There was a time when if you wanted to watch a movie, you had to go to the video store and rent it; if they were all out of tapes, you didn’t get to watch it. You’d have to wait, days, sometimes weeks just to see that movie – which begs the question…

Could you survive?

Luckily, we live in an age where if we want to see a movie, we just download it or stream it off any number of streaming services. The move toward convenience and speed has reached all areas and industries, and the same progress has been demonstrated in the world of coding. Simple processes used to take copious amounts of code to carry out, but now many things are carried out through automation and can be accessed with a variety of resources online.

Despite advancements that have simplified coding, there is one thing that hasn’t changed, you still need lots of patience.

Patience is needed when you start learning to code, and when the only languages you’ve learned up to that point are human languages, the lines of seemingly unrelated characters can take time to understand. This is no different than any other hobby or skill, like playing the guitar, you have to learn the chords before you can play a song. With coding, you must understand the importance of each character in order to build upon them to create something big like a website or a video game.

Once you start learning more advanced techniques, you’ll be required to start solving problems or going deeper into the lines of code you write. Not only will you need to pay attention to detail, but you may find yourself going over the same line multiple times before you find what you need.

Patience can help you later in life, not just while you’re learning to code. The sooner you learn patience, the better off you’ll be in the future whenever you encounter a problem or situation that takes time to resolve. When you finally get a job applying your coding knowledge, whether that be in a DevOps, Video Game Design, or Systems role, you’ll find that patience is going to be required every day on the job. That’s because you’ll also need to have patience with other members of your team, and since many coding jobs involve working in a team, those with a short fuse are not going to have an easy time.

The good news is patience is contagious, and that cool, calm demeanor you demonstrate will soon rub off on other members of your team. Who knows, that attitude may even get you a promotion, in which you’ll need even more patience for dealing with employees that you manage.

As you can see, patience will always be your best friend if you befriend it early. The start of your coding journey will be challenging at first, but you can develop habits now that will help you the rest of your life, both personally and professionally.

Learning to code has an array of incredible benefits – from teaching soft skills for everyday use to cultivating a hobby that keeps you challenged and entertained. Coding trains the brain, inspires patience and opens extensive career opportunities. Regarding the latter point, understanding how to code can also clear the path toward coveted remote job possibilities as well. Why choose a career that allows you to work remotely? Read on to find out.


1.       Your career doesn’t have to define your life. As much as you may love coding, a job still just becomes a job over time. Thankfully, by working from home, you can spend plenty of time pursuing hobbies and spending time with family.


2.       Explore side opportunities. Not sure about sticking to one job alone? Want to start your own business? Coding is a highly qualifying skill. There are abundant fields that benefit from hiring someone who understands coding. Not only can the knowledge itself lead to jobs – such as in web development – but the skills that come along with coding can also boost your resume for other opportunities in design, marketing, business operations and more.


3.       Save money on gas, food and other reoccurring expenses. Commuting takes a toll on your day, car and wallet. You aren’t paid for the time spent getting ready, driving and pumping gas. Working remotely allows you to make the most of each paycheck.


4.       Create a flexible schedule – and a flexible workplace environment. When you work remotely, you are in charge of your schedule. Yes, this means you need to have great time management skills – but, as a coder, you are probably already proficient at setting aside time to work and study. Additionally, working from home means getting to wear whatever you want – which is pretty cool, right?


Have you ever considered the possibility of having a full-time career while living the way you want to live – with more time, money and a flexible schedule? That’s one of the many benefits of learning how to code: You immediately qualify yourself for great work-from-home opportunities that pay well and offer you the ability to create your own lifestyle while working a job you love.



As you get older, you start to realize that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and for many students that weakness is studying. Not every student is born with studying super powers, but every student can learn how to study efficiently. With a little practice and use of these time management tips, you can start having more efficient study sessions.

Set a Goal Beforehand

What are your strengths? Which class just doesn’t make sense? Take some time to figure out what you should be studying, or which topics you need more help with than others. Now’s the time to break out that study guide your teacher handed out, assuming it’s not crumbled in a ball at the bottom of your backpack.

