My programming journey: Learning math!
Alex Gwartney Jun 12 Updated on Aug 11, 2018
I am posting a little late this week. I have been busy with a million other things. But this week I wanted to discuss my journey to learning math. And my advice for you all that would like to break this barrier. So with that said let's get this going.
About six months ago I made the decision of breaking into graphics programming. And with that came the realization of learning math. And this was a something at the time I dreaded. Because I was really bad at math. Which leads me to my first point in this post. If you want to learn something doesn't matter if its math or programming or whatever. Just because you were bad at something once. Does not mean you suck at it. It just means you need to find a better way of learning how to do it. And that was exactly what I have found 6 months later. Because I have covered up to algebra2 thus far. And will soon be moving into precalculus etc. And this is something that I never in my life thought I would be able to do.
So my next piece of advice is going to have patience because at first things are going to be slow. And it may be confusing but don't give up just keep going. I was lucky enough to have my brother tutor me and still is. Which has been helping me a lot? I also want to say when you are looking for a place to start learning the best to resources would have to be Kahn academy. And books but not just any books I personally have been reading them for dummy series books. As it teaches the concepts you need without completely over complicating it. I also tend to use these two methods mixed with different youtube videos depending on what it is I am wanting to learn. I also have taken and bought workbooks as well to go with the main reading. This way I can retain what it is iam learning.
I have found that by removing the aspects of school and going at my own pace. I have been able to learn a whole lot more. Another thing that I have been doing that has been killing two birds with one stone. Is taking the concepts I have been studying math and applying them to programming projects to help me learn c++. Which has been really interesting because it allows me to solidify what I have been learning even further.
So this is how I have been able to get where I am at thus far. I still have a while to go. But if there is anything to take away from all of this. It stay postive. Know that you can do it you just have to find the way that works for you. And keep on pushing forward.
Also you can see my latest project here:
This program was created to simplify the process of completing the square with quadratics.
With that said thank you for reading and I will see you all next week.