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  • Doris Yee

    It's really important to keep that knowledge sustainable...keep it going, keep practicing. One of the saddest things I see (in older students), is taking a coding class and never using it beyond a semester. You'll never retain information that way. However, 13-17 years of age is a great span to make things "sink in." This group probably will be able to reuse and recycle the lessons they've learned quickly.

    • Jamie Nash

      I agree wholeheartedly! I started learning to code very recently (in college) and I feel like it's difficult to keep practicing and getting better with all the other coursework and obligations I have now. If I'd learned in high school, the information would have sunken in and I'd have been able to build on that knowledge by now. I feel like I have to make up for lost time! These girls are lucky, and smart.

      • Doris Yee

        Yes, it's definitely hard to time-manage a project if you have a lot of other non-related coursework. The best advice I can give is to give yourself a tiny project that requires its own deadline. That's nothing new - people do that all the time. The failure happens when people give themselves a big project to tackle (like a portfolio site or fancy-schmancy photo slideshow). But if you're a beginning, the smart thing is to code one-page websites...get he semantics and general rules of practice down. Make a resume page, a menu, a to-do list, etc.

        • Jamie Nash

          You're definitely right about that. I'll start by trying smaller things first, even though it's tempting to go for a huge, fancy project! I always want to make something out-of-this-world and then realize I don't have the skills yet. Practice makes perfect I guess!