Hide Your Phone

You’re not allowed to have your phone out in class, what makes you think you should have it out when you’re studying? If you must use your phone for research, close out every other app except your browser, then immediately lock it when you’re done. This requires self-control, but you can take comfort in knowing that you’ll have lots of free time once you get a proper studying technique

Study Smaller Portions

It can be difficult trying to study multiple chapters all at once, you’re better off dividing the material into sections. If you have a study guide, divide up the unit into smaller sections, giving yourself 10-20 minutes for each section. This especially helps if you are unfamiliar with the material and need a general summary of the topics for a test the next day.

Take Effective Breaks

Staring at the paragraphs of small text in your history book can take a toll on your eyes, and sometimes your sanity. After you finish one of your sections (20-30 minutes), take a 5-10 minute break during which you should get moving, drink water, and take a step outside to get some fresh air. You’d be surprised how much a small effective break can keep your mind focused on the task at hand.

Schedule Everything

Get a calendar, and no, the one in your phone doesn’t count (plus, it’s hiding). Marking the days you’ll dedicate to studying a week ahead of time not only reminds you when the time comes, but also helps you make sure everything else is taken care of before you dedicate all your attention to hitting the books.  You should also schedule a “reward” after a studying session, whether that be a new toy, a trip for ice cream, or even a couple hours dedicated solely to video games. Seeing your reward on the calendar will help motivate you to get your studying done.

As we stated earlier, studying is a skill that can be learned, and it can be done with just small changes to your routine. You’ll soon find that having a good studying routine can lead to better grades and even more importantly more free time to pursue new found coding hobby!

Traditionally, people have been defined as leaning toward one of two mindsets, either logical or creative. In a world where every aspect of life is changing with technology, it’s no wonder that the lines between science and art are blurred – especially when it comes to coding.

On the surface, coding looks like a science. Complex arrangements of seemingly unrelated characters form lines of code that carry out a specific process. These processes help machines function, make websites operational, help design video games, and even assist in the study of the human body.

The skills required to create the code for these systems and machines are also the same that make a good scientist, including the ability to carry out research, conduct trial-and-error experiments, and interpret data. A good deal of coding also involves math, and students who are good at math can usually begin coding with relative ease.

The intersection of art and science is marked by the relevant skills needed for both fields, this is where the two share similar characteristics.

Artists research techniques, conduct trial-and-error experiments with their work, and even use a bit of math when mixing mediums, designing strategically or calculating the amount of supplies needed.

Attention to detail is a skill that’s required in coding and art. Searching for problem areas in a painting is like scanning lines of code for a misplaced character.

This example in particular tell us a lot about the similarity between art and science. All the little parts that make up the scientific or artistic process come together to form something bigger in the end. Little pieces of tile form a mosaic, several drops of chemicals cause a reaction, and lines of code form what we see on the screen.

Imagine that you’ve been painting your whole life with access to only two types of brushes. Then, one day, a package arrives at your home filled with brushes, sponges, solvents, and other supplies. Now you can apply your talent to even more projects than before. Coding languages are like that new set of supplies, giving you the ability to manufacture, design, and present almost anything you want.  Basically, coding can unlock your creative potential in ways you never thought possible.

So, in a way, coding is the art of science.

That’s what makes learning to code such a valuable experience, since it gives you a new outlet to utilize your strengths. Whether you love science, or are passionate about art, coding is a skill that can take your life to new heights.


Coding is more than an incredible hobby – it’s a skill that you can feel proud to learn. When mastered, coding can lead to career development opportunities in an array of fields. However, in addition to improving future job qualifications, coding also improves your personal development by helping you acquire necessary soft skills. Read on to learn 4 soft skills that are honed by coding.



You start developing many skills the moment you begin learning to code in a classroom environment. Working with instructors, asking questions, and taking feedback with a good attitude all require teamwork. Once you go into the workplace, you will no doubt be assigned projects that call for collaboration between other coders, outside departments, and even hired contractors.

One aspect of learning to code that’s attractive for many people is the potential to work from home, but even then, you will have to maintain contact with co-workers to ensure you’re all on the same page.



