exciting, yes, but we’re not machines. Our brains need a break — even though it’s for fun, and you WANT to do it. You still need a break, to give your mind time to store what you’ve learned, give your eyes a rest, and get the blood moving through your body again. Don’t be a coding zombie.

4. Read a lot.

While you might not understand the language as a whole yet, reading the language in question — and reading a LOT — can’t hurt, because you’ll find yourself picking up on things as you go. Eventually you’ll train yourself to read almost effortlessly.

5. Build something!

Use the language that you’ve learned, and use it often! Even if it’s in something small, you’re still applying the knowledge that you’ve gained, and making it part of your life. This ultimately helps build fluency and recognition.

6. Use a linter.

Linters are code-analyzing tools that flag any errors or bugs you may have created in your newly-learned coding language, so that way you can go back and fix the problem. Think of it as a SpellCheck for coding.

It might be hard to do at first, but don’t give up! Once you beat that learning curve, you’ll find that learning these new languages is fun and effective! Go on! Try it!

It’s the end of another year, your mistakes behind you, your successes looming above them all like a brilliant golden trophy. You made it, and now it’s time for another year of growth and learning! Have you gotten more into coding over the last year? Want to get into it next year? Well here’s a list we’ve come up with, featuring goals for our coding friends to conquer in the next year!

1. Increase your typing speed.

Typing is an important aspect of the coding world, and you need to have a good speed going if you want to be able to master any other coding-related skills. You can do this simply by practicing, or using games and software specifically for building your typing speed. You can read more about increasing your typing speed here.

2. Learn about a new area of coding that interests you.

You can do this in several different ways, such as doing your own personal research, watching Youtube videos, or even taking a class or attending a camp. This gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge, give you something challenging, and another way to practice.

3. Learn a language!

We’re not talking about Spanish or German here, we’re talking about a coding language! There are over 100 different coding and programming languages (some lists even say over 2,000!!) to choose from, some are rarely ever used, so the sky’s the limit. You may be able to find information on a language at the camp list we gave you in number 2, however, some might require a little more. Do some research and see which one appeals to you, or will serve you in a future career and look good on a job application!

4. Upgrade your computer.

BONUS: upgrade your computer MANUALLY. What we mean is, you can get software add-ons to boost the speed and space on your machine, and get a new keyboard or a mouse. That’s a job in of itself, but what if you took it to another level? What if you took your machine apart and added other things? Sound fun? Scary? Impossible? Well, it’s not, but it’s definitely a project. While it may help you get to know your machine better, you need to have the patience to do it, so if the project sounds too big for you and your busy schedule, settle for a lesser upgrade!

The possibilities for the upcoming year are endless! Tackle something new, big, or just downright not like you. Triumph over it all and show 2020 who’s boss!

Christmas shopping is a real pain, especially when you’re shopping for someone who, while you love them dearly, you know nothing about their likes and dislikes. So, here to throw some inspiration your way, here are some of what WE think are the best gifts to give your coder and programmer loved ones!

1. Classes and courses.

This one might be a little tricky, but ask around and see if there is a specific skill area your gift receiver has been wanting to work on, or learn more about, and see if you can find some classes! A simple Google search will help in a lot of that, and other times you can audit a class from an online or local college or university.

2. Computer gear.

Providing you’ve asked around a little and know what it is the coder needs, you can get them anything ranging from a new keyboard to an updated software package and even to a brand new monitor or computer system! There are thousands of choices when it comes to smaller items like a keyboard, or a mouse, or even headphones. Look for comfort as well as quality!

3. Apparel.

Believe it or not, clothes are a great option, too. There are tons of shirts and hoodies that have fun jokes, puns and references that only programmers can understand, and those tend to be perfect gifts. Plus, these can be fun and inexpensive gift ideas for any coder!

4. Sustenance and ironic mugs.

So as it turns out, food is always an amazing gift to receive. Maybe consider an “energy box” full of healthy snacks to keep their minds going and fingers moving. While mugs might not be just for coffee, they sure are fun to have around for late-night coding sessions. A quirky mug says a lot in just a small package!

Hopefully these can spark an idea in your probably overwhelmed, holiday-worn mind and save your from a last minute panic! Have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments!

It’s the perfect time to set new goals for 2020. While you reflect on all you’ve accomplished in 2019, we encourage you to set a resolution of learning how to code in the new year. Whether you are familiar with or a complete stranger to the concept of coding, this post is for you! So, why exactly would learning this skill be a great move for the turn of the decade?

Knowing how to code unlocks many job opportunities.

It’s true! Being skilled in coding is a very desirable skill in the tech industry. It provides you with the means to understand the language that is used to program the tech that impacts your life every single day. What a commodity!

Learning the skill would provide you with a meaningful challenge.

