Keep these 2 concepts in mind:
- · recognize that a good bit of the battle to understand is characterized by recognition of the language used around it – all the weird terminology here signifies deeper concepts, but the terminology itself at first feels unfamiliar and off-putting; At first, you probably won’t understand the concepts, you’ll just have to feel comfort with the terms and then start wrestling with the concepts.
- · The act of working through the tutorial, though it will at first be a kind of rote exercise, in which you just follow directions, is designed to help you understand the concepts behind the terms. Eventually, it will.
- · Just don’t panic, feel overwhelmed, and think you “can’t”. Because you can. You don’t have to be the quickest in the world at picking this stuff up. You don’t have to be as quick as anyone. Give yourself a pat on the back for not only every successful step you take, but everything you learn, even if it’s what doesn’t work (eventually, you’ll come to realize your mistake, but you may not for a while… working through the mistakes and finding solutions, even if it means starting a step over again or blowing things up, is part of the process). Having the courage to try something new and hard to you is always a good thing and worthy of reward.
- · Take breaks when necessary, but always return, never give up.
- · When you understand enough, teach someone else. The act of teaching will further your learning.