The perception of programmers portrayed by the media is often a distorted one, usually a math wiz in a basement placed in front several monitors typing away robotically. Don’t get us wrong, there’s lots of math involved and double monitors rule but the creativity it takes to code really does go unnoticed. The reason your creativity expands when you learn to code is because you begin to possess the tools to build almost anything you want, whether you learn to build video games, virtual reality programs, robots or websites, the possibilities are endless.


Critical Thinking

Coding can involve an onslaught of information at once, especially if you’re just beginning your education. Over time, your ability to not only understand the information on the screen, but also develop solutions based off that data will improve. There are tons of resources out there for solving coding problems, but in the professional world, problems may arise that have no existing solutions. Analyzing lines of code to locate the exact location of an error, or piece that can be modified for a specific action takes critical thinking skills that can be honed over time.

You will get to a point where you can solve problems quickly, but this will take time and something else…



Learning to code is like learning to play an instrument, except where you’d drive yourself crazy trying to extend your pinky to the 7th fret, you’ll instead be tempted to smash your keyboard while attempting to change a color or font size on the screen. Coding can be frustrating at first and takes practice to understand fully – and with technology and programming languages constantly evolving, you’ll truly never fully perfect it. But, you can have the patience to learn new things, no matter how challenging they are.

The road to coding mastery is one filled with ups and downs, but the rewards that come with it will soon show on your screen and within yourself.

It’s 11:57 at night, you have a huge test tomorrow morning, and you’ve only made it to number 6 on your 50 question exam study guide… sounds familiar right? You’re not alone, and many people struggle with studying. Either they are lucky enough to retain all the material the first time and don’t need to, or the idea of sitting quietly in front of a textbook for up to an hour seems like the most boring thing ever! School is not always fun, but simply setting aside time to study effectively can mean the difference between failing and getting phenomenal grades.  In the world of coding, that – in turn – means getting your dream programming or design job. Here are 6 tips to help you become better at studying and get the grades you want.


Set a Mini Goal

Sometimes the hardest part about studying is figuring out exactly what we need to study. Without a study plan, you run the risk of jumping from topic to topic, not really understanding any of it afterwards. If you’re fortunate enough to have been given a study guide, divide up the sections into smaller sections, allowing yourself 10-20 minutes for each. In the event that you’re crunched for time, it’s better that you fully understand some topics more than others – rather than having little to no knowledge of the overall subject.


Practice Mindfulness

Think of your mind as another person inside of you; like anyone, it needs to eat to stay alive. When you are studying a topic, you’re hand feeding your mind, and it eats every new thought you have. Every time you have a distracting thought, visualize yourself putting it in a refrigerator and feed it to your mind later.


Keep it Lit

Literally, turn those lights on! Straining your eyes, along with having a damaging effect on your sight over time, gives you a headache. Once you have a headache, that’s all that’s on your mind – the ache. Studying in a well-lit room, more specifically with “white light” as opposed to “warm light,” is better for your eyes and creates a more productive and focused environment.


Listen to the Right Music

It has been shown that music increases people’s focus when performing menial, repetitive tasks, but what about studying? Scientists have found that listening to classical music helps people study longer. Beethoven not your thing? EDM is also said to help students with studying, as well as certain forms of hip hop. Music between 60 and 70 beats per minute is ideal, but any music that is not overly lyrical will work, especially when you’re studying a topic like coding.


Resist Your Phone’s Power

Put it away, simple as that. You’re going to use it, every single thought that passes through your mind can turn you into Gollum, driving you to unlock the precious and get sucked down the YouTube wormhole for hours.



Sometimes you just need to step away, pushing your mind during crunch study sessions will only be effective for so long before you get burnt out. Try to keep your studying increments between 10-20 minutes and take a 5-10 minute break in-between. Stay hydrated, and if you have the time, take a nap, you earned it.


Studying is essential to earn a good grade, and to understand the topic. However, you must study effectively by setting the scene, putting away your phone and taking regular breaks.

While learning to code, you’ve probably realized how complex and intricate coding can be. Coding takes patience and a lot of brain power to successfully write code. With all the work your brain is doing while coding, have you ever wondered how coding is benefiting your brain? A technical skill like coding is bound to improve your cognitive abilities. Here are some ways coding can make you smarter.

