As a tutorial author I must say that "creating" tutorials helps you, the instructor learn. You have to talk through your process and make the end user understand why you chose the path you've led them down.
I consider tutorials supplemental but extremely beneficial. Saying you should never follow a tutorial is a little overkill. I got my start following them to understand core concepts. It absolutely takes practice outside of following someone's lead to really learn. I find this to be the case for education entirely.
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