“Computers have memory but they don’t have memories.” - Anonymous
Of all the languages in the world, programming languages are among the most commonly used despite relatively few people knowing them.
You’ve come to the right place. Most households in the UK possess at least one computer and they’re only going to become more common so learning to code or programme could be useful for quite a few of us.
To get started with coding, you don’t even need to leave the house. There are plenty of great tutorials and excellent tutors working online who can help you. We’ve had a look!
Here are different ways to learn how to code and become a programmer.
How to Learn to Code with Online Private Tutorials
There are a few ways to get online programming tutorials and it’s quite easy to get started.
Coding is essentially learning a programming language to tell a computer what to do and it's a skill that you can learn from home. There are plenty of sites on how to learn to code, too:
- OpenClassrooms: This site is s one of the first you should check out and it’s home to a very useful forum where learners can help each other on their journey to becoming programmers.
- Codecademy: This site includes exercises and lessons on learning how to code. A great place to get started.
- Code.org: This site teaches you how to code and has lessons for all levels and backgrounds.
- Coursera: This site is free to join and there are courses and lessons on different types of programming.
- Superprof: Naturally, you can use our site to find tutors teaching programming.
- And many others.
In addition to sites with lessons on coding, there are also excellent video tutorials on YouTube. There are fun and engaging video tutorials that are perfect for learning how to code. We couldn’t possibly name them all so here are a few to get you started:
- Adam Khoury
- Derek Banas
- And many others.
If there’s one thing we have to say about programming, it’s that practice makes perfect! Don’t worry to make mistakes, either, it’s how we learn.
The Best MOOCs for Learning Programming
When you’re teaching yourself, you also need to know when to ask for help! There are teachers, courses, and resources that when used correctly, can help you learn quickly and effectively.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are a great way to learn about programming languages and start writing code.
MOOCs offer a variety of different learning solutions and while MOOCs haven’t quite replaced universities, they’re still a very accessible way to enjoy courses and learn new skills.
Beginners can enjoy learning about the basics of coding on sites like OpenClassrooms or by using a MOOC to learn about web applications or specific programming languages.
There are plenty of MOOCs where you can learn computer programming and different programming languages. Udacity, for example, has a 4-month nanodegree course called “Learn to Code” as part of their School of Programming & Development. However, you’ll have to pay for this course and you’ll be looking at several hundred pounds a month.
On EdX, you can take Harvard University’s “Introduction to Computer Science” for free.
Here are some programming MOOCs of note:
- Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming with Java I from Georgia Tech on EdX.
- Introduction to Programming with MATLAB from Vanderbilt University on Coursera.
- The Fundamentals of Programming from LinkedInLearning.
- Introduction to Programming in Swift 5 from Mark Price on Coursera.
- And many others.
With these courses, any absolute beginner can start learning about programming and programming in languages like HTML and CSS, Python, and C.
The Best YouTube for Learning Programming
MOOCs are all well and good, but you can also learn to code by watching videos and not having to sign up to a course. YouTube videos are a great way to learn how to code and they’re often easy to find.
It can be very easy to get started with programming as long as you know where to get the right resources. YouTube video tutorials are incredibly accessible and great for learning new programming languages and concepts.
More often than not, you can’t sum up everything you need to know about programming in a single video, but there are YouTube channels that can help you with almost everything you need to know.
So which channels should you look to for learning how to program?
Here’s a non-exhaustive list:
- Mike Locke
- Eli the Computer Guy
- Programming with Mosh
- And many others.
As you’ll have understood, YouTube is full of useful videos on learning how to code and while they’re not interactive, they’re always useful for studying new things.
Ready to go?
Which Are the Best Sites for Learning to Code?
There are plenty of websites where you can learn how to code, too. On the internet, it’s never been easier to learn new things and there are so many sites for learning how to program.
Websites are often a good place to get started and a valuable resource for anyone wanting to learn how to code. Whether it’s tips, lessons, or just researching concepts, it’s very easy to visit your favourite websites.
Here are some good websites that you may want to keep in your bookmarks:
- OpenClassrooms: a great website for learning. Simple but effective!
- Codecademy: One of the best websites for starting to learn about coding.
- Superprof: Get in touch with face-to-face or online programming tutors.
- Khan Academy: A useful website for studying many different subjects, including programming.
- Code.org: A website that teaches coding like they would in school. A winning combination.
- Udemy: A MOOC with a good number of short programming courses.
- Coursera: Another MOOC with a lot of courses offered by universities allowing you to learn programming at various levels.
- And many others.
The internet is full of sites about learning new skills from programming and app development to yoga and sewing so have a look around and you’re bound to find something useful!
There are thousands of tutors on Superprof available to teach plenty of different types of programming and programming languages and you can get face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, or group tutorials. Each type of tutorial comes with advantages and disadvantages so you should know the pros and cons of each before hiring your private tutor.
Group tutorials are great for those on a budget as you can share the cost of the lessons between the other students in the class. Of course, this means you can't guarantee that every session will be tailored to you, what you want to learn, and how you like to learn, but it should be substantially cheaper than some of the other options.
Face-to-face tutorials, on the other hand, tend to be the costliest option. However, this is because you're paying for a bespoke service and a tutor that tailors each lesson to you and your preferred learning style. Furthermore, the tutor will often travel to their students and this cost is factored into their rates. Generally, face-to-face tutorials are the most cost-effective as every minute of the tutor's time is spent focusing on the student.
Finally, online tutorials are a cheaper alternative to both in-person one-on-one tutorials and group tutorials. With one-on-one online tutorials, the tutor doesn't have to travel and can schedule more sessions each week so they tend to charge the students less per hour. Online group tutorials are also usually cheaper than their in-person counterparts but they will suffer from the same drawbacks.
Many of the tutors on Superprof offer the first lesson for free so use this time to discuss what you want out of your tutorials, how you like to learn, and what you need to learn. The potential tutor can explain how they like to work, what they charge, and how they can help you.
It's always a good idea to outline what you're looking for in a tutor before you start contacting them and establish a budget and the criteria. As for the budget, tutors' rates are affected by where they operate, what they teach, the levels they teach, their qualifications, and their experience as a tutor. The more qualified and experienced a tutor is, the more they'll charge for their lessons.