Improve your memory – When you first begin learning to code, it’ll seem like a lot of information coming at you all at once. This is normal, and with practice you’ll begin to remember each step of the coding process. Memorizing these steps will give your brain a great workout, and like with any workout, the brain will grow stronger. It’s widely known that as we age our ability to remember things declines, but luckily engaging in cognitive intensive skills such as coding can help fight back against memory loss.

Coding encourages creative thinking – Coding doesn’t just require a proficiency in math and logic, it also takes a creative mindset. Some of the most brilliant minds in technology innovation were very creative. Steve Jobs believed that creativity played a large role in developing some of the most innovative technology the world has ever seen. Jobs understood the importance of coding and programming, once stating “Everyone should know how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” Intelligence isn’t defined simply as being able to retain information. Creativity is a trait of highly intelligent people, and the ability to think outside of the box when it comes to problem solving is a much-needed skill when it comes to coding. Fortunately, the more you code the more your imagination and creativity will grow.

Learn to manage multiple tasks and improve your organizational skills – Intelligent people are usually great maintaining organization. If you’ve ever looked at computer coding, you can understand how confusing and jumbled all the symbols tend to look. It’s no secret that coding can look very intimidating at first glance, and you’ll have to get comfortable interpreting what all those symbols mean. Just like a computer performs multiple tasks at once, you’ll be doing the same while coding. Making sure all the code is organized correctly while inputting new code takes great multitasking and organizational skills, and you’ll eventually become a pro at managing multiple tasks. Outside of coding, being more organized will help you think more clearly and feel less overwhelmed by the many responsibilities in your life.

At first glance coding can be difficult to comprehend. Fortunately, along with being fun to learn, coding can do a lot of good for your brain function and development. Why not learn a new skill that will not only help your career advancement, but that will benefit your brain?!

Coding provides the basis for a whole world of technological systems and devices used in our society today. For many, learning to code is the first step they take in their quest for a career in video game design and development. There are many languages, each used for different gaming platforms and attributes. Here are a few of the more notable languages you should learn if you plan on making games for a living.


The quintessential coding language for developing video games is C++. It has been used for years by PC and console game makers. While learning C++ can help you grasp other languages, it should be noted that it’s not an easy language to learn. Once it is learned however, you will have the ability to create complex graphics in games engines like Unreal, Unity, and Sony’s PhyreEngine.


The language is basically added power for developing games on Windows and Xbox, since the language was developed by Windows. The majority of games using C# are developed on the Unity engine, which is used for, among other things, training simulators and software created for first responders. Because Unity utilizes visual actions and is not made for asset-creation, C# is a good language for beginners to learn.

Objective C

The explosive growth of cell phone use and development has no doubt made mobile gaming a contender in the traditionally console dominated war for gamers. Objective C is used in creating games for OS X and iOS, anything played on a MAC, iPhone, or iPad. The language is used in the frameworks Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, with the app development software Xcode relying on it almost exclusively. Master it, and you’ll be making the next Candy Crush in no time.


A great language to learn if you’re just getting into video game coding, Java is a computer programming program that’s been around for a while. Java isn’t widely used in video game development, but it is the main programming language used to make mobile Android games. Web-based games also use Java, in conjunction with Flash.

HTML5, CSS3, and SQL

Along with Java, several other web programming languages are key to developing web-based video games. HTML5 for instance, can be used interchangeably with JavaScript in some instances. CSS3, the newest form of CSS, can be used in conjunction with HTML5. SQL has more back-end processes including trophies, achievements, save points, and other means to measure data during the game. These languages will be your best friend if you’re interested solely in the web game market.

Whichever language you decide to learn, each can be mastered through practice and use of training materials provided both online and in coding schools. Video games are constantly breaking new ground, so staying on top of new languages will put you at the forefront of the industry.

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” These words were once said by legendary salesman and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. Coding is not sales, but there is one thing that the two share in common… the idea that you can be successful while also uplifting those around you, maybe even changing the world in the process. There are many movements and lines of work that lie at the intersection coding and philanthropy.

Here are a few of the ways that you can help change the world with your coding skills.  

Life-Changing Robotics

It was only a couple of years ago that bionic limbs were just the stuff of films and video games. Fast forward to our present day and we’ve come further than we ever thought possible. The implementation of 3D printing has done wonders when driven by smart software. Coding provides the basis for fluid movement and creates a prosthetic more familiar to the user than what has traditionally been available to them.

