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Suryaraj Bhaduri
Suryaraj Bhaduri

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Tutorial Hell 101โœ…โœ…

What is Tutorial Hell๐Ÿ”ฅ?
Well this is a situation in which the learner always feels incompetent or scared to implement things out on their own and relies heavily on tutorials.

How does one land up in Tutorial Hell?๐Ÿค”
There's no one answer to this, but usually this situation is common in beginners or people trying to master a new skill. At that point they need quick explanation and depend on video tutorials which is a good idea.But over consumption of tutorials leads to a form of dependency which becomes hard to overcome in future.

How do I know if I am in Tutorial Hell or not?๐Ÿ˜จ
These are some of the situations that might be an indicator of the same -

  • You find yourself busy watching video tutorials most of the time
  • You think you will not be able to code without an instructor's guidance
  • You keep course shopping or spend time on course websites thinking of getting that one course that might teach you the topic the best way possible

Looks like I am in hell, any idea how to move out of it?๐Ÿƒ
No issues. Firstly don't panic and get yourself a glass of water. Now showing you the way out of this place. Well there's only one way I know of which is - "start doing things on your own".You will make mistakes, and this might seem very hard at the beginning and even at later stages, but the key ๐Ÿ”‘ is to never,ever give up.Am I saying you should never watch tutorials? Absolutely not! You should always go for tutorials whenever you feel like, but its just that the frequency should be lesser than what it was previously.

How I got myself out of the hell?
Like many of you budding developers out there, I was in the same place. Was finding it very hard to get out of the same. I was trying to learn front-end web development. Although I had previous knowledge of computer programming, still I faced lot of issues and fear in initial days. Gradually I made up my mind to take on projects on my own and started with the simplest of projects. This helped๐ŸŽ‰.

Important Note๐Ÿ‘ˆ
If you are in the process of moving out of tutorial hell, you are basically trying to move out of your comfort zone which can be extremely hard. Make sure to not over stress yourself ,take ample rest, drink water, workout and rejuvenate yourself from time to time. This might help make the process a little easier.

P.S - This is my first ever blog.There are surely tons of things I missed and many places I went wrong. Do let me know in the comments.๐Ÿ˜„

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Bernd Wechner • Edited

Interesting perspective. I have so little time for video tutorials it's not funny. I'm in that I'm who searches for stuffed online as and when I need to, and if I find a video typically curse and keep scrolling to see if there's a written version. A written introduction, tutorial, or manual, whatever. I can scan these, search for terms and find what I need in a fraction of the time that I'd waste watching a video.

And even when that turns costly it's because in hand on trying stuff out following since when guide.

There are two areas I routinely appreciate videos though, where visuals are vital. When in repairing my car, it is so nice to see someone else's effort at same, and when I'm repairing appliances (electronic or electric), again so useful often just for opening the things as they often have snap locks and pressure points that are hard to divine without risking damage. It's a godsend when someone has done it before breaking the case or such as needed, in video, to diagnose how it should be opened.

For IT stuff, well is good, and of course the family of stack overflow sites is awesome. I want info, targeted and fast generally.

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Am stuck in tutorial hell.

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Suryaraj Bhaduri

Do try working out things on your own without immediately resorting to tutorials. This should help. Also what are you trying to learn btw?

thautvu profile image

I am suffering from information overload, also. I read alittle bit about everything and dont know where or what to start with. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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Lucian I. Last

I advise creating a 'tmp' directory, adding 'tmp' to your git ignore and trying stuff out inside that.