Build a Habit
Learning a complex skill such as Python programming is hard, and in my experience, the quest for improving your skills never stops. The best way to succeed is to make a daily or weekly habit of working on your skills. In this video you’ll see some tips on how Real Python can help you with that.
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00:13 One of the best ways to do that is to build a habit. So, the way I envision Real Python for someone who is at an intermediate level or is not a total beginner, is really like a gym for Pythonistas.
00:28 It is a source of information where, even if you feel like you’ve covered all the basics and you’re a pretty good programmer, you can always come back to realpython.com, and every week we’ll have new stuff for you. It’s like another gym class.
00:43 And maybe you’re not interested in a particular topic, you know, maybe you don’t care about web development or data science or some other specific topic that we have a really deep article about it, but that’s totally fine.
00:55 Pick the stuff that you’re into and pick the stuff that you interested in and treat Real Python as your gym. We’ll keep you informed about the latest stuff that gets published on the website, the new courses that we put out, and just sample it.
01:19 This is a great strategy. If you build a habit and you check in, you know, at least once a week, maybe even every day. Maybe even make Real Python your homepage in your browser, if this is something where you just kind of naturally see it every time you open a new tab, this could be a great way for learning this stuff. I did that all the time when I was prepping for exams. I would set up my learning resources as my start page in the browser so that I would always see them. These days, I mostly use a weather widget or some kind of, you know, “This is what it looks like outside” widget in my new tabs, but this is actually a great hack that works.
01:58 And it seems stupid and so simple, but it’s actually something that works. So yeah, use Real Python as a way for you to stay up-to-date. By building a habit, you can overcome procrastination. If your habit is, you know, “Okay, I’m going to wake up, maybe I’m going to read the news for five minutes, ten minutes every morning, and I’m going to spend an equal amount of time on working on my Python programming skill”—this is going to have huge impacts.
02:23 Not within a day, not within a week, but within a month you’re going to see a huge effect, just priming your brain for this stuff. Even if it’s just a couple of minutes per day and just checking what’s out there, if there’s something that piques your interest, that’s a great way to improve your skills over time and to grow as a software developer. All right, so those were some tips on How to Learn Effectively and how to make the most of your Real Python subscription.
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