Conserving the Environment

Renewable energy continues to be a hot topic and will no doubt remain on everyone’s minds. Luckily, equipment systems and emission tracking software is making big strides toward a cleaner planet. Coding is also helping promote the survival of the earth’s diverse and fragile wildlife. Artificial intelligence and complex databases tracking animals real-time can accurately document their growth, falling numbers due to deforestation or poaching, and even the onset of life-threatening natural disasters like wildfires and red tide outbreak.

Charity Coding

Imagine coming together with a group of coders for 48 hours of researching and developing prototypes in a quest for coding greatness! Sounds a little over-the-top, but hackathons are responsible for some serious real-world solutions implemented today. Starting in the late 1990s, hackathons are aimed at developing new products or solutions to existing problems. It wasn’t long until people realized these events could do more than just drive sales. Many non-profits don’t have the money or manpower to fix their tech problems. Hackathons and other charity coding initiatives give back to these organizations that are too busy focusing on helping others.

How Else Can You Help?

Someone taught you to code, either a school, a mentor, or an instructor developed program online. You now have a gift, and you can share it with the world. Help those around you, maybe a friend who has a struggling business online, or an artist trying to create the optimal website to showcase their work. A piece of advice, or some suggestions from an expert like yourself (don’t be so modest), can bring them success. If your knowledge can improve the life of the person one screen over from you, then you’re already doing your small part to change the world.

Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that their kids often find it easy to get into a new activity or hobby without much prodding from parents. This is especially true for activities  like sports or music. However, when you mention programming for kids, the reception can be lukewarm. Most people wouldn’t really put the words “exciting” and “coding” in the same sentence – especially those who haven’t tried it yet.

Of course, we know how fun and empowering coding is, but the problem lies in helping kids see past misconceptions about coding to see how fun it really is! Fortunately, we have 4 surefire steps that will turn that “no way” to a “fine, I’ll try it out, I guess.” And trying it out is all you need – once a kid or teen experiences the fun in coding, they’ll be singing a different tune.

The Lowdown on Coding

So what is this coding thing, anyway? Well, remember how humans communicate with other humans through the use of language? It’s just like that. The only difference: instead of communicating with a person, you are communicating with a machine. This is why when you learn to code, we use programming languages. And if you look at these lines of code and don’t understand a single thing, it’s okay!  It’s just communicating with the computer

Imagine going to a foreign country with a different language. Of course, understanding what’s being said is hard because you don’t know the language. However, once you start learning the language, everything starts to make sense! It’s the same thing with programming languages – it looks like gibberish until you start to learn the syntax and methods of speech.

The idea of talking to machines may seem like something straight out of a sci-fi film, but the truth is, humans have been doing it for a long time! But we’re not talking about bloodthirsty artificial intelligence like in “The Terminator.” Through programming languages, humans can give orders to computers and make them perform different types of actions based on the situation.  The computers can do normal commands and calculations exponentially faster than humans, without getting tired, burnt out, or talking back.

What’s In It For Them?

So why should you encourage kids or teens to take up coding? There are so many hobbies and recreational activities out there, why should kids choose coding? For one, coding allows kids to bring to life things that normally would be impossible. When it comes to creativity and imagination, kids are a bottomless well. They can be superheroes one day, and futuristic androids the next. They can have dragons for pets and dwarves and elves for sidekicks.

Coding empowers kids and teens, allowing them to unleash their imagination and turn their fantasies into reality! Of course, this doesn’t mean that coding will magically give your kids superpowers, but it allows them to create a superhero from scratch, armed with all the powers that they wish. They can build artificial worlds where they are the hero and they’re off to a wonderful adventure together with their comrades.  And when you put it that way, maybe they can be superheroes themselves!

So what are you waiting for? Let’s go ahead with these 4 easy steps to pique your kids’ interest in the fascinating world of coding.

Step #1: Make Coding Fun Again!

A lot of youngsters care a lot about what others think about them. And cool is a word that some wouldn’t associate with programming; in fact, a lot of kids think coding is boring and only losers or nerds do it.

