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Questions regarding teaching a topic to yourself. Use this tag to ask about ways and methods of teaching which apply to teaching yourself.

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Where one can learn CS in very rigorous way?

I'm interested both mathematics and computer science. I like math because one can formalize it rigorously and I have seen that many things can be defined by sets. Is there similar thing in computer ...
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In self-teaching, how can I move from basic tutorials to more complex work?

I'm currently learning SQL (specifically T-SQL) and focusing on searching databases, not building/editing them. This is pretty much the first language I'm learning, so I don't have a CS background to ...
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Advice for becoming more confident in programming

I apologize if this isn't the right kind of forum to ask this question, but I've been feeling helpless. I'm in my 4th year in college as a CS major. However, I am horrible at programming (relative to ...
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Textbook on Optimization

Can anyone suggest some good textbooks on optimization for MSc level? Books with more concrete applications and examples on real problems would be more appreciated. I am more interested in algorithm ...
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Are there companies that allow to be free when learning and teaching?

I'm currently a trainer in a kind of "expert" domain: a web-programming backend framework. However, what I truly like is to help people regardless of their level, mostly online or at conferences. The ...
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Is there a better way to validate student learning?

I'm a student in an undergraduate Computer Science program with several years of experience before coming to university. As I began working through the coursework here, a large problem stuck out to me....
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For a beginner, is it better to start with C or a higher level language?

Some friends of mine, over the years, asked me suggestions on what to study for learning how to code. Most of them had no real final purpose, just wanted to be able to understand programming and be ...
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What are good resources for self learning Finite Mathematics for a CS Student?

A student studying Computer Science requires some knowledge of finite mathematics, including logic, probability, counting, etc. In the use-case at hand, a HS or University course in finite math is not ...
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Finding tutoring in Maths / CS

I am technically enrolled on a university course but lack basic maths ability and have fallen behind in trying to catch up. Therefore I need to explore self-learning to improve my position while ...
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Is it possible to study too many things in parallel?

Unfortunately I did not study well at school, I was not interested in many things, and I did not understand that things. But I have matured, interests have become more. I am now 20 years old. Now I ...
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“Franklin” Method for learning good programming?

I was reading Ben Franklin's biography(the one by Walter Issacson), and it describes his method for learning to write: he would take excellent essays, jot down the basic ideas, then try to reconstruct ...
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Online courses to form or improve a CS resume?

I am looking to start a career in CS (programming, software developing and eventually artificial intelligence) but don't have the economic means to attend university. I am currently working on ...
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Computer Engineering student with Holes in my knowledge (i want to improve)

I'm a computer engineering student, I definitely have my strengths and weaknesses like any other student. And, I would like to improve upon areas that I'm either struggling in or completely missed in ...
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Real world example application built with Python and JavaScript?

Does anyone have any suggestions on a small program or application to write that would help a Python beginner work with JavaScript? For example, when one is learning JavaScript, building a small to-do ...
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Could you recommend books on concurrent programming?

I am self-learning concurrent programming. I have some experience with concurrent programming. Have self learned OS and programming. There are both programming languages and libraries that provide ...
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What does a person with an undergraduate degree in CS still need to learn to be employable as a developer? [closed]

Some recent CS graduates feel unprepared to enter the job market. Some may actually be unprepared. What is missing from a typical undergraduate program, or not sufficiently emphasized, that a person ...
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Attempting to prevent learning of poor techniques when self-teaching

A big problem of learning alone is that you don't always figure out the preferred style for a language, the most "pythonic" (in the case of Python) way to do it, or how to write code in keeping with ...
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Strategies for self-learners to transition into working on larger projects

A common problem I've noticed many beginners (especially self-taught ones) run into is figuring out how to transition from working through tutorials and exercises to working on full-fledged projects. ...
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Strategies for independent learners to identify gaps in their knowledge

One common concern many independent learners of computer science and tech have is figuring out what they "don't know". More specifically, the concern is that since they've never been formally educated ...
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Learning fundamental differences between functional programming and Object Oriented Programming

I've been trying to learn the differences between Functional Programming and OOP, but I can't seem to find a comparison of the two. A Google search did not yield any chart or table showing such a ...
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How to figure out what I need to search for in order to create a program?

I'm a student in computer science and got my bachelor's degree 2 weeks ago. I had the opportunity to practice a lot of C/C++ (more C than C++) during the past 2 years. I frequently don't know what I ...
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Book recommendations for rigorous CS books

I am a mathematician but I would like to learn basics of computer science. I have seen many books that are fine but has some mistakes. For example, ...
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How do I teach git to a teenager

I like Git, or at least the idea of it. However I can not get my head around how to use it. Therefore I would not like to teach it. (This question is about learning to use Git. Not about comparing it ...
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Ideas for introducing databases to Android development students

I teach an Android development course to students who have had two full years of Java experience - including a year of data structures. In the past, my students have used services such as Firebase, ...
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Using another person to motivate

I am learning various topics on my own, and so is another person that I know. We were planning on studying together around four days a week, a half an hour at a time (perhaps to be increased if all ...
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Note-taking for self-studying

What is the best way to take notes when self-studying? I myself swing rather wildly between writing down everything and writing nothing. Obviously, neither is a good approach. I also have troubles ...
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Learning from research papers in a developing field

(Note: related question here, not duplicate.) I'm reading quite a bit about quantum computing, especially optical quantum computing. Part of the problem is even the all-encompassing bible of quantum ...
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Learning in a developing field

I'm reading quite a bit about quantum computing, especially optical quantum computing. Part of the problem is even the all-encompassing bible of quantum computing (Nielsen and Chuang, Quantum ...
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Evaluating resources for teaching myself reinforcement learning

While trying to teach myself the topic of reinforcement learning, I find many sites, books, people and other resources with information about that subject. (I am trying to learn the subject from those ...
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Tips for self-study with just a textbook and google

I'm going to be working through a textbook on discrete mathematics that has a special focus on computer science. My only resources are the textbook (which, in its defense, has answers to the odd ...
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A quick ruby crash course

I have some students in highschool who already understand programming concepts (generally), and are fairly familiar with Python's syntax and logic, and have a beginning awareness of OOP in Python. I'd ...
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Undergrad level computer architecture course

Is there a good online course that covers computer architecture at an undergrad level? I just finished 8th grade. I know a bit about computer architecture and logic gates, but not a ton. I know the ...
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How is your teaching affected by how you learned?

I constantly have to struggle with freeing myself from two hindrances to my teaching: 1) The way I learned about computers, starting almost 40 years ago, and, 2) Amnesia of how I learned some concepts ...
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Learning about the Blockchain

Since this is a very hot topic, I would love to offer an elective in Blockchain technology next year (and possibly in cryptocurrencies as well). I know that my students are already very enthusiastic ...
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Self guided learning about audio processing

I have student who is attempting an independent study next year in audio processing. Her goals involve detecting the meter of a song. Thus could be done through machine learning, or through other ...