A few years ago being a computer expert was a commitment that would take up most of your life. Programming was extremely complex and the hardware was cumbersome and large. But in the modern age technology has become extremely streamlined and efficient. Programming is no longer just for specialists, it can be learned by anyone and everyone.
But time is a precious commodity in our fast-paced society. And if you aren’t already studying computers then it can be difficult to find time to dedicate to learning about them. But you’re in luck. Today we are going to teach you quick ways you can become a computer expert.
Online Crash Courses
The most efficient way to get a quick education in computers and/or programming is to pay for an online crash course. These courses are often run over a week and offer intensive lessons in a wide range of computing topics. Granted you need to find a week off to actually attend, but the whole thing can be done from the comfort of your own home.
A lot of these course will provide you with exercises to do, much like homework, that will help put everything you learned into practice. In some of the programming courses, you’ll even leave the course with a fully functioning program. And once you’ve picked up the basics of programming you’ll find yourself able to program without much guidance needed. Much like learning a second language, once you have the basics down the rest comes naturally.
We recommend you shop around and find one with a lot of positive reviews though. There are lots of people out there offering bogus crash courses that are little more than a scam. So keep your eyes peeled.
Browsing Computer Stores Online
Understanding hardware can be difficult. But there is actually a simple trick to better learn what a computer is actually made of. And it doesn’t require hefty manuals or lots of books. You just need to shop around!
This might sound silly but trust us, it is an extremely effective method. Most online PC stores will allow you a lot of customisation over your PC and will always list every component that comes in the machine. This Unslider’s article lets you choose the exact specifications of a laptop and even goes in depth about what they all do. Stuff like this is a free and easy way to get a better understanding of computer hardware in general. If you can get past the complex and seemingly random naming system.
Listening to Tech Podcasts
Podcasts are a godsend of the digital age. Gone are the days of information only being deliverable in a readable format. Now we can fit hours and hours of learning into a neat little audio file.
Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn something knew and broaden your horizons. And there are hundreds of fantastic tech podcasts out there just waiting to be listened to. Try throwing some of them into your daily routine. If you go for regular runs, try listening to them then. Or while you’re cooking dinner.
We absorb a lot of infomratin without relaising it while we listen to stuff in the background. So even if you can’t devote your full attention to a podcast, keep it on. You’ll be surprised what you pick up while its on.
You will most likely have people in your life who are quite well versed in computers and technology. These days more people than not are clued up. So one of the best ways to learn about it is to simply ask those around you!
Asking questions is the simplest and most effective way to learn. And people who know stuff often love sharing their knowledge on the subject. So don’t feel like you’ll be bothering them because chances are you aren’t. Even if you have no idea what sort of questions you should be asking, go back to the basics. Ask the simplest things like ‘How does programming work?’ or ‘What makes a computer function?’ And from here you’ll soon understand enough to ask more questions.