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  • Writer's pictureTim Buchalka

Should I Supplement My College or University Training with Other Programming Resources?

If you’re at college or university is it useful to look at other programming resources to help you pass that degree. Let’s talk about that today.

Is it useful to look for other programming resources to supplement what you’re learning in your college or university degree? The short answer to that is yes, it can be useful. It really depends on your lecturer and your instructor. So, you’ll find that you’ll gel with people in life. Some people you’ll get on well with. Some people you won’t get on as well and it is possible that you’ll find a particular university professor or lecturer who you just don’t gel with.

In other words, you really can’t absorb that inbound information that you hoped to absorb from that person, for whatever reason. They might not be the best at training, which does happen from time to time, or you may just not relate to that person. It can be very useful in those scenarios to look for supplemental material, perhaps taking up another programming course, finding another programming book, whatever it is.

That can be useful and it helps show another perspective of what you’re learning in that course. Most college/ university course are well put together and well thought out and have been refined over the years. So, they do teach in a particular sequence in general and it shouldn’t be too hard for you to find other material that gels with that or works with that to give some better skills to work with, to hopefully help you understand that material better if you feel you need to. So, by all means do that.

The other advantage of doing that is, by going out and researching and looking for all the material, you’re starting to build those important skills that programmer needs to do; and that’s research. I said so because you’ll find that when you have got your first programming job and during your programming career, it’s imperative for you to be able find answers for yourself.

It’s one of the things you’ll actually do in your career. You’ll actually pick up resources, you’ll buy a book if you need to learn a particular framework, particular programming language or you’ll take a particular course. So, you’re setting yourself up, it’s the right mindset, you’re looking for the right material to help make sure you succeed in whatever your goal is.

I hope that helped. If you got any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

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