The headline is not fully correct. I mean, nowadays there are a lot of avenues to learn to code. You get websites where you can access introduction to computer programming languages for free.
— Melissa Javan (@melissa_nel) April 21, 2018
You have to give yourself time to learn, with anything! I thought that a one-day workshop would make me some kind of guru in that particular computer programming language, but nooooooo.
I seriously need to practice and practice learning things, especially when it’s technical stuff. [I’ve also learned that there’s an easier way to learn, which is a programme called Scratch – it’s taught to children at school. I should probably start with that form of coding first.]
My counterparts seem to get the hang of the one-day workshops, quickly, within that day 1. Then I’ll just sit and watch them do it. I’m trying not to be hard on myself. I know my weaknesses, I accept it. Learning to code takes time for me.
— kamogelo142 (@kamogelo142) April 21, 2018
Another thing I’ve learned in these workshops is that every person has something to teach and something to learn. Some of the ladies and I were talking about our different skills – mine being a Twitter ninja and good at writing. I shared with my friends that I also make use of tools like Hootsuite.com. And believe me, these ladies didn’t know about this. They didn’t even know about Canva.com. You can read more about these tools, here.
— GirlCode👩💻 (@GirlCode_za) April 21, 2018
So I realised that I could teach them things and they teach me their things (and that’s how I found out about the free SoloLearn app). I guess that’s what these workshops are about too – learning from each other and connecting with each other.
Last thing, whenever you are challenged on a subject you’re learning, the best thing to do is to get a buddy (who’s a lot better on the subject) to help you. It really takes a village.
PS. I’ll share more about how I got into GirlCodeZA and about the organisation, tomorrow on the blog.
If you’ve ever done something out of your comfort zone, please share in the comments below. Thank you for reading.