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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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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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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 can I get through very long and very dry, but also very useful technical documents when learning a new tool?

Vulkan is a very useful API for rendering projects, and I would like to learn how to use it as it opens up new possibilities for doing some rendering tricks much more efficiently than in OpenGl. I am ...
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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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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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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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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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How to convince students that self learning is an important skill?

I am teaching beginner programmers with a variety of backgrounds. Towards the end of the course, we encourage more independent and team based learning rather than lecture based learning. This is ...
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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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“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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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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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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How can programming skills be improved?

I often take help from online videos to improve my programming skills, but I am not successful. Videos help me in debugging my code, but I am not improving my programming. Is there any other way ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Study Advice for a CS Student

It's my second year in my computer science degree, 2nd semester. I feel like I am still not good enough and not satisfied with myself! I still can't program and when I have a task I can't think. I ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Learning disabilities as a barrier - should I stop learning?

I am not a teacher. I'm an adult with learning disabilities. I have autism and memory problems. As a child, I was way behind and stuck in SLD, where the teachers had little interest in teaching, so ...
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Tell me a book ( or resources) for creating a good terminal based workflow (for building, debugging) for c++ based project development

About me: I started development in python. I consider my self as an intermediate Vim user. I am comfortable with many bash shell commands. For all the python projects (like django or numerical ...
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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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How to retain technical information about new features?

I'm going through an online training on Apex and Salesforce (trailhead), and I don't know how to retain all this info. I'm memorizing it, and trying to build stuff, but I'm still not retaining it.... ...
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What can be the causes of the difference in student performance?

The box-plot represents the number of programming tasks performed correctly in 30 minutes.These tasks are designed to learn basic CS concepts: sequences, loops, conditional ... Each box represents an ...
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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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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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How to learn to solve trees, graphs questions for competitive programming

I learnt about trees and graphs from my textbooks (undergraduate level) last year. But now I'm doing competitive programming and unable to solve questions involving these concepts. I fail to ...
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What is the best way to learn an object oriented programming language with framework, data structure and alogrithms?

At first I will say, I known some basics Python and Haskell. For now I decided to follow my programming road with Python. I have chosen a few issues and their learning path, hence I would like to know ...
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how to motivate student that programming will give bright future to them?

some students in my class are leaving CS because programming is difficult and think that it will not give them bright future. how to motivate that students, that their interest is develop in ...
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Is learning C++ recommended for beginners?

I have heard a lot of people saying C++ is a hard language to learn and is not a good language to start. I myself am a beginner in programming and have jumped straight into C++ as soon as I heard that ...
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How should one go into learning algorithms and data structures? What do you think is an efficient way to do so?

Should one first understand its logic and see its implementation? Or should one try to implement it first oneself? How should one learn so that one can quickly implement the algorithm or data ...
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Method for keeping records in a computer science notebook?

Which recording method is best used for computer science. The Cornel method or the subsequent method developed by Scott Young who mastered the MIT program in a year. To be honest, I have problems ...
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Teaching past the “symbology” of a language

I've been recently helping someone with their beginners Python programming course at their university (though I don't think the specific language is particularly important). At times I'm frustrated, ...
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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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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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About the ACM and IEEE-CS Computing Curricula

I've been searching for a detailed definition about what computer science is about for years, when one day I came across these two documents: Computing curricula 2005 report and Computer Science ...
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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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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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How to learn to program compiled languages efficiently when coming from an interpreted language?

I have experience with Python and now am learning C++, I am finding the lack of an interpreter or a repl to be a serious hinderance when learning the language, as well as the ability to type ...
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Should one study programming by doing hard problem?

As one learns programming, how useful it is to spend time to solve hard problems? Like, I saw a problem solving site where one task is for example to find a regular expression for decimal numbers ...