3 years ago, I was in college pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I was suddenly struck with unfortunate health problems that led to me leaving my university and moving back home. The uncertainty that followed this event was overwhelming. I no longer wanted to pursue nursing. I was back to square one.
Math and science have always been my strong suit. So, it didn't surprise me when a web development course on Udemy caught my eye. I wasn’t yet healthy enough to go back to school and I was bored in bed most of the day. Why not give it a try? 3 years later, I’m glad I did.
Not only is software development an amazing career, but it is also something I enjoy doing. I quickly learned that in today’s world, you can learn to code for free! After years of learning on my own, I have my own top 3 free resources for learning code.
#2 The Odin Project
I will say, The Odin Project really helped me understand my computer terminal and git. I couldn’t wrap my mind around it in the beginning and this project helped break it down for me.
#1 Frontend Mentor
Finally, my number 1, Frontend Mentor. Another resource I wish I knew about in the beginning. When you are self-taught it’s so important to be doing project-based learning. That’s exactly what Frontend Mentor is set up to help you do. You get to choose from projects that range from easy to advanced. These projects not only help you learn but they also help you establish confidence with your coding. Plus, the projects can be used on your portfolio!
These are 3 resources that have helped me excel in my learning. I still have a long way to go but I know I’m on the right track. Hopefully this helps someone who is on their self-taught journey as well.