How do you combat this? Simple, just make coding fun for kids and teens. It’s actually as easy as it sounds – think of all the things that kids find cool, and associate it with coding.

Let’s take, for example, Minecraft – a game that’s popular with the kids. So what does Minecraft have to do with coding? Well, Minecraft is written in JavaScript, a popular programming language. In Minecraft, players can code inside the game itself! You see, the game has an item called a Command Block, where you can input lines of code. With Command Blocks, players can do anything from spawning a mob, or even create a fully automated farming system.

Kids as young as 7 years old are learning to input basic codes using Command Blocks to make Minecraft more fun. While Minecraft is one of the most obvious examples of how cool coding is, it’s not the only one. Kids and teens love games and gadgets, and these things run using lines of code. Youngsters will find it fascinating that these seemingly magical contraptions operate using a code, and with enough training, they can pull off the same feat!

Step #2: Coding and Real Life Applications

You can also get teens and kids hooked on coding by using practical and relatable examples. Let’s be honest – lines of gibberish don’t really mean much at first. However, they will understand things better if you take situations and examples from real life.

Kids are generally easier since they are curious and creative, but, they also have a short attention span. The same is true for some teens, so when you’re explaining certain aspects of coding, simple and linear examples are the best. For example, if you want them to explain conditional statements, ask them what they would do if their classmate Bob suddenly invited them to have lunch. Bob’s a nice guy, but not your closest friend, so will you go? No? Then what if Bob said he’ll pay for your lunch, will you join him then? Probably yes. Explain that the example is the basic concept of conditional statements. The computer’s actions depend on what conditions are met and what events are triggered.

Step #3: Simplify the Process

If you start talking to kids and teens about variables, arrays, and algorithms, all you’re going to get are blank looks. Even ordinary adults with no programming background will find it difficult to understand. Programmers have their own language, with different terms and word definitions. For ordinary folks, a bug is an insect. For programmers, a bug is a break or error in the program. To get kids interested in coding, you have to speak their language. Use simple terms! Don’t worry, once they know enough about programming, they will become more familiar with the advanced terms.

Also, if you want kids and teens to love coding, you should put them in an environment that’s conducive for learning. Not all mentors and guides on the web are good for kids and teens. Some are targeted at adults and require a faster pace. What you need is a learning environment that’s specifically designed for kids and teens. Here at Coder School, the pace is a lot slower. The focus is not on learning as many things as possible, but to make sure the students are having fun.

Step #4: Coding Classes For Kids Turn Coding Into A Social Activity

Loneliness makes things less fun for kids and teens, and they are more likely to quit an activity if they’re doing it alone. Although it’s possible to learn coding through YouTube videos, it isn’t as fun as attending coding classes for kids. Aside from finding new friends, they can maintain their interest for coding because they are surrounded by other kids and teens who all love coding.

With coding schools, kids and teens are encouraged to work together as a team. Instead of coming up with a project or small program on their own, they join forces to build something truly amazing. As they say, two heads are better than one!

A Note To Parents

There are actually parents out there who discourage their kids from coding. Some parents fear that if their kids get attached to coding, they’ll lock themselves in their rooms and forget about social interaction, physical activities, and family. This is simply not true. A lot of youngsters do tend to keep to themselves, but this is mostly due to their personalities as opposed to being a side effect of learning programming languages.

Coding may even encourage kids and teens to go out and explore more. After all, you can’t get inspiration for new coding projects inside your room. A lot of programmers go around, observe their surroundings, and take note of everyday problems that can be solved by a program. This is what coding is all about – solving everyday problems using a program. And you can’t find problems to solve inside your room.

On the other hand, some parents really want their kids to start coding. This is especially true for parents who are programmers. However, kids and teens have their own minds and you should take care not to overstep your boundaries. Sharing your love for coding is fine, but don’t force them to like it. Your reasons for loving programming languages  may not be the same as your child’s, but it doesn’t mean that they’ll love it less. Allow them to discover how great it is on their own and simply be there to offer support and guidance when they need it.

Do you have a budding developer on your hands? Nurture and develop their love for coding by signing up for a class at any of our locations nationwide! Alternatively, you can try us out by taking advantage of our free trial lesson today!