Feel like I'm not making progress sometimes

Hey all,

Maybe you can relate but when I’m working through Chris’s videos, I find myself just copying parts because I have no clue what they mean sometimes. I understand some parts but like all these new methods being called with all these crazy parameters is so confusing sometimes.

Is this normal?

I’m in the same boat. I feel like I understand variables, classes, loops, etc on thier own. However, when it put it all together, or when I think about my own project I still have no idea how to pull that off. It’s easy to simple rote repeat what Chris is doing, but I’m not really happy until I can either understand, apply, and then correlate what he’s doing to other projects. My advice (and this is blind leading the blind here) is to watch the videos twice. The first time, grab a cup of coffee, watch, and understand with no distractions. If you still don’t understand watch it again. The second or even third time around type along with him. I’m missing key points when I try to type along.

Additionally, I find that reviewing the Swift and Xcode documentation BEFORE watching his videos helps.

Anyway, thats my .2 cents. I hope this helps, and trust me, you’re not alone.

Everyone learns in different ways. The key is to keep building the different Apps that are taught in the tutorials from Chris. Eventually things start to fall into place the more often you create different Apps.

You will be working away some days and all of a sudden you will say to yourself, “Now I get it”. I call them Eureka moments. That will happen all the time as your knowledge builds.

Remember that Chris has been a developer for many years before he decided to start teaching so he has plenty of background experience.

I find his teaching style relaxed, methodical and he takes the time to explain things as clearly as he can.

Stick with it.

Hey download the swift playground app. That may be childish to use but you’ll learn swift to the core

Hahaha I am not alone. When I did the War Card last week, it feels like it, just following everything. Then I re-do the whole process using my own assets. It helped a lot on the second time. And Chris is correct, it will slowly fall into place. Now, I just completed Lesson 5 of Match App…man, my nose is bleeding but I will not give up. I will complete the Match App, and re-do it again with my own assets. Btw, I am 45 with zero coding knowledge. Let’s enjoy the journey!

Yes, I agree. Furthermore, once you’ve built the app while following the tutorial, then try to recreate the app afterward from scratch without the tutorial. Maybe then you’ll be able to understand and implement the different techniques.

What I think here is missing is the research part, I google concepts and do some reading on them after some of the exercises just to understand it better. Still, after the reading I can see that I miss the implementation experience so just reading isn’t a silver bullet (even Chris shared his experience in beginning tutorials on how just reading failed him).

What would be a good addition to each video is to add few links for people to do follow up reading and learning, can be from outside sources if it’s not available on this page (e.g. swift book, coding sites etc.).

I feel the same way… but as other’s have noted: do it a few times. I’ve noticed that I can follow along and get my code working, then I’ll go back and listen to the lesson again and watch to hear how it all comes together/works. I’ve also noticed the more I do, the more it starts to make sense.
Also I have found when I get stuck, posting questions here will get you answers and explanations quickly.