Sure, it’s easier to coast and avoid learning new things, but where is the fun and fulfillment in that? Learning how to code is definitely a challenge. You will struggle and fail sometimes, but it’s all part of the process and you will come out better for it. You’ll gain a new perspective on the world around you and exactly how tech plays into it.

You’ll potentially be able to craft solutions to real-world problems.

The world of tech development is ever-evolving and ever-expanding. Coding is foundational in those functions. By knowing how coding works (and how to do it yourself), you could flex that skill by, for example, crafting an app or website for an organization that helps people in need. Your options on making an impact on the world around you would be virtually limitless!

You’d become part of a powerful, supportive, and collaborative community.

Coders love collaborating on their development projects and are always in constant communication with each other. Whether you’d be struggling or excelling in your endeavors, you’d have a knowledgeable and skilled network supporting you the whole way through. It would provide you with the opportunity to create fruitful professional and personal relationships alike.

Let’s be honest, the reasons to learn coding far outweigh the reasons to not. Part of living a well-rounded life is committing to being a lifelong learner, and coding is a great choice for deciding where to focus your efforts. We hope this post has inspired you to consider learning this interesting and all-important skill and we also hope you have a fantastic start to the new decade!

If you’re a part of the coding or tech community and you have a milestone coming up that you’d like to celebrate, organizing your party around a computer theme is a fun and interesting choice! Continue reading for some tips on how to make yours the best it can be!

Craft well-designed and tech-oriented digital invitations.

The first impressions your potential guests will form of your party will be based off of the invitations you send out. What better way to reel them in than flexing your design skills and interest in tech by creating interesting and relevant ones?

Choose a relevant color scheme and matching decorations.

Blues, greens, and neutral colors are great choices for your color schemes. You can choose or order a banner that is related to your party theme as well – for example, one that says “Happy Birthday!” (or something similar) spelled out in keyboard squares or binary.

If your party will have assigned seating, you could create tags for the guests’ tables that feature a picture of an open laptop with their names and assigned seats. For an extra flair, you could orient the guests’ cutlery in paper or plastic sleeves that display fun sayings, such as “have a byte,” or design placemats that look like mousepads.

Order food items that relate to the theme of the party.

For example, you could order cupcakes that have a power on/off symbol on each of them. Another interesting choice are cookies that are iced and decorated to look like keyboard squares. If your party will feature a cake, you could choose to order a custom-designed one that will look like a PC tower, monitor, and mouse on top of a circular or square base that is designed to look similarly to a desk.

Choose interesting party favors!

Everyone loves party favors, and by providing ones that are related to your theme choice, you will help your guests have more fun! Order laptop stickers, mousepads, mice, flash drives, or other interesting computer accessories. It’s your choice on whether to order custom designed favors that represent your event, but chances are that your guests will be more likely to use generic (but still visually appealing) favors on a regular basis after your party.

Parties are meant to be fun and engaging celebrations. Regardless of the event you’re celebrating, there are so many ways to express your love of computers in your party planning! We hope this post has given you some inspiration for your next big get-together.

Tech-driven careers are high in demand these days with all of the technological advances we’ve made in just a short ten years. Twenty years ago, our cell phones and laptops were big enough to be used as weights! So if you’re thinking about joining ANY techy career, there are some things you need to think about; one of which is “Do I have the skills required for this industry?” What are these skills, you ask? Take a look!

Communication.

You’re probably thinking, “Well, duh, of course I know how to communicate” — but do you, really? Communication is more than speaking casually in a conversation; it’s being able to relay your thoughts, information, and ideas clearly, creatively, and confidently! Especially in a world where you may be speaking, writing, or presenting to people who don’t understand technology languages, it’s important that you can translate effectively and make it as easy as possible for others to understand. That is going to be one of your biggest strengths, as well as giving this information and your thoughts through a creative outlet that doesn’t put people to sleep.

Teamwork.

This is one of those skills that everyone says they have — because you think that if you can work on group projects in school, you can work as a team at a professional job, right? Wrong! While there are some jobs that allow you to work by yourself for most of the time, and then occasionally work in a small group to get a project done, most tech jobs require constant teamwork, and oftentimes you have to rely on other people to get their work done so YOU can get YOURS done.

Organization.

While we’re sure you’ve heard this quite a bit, organizational skills are incredibly important when entering the tech world. Even an “organized mess” would do — so long as you have a system and can find anything in any given moment.

Driven.

Some tech jobs can be thankless, especially when you’re involved in the back of a project, working on things the client and customer will never really see. You have to be driven enough to know that your part is still important, and therefore it needs to be done. You have to have the self motivation to push passed the ache of sitting in front of a computer all day!

Though these may not seem like “skills” they can certainly come in handy for any tech-based career. With these in hand, you’ll be able to conquer your new professional life!